The Biomedical Art program at Cleveland Institute of Art is one of only a few BFA degrees of its kind in the United States, combining applied art, science, and technology to create visual education materials on scientific and medical topics. Based on the traditional field of scientific and medical illustration, our curriculum incorporates leading-edge digital media techniques, interactivity, and animation. We teach our Biomedical Art majors how to blend artistic talent with knowledge of natural science, a biomedical intellect, and strong visual communication skills.
You will learn about illustration, information design, 3D modeling, and animation through conventional and digital methods. With a flexible course of study, you can take courses in:
Our dedicated, highly-trained faculty is one of our greatest assets. Each instructor in the Biomedical Art major at the Cleveland Institute of Art is accredited as a Board Certified Medical Illustrator in addition to being a practicing medical illustrator. Besides their expertise, our faculty have established great relationships with the region’s extraordinary medical, scientific, and cultural communities. Our professional partnerships with Case Western Reserve University, University Hospitals Case Medical Center, and the Cleveland Clinic as well as the Cleveland Museum of Natural History and Cleveland Botanical Garden will provide you with amazing exhibition opportunities and medical illustration projects.
Real-world experience for real-world careers
What may best set CIA apart from other colleges of art and design is its commitment to engaged practice. CIA’s Engaged Practice provides you opportunities to learn through experience by working on real-world projects with external partners or clients, or in the public sphere—all before graduation.
These opportunities allow you to put your classroom and studio knowledge to work in a professional setting while still being guided by faculty. You’ll learn what it takes to meet clients’ expectations, and you will emerge with confidence that will serve you as you launch your career.
Art and design education is structured to prepare students for the challenges of competition that define a career in the art and design fields. Consistent with that value, CIA students begin their major focus with an application process that is competitive. Students apply to majors in the spring semester of their Foundation year.
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While at CIA, you'll learn from the masters through our rigorous, world-class curriculum and connect with working professionals to begin your career.