Biomedical Art and Visualization BFA Degree

Biomedical Art and Visualization BFA Degree

BFA in Biomedical Art and Visualization

2020 Virtual Reality Senior Biomedical Art and Visualization BFA Exhibition

The Biomedical Art & Visualization BFA Major is delighted to announce the 2020 Virtual Reality Group Exhibition of artworks by the senior class: Karlee D. Rogers, Lucas Petrin, Taylor McKeown, Megan Miller, Jennifer McCabe, Amanda Rosa and Paxton Allen. The exhibition curates a selection of work from each student, highlighting their senior year thesis research projects and portfolio highlights. The exhibition includes 63 pieces of medical and scientific illustration, fine art, photography and information design. Students in the exhibition collaborated with physicians, scientists, designers, artists, and experts at Rowan University and industry professionals. The exhibition can be viewed in two formats: Virtual Reality Video Walkthrough (of a curated tour) or an Interactive VR Experience found below.


Choose the "Box" icon at the right for Full Screen (best for viewing) Navigate by clicking your mouse in the space OR use the "map icon" at the lower left to click and visit different spaces. Click each image to view the artwork title/artist and media. Use the "Down Arrow" next to the "Play Icon" to visit a specific artist exhibition from the list.

The Rowan University Bachelor of Fine Art in Biomedical Art and Visualization is one of the few undergraduate disciplines of its kind in the country. The Biomedical Art and Visualization field is a unique area of study in a growing field of art, medicine, science, and technology. Biomedical Art and Visualization students combine artistic talent and strong visual communication skills with natural science and biomedical intellect. As a biomedical artist you will apply your knowledge of art, medicine science and technology to create educational illustrations, animations and interactive media for specific audiences.

BMABV BFA Degree Program Guides and Course Sequences

+ Earn an optional CUGS (Certificate of Undergraduate Studies) in Game Media Design


View our 2020 BMAV BFA Informational Reel with Student Work Examples

Visit our BMAV Student Spotlight, featuring our talented students and alumni!

MEET OUR BMAV BFA Faculty here!

Biomedical Art is built on the traditional field of scientific and medical illustration. Rowan University's Biomedical Art and Visualization curriculum contains concepts and skills in leading-edge digital media techniques, interactivity, and animation. Our program combines innovative ideas and media through the intersection of art, science and medicine. You'll learn a versatile set of illustration, information design, 3D modeling, and animation techniques through both traditional and digital art methods.

We've designed a curriculum that offers a lot of elective flexibility. This allows you to take a broad range of courses across Rowan University Colleges including science and medicine, with access to the Department of Art courses, including computer imaging, graphic design, information design, photography, sculpture and more. You'll develop applied career skills in portfolio preparation and professional practices within the department and with outside experts.

Check out more BMAV student work

Types of content and subjects in the Biomedical Art and Visualization area:

  • Biology
  • Zoology
  • Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology
  • Pathology & Disease Development
  • Biotechnology & Biomedical Engineering
  • Surgical Procedures & Operative Observation

Types of art media used in the Biomedical Art and Visualization area:

  • Graphite
  • Carbon Dust
  • Pen & Ink
  • Color Pencil
  • Digital Line & Ink (Adobe Creative Cloud)
  • 2D Digital Painting / Illustration (Adobe Creative Cloud)
  • 3D Modeling & Animation (Autodesk Entertainment Suite)
  • Virtual Reality and Simulation (collaboration with the Rowan University VR Center in the South NJ Tech Park and the Henry M. Rowan College of Engineering)
  • Interactive Media (Adobe Creative Cloud, Autodesk, Unity, RPG Maker, and Unreal Game Engines)

The Biomedical Art & Visualization program has also taken advantage of our extraordinary location at the heart of the region's leading medical, scientific, and cultural communities. Our curriculum builds connections with the area's major medical and educational resources, including Rowan's own Cooper Medical School, School of Osteopathic Medicine, College of Science & Mathematics, College of Health Sciences,Graduate School of Biomedical Science. In addition, the Philadelphia and Southern NJ areas offer connections to the Mutter Museum, Franklin Science Center, Academy of Natural Sciences at Drexel University, University of Pennsylvania. As a student in the Biomedical Art & Visualization program you will benefit from these partnerships through many real-world experiences that include projects in medical, natural science, and educational media.

