Aberystwyth University has opted into the TEF and received a Gold award.
Art History at Aberystwyth University undertakes 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 module. Fine Art 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 performances. In choosing our Art History and Fine Art degree, you will join one of the best art departments in the UK. 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. The School is based within the town of Aberystwyth that enjoys an unspoiled views of the coast, Cambrian mountains and Aberystwyth town itself. As a University, we are very luck to be only a stones throw a way 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 museum status, and you can explore our rich collection that include 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 on several field trips and the destinations in the past have included: Madrid, Paris, Rome Moscow, Lisbon to name a few. In the 2018 report published by the Higher Education Statistics Authority (HESA), 97% of our graduates were in work or further study 6 months. This figure is 3% more than Creative Arts and Design graduates nationally. (HESA 2018). 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; Photographers; Graphic Designers; Animators; Education; Academia. A number of our graduates have found employment with: The Tate; Victoria and Albert Museum; Royal Academy of Arts; Viz Magazine; 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||112 points||With B in Art or appropriate plus satisfactory portfolio.|
|A level||BBC||With B in Art or appropriate plus satisfactory portfolio.|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||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 points||With Art or appropriate at Higher Level 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 here represent typical offers for some of the most popular qualifications taken by applicants. We still use the UCAS tariff to determine whether you have met the terms of our offer, so whatever qualifications you are taking, provided these are included in the UCAS tariff and provided you meet the overall points total (and any specific subject requirements) you may still receive an offer. This means that if your course requires 3 A levels at BBB, we will accept other grade combinations that are equivalent to the same number of tariff points. For example A levels ABC and AAD equate to 120 UCAS tariff points). Applicants studying a mixture of qualifications (e.g. A Level with BTEC) are also warmly welcomed. If you cannot find the qualification(s) 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 Scholarship competition means you could get up to £2,000 a year towards your living and study costs. You can combine an Entrance Scholarship with any or all of our other awards, to make your financial package more valuable. Our awards include the Academic Excellence Studentship, means-tested Aberystwyth Bursary, Sport and Music Scholarships, Bursaries for Care Leavers/Young Carers and a range of department specific awards. Please visit our website for full details. This does not apply to students studying at our Mauritius campus.
Course contact detailsVisit our course page
School of Art (undergraduate enquiries)
+44 (0)1970 622460
+44 (0)1970 622461
Undergraduate Admissions Office (undergraduate enquiries)