BA Creative Arts

The information on this page relates to September 2016 entry. For 2017 information, including grade requirements, please check our prospectus.

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.


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.

91% of our 2014 Art graduates were in employment or further study 6 months after graduating (DLHE 2014). This reflects our investment in innovative and strategic, student-focused employability initiatives which encompass all our academic institutes and which we firmly believe are likely to improve our employability ratings still further.

The 2015 National Student Satisfaction survey results also show a significant improvement in many areas of our Art students' satisfaction. Our students reported 90% satisfaction with the quality of the teaching they received and our staff commended for their enthusiasm (95% satisfaction).

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.

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.

Course Content

Welsh medium modules available

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:

Semester 1

Interdisciplinary Thinking 1 AR15100

Semester 2

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):

Semester 1

Art Practice A AR10740

Art Practice C AR10920

Semester 2

Art Practice B AR10840

Art Practice D AR11020

Year 1 Options Category 2: Film and TV Production:

Semester 2

Introduction To Media Production (semester 2) FM10520

Year 1 Options Category 3a: Theatre and Performance:

Semester 1

Making Theatre 1: Studio Project TP11120

Thinking Theatre 1: Key Theatre Practices TP11220

Semester 2

Making Theatre 2: Site Project TP11420

Year 1 Options Category 3b: Scenography

Semester 1

Making Scenography (studio) TP11620

Semester 2

Making Scenography (site) TP11720

Year 1 Options Category 4: Creative Writing:

Semester 1

Encountering Texts EN10020

Re-writing, Re-visioning Texts EN10120

Introduction To Fiction WR10320

Semester 2

Contemporary Writing EN10520

Introduction To Poetry WR10420

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:

Semester 1

Interdisciplinary Making 1 AR23300

Interdisciplinary Thinking 2 AR24100

Semester 2

Interdisciplinary Making 1 AR23320

Interdisciplinary Thinking 2 AR24120

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:

Semester 1

Painting 1 AR20120

Painting 2 AR20230

Photography 1 AR20720

Photography 2 AR20830

Life Studies 1 AR22110

Printmaking 1- Relief Printing And Screenprinting AR22320

Printmaking 2- Relief Printing And Screenprinting AR22430

Semester 2

Painting 3 AR20920

Painting 4 AR21030

Photography 3 AR21620

Photography 4 AR21730

Book Illustration 1 AR21820

Book Illustration 2 AR21930

Life Studies 2 AR22210

Printmaking 3- Intaglio, Stone And Plate Lithography AR22520

Printmaking 4 - Intaglio, Stone And Plate Lithography AR22630

Year 2 Options Category 2: Film and TV Production:

Semester 1

Writing For Film And Television FM21620

Creative Documentary FM26520

Semester 2

Creative Studio FM25420

Year 2 Options Category 3a: Theatre and Performance:

Semester 1

Acting TP21220

Directing TP21820

Performance Writing TP32720

Semester 2

New Media Performance TP33820

Year 2 Options Category 3b: Scenography:

Semester 1

Scenographic Composition TP22520

Designing TP22620

Year 2 Options Category 4: Creative Writing:

Semester 1

Learning From The Novelists WR20220

Semester 2

Writing Short Stories WR30320

Writing Selves WR30620

Year 2 Options Category 5: Cultural Context (Art History):

Semester 1

Materials And Methods AH20320

Art In Europe And America: Modernism 1900-1950 AH20520

History Of Photography 1 - Themes And Processes 1840-1940 AH32520

Art/sound: Practice, Theory, And History (1800-2010) AH32920

Adaptation: Versions, Revisions And Cultural Renewal AH33120

Semester 2

Practices And Theories Of Art Since 1960 AH20620

Professional Practice For Students Of Art History AH20820

The Image Multiplied: European Printmaking Since 1400 AH30620

Pre-raphaelitism And Its Contexts AH33020

Year 2 Options Category 5: Cultural Context (Film and TV):

