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Art History at Aberystwyth University provides the rare opportunity to study the history of art within a magnificent listed building where art is also made, curated and exhibited. Your training will be enriched, challenged and expanded by your growing understanding of historical and cultural contexts, exposure to the work of staff and student art practitioners, and access to our internationally renowned museum collections of fine and decorative art. We are situated in the heart of the Ceredigion coastline. The School is based within the town with unspoiled views of the coast, Cambrian mountains and Aberystwyth town itself. As a University, we are very lucky to be only a stone throw away from the National Library of Wales, which is a copyright library that houses every book that has been published in the UK. In addition, it also runs numerous exhibitions throughout the year. The School of Art has a museum status, and you can explore our rich collection that includes over 20,000 paintings, drawings, prints, photographs all of which dates back to the 15th century. Students on this course will benefit from our close association with the University's Arts Centre, which is one of the largest in the UK and a major venue for exhibitions by contemporary artists and designers. Students in our department can exploit our exciting opportunities such as studying abroad under the Erasmus + programme (studying in any of our European partnered Universities in countries such as Turkey, Norway and Germany). We also offer students to take part in several field trips and the destinations in the past have included: Madrid, Paris, Rome Moscow, Lisbon to name a few. Our employability statistics speak for themselves, in the 2017 DLHE results,100% of UK/EU undergraduates from the School of Art who graduated in 2016 were in professional-level jobs or graduate-level further study six months after graduating (DLHE, 2017). Upon successful completion of this course, you will emerge with real-world capabilities and possess the core employability skills enabling you to pursue careers as Art Historians; Arts journalists and research; Art directors; Easel painting and works on paper conservators; education; academia. A number of our graduates have found employment with:
- The Tate;
- Victoria and Albert Museum;
- Royal Academy of Arts;
- The Saachi Gallery;
- The BBC;
- The Royal Collection Trust;
- Design and Arts Council.
How to apply
If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:
15 January*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!
You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.
|Campus name||Main Site (Aberystwyth)|
Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
|UCAS Tariff||120 - 104 points||To include B in A Level Art or related subject, plus satisfactory portfolio|
|A level||BCC - BBB||To include B in A Level Art or related subject, plus satisfactory portfolio|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||DDM - DMM||plus satisfactory portfolio|
|Access to HE Diploma||Pass in Access qualification in a relevant subject with Merit in 50% of units at level 3, plus satisfactory portfolio.|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme||30 - 28 points||Plus satisfactory portfolio.|
|Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)||Aberystwyth University welcomes the Welsh Baccalaureate as a valuable qualification in its own right and considers completion of the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate to be equivalent to an A level grade.|
Applicants are selected on their individual merits and offers can vary. We allow you flexibility in meeting our entry requirements, and all qualifications that you have already gained, or are working towards, will be considered when reviewing your application. We have an inclusive policy which recognises a broad range of qualifications. The entry requirements listed above represent typical offers for some of the most popular qualifications taken by applicants. If you cannot find the qualifications that you are studying (or have previously studied) please contact our Undergraduate Admissions Office (Telephone: +44 (0)1970 622021; Email: [email protected]) for advice on your eligibility and details of the typical offer you are likely to receive.
Additional entry requirements
A minimum grade C or grade 4 pass in GCSE (or equivalent) English or Welsh is a requirement for entry to all our degree schemes. Level 3 KS/FS Communication may be acceptable in lieu of GCSE English or Welsh.
English language requirements
|Cambridge English Advanced||B|
|Cambridge English Proficiency||C|
|IELTS (Academic)||6.5||With minimum 5.5 in each component.|
|PTE Academic||62||With minimum scores of 51 in each component.|
|TOEFL (iBT)||88||With minimum scores in components as follows: Listening 21; Writing 21; Reading 22; Speaking 23.|
If you are an international student needing more information about the English Language requirement for your course (e.g. country-specific English Language tests, Partner Institution tests, EU/EEA English Language qualifications where the school curriculum is taught in a native language) please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for further advice.
Fees and funding
|Channel Islands||£9000||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£9000||Year 1|
Additional fee information
Aberystwyth University offers a valuable package of scholarships and bursaries to support students. Our long-established Entrance Examination competition means you could get up to £2,000 a year towards your living and study costs. You can combine that with any or all of our other awards, to make your financial package more valuable. Our awards include Sport and Music Scholarships, Bursaries for Care Leavers/Young Carers and a range of department specific awards. Please visit our website for full details.
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School of Art (undergraduate enquiries)
+44 (0)1970 622460
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