Creative Arts

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 in Interdisciplinary Making students will have the opportunity to present their second and third year 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. Through the core modules in Interdisciplinary Thinking students will develop key skills in professional practice through self directed research projects, giving them the opportunity to work directly within the creative industry. 

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)

  • Overview
  • Modules
  • Employability
  • Teaching & Learning


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

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.

Interdisciplinary Making 1
Interdisciplinary Thinking 2
Life Studies 1
Painting 1
Painting 2
Photography 1
Photography 2
Printmaking 1- Relief Printing And Screenprinting
Printmaking 2- Relief Printing And Screenprinting
Book Illustration 1
Book Illustration 2
Life Studies 2
Painting 3
Painting 4
Photography 3
Photography 4
Printmaking 3- Intaglio, Stone And Plate Lithography
Printmaking 4 - Intaglio, Stone And Plate Lithography
Creative Documentary
Writing For Film And Television
Creative Studio
Directing And Dramaturgy
Performance Writing
New Media Performance
Scenographic Composition
Learning From The Novelists
Writing Selves
Writing Short Stories
Adaptation: Versions, Revisions And Cultural Renewal
Art In Europe And America: Modernism 1900-1950
Art/sound: Practice, Theory, And History (1800-2010)
History Of Photography 1 - Themes And Processes 1840-1940
Materials And Methods
Practices And Theories Of Art Since 1960
Pre-raphaelitism And Its Contexts
Professional Practice For Students Of Art History
The Image Multiplied: European Printmaking Since 1400
Documentary Screens
Film Genre
Television Genre
Case Studies In Contemporary Art Cinema
Contemporary Television Drama
Hollywood Cinema (1967-now)
News: Industry And Analysis
Modern European Drama
Principles Of Scenography
Shakespeare In Contemporary Performance
Contemporary European Theatre
Theatre And Contemporary Society
Literary Theory: Debates And Dialogues
Nineteenth Century Literature
Place And Self

Interdisciplinary Making 2
Book Illustration 3
Book Illustration 4
Life Studies 3
Painting 5 - Paint Directed Practice
Painting 6 Paint Directed Practice
Photography 5 - Photo Directed Practice
Photography 6 - Photo Directed Practice
Printmaking 5 - Print Directed Practice
Printmaking 6 - Print Directed Practice
Exhibition 1: Graduation Show
Exhibition 2: Graduation Show
Documentary Production
Experimental Media Production
Fiction Film Production
Creative Entrepreneurship
Ensemble Project
Place, Space And Landscape
Advanced Scenographic Project
Applied Theatre Project
Advanced Studio Practice (scenography)
Advanced Scenographic Project
Textual Interventions
Writing And Place
Writing Science Fiction And Fantasy
Adaptation: Versions, Revisions And Cultural Renewal
Art/sound: Practice, Theory, And History (1800-2010)
History Of Photography 1 - Themes And Processes 1840-1940
Pre-raphaelitism And Its Contexts
Staging An Exhibition: Researching, Writing And Displaying
The Image Multiplied: European Printmaking Since 1400
Cinema And Stardom
Experimental Cinema
Digital Culture
Independent Research Project
Performance And Architecture
Theatre, Gender And Sexuality
Contemporary Queer Fiction
Elizabethan Drama: Hieronimo To Hamlet
Reading Theory / Reading Text
Twentieth Century Welsh Writing In English
Undergraduate Dissertation
Victorian Childhoods
Writing Women For The Public Stage, 1670-1780
A Virtuous Vice? Or: The True History Of The English Novel
Detective And Crime Fiction
Haunting Texts
Romantic Eroticism
Shakespeare, Jonson And Company


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. 

Entry Requirements

A Levels BBC with B in any subject

GCSE requirements (grade C min):
English or Welsh

BTEC National Diploma:

International Students

International Baccalaureate:
30 points overall

European Baccalaureate:
65% overall

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