From the Higgs particle to anaerobic respiration, scientific illustrators explain how things work. They create illustrations for textbooks, mobile apps, interactive infographics, and much more. Healthcare companies, museums and publishers all rely on skilled scientific illustrators to communicate complex ideas.
Arcadia University’s Scientific Illustration program will prepare you for a career as a scientific illustrator. It will fuse your interest in science with your drawing and graphic design skills.
What to Expect
Hands-on learning in a well-respected, innovative biology department
Studio art courses covering traditional and digital illustration techniques
Internship opportunities at studios, research institutions, hospitals and zoos
Chances to study at top universities around the world
Developing a portfolio to showcase your work to prospective employers
Choose a program emphasis that matches your career goals:
The scientific illustration option will prepare you for a career in biological, botanical, or related scientific illustration.
The pre-medical illustration track will prepare you for a graduate program in medical illustration.
The minor offers you hands-on learning in a well-respected, innovative biology department and comprehensive studio art courses covering traditional and digital illustration techniques.
Adjustments in the requirements for the major in Scientific Illustration can be made with the approval of the program adviser. A maximum of 96 credits in art and science can be counted toward the degree.
The minor in Scientific Illustration is open to all majors, and introduces students to the techniques and methods of scientific illustration. It offers students hands-on learning in a well-respected, innovative biology department and comprehensive studio art courses covering traditional and digital illustration techniques. Art majors who complete the minor in Scientific Illustration will enjoy diversifying their art portfolios. Science majors who complete this minor will enjoy producing more competent illustrations in conjunction with their scientific research and an ability to visualize scientific concepts and subject matter enhances graduate school applications, augments their efficiency as researchers, and increases their effectiveness as instructors.