Students in Scientific Illustration must learn to develop and employ their ability in the visual presentation of knowledge both by following instructions and at their own initiative. Not only must they be able to explain scientific findings, but they must also comply with design and aesthetic requirements.
Subjects studied Visualization of scientific and popular scientific discoveries, notably in the fields of natural science and archaeological illustration. Strong design skills are developed in both analogue and digital presentation media.
Structure and subjects studied The study programme lasts three years. A preparatory and a department-specific foundation course are followed by the main course with an integrated thesis semester. The course of study offers a broad range of subject-specific specialization areas (e.g. archaeology, medicine and biology). General and specific modules augment one another and require specific as well as interdisciplinary forms of work.
Careers Scientific illustrators produce documentation and illustrations for scientific and popular science purposes. They work as employees or long-term contractors at universities, hospitals, museums, cantonal archaeology departments (in Switzerland) and historical preservation organizations. As freelance illustrators they may perform project work on a contract basis for publishers, industrial clients or advertising agencies.
Requirements Flexibility, a talent for observation, creativity, technical craftsmanship and entrepreneurial aptitude are the decisive factors for professional success.
Supervisor :Niklaus Heeb, Karin Seiler
Further information Ausstellungsstrasse 60 - P.O. Box CH – 8031 Zurich 5 Tel : +41 43 446 32 22 Fax : fax +41 43 446 45 87
In 1986 The Association Européenne des Illustrateurs Médicaux et Scientifiques (AEIMS) was founded in Strasbourg. Its aims were to bring together artists, illustrators and sculptors working in medical education and the life sciences. AEIMS meets somewhere in Europe each year, usually linking the conference with one of the European training institutes. The meeting is always great fun and increasingly worthwhile as the years pass.
All members are experienced professionals with with proof of publication as demonstrated by their portfolio. Active members generally includes those who make much of their living by freelancing or by employment. All members are required to be sponsored by two members or by the Membership Committee. Active Members receive all the benefits available to AEIMS members, are eligible to vote and may hold office in the association.