Semester 1

Television Genre FM20620

Documentary Screens FM20720

Film Genre FM20920

Advertising FM21920

Semester 2

Hollywood Cinema (1967-now) FM21020

Contemporary Television Drama FM21220

News: Industry And Analysis FM22120

Case Studies In Contemporary Art Cinema FM24420

Year 2 Options Category 5: Cultural Context (Theatre, Performance and Scenography):

Semester 1

Modern European Drama TP20320

Principles Of Scenography TP22320

Shakespeare In Contemporary Performance TP23220

Semester 2

Theatre And Contemporary Society TP20420

Contemporary European Theatre TP21020

Year 2 Options Category 5: Cultural Context (English):

Semester 1

Literary Theory: Debates And Dialogues EN20120

Semester 2

Nineteenth Century Literature EN20720

Place And Self EN22120

Final Year Options During the final year, students of BA Creative Arts will have one compulsory (core) module that run across both semesters:

Semester 1

Interdisciplinary Making 2 AR34200

Semester 2

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

Semester 1

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

Semester 2

Exhibition 1: Graduation Show AR30130

Exhibition 2: Graduation Show AR32540

Final Year Options Category 2: Film and TV Production

Semester 1

Experimental Media Production FM33500

Documentary Production FM33700

Fiction Film Production FM34200

Semester 2

Experimental Media Production FM33540

Documentary Production FM33740

Fiction Film Production FM34240

Final Year Options Category 3a: Theatre and Performance

Semester 1

Place, Space And Landscape TP32820

Playwriting TP34600

Ensemble Project TP35520

Creative Entrepreneurship TP35700

Semester 2

Applied Theatre Project TP34240

Playwriting TP34640

Creative Entrepreneurship TP35740

Advanced Scenographic Project TP35940

Final Year Options Category 3b: Scenography

Semester 1

Advanced Studio Practice (scenography) TP31240

Semester 2

Advanced Scenographic Project TP35940

Final Year Options Category 4: Creative Writing

Semester 1

Textual Interventions WR30120

Writing And Place WR32120

Semester 2

Writing Science Fiction And Fantasy WR32220

Final Year Options Category 5: Cultural Context (Art History):

Semester 1

Dissertation AH32000

History Of Photography 1 - Themes And Processes 1840-1940 AH32520

Art/sound: Practice, Theory, And History (1800-2010) AH32920

Adaptation: Versions, Revisions And Cultural Renewal AH33120

Semester 2

The Image Multiplied: European Printmaking Since 1400 AH30620

Dissertation AH32020

Staging An Exhibition: Researching, Writing And Displaying AH32720

Pre-raphaelitism And Its Contexts AH33020

Final Year Options Category 5: Cultural Context (Film and TV):

Semester 1

Cinema And Stardom FM31320

Experimental Cinema FM34520

Semester 2

Digital Culture FM25520

Final Year Options Category 5: Cultural Context (Theatre, Performance and Scenography):

Semester 1

Documentary Theatre TP33520

Independent Research Project TP36000

Semester 2

Theatre, Gender And Sexuality TP33120

Performance And Architecture TP33420

Independent Research Project TP36040

Final Year Options Category 5: Cultural Context (English):

Semester 1

Undergraduate Dissertation EN30000

Reading Theory / Reading Text EN30120

Elizabethan Drama: Hieronimo To Hamlet EN30220

Victorian Childhoods EN30320

Twentieth Century Welsh Writing In English EN30420

Contemporary Queer Fiction EN31620

Writing Women For The Public Stage, 1670-1780 EN38720

Semester 2

Undergraduate Dissertation EN30040

Romantic Eroticism EN30520

Haunting Texts EN30820

Shakespeare, Jonson And Company EN33020

Detective And Crime Fiction EN34620

A Virtuous Vice? Or: The True History Of The English Novel EN37620


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.

Work placements
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.

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Key Facts

UCAS Code: WW48

Please note that the tariff below may not apply during Clearing. Contact us on 0800 121 40 80 or fill in the form above for more information.

Tariff Required: 300

Entry Requirements: Grade B in any A level subject. GCSE: Grade C in English or Welsh.

Course Length: 3 Years

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