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.
This highly innovative one-year taught Masters course will encompass all these fields, employing highly specialised tutors from scientific backgrounds alongside experienced forensic art supervisors.
Why study Forensic Art at Dundee?
Forensic Art is the presentation of visual information in relation to legal procedures. A forensic artist may aid in the identification or location of victims of crime, missing persons or human remains, and may facilitate the identification, apprehension or conviction of criminals.
Forensic artists require technical and conceptual art skills alongside comprehensive medical and anatomical knowledge.
What's so good about studying Forensic Art at Dundee?
You will benefit from the facilities of a well-established art college, whilst appreciating the 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.
Short term internships in forensic and medical institutes throughout the world will be offered to selected students following graduation. Internship institutes offer these internships based on the reputation of the course and its tutors and include the National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), USA; the Turkish Police Forensic Laboratory, Ankara and Ninewells Hospital, Dundee.
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 police artists, and medical artists working in the NHS, who are seeking validation or further specialisation of existing skills to conform with medico-legal procedures and for registration with relevant professional bodies.
The course is delivered using traditional methods including lectures, practical studio sessions and small group discussions with an encouragement into debate and theoretical solutions to current problems.
Forensic Art students study:
Semester 1 (60 credits)
- Anatomy - Head and Neck
- Life Art
- Digital Media Practice
- Research Training
- Facial Analysis and Imaging
Semester 2 (60 credits)
- Medico-legal Ethics
- Depiction and Identification of the Dead
- Depiction and Identification of the Living
Semester 3 (60 credits) - dissertation resulting from a research project undertaken either at the university or as a placement.
On successful completion of Semesters 1 and 2 there is an exit award of a Postgraduate Diploma in Forensic Art.
The Anatomy and Facial Analysis and Imaging modules will be assessed by spot-tests, practical examinations and coursework. Medico-legal ethics will be assessed by both a written exam and coursework. All other modules will be assessed by coursework.
This programme aims to provide professional vocational training to underpin your first degree, so that you can enter employment at the leading edge of your discipline. Career opportunities in forensic art are varied and will depend on individual background and interests.
In forensic art, potential careers exist within the police force and overseas law enforcement. Possible careers include:
- Police art & design departments producing law enforcement documents, image enhancement, CCTV surveillance, image collection, staff posters and presentations.
- SOCO/CSIs in UK or overseas law enforcement agencies
- Facial composite practitioner and witness interview expert in police force
- Archaeological artist working with museums, institutes and exhibitions
- Facial identification services
- Medico-legal artwork
- Freelance art applications
- Special effects and the media/film world
- Academia – teaching or research
- PhD research
Year of Entry: 2015
Entry Requirements: First or upper second class honours degree in Art/Design or related forensic/anatomical science. All applicants must provide evidence of artwork, in the form of a portfolio on CD, which you should submit with your application. Relevant professional experience will be taken into account if you have no graduate qualifications.
EU and International students visit our EU and International webpages for entry requirements tailored to your home country.
English Language Requirement
IELTS of 6.5 (or equivalent), if your first language is not English.
Please check our English language requirements page for details of equivalent grades from other test providers, and information about the University of Dundee English language courses.
English Language Pre-Sessional Programmes
We offer Pre-Sessional programmes throughout the year and Foundation Programme(s) for both undergraduate and postgraduate students which start at the beginning of the academic year. These programmes are all designed to prepare you for university study in the UK when you have not yet met the language requirements for direct entry onto a degree programme. Successful completion of these programmes guarantees progression to various degrees at the University of Dundee as long as you hold a relevant offer.
The 30 week (one Academic Year) Foundation Programme(s) allow applicants who have not met our typical academic entry requirements, and require additional English Language support by up to 1.0 IELTS, to gain the necessary qualifications to enter the University of Dundee degree programmes in the following year.
The 24 week Pre-Sessional programme (March – August) provides additional English Language tuition for students who do not meet our minimum English Language requirements by up to 1.0 IELTS and the 10 week Pre-Sessional programme (June – August) (October – December) provides specialist English Language tuition for students who are 0.5 IELTS below the requirement for their degree programme.
There have been many changes to the arrangements for funding students entering higher education in recent years, yet a degree from the University of Dundee, with its high rate of employment success, remains a cost-effective option.
The fees you pay will depend on your fee status. Your fee status is determined by us using the information you provide on your application. Find out more about fee status.
|Fee category||Fees for students starting 2015/16|
|Scottish students||£8,200 per year of study|
|Rest of UK students||£8,200 per year of study|
|EU students||£8,200 per year of study|
|Overseas students (non-EU)||£15,950 per year of study
See our scholarships for international applicants
Please read the Postgraduate "How to Apply" section for information on how to upload relevant documents to UKPASS before proceeding with your application.
Dr Christopher Rynn
Centre for Anatomy & Human Identification
+44 (0)1382 386433