Creative Arts

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Key Facts

Code WW48
  • Typical A-level offer

    BBC with B in any subject

  • Course Length

    3 Years

Further details on entry requirements

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This unique learning experience at Aberystwyth University allows the students to follow a self-directed pathway through and across our four creative disciplines simultaneously; Fine Art, Creative Writing, Theatre, Performance and Scenography and Film & Television. Through the core modules: Interdisciplinary Practice 1 ,2 & 3 students will develop a portfolio of self - directed creative projects, they will have the opportunity to present their projects in an annual public event at the RIBA award winning Aberystwyth Arts Centre, staging their site-specific intervention projects in and around the centre, in one of the UK’s largest Arts Centre’s and ‘national flagship for the arts’ with over 70,000 visitors a year. Students will also develop key skills in professional practice through self directed research projects, giving them the opportunity to work directly within the creative industry.

[NSS/DLHE Awards]

The School of Art is 2nd in the UK for teaching experience and 3rd in the UK for teaching quality (The Good  University Guide, The Times & Sunday Times 2018). 

School of Art: 94% student satisfaction (NSS 2018)

97% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, 3% more than Creative Arts and Design graduates nationally , (HESA 2018*)


Why study Creative Arts at Aberystwyth University?

  • Benefit from one of the largest Arts Centres in the UK, Aberystwyth Arts Centre.
  • Learn from practicing artists, authors, arts administrators and performers.
  • Excel with your links with the creative industries locally, nationally and internationally.
  • Experience our once in a life time experience on our study exchange programmes with the Erasmus + throughout Europe and our International Exchange programme.
  •  A degree from the well-established department, the School of Art has history that goes back to 1917, making us one of only a few British Universities to be concerned with the Arts and Crafts Movement.
  • State-of-the-art teaching facilities; well-lit studios for painting, dark rooms, print workshops, a MAC suite, as well as lecture theatres and seminar rooms.
Our Staff

Our teaching staff are practicing professionals. As exhibiting artists, publishing researchers and curators, they provide an informed and stimulating learning environment. This ensures that the skills you learn at the School of Art are practice orientated, relevant and applicable.

For further information, visit our individual staff profiles.


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.


What career opportunities are the for me on completion of this degree?

Our graduates have moved on to become employees in the following:

  • Design Council
  • Arts Council
  • Tate Gallery
  • Royal Academy
  • Carlton Television
  • The Observer
  • Saachi Gallery
  • Damien Hirst
  • BBC

Some of our graduates are currently:

  • Secondary School teachers
  • Art Gallery Managers and Curators
  • Children’s book illustrators
  • Photographers
  • Graphic designers
  • Art directors in publishing
  • Medical Illustrators

How does the degree prepare me for my career?

You will gain skills that are highly valued by employers:

  • Conceive creative solutions for specific problems
  • Research, evaluate and organise information
  • Clear communication both written and spoken
  • Work independently and with others
  • Time organisation
  • Self-motivation and discipline

What work experience opportunities exist whilst studying? 

Click here to find out about the various opportunities that our Aberystwyth University Careers team offer. 

Enhance your employability prospects with GO Wales and YES (Year in Employment Scheme) managed by our Careers department. 

Teaching & Learning

What will I learn?

The breakdown below will provide you with an illustration of what you may study during the three year degree scheme.

In your first year you may discover:

  • Art practice
  • Theatre
  • Scenography
  • Fiction and Creative writing
  • Anthology

In your second year, you will explore:

  • Fine Art
  • Film and Television Production
  • Theatre production
  • Creative writing
  • Cultural Contexts of Art

In your third year you will study:

  • Print, Photo and Paint
  • Documentary or Film production
  • Advance Studio practice
  • Playwriting
  • The creation of texts in different genres
  • Art History
  • Your independent research project

How will I be taught? 

Our programme is delivered through workshops, demonstrations, practicals, lectures, crits, tutorials and filed trips.

Assessment if by course work – portfolio, film, performance.

You will also be assigned a personal tutor to whom you may turn for guidance and help, academic-related or pastoral. You should feel free to contact them at any time for help and advice. 

Typical Entry Requirements

A Levels BBC with B in any subject

GCSE requirements (grade C min):
English or Welsh

BTEC National Diploma:

International Baccalaureate:
30 points overall

European Baccalaureate:
65% overall

The University operates an inclusive admissions policy and our offers can vary. Please refer to our country-specific pages for details of the international qualifications we accept. For further information, contact

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