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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. Our Fine Art programme offers you training that connects traditional skills with contemporary practice and theory. On completion of this degree, you will emerge with real world capabilities, enabling you to pursue careers as artists, curators, educators. 

  • Studying at the School of Art, you will have access to an internationally renowned collection of art and artefacts. Our collection consists of some 20,000 prints, photographs, drawings, paintings and ceramics. We actively draw on those original works of art to build a practical knowledge of art history.
  • The School of Art is a government-accredited art museum that runs its own galleries. There are only two such schools in the UK. This means a hands-on study of art in a museum environment. It gives you the opportunity to engage creatively with art history by curating works from our collection as part of your degree scheme.  For examples of a student-curated exhibition, visit our Museum and Galleries blog.
  • As a student here, you will be joining one of highest-ranking art departments in the UK for student satisfaction and employability success.
  • Our staff are actievely engaged in research, and their findings inform our teaching in the School of Art. Our team of experts include well-known art historians, practicing curators and exhibiting artists.
  • During your time in the School of Art, you will have the opportunity to work with and study our internationally renowned collection of prints, photographs, paintings and ceramics.
  • All students in our school have access to our teaching facilities which inlcude a MAC suite, studios and learning spaces.
  • The highlight for all students in our department is curating an exhibition in our galleries as part of your degree scheme.
  • On the our doorstep is the National Library of Wales. One of only five copyright libraries in the United Kingdom, the National Library in Aberystwyth holds over six million books, maps, prints and manuscripts, and has an outstanding collection of paintings and works on paper.
  • This course is available to students who have completed a foundation course in Art.

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. Our Fine Art programme offers you training that connects traditional skills with contemporary practice and theory. On completion of this degree, you will emerge with...

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Course Content

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

  • Drawing and Painting;
  • Book illustration;
  • Printmaking;
  • Photography;
  • Interdisciplinary thinking and practice;
  • Life Room studies;
  • Art History;
  • Academic writing skills;
  • Introduction to the critical understanding of Fine Art.

In your second year you will:

  • Specialise in your chosen discipline(s);
  • Deepen your exploration of ideas and demonstrate technical proficiency;
  • Develop a programme of tutor-led self-directed practice and research that evidences an experimental approach 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.

In your third year you will be expected to:

  • Produce a body or work that demonstrates conceptual and technical coherence;
  • Articulate the broad critical and contextual dimensions of your discipline;
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of historical, contemporary and emerging practices relevant to your field of study;
  • Commit to subject for a sustained period;
  • Generate ideas independently or collaboratively in response to set assignments or self-initiated practice;
  • Develop a personal, individual and imaginative response your chosen topic;
  • Consolidate skill-, subject- and conceptual-bases acquired over three years to produce a body of qualitative work for public exhibition;
  • Develop a professional profile or identity as an artist.

In your first year, through the disciplined acquisition of fundamental technical skills, you will explore: Drawing and Painting; Book illustration; Printmaking; Photography; Interdisciplinary thinking and practice; Life Room studies; Art History; 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 is by course work – portfolio exhibition, presentation.

Assessment is by course work – portfolio exhibition, presentation.