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Overview

Forensic art encompasses a wide range of subjects, notably facial anthropology and identification, such as two and three-dimensional facial reconstruction, craniofacial superimposition, post-mortem depiction, composite art and age progression.

The course was established in 2007 by the Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification (CAHID) and Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design (DJCAD). You will be taught by specialists from scientific backgrounds and experienced forensic art supervisors.

Our facilities include a well-established art college, newly-refurbished laboratories, a dedicated library and access to human material in a modern medical science environment.

The award-winning staff in the Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification (CAHID) are amongst the most experienced in the UK in the fields of human identification, forensic anthropology, craniofacial identification and the study of the human body.

The core remit of the Centre is the study of anatomy, and staff deliver high quality anatomy teaching at all levels, via whole body dissection which allows students to develop a sound knowledge of the human body.

The Centre was awarded a prestigious Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher Education in November 2013. Presented in recognition of 'world class excellence', the Queen’s Anniversary Prizes are among the most highly-regarded awards for the UK’s universities and colleges.

Who should study this course?

This course will benefit artists with specific interests in the medical and forensic applications of visual art.

It will also provide a postgraduate qualification for artists seeking validation or further specialisation of existing skills to conform with medico-legal procedures, and for registration with relevant professional bodies. This includes police artists and medical artists working in the NHS.

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

The University of Dundee has been given a Gold award – the highest possible rating – in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

Read more about the Teaching Excellence Framework

Teaching & Assessment

How you will be assessed

  • anatomy spot-tests
  • oral and visual presentations
  • portfolio assessment of 2D/3D image acquisition and of artwork
  • written coursework and examination, such as forensic case reports

How you will be taught

Teaching methods include traditional and online lectures, practical workshops in the studio and dissecting room and small group discussions. These encourage debate around theoretical research-based solutions to current practical problems.

What you will study

Careers

This course will provide professional training to underpin your first degree. You will enter employment at the leading edge of your discipline. There are various career opportunities in forensic art and facial identification. They will depend on individual background and interests.

Potential careers in forensic art and facial identification exist within the police force and overseas law enforcement, as well as with private companies and in research. Many of the techniques you will learn are increasingly transferrable. Potential career paths include:

  • Police or associated art and design departments producing forensic documents, image enhancement, CCTV surveillance, image collection, staff posters and presentations
  • SOCO/CSIs in UK or overseas law enforcement agencies
  • Facial composite art practitioner and witness interviewer
  • Facial identification services
  • Missing-persons organisations
  • Facial prosthetics
  • Movie special-effects
  • Archaeological artist working with museums, institutes and exhibitions
  • Academia: teaching or research
  • PhD research
  • Medicolegal artwork
  • Freelance art applications 

Internships

Short term internships may be offered to selected students following graduation. Previous placement have included, the National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) in the USA and with the Edinburgh Tram Project in Scotland.

Your Application

Places are limited for this course and are awarded on a first come, first served basis. If you meet the entry requirements but all places are allocated we will notify you that you have been added to a waiting list.

You apply for this course via the UCAS Postgraduate website which is free of charge. You can check the progress of your application online and you can also make multiple applications.

You'll need to upload relevant documents as part of your application. Please read the how to apply page before you apply to find out about what you'll need.


Visit the MSc Forensic Art & Facial Identification page on the University of Dundee website for more details!

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