University Of Wales, Aberyswyth

The School of Art has a long and distinguished history stretching back to 1917 when it was part of the only British university concerned with the Art and Crafts Movement. In 1936 it became a sub-department within the Education Department where, in 1965 the Joint Honours Art scheme was established. Single Honours Art and Masters degree schemes were introduced in 1974, one year after the subject had once again been given autonomy as a university department.

Joint Honours Art History was introduced in 1981, Single Honours Art History in 1996, PhD in Fine Art in 2000 and the Single and Joint Honours Museum & Gallery Studies schemes started in 2002. Today, the School boasts a broad portfolio of undergraduate and postgraduate degree schemes, allowing for a specialised or interdisciplinary study of Fine Art, Art History and Museum & Gallery Studies.


United Kingdom

School of Art, Buarth Mawr
Ceredigion, Wales
SY23 1NE
Phone: +44 (0)1970 622460
Fax: +44 (0)1970 622461

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Location and Getting there

The School of Art Gallery and Museum is housed in the Edward Davies Building, a magnificent Edwardian building overlooking Cardigan Bay, just minutes walk from Aberystwyth town centre and railway station.

The map below locates the School of Art as building 51. There are further maps of the town on the University web pages. Alternatively, follow the link below to locate the School of Art in Aberystwyth using Multimap.

A small amount of free parking is provided in the School of Art grounds, although during term-time space is more limited. There is further street parking in the streets nearby, but car parks are available near the railway station, just a few minutes walk from the School.

Regular rail services operate from Birmingham and Shrewsbury through Newtown and Machynlleth to Aberystwyth. There are now improved bus links from Bangor and Dolgellau in the north, and Carmarthen and Cardigan in the south. These services, as well as local routes, terminate at the bus station adjacent to the railway station.

Academic Staff and Description

The staff are committed to the implementation of both traditional and innovative methods of teaching and to on-going training as part of the University’s Staff Development Programme. All members are active in Fine Art and Art Historical research; their experience and expertise actively informs the teaching. The School also provides the results of its research through exhibitions, the publication of books and articles, in organising touring exhibitions and providing catalogues, attending conferences and giving outside lectures, and fostering research links with other countries.

Through the work of individual members of staff the School also contributes to such distinguished organisations including the Arts Council of Wales, Council for Museums in Wales, Gregynog Press, University Museums Group, Association of Art Historians, Society of Psychical Research, American Academy of Religion, Royal Photographic Society, Royal Society of Painter Printmakers, and Royal Watercolour Society. Thus, through its active involvement with the practice, history, and curation of art, the School seeks to provide a rich environment for the student.
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News and Events

Four of our postgraduate students have been selected to exhibit in the Atkinson Gallery annual postgraduate exhibition: Lydia Mulholland and Lindsey Scott (MA Fine Art, 2006), Michael Roberts (MA Fine Art, 2006 and currently studying for a PhD), and Stan Griffiths, who is currently enrolled on the MA Fine Art programme at the School of Art.

Information For  Undergraduates

The School currently offers nine undergraduate degree schemes.

BA Single Honours Fine Art (W150, E150)
BA Single Honours Fine Art with Art History (W1V4)
BA Single Honours Art History (V140)
BA Joint Honours Fine Art and Art History (VW41)
BA Joint Honours Fine Art and Another Subject (see UCAS codes)
BA Joint Honours Art History and Another Subject (see UCAS codes)
BA Single Honours Museum and Gallery Studies (P131)
BA Joint Honours Museum and Gallery Studies and Fine Art (PW1C)
BA Joint Honours Museum and Gallery Studies and Another Subject (see UCAS codes)

Undergraduate degree schemes at the School of Art aim to produce fine art practitioners whose technical and conceptual approaches are informed by a historical and theoretical awareness, and art historians and students of museum and gallery studies whose scholarship is enlightened by fine art practice.

The School of Art is committed to the professional practice of fine art, a professional and theoretical study of art history and visual culture, and a historical and vocational engagement with museum and gallery studies. To facilitate a broader education in the hu...  [ Read All ]

Information For  Postgraduates

The School of Art offers a stimulating environment for postgraduate study and research in both fine art and art history. We are committed to art as an intellectual pursuit and a professional discipline; one which requires training, skill and practice as well as individual creativity.

There are seven postgraduate courses:
MA Fine Art (W191)
MA Fine Art and Art History (W192)
MA Art History (Professional Preparation W193)
MA Art History (Research Preparation W193)
MPhil Art History
PhD Art History
PhD Fine Art

Students are chosen for their appropriateness to the professional and research interest of staff, and much of the tuition is by means of regular individual tutorials. Students are assigned to a supervisor and a particular area of study in Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Book Illustration, Photography or Art History. Students are encouraged to take part in the School’s various activities, including seminars, visits, and appropriate taught courses.

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Student Facilities

Facilities and Services:

National Library of Wales with over 6 million volumes
University Library with 700,000 volumes
Over 900 PCs for your use, many available on 24 hour access
Computing facilities located in Halls of Residence and throughout teaching buildings
Specialist learning support for students with dyslexia
Free access to the Internet and the World Wide Web
Language and Learning Centre to offer specialist help in writing skills
Computer assisted Language Laboratory to help you to acquire new language skills
Easy and free access to all these facilities  


The University guarantees a place in University administered accommodation to every first year student.  

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