The Medical Artists’ Association is home to a diverse group of professionals, who originate from a range of backgrounds with advanced knowledge in a range of subjects but with a shared passion for medical art in all its forms.
Below is a full description of the three categories of membership that you can apply for.
Benefits of Gaining Professional Entry
- The Association’s Diploma of Membership
- The right to place MMAA after your name so long as you remain a member of the Association
- Full voting rights
- Display of your work on the Association’s website
- Newsletter 2x year
- Access to members-only MAA website pages
- Invitation to members’ only events
- Enter artwork into conference exhibitions
Full membership of the Association can be achieved by any one of the three following routes:
1 Completion of MAET Training Programme
Any person who has undertaken and completed the Medical Artists’ Education Trust (MAET) Postgraduate Programme in Medical Art and successfully passed their final assessment as examined by the Examination Board of the Medical Artists’ Education Trust.
2 Completion of approved MSc at The University Of Dundee
Any person who has undertaken and successfully completed a programme of training at the University of Dundee MSc in Medical Art or Forensic Art and successfully passed their final assessment as examined by the Examination Board of the Medical Artists’ Education Trust.
3 Professional Entry
This method of entry to the Association is open to any practising medical artist who has not undertaken a formal training programme in medical art and for whatever reason has not previously applied for membership of the Association.
The applicant must fulfil the following:
- 5 years working as a professional medical artist either within a hospital or university environment, or as a self-employed freelance medical artist, or both.
- The artwork should serve the requirements of education within the specialised area of medicine and should not include personal subjective art.
- Submit a portfolio of at least 20 pieces of work which have been executed within the preceding 3 years, 10 of which have been professionally commissioned within the field of activity. A minimum of 10 artworks should have been created using 2D mediums alone: for example, pencil drawing, watercolour, sketchbooks, life drawing, pen and ink, general design work etc. Artworks created using 2D software are also allowed, for example, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, CorelDRAW, Corel Painter, Procreate, Affinity Designer, Sketchbook Pro.
How to apply for Professional Entry
A guide to the expected standard of work can be taken from the members’ work on the MAA website.
Please supply the following with your application and email it to Debbie Maizels, Honorary Secretary of the MAA on firstname.lastname@example.org
- A current CV
- A covering letter outlining your reasons for submitting your application, and any other information which may be useful to know.
This information will be considered by the full Council of the Association.
What happens next
Should your application progress to the next stage, it will be forwarded to the Examination Board of the Medical Artists’ Education Trust (MAET) with a recommendation for interview. Interviews take place twice a year, in spring and autumn.
A fee of £90 is payable prior to interview.
When you are invited for interview, you shall bring your portfolio as specified, and any additional published material which helps to support your submission.
The Examination Board will decide whether your application is suitable for this form of entry to the MAA, and its decision is final.
Any person who is undertaking either of the following courses will automatically become a Student Member of the Association:
Any person who is undertaking the Postgraduate Programme in Medical Art with the Medical Artists’ Education Trust (MAET) http://www.maet.org.uk will automatically become a Student Member of the Association.
University of Dundee MSc
Any person who is undertaking a programme of training at the University of Dundee MSc in Medical Art or Forensics. is eligible to apply to become a Student Member of the Association. Students in this category are expected to attend regular assessments held by the Examination Board of the Medical Artists’ Education Trust (MAET) http://www.dundee.ac.uk/study/pg/medicalart/
Student members will not be considered as an official member of the company and shall not be entitled to any voting rights or to have their work displayed on the Association’s website. Student members shall not be entitled to place the letters MMAA after their name. Student membership may be renewed annually for a maximum of five years, unless the Council considers that there are special circumstances warranting an extension of such a period.
Any person who is involved or associated with or has an interest in medical illustration and who supports the aims and objectives of the Association, e.g. imaging experts, medical staff, professions allied to medicine, clinical teachers and medical educators, sculptors, model makers and life science illustrators.
This category of membership can also encompass any academic body or commercial company which supports the aims and objects of the Association.
Affiliate members are encouraged to work towards full membership of the Association should they wish, by liaising with the MAET to produce the required portfolio.
Affiliate members receive members’ rates to the conferences, full access to the members area of the website and regular newsletters.
An Affiliate Member shall not be entitled to place the letters MMAA after their name nor shall they have any voting rights or the right to have their work displayed on the Association’s website.
Application for Affiliate Membership
A current CV and covering letter clearly explaining reasons for applying for Affiliate Membership should be sent to Debbie Maizels, Honorary Secretary of the Association email@example.com who will present it to the MAA Council for discussion.