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BA in Fine Art/Art History (Full Time)

Aberystwyth University

Bachelor Degree , Fine Art

Course Description

Fine Art at Aberystwyth University will allow you to develop new or broaden and deepen your skills in painting, printmaking, drawing, photography, book illustration, experimental film, installation and site-specific performance. Your Art History studies will be concerned with research as well as the critical understanding, interpretation and display of visual culture delivered through core modules as well as specialised or interdisciplinary history and curating modules.

In choosing our Fine Art and Art History degree, you will join one of the best art departments in the UK. On completion of this degree, you will emerge with real-world capabilities, enabling you to pursue careers as artists, art historians, curators and/or educators.

  • Benefit from the disciplined acquisition of technical expertise, and the formation of creative intelligence, combined in equal measures with an historical, critical, theoretical and contemporary awareness of art history and visual culture.
  • Make a valued contribution to a close community of students and staff within a well-respected School of Art that was established in 1917.
  • Gain access to excellent teaching facilities that include well-lit studios for painting, darkrooms, print workshops, a MacSuite, seminar rooms, lecture theatre, galleries and a museum all housed in a magnificent Grade II* listed building.
  • Explore our internationally significant collection of fine and decorative art. As an Accredited Museum, the School runs its own galleries with some 20,000 paintings, drawings, prints and photographs dating from the fifteenth century to the present day.
  • Learn from experienced staff who are internationally renowned artists, curators and art historians.
  • Enjoy our close association with the university Arts Centre, that is one of the largest in the UK and a major venue for exhibitions by contemporary artists and designers.
  • Benefit from unrivalled access to the nearby National Library of Wales, one of only five copyright libraries in the United Kingdom, with over six million books, maps, prints and manuscripts, and a fine collection of paintings and works on paper.
  • Participate in our study visits within the UK or abroad (destinations have included Madrid, Paris, Rome, Amsterdam, New York, Vienna, Barcelona, Venice, Moscow, St Petersburg, Florence, Budapest and Lisbon).
  • Enter the degree scheme directly from school or from a foundation course.

Fine Art at Aberystwyth University will allow you to develop new or broaden and deepen your skills in painting, printmaking, drawing, photography, book illustration, experimental film, installation and site-specific performance. Your Art History studies will be concerned with research as well as the critical understanding, interpretation and display of visual culture delivered through core...

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Course Content

In your first year, through the disciplined acquisition of fundamental technical skills, you will explore:

  • Fundamentals of drawing and painting and the use of colour;
  • Book illustration;
  • Printmaking;
  • Photography;
  • Interdisciplinary thinking and practice;
  • Life Room studies;
  • Academic writing skills;
  • Critical understandings of art and visual culture;
  • Fundamentals of European and American art organized by historical themes and styles, for example representing the body and looking into landscape.

In your second year you will:

  • Specialise in your chosen Fine Art discipline(s) and areas of interest in Art History;
  • Deepen your exploration of ideas and demonstrate technical proficiency in Fine Art;
  • Develop a programme of tutor-led self-directed practice and research that evidences an experimental approach to Fine Art and gives expression to a personal voice as an artist;
  • Grow a self-critical approach to creative working and professional methods;
  • Position your art practice within contemporary contexts and historical traditions;
  • Explore historical and current issues in our understanding of art history and visual culture;
  • Continue with your core art historical studies from 1990 to the present day;
  • Construct your own curriculum from a broad portfolio of optional art history modules.

In your third year you will be expected to:

  • Consolidate skill-, subject- and conceptual-bases acquired over three years;
  •  Produce a body of artworks that demonstrate conceptual and technical coherence;
  •  Articulate the broad critical and contextual dimensions of your discipline;
  • Demonstrate knowledge of historical, contemporary and emerging practices relevant to your field of study;
  • Work for a sustained period towards a public exhibition and/or art history dissertation;
  • Select from a broad portfolio of Art History modules that engage with specialised, interdisciplinary and/or curatorial aspects of the subject;
  • Generate ideas independently or collaboratively in response to set assignments or self-initiated practice/research;
  • Develop a personal, individual and imaginative response your chosen topic;
  • Develop a professional profile or identity as an artist or art historian.

In your first year, through the disciplined acquisition of fundamental technical skills, you will explore: Fundamentals of drawing and painting and the use of colour; Book illustration; Printmaking; Photography; Interdisciplinary thinking and practice; Life Room studies; Academic writing...

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Entry Requirements

UCAS Tariff 104 - 120

A Levels BBB-BCC to include B in Art or related subject, plus satisfactory portfolio

GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4):
English or Welsh

BTEC National Diploma:
DDM-DMM, plus satisfactory portfolio

International Baccalaureate:
30-28, plus satisfactory portfolio

European Baccalaureate:
75%-65% overall, plus satisfactory portfolio

UCAS Tariff 104 - 120 A Levels BBB-BCC to include B in Art or related subject, plus satisfactory portfolio GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4): English or Welsh BTEC National Diploma: DDM-DMM, plus satisfactory portfolio International...

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Assessment Methods

Assessment in Fine Art is by coursework (portfolio of paintings, drawings, sketchbooks and related research materials, exhibition, presentation) and in Art History (essays, exams, presentations, dissertation, curated exhibition from the museum collection).

Assessment in Fine Art is by coursework (portfolio of paintings, drawings, sketchbooks and related research materials, exhibition, presentation) and in Art History (essays, exams, presentations, dissertation, curated exhibition from the museum collection).