Medical Illustration (PgCert)
n/a (Full-time) / n/a (Part-time) / 14 months (Distance / E-Learning)
The aims of the course are to extend students’ knowledge and understanding of medical illustration and to develop the students’ evaluative, critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
This programme is accredited by The Institute of Medical Illustrators.
The distinctive features of the programme include:
- The opportunity for students to learn in a School that is well respected within the medical illustration profession
- The course is accredited by the IMI
- Students experience a range of learning methods, from e-learning, face-to-face teaching and small group work
- Regular contact with a personal professional tutor
- The variety of modules on offer
- The emphasis on independent learning in a research-led environment
- The emphasis on acquisition of high quality practical skills and the development of innovative ideas
- The emphasis on legal and ethical issues
- Evaluation of medical illustration practice
- Progression to full IMI membership.
The Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) in Medical Illustration is one of only two part-time distance learning courses in the UK on offer to practising clinical photographers and graphics designers working in healthcare. The course is 14 months in duration, with two routes, one for clinical photography and the other for graphics for healthcare sciences.
The course is structured on a modular format, with students completing five modules; two core, two discipline specific, and one optional specialist module. The two core modules, Methods of Inquiry and Professional Practice in Medical Illustration start during the concentrated periods of study in Cardiff in January and July. The discipline specific and the optional specialist modules are distance learning, with material being provided through Cardiff University’s web-based Virtual Learning Environment and supported by regular contact with an experienced personal tutor based in Cardiff.
The core and discipline specific modules carry 10 credits each. These modules encourage students to evaluate medical illustration practice and become reflective practitioners. Topics explored include legal and ethical issues, for the clinical photographers standardised representational photography and patient management, whilst the graphics route covers design considerations for screen and print.
The optional specialist module allows students to study in depth one of a number of specialist areas such as photography in dermatology, ophthalmic imaging and website design. The 20 credits assigned to this work encourages the students to research and evaluates a topic in detail.
The course is credit rated for 60 credits and some or all may count towards further postgraduate study. The PgCert and successful students are eligible for full Institute of Medical Illustrators (IMI) membership and admission to the voluntary Register of Medical Illustration Practitioners. The course starts in January each year and all applications should normally be made before the preceding October.
This is a 14 month distance learning course with two study periods in Cardiff of eight days duration (five days in January and three days in July). Module timetables are available from the Postgraduate & Cont Ed Unit.
- Methods of Inquiry
- Professional Practice in Medical Illustration
Discipline specific modules:
- Clinical Photography
- Patient Management in Clinical Photography
- Designing for Print
- Designing for the Screen
Specialist optional modules:
- Ophthalmic Imaging
- Photography in Cermatology
- Dental Photography
- Surgical Photography
- Surgical Videography
- Website Design
- Patient Information Leaflets
- Scientific Posters
Further modules details can be found be on the School of Healthcare Studies web pages.
On completion of the course, a student should be able to:
- describe the principles, theory, philosophy and practice of clinical photography or graphics in healthcare sciences
- evaluate published literature to undertake evidence based practice
- describe the application of a number of imaging modalities in healthcare
- demonstrate an understanding of the medical illustrator’s role in the production of photography for diagnosis, treatment monitoring, teaching and research or demonstrate an understanding of the medical illustrator’s role in the production of a range of material for patient information, teaching healthcare professionals, and research
- design photographic protocols for the clinical application of photography and video
- undertake clinical recording using a variety of imaging techniques or design, use and evaluate educational media
- understand the ethical, moral and professional issues related to the practice of medical illustration.
Students admitted to the course should be in possession of:
- As clinical photographers: Either a first degree or equivalent in photography, videography, film-based media or a media course majoring in these topics and currently practising as a medical illustrator.
- As medical graphic designers: Either a first degree or equivalent in graphic design and currently practising as a medical illustrator.
Overseas students are admitted on the basis of their country’s professional qualifications and their past work experience.
UK & EU Part Time for 2014/15 unless otherwise specified below
per 60 credit module
Next intake: January each year
Name: Ms Rachel Streets
Telephone: +44 (0)29 2068 7561