• For Entry: January | September
  • Duration: 3 - 5 weeks
  • School: Science & Engineering
  • Study Mode: Full Time

A range of specialist taught postgraduate modules to those with a first degree, or those with equivalent experience. Choose from Medical Art 1: Image Capture and Creation, Medical Art 2: Communication and Education, Forensic Facial Imaging, Analysis and Comparison, Forensic Art

The Centre for Anatomy & Human Identification provides a wide range of modules in key aspects of Medical Art and Forensic Art & Facial Identification which are offered on a stand-along basis.

These modules enable the student to develop specialist expertise or perhaps refresh knowledge.

Our academic staff offer postgraduate modules in their specialist areas, therefore, students are taught by experts in the field.

Students 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.

Modules Available

The modules are delivered through traditional lectures, dissection, study groups and anatomical illustration workshops. These will be supplemented with tutorials to allow for small and large group-based discussion as well as life drawing critique sessions.

Core modules

ModuleCreditsSemesterDurationStarts
Anatomy for Artists 15 1 4 weeks October/November
Medical Art 1: Image Capture and Creation 25 2 5 weeks January
Medical Art 2: Communication and Education 25 2 5 weeks February/March
Forensic Facial Imaging, Analysis and Comparison 25 2 5 weeks January
Forensic Art 25 2 5 weeks February/March

Anatomy for Artists

This module is designed to provide students with an appreciation of basic human anatomy focussing on macro structures. Anatomical terminology, concepts and theories will be introduced along with a series of workshops in anatomical illustration skills and life drawing.

Topics covered include:

  • Topography of the postcranial human body
  • Basic human systems
  • Basic human osteology
  • Anatomical Illustration Skills
  • Anatomical structure & landmarks
  • Ecorche

At the end of the module students should be able to understand the structure, function and adaptation of the human body at the macro-scale.  Students should also have an understanding of some of the techniques used in producing anatomical illustrations and be able to apply their anatomical knowledge to life drawing.

 

Forensic Art

This module aims to provide training and practice in the various elements of Forensic Art, taught by established forensic experts; practitioners and researchers.

Topics covered include:

  • The Cognitive Interview: witness interviews and composite facial sketch production
  • Artificial Age Progression: digital facial photograph manipulation
  • Postmortem Depiction: digital facial photograph manipulation and enhancement (e.g. lens distortion correction), removal of evidence of taphonomy (facial decomposition) for media release
  • Anthropological Skull Assessment: sex, age, ancestry assignment by morphological and craniometric analyses
  • Forensic Facial Reconstruction: 3D and 2D sculptural, manual and virtual (Freeform)
  • Craniofacial Superimposition: manual and 3D digital imaging, analysis of anatomical correspondence

By the end of this module students will be able to apply a broad range of forensic art techniques to a variety of scenarios. Students should also be able to critically analyse and evaluate scientific research to compose facial depictions using a 2D and 3D mediums.

Students will be expected to compose forensic reports based on national legal standards, defending their interpretation, analysis and conclusions.

 

Forensic Facial Imaging Analysis and Comparison

This module provides an understanding of 2D and 3D craniofacial imaging: enhancement, analysis and comparison.

Still and moving images of the face, and the effects of perspective, movement, expression, lighting and angle of view will be studied.

Forensic applications of facial image comparison will be explored.

Topics covered include:

  • Forensic Facial Imaging, Analysis and Comparison (including CCTV)
  • Craniofacial photography and 3D scanning
  • Morphological analysis of skull and face
  • Craniofacial Anthropometry

At the end of this module students should be able to demonstrate a number of forensic imaging techniques and will be able to evaluate critically their appropriate application in a variety of forensic scenarios.

 

Medical Art I - Image Capture and Creation

This module provides students an overview of medical art history and contemporary practice along with the skills required of a modern medical artist. Students will become familiar with a range of materials and software to respond to specific medical illustration briefs and will be exposed to a variety of career pathways within medical art and professional bodies.

Topics covered include:

  • Medical art history and contemporary practice
  • Image capture
  • Anatomical modelling
  • Digital art skills

At the end of this module students will be able to discuss the history of medical art and how it relates to contemporary and their own practise. Student should also create anatomical and medical illustrations to communicate information to both expert and general public audiences.

Students will be expected to critically evaluate their work and that of their peers and explain and justify their decision making process.

 

Medical Art II – Communication and Education

This module provides students with experience of working with other professionals and exposure to the hospital and other medical/scientific environments. This will include observation of surgery and visits to Ninewells departments as well as working with anatomy staff within the Centre for Anatomy & Human Identification.

Students will learn to consider the different applications of their work from public communication to expert training and education.  Students will develop two small self-direct projects utilising the people, materials and experiences they are exposed to during this module.  The projects will focus on communicating anatomical or medical information to either public or specialist audiences.

Topics covered include:

  • Exposure to anatomical and medical practices and professionals
  • Communicating anatomical and medical information to both public and expert audiences
  • Utilising medical art to educate public and expert audiences
  • Self-directed study and project management

By the end of this module students should be able to identify and describe the various professions they are likely to come into contact with as practicing medical artists and discuss and evaluate how to interact and work with other professionals.

Students will also discuss and relate current issues and developments within the field of medical art to their own practice and create resources to enhance the education and/or communication of anatomical and medical subjects for both expert and general public audiences.

Students will be expected to critically evaluate their work and that of their peers and explain and justify their decision making process.

These modules form part of our postgraduate portfolio. You can continue from a single module to a Postgraduate Certificate, by combining the modules as follows:

  • Anatomy for Artists
  • Medical Art 1: Image Capture and Creation
  • Medical Art 2: Communication and Education (requires completion of Medical Art 1 or prior professional experience)

Upon completion of all three a PGCert in Medical Art will be awarded

  • Anatomy for Artists
  • Forensic Facial Imaging, Analysis and Comparison
  • Forensic Art (requires completion of Forensic Facial Imaging, Analysis and Comparison or prior professional experience)

Upon completion of all three a PGCert in Forensic Art and Facial Identification will be awarded.

You are expected to fulfil the entry requirements of the related masters programme, which is normally the equivalent of a 2:1 honours degree in a relevant discipline and a portfolio assessment. Applicants with alternative qualifications and/or relevant experience may also be considered.

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Forensic Art:æYou need to have completed Forensic Facial Imaging, Analysis and Comparison CPD or have prior experience of working in the field. Medical Art 2:æYou need to have completed Medical Art 1 CPD or have prior experience of working in the field.

 EU and International qualifications


English Language Requirement

IELTS Overall 6.5
Listening 5.5
Reading 5.5
Writing 6.0
Speaking 5.5

 Equivalent grades from other test providers

 

English Language Programmes

We offer Pre-Sessional and Foundation Programme(s) throughout the year. These are 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.

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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 statusFees for students starting 2017/18
Scottish and EU students 15 credit module £1,500
25 credit module - £2,500
Rest of UK students 15 credit module £1,500
25 credit module - £2,500
Overseas students (non-EU) 15 credit module £1,500
25 credit module - £2,500

You apply for this course via the UCAS Postgraduate (UKPASS) 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.

  Degree Course Code
Apply NowIndividual Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification (CAHID) ModuleP060233

Course Contact

Dr Caroline Erolin
Centre for Anatomy & Human Identification
c.d.erolin@dundee.ac.uk
+44 (0)1382 388351