Aberystwyth University: Art and Art History (MA)

InstitutionAberystwyth University View institution profile
Department School of Art
Web http://www.aber.ac.uk/en/
Email artschool@aber.ac.uk
Telephone 01970 622460
Study type Taught


The Aberystwyth MA in Fine Art and Art History is a full-time, modular degree designed for students who wish to study art through a balanced programme of technical practice and study. It will suit students who wish to explore working as professional artists or art academics. You will develop your practice of art as an intellectual pursuit and a professional discipline, whilst at the same time extending your knowledge and experience in art history. This course will train you in research methodologies and stimulate vigorous intellectual inquiry in the subject while requiring of you commitment to training, practise and individual creativity.

Aberystwyth University’s Fine Art and Art History course features a number of modules which will encourage you to direct your studies into areas of art which particularly fascinate you. This course of study is designed to enable you to delve deeply into your chosen specialism, whether that focuses on specific materials, styles, time periods or locations. The School of Art at Aberystwyth provides supervision and specialist knowledge in a huge range of subjects including British art, ceramics, contemporary painting, graphic arts (including book illustration and much more), Nineteenth Century European Art, museum and gallery studies, the visual culture of Religion, Wales and Art, and Women’s Art, Crafts and Design.

Most staff of the School of Art are practising artists and art historians who have exhibited and published widely in their field. Postgraduate teaching at Aberystwyth springs from staff research interests in both Fine Art and Art History. The School has spacious painting studios, print workshops, darkrooms, art galleries, a reference room for its art collections, and a wing of the building is designated for postgraduate studios. The School also runs its own Private Press to allow students to carry through illustration projects and it also produces books, catalogues and papers by both staff and students

The Aberystwyth School of Art is committed to excellence in both studio practice and academic study, and is rapidly become one of the UK’s most popular places to study and creatively explore Art. Writing in the Guardian, journalist Miles Brignall concluded that the twice-yearly MA Art History Exhibitions at Aberystwyth are among the top four ‘pick of the shows’ UK-wide. Aberystwyth was the only institution he selected outside London.

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Qualification MA
Level RQF Level 7
Entry requirements

The entry qualification for all Masters courses is a BA (Honours) Class I or IIi or equivalent. Those who are not graduates must satisfy the University that they are of the required academic standard to pursue postgraduate study. Candidates should include a selection of 12 pieces of recent work presented as slides and/or digital form together with a Research Proposal, that is a statement of interest and intent, such as subject matter, processes, techniques etc and a copy of an undergraduate dissertation, extended essay or a published article, together with a statement of the specific area(s) of interest in art history


The taught part of the course is delivered and assessed through lectures, student seminars, practical exercises and exhibitions. Successful completion of your exhibition leads to the award of an MA.



Location Penglais Campus
Penglais Road
SY23 3AR


EU 6280 GBP for Whole course
England 6280 GBP for Whole course
Northern Ireland 6280 GBP for Whole course
Scotland 6280 GBP for Whole course
Wales 6280 GBP for Whole course
Channel Islands 6280 GBP for Whole course
International 14500 GBP for Whole course

Aberystwyth University

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Established in 1872, Aberystwyth University was the first University Institution in Wales and has a long tradition of excellence in teaching and research.

Aberystwyth is a medium sized, scenic coastal town situated in one of the most beautiful and safest parts of the UK.  You’ll benefit from easy access to the seafront and beaches, rolling green mountains, a vibrant social and cultural life, and an excellent education.  The University campus is compact, friendly, and has a thriving cosmopolitan postgraduate community.  It is a bustling centre of ...

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