Imaging Art and Science BA/BSc Honours

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UCAS code: 21W3 | Institution code: W50 | Attendance mode: Full-time
Start: 14 September 2017
Duration: 3 years
Location: North-West London
Campus: Harrow

The 2017/18 Tuition Fees for this course have not yet been set and will be available in early 2017. As an indication of Tuition Fees please refer to the 2016/17 course page.

We have access to a visual world previously unimaginable; reality itself is increasingly mediated, augmented, or replaced by images. This innovative dual pathway course, unique in the UK, offers breadth and depth in the study of imaging: techniques, histories and applications, from multiple perspectives of art, science and technology.

You will explore the rich and visually complex world of imaging in a dynamic, creative and interdisciplinary environment. Covering key technological developments, applications and cultural creation, the course combines the study of all aspects of imaging, including photography, optics, media arts, visual communication, imaging science and technologies, incorporating aspects of psychology and computing.

The course is suitable for applicants who have a background in science subjects and a strong interest in visual arts, or with a background in arts subjects and a strong interest in science and technology and is particularly aimed at those studying a combination of arts and science subjects.

Graduates may progress into careers in commercial photography and image production, TV and cine camera work, digital post-production, digital special effects, imaging education, or gallery, museum or editorial work. Those taking the BSc pathway may also work in industrial research and development, processing laboratory management, scientific, forensic and medical imaging or technical consultancy. Graduates from the BA pathway may additionally progress into careers in arts management, and independent arts practice.

Course content

With a focus on photography and image production, the course allows you to develop an art or science specialism together with experience in working and collaborating in multi-disciplinary groups, skills that are much sought after by employers.

After a shared first year, introducing the ideas, perspectives and methods of both arts and sciences, you will follow the BA or the BSc pathway. Years 2 and 3 consist of pathway-specific modules and shared interdisciplinary modules. There will be opportunities to work on real world projects, internships, and to be involved in exhibitions and symposia.

Year 1 (Credit Level 4)

A core year taken by all students, covering practical photography and imaging techniques, visual literacy, research methods for art and science, creative and critical thinking, and history of science and art.

Modules include:

  • Imaging Innovations
  • Photography and Digital Culture
  • The Good Image

Year 2 (Credit Level 5)

You will follow either the BA or BSc disciplinary pathway, and study shared modules for advanced practice, core modules for science and art pathways, plus a menu of optional modules.

Subjects of study include:

BA-specific core modules

  • Imaging Art in Context
  • Vision and Technology

BSc-specific core modules

  • Imaging Systems and Technologies
  • Imaging Science

Shared and option modules

  • Art/Science Collaboration
  • Beyond Perception
  • Data, Visualisation and Representation
  • Media Frontiers
  • Media, Technologies and Practices

Year 3 (Credit Level 6)

In the final year you will focus on the completion of a substantial practical project in a subject of your choice, alongside specialised modules in advanced aspects of imaging.

BA-specific modules

  • Dissertation
  • BSc-specific modules
  • Imaging System Quality and Performance
  • Advanced Digital Imaging

Shared modules

  • Creative Code
  • Major Project
  • Professional Practice and Public Engagement

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As part of your course you can take elective modules at Level 5 and Level 6. Electives are an exciting opportunity to widen your experience at university and to gain skills and knowledge that will help make you more employable. Find out about Westminster electives.

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Additional costs information

To check what your tuition fees cover and what you may need to pay for separately, see our What tuition fees cover page.


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  • identify your career options
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  • develop your enterprise skills

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