Aortic Arch Development


Understanding embryonic development is important because it provides an explanation for how our bodies are formed, and how anatomical variations can occur. Simple, static diagrams which are prevalent in many textbooks often fail to convey the true 3D structure of embryonic anatomy to students. Additionally, it can be difficult to understand how a static diagram changes into the next stage of development. To help students at St. George's University learn this content, a series of animations were commissioned by Dr. Kazzara Raeburn. This series focuses on the development of the aortic arch arteries and are part of an ongoing effort to develop embryonic development animations for students. 

Maxon Cinema 4D was used to create the 3D anatomy, and Adobe After Effects was used to create the 2D graphic elements and layout for these animations. This project was created in collaboration with Wes Price who helped with content research and design, and Lucia Garces who helped with the layout and color pallete. 

Normal Development

Double Aortic Arch

Right Aortic Arch

Right Subclavian Artery

The project was presented in the form of a Directed Learning Activity (DLA), which is provided to students for self-paced learning before their in person lecture as part of the flipped classroom model. You can learn more about the flipped classroom model here: flipped classrooms


Jack Nelson 

Medical Illustration