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Biomedical Arts Certificate

(Undergraduate) Certificate Overview:

(Catalog Code: CTBMAU) - Total required hours: 22
School of Art +Design
Eligibility: Degree-seeking undergraduate student

The Certificate in Biomedical Arts builds knowledge in the areas of anatomical modeling and anatomical and scientific drawing and illustrations, including diagrammatic and conceptualized illustrations. It equips students with the necessary skills to document, interpret, capture, and portray varying natural subjects. This certificate is especially valuable to Studio Art and Graphic Design students as well as to those in the fields of Medicine, Biology and Natural Sciences. 

Supporting a wide array of career trajectories through the development of the highly transferrable skill sets of visual language, alongside of the processes and tools of anatomical drawing and modeling. With the growing intersectionality of the arts and sciences, and with robust career paths available within Biomedical Arts and Scientific illustration, this certificate will benefit undergraduate majors by developing figure drawing & modeling skills, engaging in observational analysis of human composition, and introducing ways in which this research can be applied to both fine art and scientific fields.

  • Interpret and accurately render the human form using traditional drawing and 2-D, 3-D media and using digital tools and techniques.
  • Reproduce the human face, skull and body forms with traditional sculpting media using observational methods and medical diagrams.
  • Recognize factors and applications for different mold-making designs in the medical industry, including flexible and rigid molds.
  • Safely and accurately create full and partial face or body impressions using alginate and polyvinylsiloxane (PVS)-based impression materials.

This certificate is open to any degree-seeking, undergraduate students and can be completed in 22 hours over a minimum of 3 terms.

Opportunities Upon Completion:

The visual language, processes and tools of anatomical drawing and modeling are highly transferrable skill sets that support a wide array of career trajectories. This includes, for example, the creation of fine art; aiding research in the fields of medicine, biology and natural sciences; developing diagrammatic illustrations and models for educational purposes, and assisting with the apprehension and conviction of criminal offenders through forensic arts. Completing this certificate will also prepare students to enter graduate programs in Biomedical Arts and Scientific Illustration.

Admission Requirements:

Applicants must be degree-seeking undergraduates and meet general University admission guidelines to enroll in the Biomedical Arts Certificate.

Application Process:
Please contact Julie Dummermuth,, with a statement regarding your goals and interest in the certificate. Include your current degree program and any other minors or certificates, as well as your anticipated term of graduation.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. For more information about this program, contact Julie Dummermuth.

Contact Info:

Julie Dummermuth
Director, School of Art + Design