Full Membership


What’s included:

  • Entry in ‘Find an Artist’ section on website
  • Eligible to hold office and vote at AGM
  • Use post-nominal letters (MMAA, FMAA)
  • Circulation of any professional commissions opportunities
  • Eligible to apply for Ronald Raven Barber’s Award
  • Enter artwork into MAA exhibitions
  • Access to members’ area of website and private Facebook group
  • Entry in MAA membership booklet
  • Receive MAA Newsletter
  • Members’ rates for conferences and workshops

Criteria for applying:

You must match one of the following three points to qualify.

  1. Successful completion of MAET Postgraduate Programme in Medical Art. - or
  2. Successful completion of University of Dundee MSc in Medical Art or MSc in Forensic Art. - or
  3. Professional Entry: 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.

To apply, please select one of the following options:

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 applicant’s qualifications must be such as to satisfy the MAA Council of his or her fitness for membership in this category.
  • The artwork should serve the requirements of education within the specialised area of medicine and should not include personal subjective art.
  • The applicant will be asked to submit a comprehensive portfolio displaying a minimum of 20 examples of artwork created within the last 3 years, 10 of which must have been created by commission in a professional capacity. 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. Any additional published material, which the applicant feels may support their submission, will be taken into consideration.
  • The portfolio should also show a range of styles and media, both digital and non-digital, and the artworks shown must represent a variety of areas within medicine and the allied professions.
    For example (but not limited to) anatomy, surgery, conceptual medical art, etc.

Application process:

A guide to the expected range and standard of work can be taken from the members’ work on the MAA website.

Please supply the following with your application:

  • 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. If suitable, the applicant will progress to the next stage of being invited for interview. If a professional applicant is invited for interview, there will be a fee of £90 payable prior to the interview date to cover the costs of a longer portfolio assessment.

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.

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.

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