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Explore creative relationships at the intersections of science and arts

Module details

  • Offered to 1st years
  • Tuesdays 16.00-18.00
  • 8 weeks (autumn term only)
  • Planned delivery: Online
  • Non-credit only
How to enrol

This module considers important interactions between science, art and design.

We will reflect on the ways in which scientists have relied on artists to help shape their practices, and question some of the assumptions about perception and vision that underpin how images are made and used in science.

We will discuss key concepts in current thinking on art and science, and examine the social, cultural and ethical questions brought forward by artistic practices that engage with science.

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Learning outcomes

 On successful completion of this module, you will be better able to:

  • Appraise the relationships between science, art and design.
  • Reflect how historical depth can enhance our understanding of key science, art and design concepts.
  • Articulate informed opinions about science, art and design categories.
  • Develop appropriate vocabulary to discuss parallels, overlaps and distinctions between the fields of science, art and design.

Indicative core content

The module will look at crossovers in processes, skills, knowledge and values between the fields of art, science and design through the following topics:

  • The history of ‘seeing’ in relation to science and art.
  • How art and graphic design has been used to persuade, to inform and to empower in relation to scientific concepts.
  • Recent and historical representations and sciences of the mind.
  • The relationship of the natural world with scientific and artistic enquiry.
  • Bodily boundaries.
  • The turn away from immateriality and subjectivity to examine the renewed interest in material reality.

Learning and teaching approach

Over the eight weeks of this module you will participate in individual and group exercises, including writing and production of visual materials. You and your peers will deliver presentations in class showcasing your projects and ideas. We will have practical workshops and, where possible, field trips. We will use learning technology to support collaborative research and group presentations.
You will be provided with formative feedback from your lecturer and peers on class exercises, and peer feedback on presentations and group projects. You will submit your summative work through the module VLE, through which you will receive written feedback within two weeks of submission.


  • Coursework: Essay 1200–1500 words (50%)
  • Coursework: Academic Poster 500-700 words (50%)

Key information

  • ECTS value: 0
  • Requirements: You must be prepared to attend all classes and to spend about an hour a week preparing for each session
  • This module is designed as an undergraduate Level 4 course. For an explanation of levels, view the Imperial Horizons Level Descriptors page.‌
"Really interesting module which complements my other courses. Trips to London museums were a highlight ..... Very enjoyable."
"I very much appreciated tackling different aspects of the duality of science and art."