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CENTER FOR ANATOMY AND HUMAN IDENTIFICATION
A dynamic collaboration between the Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification and Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, forensic and medical art at the University of Dundee is at the forefront of research with widespread applications in the fields of human identification, archaeological investigation, medical illustration and museum and media exhibition. Perhaps best known for their work in facial reconstruction - the process of rebuilding a face from the skull – staff and students also undertake related research in facial recognition, anthropology, anthropometry and taphonomy. The course work closely with the NHS and the Medical Artists' Association.

The MSc’s in Medical Art and Forensic Art and Facial Identification are professional masters programmes where students study a number of shared modules as well as modules designed specifically for either chosen concentration. The programme has been developed in response to the need for the provision of support for the satisfactory transition from undergraduate study to the establishment of professional practice within contemporary forensic and medical fields. It recognises that in common with many academic areas of study students who have successfully completed a first degree need professional vocational training in order to enter the world of work. In addition, professionals within the UK police force or NHS require qualification, validation expansion and specialisation of their skills to conform with medico-legal procedures and for registration with professional bodies.

This MSc aims to produce professionals who can work at the leading edge of the genres and will provide a supportive environment to nurture innovative and creative ideas whilst working closely with the UK police force and the MAA (Medical Artist's Association).

Medical Art
Medical Art is the depiction of anatomy, medical science, pathology and surgery. This may include illustrations, diagrams, 3D models or animations for use in medical education, specialist training, public communication, medico-legal evidence and medical research. Semester 1 (60 credits)

In semester 1 the focus is on learning anatomy through dissection, prosection study, illustration and facial sculpture and applying this to life art practice. Students will also be introduced to research methods and digital media.


  • Anatomy 1 - Head and Neck (15 credits)
  • Anatomy 2 - Post Cranial (15 credits)
  • Life Art (10 credits)
  • Digital Media Practice (10 credits)
  • Research Methods (10 credits)

Semester 1 may be also be taken as a stand-alone PGCert entitled ‘Anatomy for Artists’.

Semester 2 (60 credits)

In semester 2 the students specialise in medical art through two subject specific modules. Medical Art 1 consists of a series of lectures and workshops giving students an overview of contemporary medical art practice while teaching a variety of practical skills including digital illustration, 3D modelling and working with CT and laser scan data. During Medical Art 2 students will gain experience of working with other professionals. They will observe surgery and work with anatomy staff within CAHID to produce two self-direct projects. Students will also undertake a module in Medico-Legal Ethics in order to gain an awareness of the legal and ethical issues surrounding professional practice in medical art.

  • Medical Art 1 – Image Capture and Creation (25 credits)
  • Medical Art 2 – Communication and Education(25 credits)
  • Medical-Legal Ethics (10 credits)


On successful completion of Semesters 1 and 2 there is an exit award of a Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Art.

Semester 3 (60 credits) - dissertation and exhibition resulting from a self-directed project undertaken either at the university or as a placement.



Forensic Art
Forensic Art encompasses a wide range of subjects, including craniofacial anthropology and identification, traditional and virtual-sculptural forensic facial reconstruction, craniofacial superimposition, post-mortem depiction, composite art and artificial age-progression.

Forensic Facial Identification entails the study of facial analysis and comparison through standardised facial photography, CCTV and 3D imaging, morphological analysis of the skull and face, craniofacial anthropometry, eyewitness evidence, the cognitive interview and forensic facial composite production.

Semester 1 (60 credits)

In semester 1 the focus is on the study of anatomy through dissection, prosection study, illustration and facial sculpture and applying this to life art practice. Students will also be introduced to research methods and digital media.

  • Anatomy 1 - Head and Neck (15 credits)
  • Anatomy 2 - Post Cranial (15 credits)
  • Life Art (10 credits)
  • Digital Media Practice (10 credits)
  • Research Methods (10 credits)

Semester 1 may be also taken as a stand-alone PGCert entitled ‘Anatomy for Artists’.

Semester 2 (60 credits)

This period is split over two modules covering the various elements of Forensic Art and Facial Identification. The first module will focus on Forensic Facial Imaging, Analysis and Comparison. This involves a practical foundation in standardised facial photography and 3D-imaging techniques, which together facilitate an understanding of the comparative techniques employed in forensic image analysis: including CCTV analysis, forensic facial image comparison and facial biometrics.

The second module focuses on Forensic Art: the scientific estimation underpinning the artistic creation of facial images from a variety of sources. In an attempt to identify the living, this includes faces created from eyewitness evidence; or from family photos, as in artificial age progression. In an attempt to identify the dead, this includes faces created based upon mortuary photos of unidentified bodies, the scientific analysis and interpretation of the skull to produce a forensic facial reconstruction, and the anatomical comparison of the unidentified skull and missing-person photographs in craniofacial superimposition.

Students will also undertake a module in Medico-Legal Ethics in order to gain an awareness of the legal and ethical issues surrounding professional practice in medical art.

  • Forensic Facial Imaging, Analysis and Comparison (25 credits)
  • Forensic Art (25 credits)
  • Medical-Legal Ethics (10 credits)

On successful completion of Semesters 1 and 2 there is an exit award of a Postgraduate Diploma in Forensic Art and Facial Identification.

Semester 3 (60 credits) - dissertation and exhibition resulting from a self-directed project undertaken either at the university or as a placement.

 

 

To Apply
Applicants require:

  1. 2.1 (or equivalent) or higher in an art degree.
  2. 2.1 (or equivalent) or higher in an appropriate medical science degree*
All applicants will need to provide an appropriate portfolio of art work and be able todemonstrate a high standard of English. Applicants with other qualifications or relevant experience will also be considered.

All applicants must be able to demonstrate a high standard of English.
* (eg: anatomy, anthropology, archaeology, dentistry, biology, forensic science, genetics, medicine, sociology).


Further information
Course Contact
Mrs Caroline Erolin
Centre for Anatomy & Human Identification
c.d.erolin@dundee.ac.uk
+44 (0)1382 388352

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