Forensic Art and Facial Imaging MSc at University of Dundee - UCAS

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Course summary

Forensic artists aid in the identification or location of victims of crime, missing persons, or human remains. They help with the identification, apprehension, or conviction of criminals. The course starts by giving you a strong foundation in anatomy, observational drawing, and anatomical illustration skills, before moving on to more specialised modules in the second semester. You will go on to learn the practical techniques involved in a range of forensic art applications including facial reconstruction, post-mortem depiction, age progression, and composite facial sketching. You will use a variety of specialist hardware, including 3D scanners and haptic feedback styluses, and 3D modelling software. You will learn anatomy from Thiel embalmed cadavers and prosections. These cadavers are soft-fix, which means they retain real-to-life qualities, including realistic colour, tissue quality, and flexibility. You'll be taught by highly specialised tutors from scientific backgrounds such as anatomy, as well as experienced forensic art supervisors


Modules include: anatomy: head and neck; post cranial; life art; digital media practice; research training; forensic facial imaging, analysis and comparison; forensic art; medical-legal ethics; dissertation and exhibition resulting from a self-directed project undertaken either at the university or as a placement.

Assessment method

A variety of assessment methods are employed, including anatomy spot-tests; oral and visual presentations; portfolio assessment of 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional image acquisition and of artwork; written coursework and examination, such as forensic case reports.

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. Please check our website for English language requirements.

Fees and funding

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Additional fee information

Tuition fees for 2023/4 are yet to be confirmed.
Forensic Art and Facial Imaging MSc at University of Dundee - UCAS