Typical A-level offer
BBC with B in any subject
Aberystwyth University’s BA in Creative Arts is an innovative degree that allows you to cross traditional disciplinary boundaries and discover the breadth of your own creative potential. This degree will equip you with skills, judgment and knowledge across three key strands of creative activity: Art & Design, Language & Writing, Performance & Production. You will have opportunities to explore your creativity through each of these areas and to experiment with the familiar and the new, as you move towards specialization in your chosen field of expertise.
This highly-flexible programme unites critical thinking and creative practice, giving you the chance to develop your own creativity alongside a deep engagement with the scholarly disciplines of criticism and analysis. There is a strong vocational dimension which provides opportunities for work-based learning and a direct engagement with the vibrant creative community that Aberystwyth enjoys.
Our aim is to stimulate, encourage and challenge your creativity. Our Creative Arts degree is designed to cultivate critical debate and innovative practice, and to kindle your imaginative vision whilst delivering knowledge and skills that will be invaluable wherever your future takes you. As a Creative Arts student you will benefit from the expertise of our outstanding staff of successful practitioners drawn from across the creative disciplines, and the superb facilities which are available to you in Aberystwyth, the renowned cultural and creative capital of Wales. We live and work in a bilingual community and this day-to-day experience is reflected in our creative work and our teaching. Whatever language you chose to work in, by the end of your degree you will have not only a portfolio of exceptional creative material but also the skills and attributes to flourish in any workplace that demands creative thinking and critical creativity.
School of Art: 100% student satisfaction (NSS 2016)
100% of undergraduates from the School of Art who graduated in 2015 were in employment or further education six months after graduating (DLHE 2015)
- Course Content
- Teaching, Learning and Assessment
Studying Creative Arts at Aberystwyth University will enable you to engage in creative practice that is flexible and adaptable to your own interests. Our degree interrogates and challenges conventional boundaries by allowing you to combine subjects and disciplines across three key strands of study: Art & Design, Language & Writing and Performance & Production. Our students can combine fine art with creative writing, photography with film production, performance with scenography – the potential pathways you can create are almost limitless. You might choose to study subjects that seemingly have little in common (Ceramics & Advertising) or subjects that are explicitly complementary (Digital Journalism & Photography). Our aim is to encourage innovation and to equip you with the skills to identify and generate connections that emerge from your own critical practice and your scholarly engagement with your chosen fields of study.
Whatever combinations of creative practice you choose, you will engage with a core of critical study that will develop your critical thinking skills and enable you to put theory into practice. You will also follow a core curriculum focusing on life-long skills and employability. The world of work needs people who can inspire others through intelligent creativity, who can explain their decision-making and design projects that deliver; we teach you how to do that and how to open up a world of possibilities within and beyond the creative industries.
Aberystwyth University is the perfect location for studying Creative Arts. In the latest assessment of the university's research (the 2014 Research Excellent Framework) 75% of our publications and exhibitions undertaken were of an internationally recognised standard or higher. Our students benefit from our unique collaborative relationship with Aberystwyth Arts Centre – one of the leading venues for the performing and creative arts in Wales. Based on campus, the Arts Centre is committed to providing our students with excellent resources including performance and exhibition spaces. The Arts Centre will showcase your emerging talent and act as a partner in creating opportunities for work-based learning. The expertise and support available from the Arts Centre and its staff is woven integrally into your learning opportunities. In fact, as a Creative Arts student at Aberystwyth you will struggle not to get your work out into the public domain.
Aberystwyth’s Institute for Literature, Languages and Creative Arts is also the home of the University Music Centre where students can access fully equipped practice and teaching spaces, contribute to the vibrant musical life of the University and benefit from the extensive collections of our dedicated Music Library. Not only will all of this be on your doorstep but you will also have access to an excellent university library and you will live and study within a five-minute walk of the National Library of Wales (one of the UK’s five copyright libraries). So, between our abundant resources, our beautiful location and our vibrant, internationally recognized arts scene, there is never a shortage of inspiration here at Aberystwyth.
Through their active involvement with the practice, history and curation of art, staff members of the School of Art seek to provide a rich learning environment for the student. Their experience as exhibiting artists, publishing art historians and practising curators actively informs the teaching.
Please note: The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery during the next academic year and may be subject to change. They are included here to give an indication of how the course is structured.
