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Life Sciences Illustration Courses

3D Bioforms: Intro to 3D Modeling

Course No. LSI 345  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Hal Lewis

The course is designed to cover concepts in digital 3D organic and device model construction, whereby the virtual models designed are rendered and composited for 2D illustration purposes to solve specific conceptual problems. The subject matter within the Game Design curriculum reflects the development of characters, game environments and specific assets for game development. Students outside the Game Design Major, are required to work with subjects appropriate to their major field of study for concept development and for long-term portfolio objectives. Projects include concepts and workflow for constructing a virtual 3D surface by: (1) defining the visual problem within a concept sketch in pre-production, (2) utilizing specific introductory modeling methods to build the 3D illustration components, (3) the use of basic lighting and rendered materials, (4) export methods into Adobe Photoshop for augmentation, finishing and final illustration techniques and layout. Projects require the student to gain and improve upon conceptual skills, problem-solving in specific media situations (digital 2D & 3D) and technical proficiency at an introductory level in 3D modeling.

Anatomy for the Artist

Course No. LSI 250  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Elizabeth Halasz

This course is required for sophomore Life Sciences Illustration majors and is also open to elective students on a space-available basis for studio or liberal arts Social + Natural Science (SNS) credit. The course is designed to strengthen the student’s understanding and use of figure anatomy within their work, reflecting the interdisciplinary nature of biomedical art. These components reflect a multidisciplinary approach to muscular anatomy and figure drawing. Study in this area is designed to provide the student with a solid grasp of muscular anatomy as it strongly relates to drawing the figure and its proportions. This course will provide the student the opportunity to interpret anatomy knowledge by working directly from the human model. This course is designed to provide the student with a solid basic understanding of muscular anatomy as it relates to surface anatomy, proportion and movement of the human figure. The course incorporates lectures on anatomy, figure proportion and drawing techniques linked to direct and accurate observation of the figure model. Offered spring

Applied Portfolio and Professional Strategies

Course No. LSI 404  Credits: 3.0

The Applied Portfolio and Professional Strategies course will help the student develop applied portfolios in offline and online media, demo reels, and print-related materials relating to professional packages (resumes, cover letters, business cards, etc.) Students will learn real-world business approaches for art and culturally-based professionals within community networks. The understanding of contracts, copyright, budgeting and marketing and presentation concepts as applied to commercial-based work and freelance opportunities will be explored. The course is designed to help the student navigate the professional areas of art and integrated media, while gaining critical insight into art practice and leadership in the business environment.

BFA Thesis + Exhibition

Course No. IME 402  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Anthony Scalmato | Nancy McEntee

These courses provide a platform for senior Animation, Life Sciences Illustration, Game Design, Illustration, and Photography majors who are BFA candidates. The course is structured to support the individual in shaping her/his own project and the production of all elements of the BFA thesis. Strong conceptual skills developed through professional planning and research are core to this process. Offered spring



BFA Thesis Research

Course No. LSI 405  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Thomas Nowacki

This course is designed to act as a summative experience for the student. This final BFA thesis project will be defined by the student and executed with a level of professional collaboration. Requirements for the BFA thesis will be to solve and effectively visually communicate a medical or scientific problem. Integration of outside resources, research effective collaborator/expert communication, professional practices, presentation (oral and written) and documentation of the process of the specific yearlong project will be expected to determine successful BFA candidacy. The choice of media and concept will be evaluated on its appropriateness for communicating the message and solving the thesis problem. The project visualization will be student driven; content needs will be determined by the student and the research/collaboration. Emphasis in this course will be on the conceptual development of the content’s accuracy/relevance and its realization through the design process. The process will fully address research, expert collaboration, target audience, time spent, visual communication problem solving, and successful execution of completed production. The goal will be effective visual communication with a strong aesthetic, fully considered project, which integrates several layers of media.

The final work will have the following:

  • a two sentence (maximum) thesis statement,
  • a written/designed proposal,
  • research paper,
  • business-oriented documentation,
  • a digital presentation to explain the work,
  • artist statement/project scope statement,
  • and the final project depicting the solution for the BFA exhibition.
Offered fall.

Cellular + Molecular Illustration

Course No. LSI 470  Credits: 3.0

This course will focus on the current techniques for visualizing and illustrating the cellular structure and molecules that make up living organisms: phospholipid bilayers, chemical exchange, carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, nucleic acids, etc. The ability to accurately represent cellular and molecular structures has become critical with recent advances in microbiology, biotechnology, genetics, and pharmacology. You will learn how to locate 3D molecular model files on the Internet and manipulate these models on the computer. Working from conceptual drawings, you will use these files to render (and possibly animate) molecules in 2D using Photoshop and/or Illustrator and in 3D using a modeling application (such as 3D Studio Max). Required of senior Life Sciences Illustration majors.

Digital Color: Style + Representation in Science

Course No. LSI 264  Credits: 3.0
Faculty David Schumick

This course is required for sophomore Life Sciences Illustration majors and is open as an elective on a space-available basis to all students interested in techniques and concepts in traditional and digital color media. The course will focus on principles of color theory, light on form, line, texture, aesthetic impact, and accuracy of content in the illustration of scientific information and editorial content. Through research, planning, and the application of medical and scientific knowledge, the students use color to effectively communicate conceptual and observational problems. Assignments focus on the creative use of color to express specific communication objectives to a range of audiences for both majors in Life Sciences Illustration and other majors of study. This course supplements the integration of traditional and digital illustration techniques for non-majors, focused on editorial, and narrative-based course work. Offered spring.

Educational Media Installation

Course No. LSI 306B-406B  Credits: 3.0

This Educational Media Installation class serves as an introduction to, and the exploration of, media installation and exhibition design techniques; including how physical media, and virtual interactive and linear media can be applied to educational and informational settings including museums, cultural institutions and public education access points. Lectures will cover concepts and presentations of the history of educational display, museum arts, and how traditional media intersects with contemporary digital media, to inform and educate specific audiences at public institutions of culture/knowledge. Course work will be hands-on practice of techniques and concepts presented in lecture, discussion of readings, and critique of student projects. This class will involve both ideation and proposal development, as well as producing 1-2 educational media installations in collaboration with the curators and staff at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Cleveland Botanical Garden, and the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. The course will also incorporate field trips and guest lecturers to supplement the knowledge and practiced gained from studio practice. Projects will involve working with diverse materials, media, and electronic media.

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Elizabeth Halasz

Elizabeth Halasz

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Beth received her BFA and MFA in Medical Illustration from the Cleveland Institute of Art, where she was its f...more

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