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Biomedical Illustration Certificate of Achievement

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Biomedical illustration is a unique discipline combining design, science, art, communication, and media technology. Biomedical illustrators work in a variety of media and industries to create visuals that transform complex information and data into images that explain, inform, and record scientific research and discoveries. In this program, students will combine illustration, drawing, biology, and anatomy studies to gain skills and apply them in the Biomedical illustration field. The program combines classroom and laboratory instruction to provide students with a well-rounded preparation in the Biomedical and life science illustration fields. The goal of the program is to train and prepare students for a career in the field as illustrators in various medical, science, and technical presentation areas. Among the applications of target skills are textbooks and journals, web, television, patient education, museums, veterinary, dental, trade shows, pharmaceutical advertising, and medical illustration used by attorneys and law enforcement to clarify complex medical information for judges and juries. Students completing this certificate will have foundational skills to prepare them for entry-level employment in this field.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Students who complete this program will be able to:

  • Evaluate, understand, and translate scientific data into visual communication.
  • Evaluate illustration methods and media to determine the most appropriate approach for the subject.
  • Demonstrate a basic knowledge of anatomy and physiology.
  • Apply traditional and digital illustration and drawing skills.
  • Design, produce, and market scientific and medical illustrations to a broad audience.


Course ID Title Units
GD 149   Digital Illustration 3
ART 80   Drawing I 3
BIO 20   Introduction to Biology 4
GD 200   Photoshop Skills for Graphic Designers 3
GD 150  * Digital Animation 3
ART 85  * Drawing from the Live Model I 3
BIO 113   Human Anatomy and Physiology 4
GD 199  * Digital Illustration II 3
GD 249  * Biomedical Illustration 3



*Course has a prerequisite, corequisite, limitation, or recommended preparation; see course description.


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