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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. 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

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

93% of our students agree that staff are good at explaining things for the subject of Education (NSS 2018

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

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*)

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.

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.

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.

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Child Development * ED10220 20
Drawing: Looking, Seeing, Thinking AR11120 20
Looking into Landscape: Reading, Researching, Responding AH11520 20
Painting: Looking, Seeing, Thinking AR11220 20
Policies and Issues in Education * ED10120 20
Young Children Learning * ED11320 20

Options

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Early Years Provision: Principles and Practice ED10620 20
Key Skills for University * ED13620 20
Play and Learning:Theory and Practice ED13720 20
Representing the Body AH10610 10

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Psychology of Learning and Thinking * ED20120 20

Options

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Bilingual Education ED20520 20
Book Illustration 1 AR21820 20
Book Illustration 2 AR21930 30
Discourses Language and Education ED22420 20
Education, Diversity and Equality ED20420 20
Interdisciplinary Practice 2 AR24240 40
Life Studies 1 AR22110 10
Life Studies 2 AR22210 10
Literacy in Young Children * ED20220 20
Making Sense of the Curriculum ED20820 20
Painting 1 AR20120 20
Painting 2 AR20230 30
Painting 3 AR20920 20
Painting 4 AR21030 30
Photography 1 AR20720 20
Photography 2 AR20830 30
Photography 3 AR21620 20
Photography 4 AR21730 30
Printmaking 1: Etching and Relief Printing AR22320 20
Printmaking 2: Etching and Relief Printing AR22430 30
Printmaking 3: Screenprinting, lithography & hybrid printing AR22520 20
Printmaking 4: Screenprinting, lithography & hybrid printing AR22630 30
Professional Practice for Students of Art AR23210 10
Research Methods * ED20320 20
Working with Children ED20620 20

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Core

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

Options

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Book Illustration 3 AR32330 30
Children's Rights ED30620 20
Communicating Science: the Scientists, the Media and the Public ED33020 20
Exhibition 1: Graduation Show AR30130 30
Exhibition 2: Graduation Show AR32540 40
Interdisciplinary Practice 3 AR33340 40
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

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

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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 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

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 ug-admissions@aber.ac.uk

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