What is VISTA?
Pre-Medical Illustration and Scientific Visualization are interdisciplinary minors where faculty from art, biology, and biomedical engineering work together to offer students a unique opportunity to pursue a dual passion for science and art. Pursuit of one of these minors prepares students for graduate school and future careers in medical and scientific illustration. The courses required by the pre-medical illustration curriculum cover all pre-requisites for graduate school in medical illustration. In addition, both minors require an internship which providse students with real life client experience and valuable material for their professional portfolio. VISTA has an external advisory board of professional medical illustrators who are dedicated to offering a unique educational experience and networking opportunities to enrolled students.
What Can I Do With A Minor In Pre-Medical Illustration?
A minor in pre-medical illustration prepares students for application to graduate school for medical illustration. The scientific focus of this minor is on biological sciences, where scientific visualization is left open to the student's specific area of scientific major.
What Can I Do With A Minor In Scientific Visualization?
A minor in scientific visualization offers students the opportunity to develop a set of art skills and illustrate, animate, and create in their selected area of scientific study.
Students in biological visualzation will be required to complete an internship where they combine their knowledge of art and science to produce work for a client. These clients include Louisiana Tech faculty, local physicians, and community health care businesses. For more information on the internship or questions about requesting a student intern to complete medical or scientific illustrations, please contact Professor of Studio Art and Director of VISTA, Mr. Nick Bustamante.
Interdisciplinary Team of Faculty
Pre-Medical Illustration at Louisiana Tech was born out of a collaboration between faculty members in Biological Sciences (Dr. Jamie Newman), Biomedical Engineering (Dr. Mary Caldorera-Moore), and Art (Mr. Nicholas Bustamante) in order to generate high-quality illustrations for a publication related to tissue engineering. The three professors involved quickly saw an opportunity for students to not only learn about the field of medical illustration, but also an opportunity for students to generate work for research publication.
Since its inception in 2015, the collaboration has been dedicated to offering students a quality education that includes learning outside of the classroom. This is achieved by internships, interaction with science faculty, art exhibits and auctions, and networking opportunities with professionals in the field of medical illustration. As the program continues to develop we look forward to engaging with more students, members of our community, and professional medical illustrations to offer the best education and opportunities after graduation that we can.
"The digital design class was an excellent opportunity for the students and faculty from three distinct colleges to work collaboratively together. Our art students gained a greater appreciation of the science that went into their paintings and the new possibilities for art in the digital age. The students also learned to work with clients, meet deadlines and work across disciplines in a team effort. I believe the class exemplifies the quality and interdisciplinary nature of the educational experience at the university.”
-Dr. Don Kaczvinsky, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Louisiana Tech