The MSc in Imaging Art and Science is part of a dual pathway MA/MSc programme in Imaging Art and Science
The MA/MSc in Imaging Art and Science is a unique programme in Imaging, designed to equip students with advanced skills in areas relating to image conception, formation, capture, analysis, evaluation and visualisation from the perspectives of art, science and technology.
The University of Westminster was the first institution in the UK to provide academic degrees in Photography, Imaging Science and Technology and has produced world leaders in the fields of Image Science, Imaging Technologies, Photographic Arts and Photographic Theory.
The MA/MSc in Imaging Art and Science is a cross-disciplinary programme built on our experience and proficiency in these fields, run in collaboration by the Westminster School of Media Arts & Design and the Faculty of Science & Technology. It provides cutting edge education, supported by external links to creative and scientific industries.
Normally, applicants will require a First or Upper second Honours degree in a scientific discipline relating to imaging, such as imaging science, electrical engineering, physics, mathematics, computer science; or equivalent experience in relevant subject areas in industrial contexts. If English is your second language an IELTS score of 7.0 is required.
The course is aimed at Art or Science graduates from disciplines relating to Imaging (e.g. photography, media, fine art, or computer science, electrical engineering, mathematical and physical sciences), wishing to specialize in Imaging Arts or Imaging Sciences, while developing a cross-disciplinary outlook, informed by scientific, art and theoretical perspectives. We also encourage applicants with equivalent experience in related fields such as photography, art, science, media or imaging industries.
Course structure and module contents (MSc Pathway)
Methods-Process-Context (20 credits)
Transactions and Public Engagement (40 credits)
Colour Imaging dual pathway (20 credits)
Image Quality and Content dual pathway (20 credits)
Imaging Science (20 credits)
Research Project (60 credits)
Option Module from Faculty of Science and Technology (20 credits)
Methods-Process-Context is a shared MA/MSc module providing advanced research skills relevant to art, science and inter-disciplinary projects. It offers data analysis/statistics, technical and creative skills, introduction to creative programming and programming for imaging. A range of skills is offered to allow students to tailor their skill-set to support themselves throughout the course.
TRANSACTIONS AND PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT
Transactions and Public Engagement encourages understanding of interdisciplinary aspects of imaging, and provides a space for art/science collaborative imaging projects, the outputs of which are disseminated in yearly events.
is a dual pathway MA/MSc module discussing colour theory, colour vision, colour measurement, appearance and management, alongside the cultural, theoretical, and historical dimensions of colour in visual arts and imaging.
IMAGE QUALITY AND CONTENT
is a dual pathway MA/MSc module, exploring cultural and scientific approaches to image quality. Areas of study include visual psychophysics, image quality models, critical theory and aesthetics.
is MSc pathway specific; it focuses on signal sampling and quantisation, digital image formation, image analysis and measurements of imaging system performance. It includes optics relevant to image formation and system performance.
Students must take at least 2 module options from the course. One option can be taken from other relevant Post Graduate courses within the Faculty of Science and Technology.
The Research Project is a self-directed, pathway-specific body of work undertaken with academic supervision; it often runs in collaboration with relevant industries/organisations.
Depending on the tailored module/content selection and Major Project topic, graduates of the MA/MSc will be able to work in a range of fields, including: imaging practice and production (e.g. fine art/ commercial photography, film post production and special effects); image management, picture research, curating (e.g. photographic libraries, museums and archives); scientific imaging and processes (e.g. biomedical imaging labs, image processing and analysis, colour management), imaging science research (e.g. optical system development, image quality, imaging performance). Graduates may also work in a number of other areas, including imaging education, research labs and creative applications.