Year 1 Core (20 Credits) During the first year, students of BA Creative Arts will have one compulsory (core) module running across both semesters:
Interdisciplinary Thinking 1 AR15100
Interdisciplinary Thinking 1 AR15120
Year 1 Options In addition, Creative Arts students must use their remaining 100 credits by choosing at least one module from at least THREE of the four categories listed below:
Year 1 Options Category 1: Fine Art (students wishing to pursue Fine Art options will be required to have a portfolio which will be considered during application stage):
Year 1 Options Category 2: Film and TV Production:
Introduction To Media Production (semester 2) FM10520
Year 1 Options Category 3a: Theatre and Performance:
Making Theatre 2: Site Project TP11420
Year 1 Options Category 3b: Scenography
Making Scenography (studio) TP11620
Making Scenography (site) TP11720
Year 1 Options Category 4: Creative Writing:
Year 2 Core (40 Credits) During the second year, students of BA Creative Arts will have two compulsory (core) modules that run across both semesters:
Year 2 Options In addition, Creative Arts students must use their remaining 80 credits by choosing at least one module from at least TWO of the categories listed below:
Year 2 Options Category 1: Fine Art:
Year 2 Options Category 2: Film and TV Production:
Creative Studio FM25420
Year 2 Options Category 3a: Theatre and Performance:
New Media Performance TP33820
Year 2 Options Category 3b: Scenography:
Year 2 Options Category 4: Creative Writing:
Learning From The Novelists WR20220
Year 2 Options Category 5: Cultural Context (Art History):
Year 2 Options Category 5: Cultural Context (Film and TV):
Year 2 Options Category 5: Cultural Context (Theatre, Performance and Scenography):
Year 2 Options Category 5: Cultural Context (English):
Literary Theory: Debates And Dialogues EN20120
Final Year Options During the final year, students of BA Creative Arts will have one compulsory (core) module that run across both semesters:
Interdisciplinary Making 2 AR34200
Interdisciplinary Making 2 AR34240
Final Year Options In addition, Creative Arts students must use their remaining 80 credits by choosing at least one module from at least TWO of the categories listed below:
Final Year Options Category 1: Fine Art
Life Studies 3 AR31610
Painting 5 - Paint Directed Practice AR31730
Painting 6 Paint Directed Practice AR31840
Printmaking 5 - Print Directed Practice AR31930
Printmaking 6 - Print Directed Practice AR32040
Photography 5 - Photo Directed Practice AR32130
Photography 6 - Photo Directed Practice AR32240
Book Illustration 3 AR32330
Book Illustration 4 AR32440
Final Year Options Category 2: Film and TV Production
Final Year Options Category 3a: Theatre and Performance
Final Year Options Category 3b: Scenography
Advanced Studio Practice (scenography) TP31240
Advanced Scenographic Project TP35940
Final Year Options Category 4: Creative Writing
Writing Science Fiction And Fantasy WR32220
Final Year Options Category 5: Cultural Context (Art History):
Final Year Options Category 5: Cultural Context (Film and TV):
Digital Culture FM25520
Final Year Options Category 5: Cultural Context (Theatre, Performance and Scenography):
Final Year Options Category 5: Cultural Context (English):
The creative industries are some of Britain’s most vibrant economic areas currently growing at twice the rate of the general economy. The staff who will teach you are practicing artists, authors, arts administrators and performers in their own right and their extensive links with the creative industries – locally, nationally and internationally – will support your development throughout your degree.
In a constantly evolving jobs market, a degree in creative arts provides you not only with vocational skills specific to the creative industries but also with a demonstrable critical rigour and creative frame of reference that are valued by employers across the marketplace in both public and private sectors. The skills you will demonstrate as a Creative Arts graduate and the qualities you will develop are essential for graduate careers in which adaptability, self-motivation and informed curiosity are essential. As an Aberystwyth Graduate you will:
- Have the ability to suit your own work to any focus or context;
- Be effective at problem solving;
- Demonstrate excellent creative thinking, informed by critical rigour;
- Work productively and creatively with abstract concepts;
- Be able to work independently and as part of a team;
- Have excellent time-management and organisational skills, including the ability to meet deadlines;
- Demonstrate self-motivation and self-reliance and have the ability to develop appropriate and effective strategy;
- Have valuable research skills that are trans-disciplinary and adaptable;
- Be an effective communicator, in writing, verbally and aesthetically.
Year in Employment Scheme (YES)
The University operates a Year in Employment Scheme (YES), which offers you a fantastic opportunity to take a year out between your second and third year to work in an organisation in the UK or overseas. YES provides a very rewarding and worthwhile experience, both personally and professionally, and can help you to stand out from the crowd in a very competitive job market. The University’s Career Service will help you to explore your options and secure a suitable work placement.
GO Wales is administered by the University’s Career Service, working with local businesses to create paid work placements of a few weeks’ duration for students. It gives you the opportunity to gain valuable work experience which will enhance your CV and make you more attractive to potential employers.
Teaching, Learning and Assessment
Teaching and learning will take place through a range of traditional and non-traditional settings with particular emphasis on practical workshops and discursive seminars. Where appropriate the formal lecture will be utilized to convey specific knowledge-centred material, although the lecture will not be the cornerstone of delivery as is a common feature of undergraduate study. Emphasis will be placed on smaller group settings with one-to-one tutorials employed for specific teaching contexts. Alongside a structured and demanding timetable of practical and conceptual learning you will also be expected to carry out a significant level of self-directed research, writing and creative activity – all essential in terms of developing and refining your own creative practice.
Many of our courses can be followed through the medium of Welsh. If you are bilingual or a Welsh learner you can develop your language skills by studying a proportion of your degree in Welsh and submitting assignments in whichever language you choose. No matter what you decide, we will support you in working and learning through your language of choice.
Assessment will be continuous with the majority of your work taking the form of portfolio submissions. There will also be opportunities for assessment via the traditional essay when addressing critical and theoretical subjects. Traditional examinations will be limited (depending upon your choice of subjects) but performances, productions and creative outputs will combine assessment modes with production and research portfolios being supported by oral examination.
A Levels BBC with B in any subject
GCSE requirements (grade C min):
English or Welsh
BTEC National Diploma:
30 points overall