Education / Fine Art

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Key Facts

  • UCAS Tariff

    104 - 120

  • Course Length

    3 Year

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In choosing to study Education and Fine Art degree you’ll discover a broad spectrum of education topics that include sociological, psychological and educational factors that influence the development of children. In addition, you will also be exposed to the world of Fine Art where your appreciation for Fine art will broaden equipping you with the skills required to communicate your subject to the variety of audiences. This course is perfect for aspiring teachers, tutors and lecturers with a particular interest in Fine Art. Also, as long as you meet the entry requirements, you will be guaranteed an interview for Primary PGCE at Aberystwyth.

Student Satisfaction and Employability Results

92% overall satisfaction with Learning Resources for the subject of Education; 85% for the sector (NSS 2020).

Top 10 in the UK for Teaching Quality for the subject of Education (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019)

97.5% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, after graduating. (HESA 2018*)

92% student satisfaction (NSS 2020).

The School of Art is second in the UK for teaching experience and third in the UK for teaching quality (The Good University Guide, The Times & Sunday Times 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 Education with Fine Art at Aberystwyth University?

  • Expand and enhance your disciplined acquisition of technical expertise, the formation of creative intelligence, and a historical, critical, theoretical and contemporary aware of Fine Art practice.
  • Both Education and Fine Art have been taught at Aberystwyth University for over a century and more, demonstrating that this is a reputable degree.
  • 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.
  • Taught by experienced staff who are internationally renowned and experts in their field.
  • Aberystwyth Arts Centre on campus, one of the most prestigious and largest Arts Centre in Mid-Wales.
  • Take part in our museum and gallery study visits within the UK and cultural tours abroad e.g. Madrid, Paris, Rome, Amsterdam, New York, Vienna, Barcelona, Venice, Moscow, St Petersburg, Florence, Budapest and Lisbon.
  • The taught syllabus in the School of Education will push you to improve your legislative knowledge.
  • Through your studies you will expand your social awareness.
  • This course will allow you to polish your skills assets.
Our Staff

Undergraduate lecturers in the School of Education are either qualified to PhD standard or are experienced practitioners in their field. All teaching staff currently possess, or are working towards, a recognised teaching qualification.

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.


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Children's Development And Learning * ED14520 20
Drawing: Looking, Seeing, Thinking AR11120 20
Looking Into Landscape: Reading, Researching, Responding AH11520 20
Painting: Looking, Seeing, Thinking AR11220 20
The Learner And The Learning Environment * ED13820 20


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Health And Wellbeing In The Early Years ED14620 20
Key Skills For University * ED13620 20
Policies And Issues In Education * ED10120 20
Datblygiad Iaith AD14320 20
Inclusive Learning Practices ED14120 20
Language Development ED14320 20
Numeracy And Literacy For All ED14220 20
Play And Learning:theory And Practice ED13720 20

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Critically Reflecting And Evaluating Learning And Skills * ED30120 20


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Book Illustration 3 AR32330 30
Children's Rights * ED30620 20
Communication * ED34720 20
Emotional And Social Development * ED34820 20
Exhibition 1: Graduation Show AR30130 30
Exhibition 2: Graduation Show AR32540 40
Interdisciplinary Practice 5 AR35320 20
Interdisciplinary Practice 6 AR35420 20
Life Studies 3 AR31610 10
Major Dissertation * ED33640 40
Mathematical Development In The Early Years * ED30320 20
Painting 5 - Paint Directed Practice AR31730 30
Photography 5 - Photo Directed Practice AR32130 30
Printmaking 5 - Print Directed Practice AR31930 30
Special Educational Needs ED30420 20

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh


What career prospects are there after graduation?

Employability is embedded across our teaching.

On completion of this degree you will have skills and expertise to consider the following career paths:

  • Humanitarian Organisations;
  • Teaching and Education (including SEN);
  • Social Care;
  • Nursing;
  • Speech therapy;
  • Social work;
  • Community Arts Worker;
  • Fashion designer;
  • Art Critic;
  • Illustrator;
  • Printmaker;
  • Textile designer.

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. 

The School of Education place a great emphasis on employbaility. As a department they provide the following:

Academic Employability Coordinator 

From Year One developing your employability is our priority and to ensure we offer the right services we have a dedicated academic employability coordinator who liaises with our link careers adviser to tailor a package of careers education, employer exposure and individual departmental based support. This person liaises with the careers service and external organisations to make links and connections, which are fed through to students on a regular basis. These include opportunities for voluntary work and paid employment both during and after your studies. Departmentally you will have the opportunity to get involved in our annual student employability conference alongside opportunities in being a part of our International conference that is an acclaimed innovation within the School of Education here at AU. Involvement offers worldwide insight in to new approaches in education and development and a chance to professionally network in your sector. Our student mentoring scheme provides opportunities to both receive peer support but to also develop mentoring and coaching skills while supporting fellow students. This scheme is recognised by the University for its high skills value, and those who engage as mentors receive recognition on their graduate transcript. 

Learning & Teaching

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 the first year you may discover:

  • Policies and Issues in Education;
  • Child Development;
  • How young children learn;
  • Art Practice;
  • Landscape.

In the second year you may explore:

  • The psychology of learning and thinking;
  • Painting and Photography;
  • Intaglio, Stone and Plate Lithography.

In the third year you may:

  • Critically reflect and evaluate learning and skills;
  • Create book illustrations;
  • Expand your photography skills- photo directed practice.

How will I be taught?

  • Our degree is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, interactive tutorials and workshops. All lectures are recorded so that you can listen to it again in the comfort of your room.
  • Most modules are assessed through exams and essays, but projects, bibliographic exercises, reflective diaries, posters, and presentations may also be utilised. 

Student Views

I simply love my course because the topics we discuss are interesting and relevant to the world of childhood. The lecturers are very passionate about the subject which is also reflected in the varied ways in which we are assessed - we even had the opportunity to design our own game! Much more hands-on and realistic when working with children than a dry exam! Overall, my confidence in a variety of topics and my abilities have been strengthened, which is always a good thing in any career. I would definitely recommend Aberystwyth University and the course to anyone who is interested in working with children, and I can assure you that you are given great support by staff in any kind of academic situation! Caroline Korell

Typical Entry Requirements

UCAS Tariff 104 - 120

A Levels BBB-BCC to include B in Art or related subject, plus satisfactory portfolio

GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4):
English or Welsh

BTEC National Diploma:
DDM - DMM, plus satisfactory portfolio

International Baccalaureate:
30-28, plus satisfactory portfolio

European Baccalaureate:
75%-65% overall, plus satisfactory portfolio

The University welcomes applications from students studying the Access to Higher Education Diploma. Our inclusive admissions policy values breadth as well as depth of study. Applicants are selected on their own individual merits, and offers can vary. If you are studying a qualification not listed on this page, please get in touch with the Undergraduate Admissions Office for further advice. Details about the country-specific qualifications the University accepts can be found on our country-specific pages. For further information, contact

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