Graduates in the Biomedical Art & Visualization program work within many broad areas of: natural science and medical industries, educational design, 2-D and 3-D instructional animations and video, medical and scientific textbooks, biomedical and pharmaceutical advertisements, patient education, biomedical device design, serious/educational game design and simulations, professional journals, educational websites, technical illustrations and didactic videos. Upon graduation, students in the BMAV BFA program are encouraged to work and earn experience and/or attend the National and International Graduate Programs in art, science and biomedical communication. Additionally, we encourage all students to join the professional organizations of the Association of Medical Illustrators, for important professional practice standards, C.M.I. (Certified Medical Illustrator) examination credentialing, CAAHEP Accredited Graduate Programs and service to our growing field and the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators.

BMAV BFA Portfolio Requirements and Program Admissions

The program requires a portfolio review and essay requirement for all incoming freshman students. Please note, if you are transferring in from another institution, you will be placed via the NJ State Lampitt Law in the B.A. in Art program, as we conduct a comprehensive review of your transcript and transfer credits for a smooth transition. Once completed, we can formally change and update your degree status to the Biomedical Art and Visualization BFA. 

Recommended Digital Art/Media Production Supplies for New and Current BMAV BFA Majors: DOWNLOAD PDF
We highly suggest that all major students purchase a laptop and external USB Hard Drive storage to support their individual studio practice and experiential learning at home or on campus. We find that IF students have their own laptops, they learn to problem-solve, increase productivity, innovate and create with their own tools on hand 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Rowan University has excellent Academic IRT Technology Support, and access to the Adobe CS Suite, MS Office and other applications via our Citrix Server. We also have a subscription to LinkedIn Learning (formerly; where a vast library of digital learning and production resources are available to our majors for supplemental training. 

Biomedical Art and Visualization Career Areas:
Pharmaceutical Media Markets
Medical Device & Biotechnology Media Markets / Design
Veterinary Media Markets
Medical & Scientific Advertising / Educational Agencies
Government Agencies
Medical Legal and Forensics Firms
Museums & Cultural Institutions
Serious Gaming & Interactive / Educational Media Design
Attendance/Pre-Requisite Program to Graduate Medical Illustration Education

Recent Graduate and Internship Student Highlights

Frankie Cifone 2017 – Full Time, Instructional Multimedia Designer, DICE Group Jefferson Health Experience & Innovation Team

Alyssa Stern 2018 – Full Time, Graphic Designer, ECOM 2000

Elizabeth Thompson 2018 – Internship Sea Semester Abroad, substitute teaching in Chicago K-12.

Karlee D. Rogers 2019 – Full Time, Content Development Rowan School of Osteopathic Medicine, NeuroMusculoskeletal Institute

Jennifer McCabe 2019 – Internship, MD Cancer Center, Dr. Dorthy Bird, Plastic Surgery/Breast Reconstruction Department.

Terry Nguyen, Dani Jewel, Sofia Monaco, Jessica Angellini, Rose Price, Mariele Ford, 2020 Internship Virtual Reality Lab, Camden Health Grant, VR Digital Humanities Warsaw Simulation and the VR THA (Total Hip Arthoplasty Surgical Simulation) funded through the Rowan Camden Health Grant Inititative.

Overall, the Bachelor of Fine Art in Biomedical Art & Visualization provides a comprehensive and in-depth experience in art, science, medicine and technology with empowering the student to venture out of the classroom and into the professional field of collaboration! The core goals of: exploration, research, investigation, strong visual communication, design and technical skills -- to connect with specific audiences through the creation of educational narratives and didactic design.

For more information, please contact the Program Coordinator:
Amanda S. Almon MFA CMI

 Select examples of BMAV BFA student work
 Intestinal Microbiome, by Karlee D. Rogers, 2019; 3ds Max and Adobe PhotoshopStudent: Karlee D. Rogers, 2018

5th Week Fetal Development, by Paxton Allen 2019, Adobe Photoshop

Student: Paxton Allen, 2019

Surgical Illustration Research Poster by Jenny McCabe, 2018 Adobe Photoshop/InDesign and Illustrator

Student: Jennifer McCabe, 2019

Philadelphia Zoo Exhibition Poster (Mock-up Design) by Alex Resnik, 2019, Carbon Dust, Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator

Student: Alex Resnik, 2019

Vaccination Infographic Visualization by Karlee D. Rogers, 2019, Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign

Student: Karlee D. Rogers, 2019

Pigmentation Changes in Leaf Cells by Sophia Monaco, 2019, 3ds Max and Adobe Photoshop

Student: Sophia Monaco, 2019

Mosasaurous 3D Visualization by Veronica Cava, 2019, 3ds Max and Adobe Photoshop
Student: Veronica Cava, 2019