Fine Art with Art History

The study of Fine Art with an equal measure of Art History provides you the rare opportunity to combine the historical, curatorial and the practical study of art. The BA Joint Honours program at Aberystwyth University’s School of Art offers the study of Fine Art and Art History as a professional, practical and intellectual pursuit, one that requires the disciplined acquisition of technical expertise, the formation of a creative intelligence, and an historical, critical, theoretical and contemporary awareness of art.

All our staff members are active in Fine Art or Art Historical research; their experience as exhibiting artists, publishing art historians and practicing curators actively informs the teaching at Aberystwyth. We offer you a training that connects traditional skills with contemporary practice and theory. Tuition in Fine Art is available in painting, printmaking, drawing, photography, book illustration, experimental film, sound, installation and site-specific performance. Entry is available directly from school or via foundation course. Core Art History modules that cover a period from the Renaissance to present day provide a general survey of Art History, while optional specialised modules offer in-depth study of specific subjects. Further vocation-oriented modules are dedicated to the historical study of particular Fine Art mediums, exhibition curation, artefact interpretation, and the management of art. Students additionally benefit from access to the School’s Museum and its internationally renowned collection of artworks.

As versatile and articulate graduates, you will be able to pursue careers as artists or art historians, educators and curators, or continue to postgraduate studies. Our degree scheme is particularly appropriate for students considering work in museums, private galleries and auction houses, in public art organisations, or in art gallery administration.

As an Aberystwyth graduate you will emerge with real world capabilities, enabling you to shape your future and develop the career you deserve.

  1. 3 year(s)
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English / Welsh
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  1. Your commitment is full time
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  1. Starts: 2018

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Support available from the Coleg Cymraeg

25% of the course available in the medium of Welsh

The Coleg plans and supports the provision of Welsh medium higher education on a strategic basis across all the universities in Wales. By working with the universities, the Coleg enables them to secure and develop more opportunities for students studying through the medium of Welsh. In particular, the Coleg sponsors Welsh medium lecturing posts, supports projects to create new resources, and offers scholarships to undergraduate and postgraduate students to study through the medium of Welsh. More information on the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol's work can be found on the website

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