Aberystwyth’s School of Art Tops Student Satisfaction Poll


The teaching of Fine Art at Aberystwyth University's School of Art is the best in the UK, according to an influential poll of students.

When questioned as part of the 2016 National Student Survey (NSS), Fine Art students at Aberystwyth gave teaching on their course a maximum score of 100%.

Fine Art was also rated highly as a subject for its assessment and feedback, academic support, organisation and management, learning resources and personal development, which all scored over 90%.

As a department, the School of Art received a maximum score of 100% for overall satisfaction in the annual survey of final year students. 

The School of Art’s achievements are part of a wider success story at Aberystwyth University which is rated the best in Wales and one of the top ten higher education institutions in the UK for overall student satisfaction, according to the NSS (weblink).

The results show that overall satisfaction amongst students at Aberystwyth University stands at 92% - that’s six percentage points higher than the UK figure of 86%.

The NSS collects data from 158 of the UK’s Higher Education Institutions and is recognised as an influential source of information for prospective students when considering their options.

Professor Robert Meyrick, Head of the School of Art at Aberystwyth University, said:

“As we approach our centenary year, I am delighted to see such outstanding results for the School of Art in the National Student Survey. We are housed in a magnificent Edwardian listed building with dedicated studios, workshops, darkroom, museum and galleries for the study of fine art and art history. The close proximity of staff and students helps foster a strong sense of community and cooperation.

“Much of our teaching is through one-to-one tutorial supervision, workshops and seminars, and we listen to our students’ views. These regular meetings together with a lively and engaged Staff-Student Consultative Committee and effective module evaluation procedures allow us to quickly resolve any issues as they arise to ensure the best possible student experience.”

“Our students are taught by a research-active staff of exhibiting artists, publishing art historians and practicing curators that seek to provide a stimulating learning environment. Our Fine Art students are trained in the traditional skills in painting and drawing, printmaking, photography and book illustration as well as contemporary practice and theory in film, sound, installation and site-specific performance.

“Students can specialise depending on their interests, needs and ambitions. We also offer wide-ranging studies in art history spanning the Renaissance to the present day with vocation-oriented modules that engage with the curatorial study of art. Our Art History students have the unique advantage of being taught in an environment where art is made and exhibited; they have access to studios and equipment, an internationally recognised art collection, and two accredited museums to benefit their studies.”

If you’re interested in studying at Aberystwyth University’s School of Art and finding out why our students are so satisfied with their courses, it’s not too late. We still have some clearing places left for the 2016-17 academic year or come and visit us during one of our Open Days.

The NSS figures follow closely on the heels of the latest employability figures for UK universities which showed that 100% of School of Art graduates were in work or further study six months after leaving Aberystwyth University.

In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, the School of Art also scored particularly well on research impact that measures the relevance and reach of its research and its proven capacity to make a difference - with 100% of the impact of the School’s research deemed ‘world leading’ and ‘internationally excellent’.

The National Student Survey is carried out annually by IPSOS Mori on behalf of all the UK’s funding councils and other bodies, interviewing around 300,000 final year students in Wales, England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. 


Studying at the School of Art

Aberystwyth University is more than an academic institution. It is a caring community of staff and students from a wide range of backgrounds and nationalities. Determined to meet the personal needs of its students, the University provides a range of excellent accommodations (guaranteed to first year students) and centres for social life, culture, and recreational activities, as well as medical, welfare, counselling and careers support for school-leavers, mature students, domestic and international students, and those with special requirements.

Our lectures, seminars, tutorials, practicals, workshops and field studies are informed by both traditional and innovative methods of teaching and assessment. You may pursue degree schemes that offer either general or specialised study. While each scheme has a core of compulsory modules, you may choose from a number of optional modules to prepare you for a career path that best suits your interests and abilities.

In offering its courses, the University’s prime objective is to introduce you to the best scholarship in the arts, sciences, economic and social studies. It is dedicated to assisting you in developing your learning potential, to apply your knowledge, and to become an active, confident, and well-educated member of society.

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