How to become a medical illustrator
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
- working towards this role
To get into any of the branches of medical illustration you'll need a degree in a relevant subject like:
- graphic design
- art and design
- film or video production
You can apply for a trainee position as a medical illustrator in a healthcare setting once you finish your degree.
As a trainee you could gain a postgraduate qualification in specialisms like:
- clinical photography
- graphic design for healthcare
- medical art
You'll usually need:
- 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
- a degree in a relevant subject for postgraduate study
You can apply to do a postgraduate qualification if you're already working in healthcare and you have a relevant degree.
Medical illustration is a small and specialised field, and there's a lot of competition for vacancies. You'll improve your job prospects if you also have relevant work experience.
Contact your local university hospital or NHS trust's medical photography department to arrange a visit or some work shadowing.
Professional and industry bodies
You can join the Institute of Medical Illustrators for professional recognition, training opportunities and to make industry contacts.