The School of Art
Our undergraduate and postgraduate students make a significant and valued contribution to the academic community. All our staff members are active in Fine Art or Art Historical research; their experience as exhibiting artists, publishing art historians and practicing curators actively informs the teaching at Aberystwyth. In Art History, our research is focussed on the retrieval, preservation, reassessment and re-presentation of artists, practices and artefacts that have been lost, marginalized or overlooked. As the only institution in Wales offering undergraduate and research degrees in Art History, we are one of the main drivers of Welsh art research and are mindful of our special commitment to the visual culture and heritage of Wales. In Fine Art, our researchers are dedicated to the innovative use of traditional and contemporary skills in painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, installation, film and sound, pursued as a mode of art-historical inquiry and theorizing about art.
Originally a medieval walled-town, Aberystwyth nestles between countryside and sea, an area of mid-Wales renowned as an environmental haven and for its spectacular scenery. The vestiges of the Iron Age and thirteenth-century fortifications, together with an eclectic mixture of Victorian, Gothic, and Classical revival architecture, make up the rich historical flavour of the town. For over two centuries its combination of pastoral and picturesque, romantic and sublime landscape has inspired artists like Richard Wilson, J. M. W. Turner, John Sell Cotman, and John Piper. A visit is recommended. Those who come usually find that it is a great help in making up their minds about coming to study with us.