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Scientific Illustration

Zuyd University

Master Postgraduate Maastricht

Course description

Qualification Master of Arts
Field of study Humanities, social sciences, communication and arts
Course summary You'll learn to make accurate visualizations of topics from the clinical, medical and biological domain. You'll get the skills to use a wide range of traditional and digital techniques.
Course description One image tells more than a thousand words It is not surprising that in biomedical sciences traditionally illustrations are created to enable communication between scientist and author, teacher and student, or physician and patient. Art and science come together in scientific illustration. Your future expertise When you graduate, you are a specialist who makes accurate visualisations of topics from the clinical, medical and biological domain. You have the skills to use a wide range of traditional and digital visualisation techniques. Best of two top universities The Master Scientific Illustration is an international study programme in which you will meet students from European countries and beyond. Unique in Europe. It is cooperation between the Faculty of Arts at Zuyd University of Applied Science in Maastricht and the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences at Maastricht University.
Study subjects Your training has a strong emphasis on the application of conventional imaging techniques in conjunction with photography, video and computer techniques for accurate two-dimensional display of three-dimensional structures. Additional training in digital three-dimensional reconstruction and modelling is given in workshops.
Course objectives To be able to create a scientifically correct image, you must not only be a good craftsman, but also an outstanding ‘storyteller’ and communicator. You must be capable of communicating with specialists from different scientific fields, understanding the scientific problem and then be able to convert it into visualization for a specific target audience.
ECTS credits 120.00
Duration 2 year(s)
full-time, part-time
Language of instruction English
Instruction modes case study, computer exercise, computer modeling, design project, excursion, exhibition, individual assignment, literature study, oral presentation, portfolio, poster presentation, practicum, project, research, research project, working group, workshop
Accreditation -

About the institution

Department Zuyd University of Applied Sciences
Information about the institution Zuyd University of Applied Sciences offers you the best of both worlds: a small-scale, intimate learning environment with all the benefits of a larger institution. You can choose from a wide range of courses and enjoy excellent facilities in modern buildings. Despite being one of the largest UAS’s in the country, all of Zuyd’s faculties are relatively small, tight-knit communities, where you find a personal and welcoming atmosphere. Lectures are interactive, with room for personal guidance as well as the freedom to develop into a skilled and creative professional. Zuyd’s project-based learning method allows you to work in small groups of no more than 15 students, supported by a tutor. This method encourages you to actively participate in group discussions and to enhance your problem solving skills.


Admission requirements
  1. You will have to display sufficient motivation and talent in drawing. Also a research attitude is required.
Language requirements
IELTS overall band 6
Professional experience required -
Duration 2 year(s)
full-time, part-time
Application deadlines
Start date EU/EEA Students Non-EU/EEA students
1 Sep 2020 1 May 2020 1 May 2020
Tuition fees
Year EU/EEA Non-EU/EEA Institutional
2019 (FT)€ 9950€ 9950€ 9950
2019 (PT)€ 5030€ 5030n.a.
2020 (FT)n.a.€ 9950€ 9950
2020 (PT)n.a.€ 5030n.a.

In short, the following rules apply:

  • The “EU/EEA rate” is the regular fee for students from within the EU/EEA.
  • The “non-EU/EEA rate” is the rate for students from outside the EU/EEA.
  • The “institutional rate” is for all students who have already obtained a bachelor’s or master’s degree and who want to start a second programme leading to a degree at the same level or at a lower level.
  • Note that FT, PT and D stand for "full-time", "part-time" and "dual", respectively.

Make sure you contact your institution to find out what rate applies to you. The rates listed here are estimates.



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