About Us

The School of Art offers a stimulating learning environment and exceptional student experience.

Our degree programmes include Fine Art, Art History and Creative Arts. Our collaborative approach in inspiring our students is demonstrated in the 2017 National Student Survey where we are ranked top 3 in the UK for Fine Arts and  have also achieved 97% overall student satisfaction. We are also ranked as 2nd in the UK for teaching quality and 2nd in the UK for teaching experience, demonstrating that our creative environment enables students to prosper (The Good University Guide, The Times & Sunday Times 2018).


So why choose the School of Art at Aberystwyth?

At Aber (as the locals say), you will be living in a vibrant, cosmopolitan bilingual university town, between the rolling Cambrian mountains and the stunning coastline of Cardigan Bay. The School of Art is situated in the centre of Aberystwyth town, providing you with unspoilt views and local inspiration. The School of Art has also obtained accredited Museum status. Our department is part of a campus university with its own sports centre, a busy Arts Centre; and the National Library of Wales is a only a stone throw away from our department. 

The teaching of Art at Aberystwyth has a long distinguished history that goes back to 1917, when it was one of the only few British Universities that emerged from the Art and Crafts Movement.

You will be taught in our Grade II* listed building, which celebrated its centenary in 2007, has been adapted to meet the needs of today’s Fine Art and Art History education while retaining many of its original features. It is an elegant symbol of the School’s aim to connect the traditional and the contemporary.

Our undergraduate and postgraduate students make a significant and valued contribution to the academic community. During your degree, you can opt to study in one of our partner Universities on an year abroad exchange programme or if you would prefer to obtain work experience, you can take part in a year in industry (YES programme). This will be fantastic opportunities for you to develop your employability skills and to acquire some impressive work experience to include in your CV.

These initiatives offered by the department demonstrate the success of the students, just this year an incredible 100% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, 7% more than Creative and Arts Design graduates nationally (HESA, 2017*).

Our graduates have been successful by maintaining employment with the Design Council, Victoria and Albert Museum, the Tate Gallery, Arts Council, the BBC, The Observer and the Saachi Gallery.


Take the time to browse through our webpages and find out more about our courses on offer. If you have any questions, please do get in touch with, our contact details are located on the Contact Us option.  If you’ve never visited Aberystwyth, take the time and come along to one of our Open Days so that you can see why we’re rated one of the best Universities in the UK for student satisfaction, and meet some of the staff who’ll be your mentors and guides during your time with us. 

Further Information

*Our employability figures are taken from the Destination of Leavers in Higher Education 2015-16 survey published by Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) in June 2017.