BA

Education / Fine Art

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Key Facts

Code WX13
  • Typical A-level offer

    BBC with B in Art or appropriate plus satisfactory portfolio

  • Course Length

    3 Years

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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. 

Top 5 in the UK for Fine Art subject area (NSS 2016)
Top 20 in the UK for student satisfaction in the subject area of Education (NSS 2016)

School of Education: 95% student satisfaction (NSS 2016)

100% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, 3% more than Education graduates nationally (DLHE 2017)

School of Art: 100% student satisfaction (NSS 2016)

100% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, 7% more than Creative Arts and Design graduates nationally, DLHE 2017

  • Overview
  • Modules
  • Employability
  • Teaching & Learning
  • Student Views

Overview

Why study Education with Fine Art at Aberystwyth University?

  • Expand and enhance your disciplined acquisition of technical expertise, the formation of creative intelligence, and an 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.

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.

Modules

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.

Employability

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. 

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 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

A Levels BBC with B in Art or appropriate plus satisfactory portfolio

GCSE requirements (grade C min):
English or Welsh

BTEC National Diploma:
DMM plus satisfactory portfolio

International Students

International Baccalaureate:
30 points overall with Art or appropriate at Higher Level plus satisfactory portfolio

European Baccalaureate:
65% overall with Art or appropriate plus satisfactory portfolio

Applicants are considered on their individual merits and offers can vary. For further information, please contact ug-admissions@aber.ac.uk

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