Photography/Creative Writing at Aberystwyth University - UCAS

Aberystwyth University

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Aberystwyth University (Prifysgol Aberystwyth)

Photography/Creative Writing

Course summary

Photography and Creative Writing at Aberystwyth University will enable you to cultivate your imagination, inventiveness and creativity, while broadening your visual and verbal language. This inter-disciplinary degree will allow you to explore and experiment with genre, form, language, media, style, and presentation. You will develop skills related to image capture and reproduction in analogue and digital media, while acquiring the knowledge required for the successful writing of non-fiction, prose and poetry. On completion of this degree, you will graduate with a portfolio of exceptional creative material, and the skills and attributes to flourish in your chosen career. Why study Photography and Creative Writing at Aberystwyth University? You will explore the connections between creative and critical thinking and develop a deep understanding of the relationship between professional practice and imaginative thought. You will learn from experienced staff, many of whom are published authors and internationally renowned photographers and curators. You will be immersed in a supportive and vibrant community of creative and critical thinkers and practitioners. You will benefit from access to the National Library of Wales (one of the UK’s five copyright libraries), which is adjacent to Penglais campus, and which holds a copy of all works published in the UK and the largest collections of portraits, maps and photographic images in Wales.. You will have the opportunity to examine rare and original photographic prints from the collections of the National Library of Wales and the School of Art Museum. The School of Art at Aberystwyth University has been awarded Accredited Museum Status by Arts Council England. This demonstrates that its collection care and management are at the highest standard. In your final year you will have the chance 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 projects and dissertations in a splendid rural setting. What will I learn? In the first year you will learn how to apply narrative techniques and hone your creative writing practice. You will have the opportunity to study a range of historic and contemporary literature and analyse poetic techniques and form. You will also explore the language of photography and gain essential practical skills through the consideration of themes such as identity, environment, tradition and sense of place. In the second year you will extend your critical and technical awareness of non-fiction and develop your creative writing skills further, whilst immersing yourself in the literary fields which excite you the most. You will consider the debates surrounding contemporary photographic practice and acquire the critical apparatus to evaluate photographic imagery as an art form, while furthering your self-directed photographic practice. In the third year, you will continue your exploration of diverse writing practices, while developing your understanding of different modes of literary discourse. You will have the opportunity to participate in a writing retreat in the heart of Wales. In addition, you will further refine your own photographic practice in preparation for an exhibition of your work in the Graduation Show. Studying Photography and Creative Writing at Aberystwyth University will allow you to develop your specialist technical knowledge and flair for language and composition, while enriching your creative and cultural understanding of the world around you. The skills you acquire will afford you many career opportunities, including: Copywriter, Editor, Lexicographer, Scriptwriter, Arts administrator, Creative director, Concept artist, Magazine journalist, Newspaper journalist, Press photographer, Magazine features editor, Media Planner, Film/video editor, Graphic designer and Web designer.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

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. Business, Mathematics, and Science degree schemes also require a minimum grade C or grade 4 pass in Mathematics and/or Science at GCSE (or equivalent).


English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
Cambridge English AdvancedB
Cambridge English ProficiencyC
IELTS (Academic)6.5With minimum 5.5 in each component.
PTE Academic62With minimum scores of 51 in each component.
TOEFL (iBT)88With 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

Tuition fees

England £9000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9000 Year 1
Scotland £9000 Year 1
Wales £9000 Year 1
Channel Islands £9000 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9000 Year 1
EU £16520 Year 1
International £16520 Year 1

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

Additional fee information

The UK and Welsh Governments have confirmed that EU students commencing their studies in the academic year 2021/22 will no longer be eligible for home fee status. Fees for EU students will therefore be charged in line with international fees from 2021/22 onwards. Please note Irish nationals will continue to be eligible for home fee status and support by the Welsh Government under the Common Travel Area arrangement

Sponsorship 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/Estranged Students and a range of department specific awards. Please visit our website for full details.

Provider information

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Aberystwyth University
SY23 3FL

Course contact details

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School of Art (undergraduate enquiries)

+44 (0)1970 622460

+44 (0)1970 622461

Department of English and Creative Writing (undergraduate enquiries)

+44 (0)1970 622534

+44 (0)1970 622530

Undergraduate Admissions Office

01970 622021

Photography/Creative Writing at Aberystwyth University - UCAS