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BA in Fine Art/English Literature (Full Time)

Aberystwyth University

Bachelor Degree , Fine Art

Course Description

In choosing to study a degree in Fine Art and English Literature (WQ13) at Aberystwyth University you will be part of one of the best art departments in the UK. The School of Art focuses on integrating traditional skills with contemporary theory and practice to produce first-class fine art students. We place drawing at the heart of the student experience in light of the recent revival of interest in traditional drawing skills; our School of Art is at the vanguard of contemporary art education. You will also follow the core syllabus for English Literature meaning you will complete you degree with a great combination of skills and competences.

  • Benefit from the disciplined acquisition of technical expertise, the formation of creative intelligence, and a historical, critical, theoretical and contemporary aware of Fine Art practice.
  • The School of Art at Aberystwyth University has been awarded Accredited Museum Status by Arts Council England. This demonstrates that our collection care and management are at the highest standard. 
  • Explore connections between creative and critical thinking and develop a deep understanding of the relationship between professional practice and imaginative thought.
  • Learn from experienced staff who are internationally renowned artists, authors, curators and art historians.
  • 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).
  • In your final year you will have the opportunity to take part in a writing retreat at a country house in mid-Wales - an amazing opportunity to spend time with fellow students and staff, developing your final year projects and dissertations, in a splendid rural setting.

In choosing to study a degree in Fine Art and English Literature (WQ13) at Aberystwyth University you will be part of one of the best art departments in the UK. The School of Art focuses on integrating traditional skills with contemporary theory and practice to produce first-class fine art students. We place drawing at the heart of the student experience in light of the recent...

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Course Content

In your first year you may discover:

  • New techniques for analysing literary texts;
  • Some key figures from literary history (from Shakespeare to the Brontës);
  • Lesser known texts, and writers who are new-to-you;
  • Life room studies; 
  • Book illustration and painting; 
  • Art History; 
  • An introduction to the critical understanding of Fine Art;
  • A variety of “ways of reading” and some theoretical approaches to textual analysis;
  • Poetry, prose, drama, American Literature, adaptations, Classical literature, contemporary writing, medieval texts and much more.

In your second year you may explore:

  • The theoretical approaches to, and the practice of, literary criticism;
  • A range of selected core texts from the medieval period through to the twenty-first century;
  • Your ideas and demonstrate technical proficiency;
  • A number of specialist topics chosen by you (these might focus on a specific genre (such as crime fiction), historical period (such as the Victorian era),  or theme (such as “place”);
  • Your art practice within contemporary context and historical traditions. 

In the third year you may master:

  • Literary theory and the application of theoretical perspectives to literary analysis;
  • Extended writing and independent research in your final year dissertation project (on a topic chosen and defined by you);
  • And produce a body or work that demonstrates conceptual and technical coherence; 
  • Your own specialisms drawn from a diverse range of option modules taught by researchers in those fields. Our option modules include topics such as Elizabethan drama, the ghost story, the early English novel, queer fiction, children’s literature, Romanticism, and much more; 
  • And consolidate skill, subject, and conceptual bases acquired over three years to produce a body of qualitative work for public exhibition. 
  • In your final year you will have the opportunity to take part in a writing retreat at a country house in mid Wales - an amazing opportunity to spend time with fellow students and staff, developing your final year projects and dissertations, in a splendid rural setting.

In your first year you may discover: New techniques for analysing literary texts; Some key figures from literary history (from Shakespeare to the Brontës); Lesser known texts, and writers who are new-to-you; Life room studies;  Book illustration and painting;  Art...

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Entry Requirements

UCAS Tariff 104 - 120

A Levels BBB-BCC to include B in Art and B in an English 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 with 5 points in an English related subject at Higher Level, plus satisfactory portfolio

European Baccalaureate:
75%-65% overall with 7 in an English related subject, plus satisfactory portfolio

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

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Assessment Methods

You will be assessed through essays, exams and oral presentation. You will also be required to complete additional, non-assessed, assignments and to work with others on particular tasks.

You will be assessed through essays, exams and oral presentation. You will also be required to complete additional, non-assessed, assignments and to work with others on particular tasks.