Experience Anatomy

In this course students investigate the most essential aspects of human anatomy pertinent to the artist. The course progresses from examining anatomical artworks in art history to researching current anatomical references as a basis for image exploration. The importance of accurately depicting the human form is stressed through technical studies of skeletal and muscular structures in a sketchbook format. Online resources are an active part of the course in learning terminology and functions of mechanical structure of the human form. Larger projects focus on the application and development of anatomical knowledge within specified fields of interests or majors. Other components of the course include sessions on structural relationships between animals and the human figure, biomechanics as a means of emphasizing how function influences form, and systemic functions of the body. Through work in sketchbooks and formal assignments, students develop the skills necessary to produce a series of anatomically correct figure drawings. This class is not intended for medical practice requirements. / Open to students ages 18 and above. / View complete policies.


How does an online course work at MCAD?

Most online courses are asynchronous, meaning that there are no set class meeting times. Instead, courses are project-based, with 2 to 3 deadlines per week, and students can choose a time and place that works best for them to complete the work. Course activities may include readings; video demonstrations and tutorials; online discussions; projects; and critiques. The workload of an online course is roughly 8-10 hours per week, whether the course is being taken for credit or noncredit.


Required Textbook:

See for a list of required textbooks.


Please Register Before: January 16

If the minimum enrollment is not met by the deadline above, the class will be canceled on this date. Registration will remain open after this date if the minimum enrollment has been met. 

Class Savings

Register on or before January 20 and save $25.

Register for more than one class at a time and receive $25 off each additional class (same-day registrations only).

Additional savings. Are you eligible?


Contact MCAD Continuing Education at or call 612.874.3765.


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Course Details

2D 3297 20 SP20
Date Start: 
Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Date End: 
Tuesday, May 12, 2020
Age Group: 
Age Requirement: 
Open to students ages 18 and above.
Days of Week: 
Online - Asynchronous
Professional Development and Liberal Arts
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