Living and Studying Fine Art and Art History in Aberystwyth

Students having fun in the sea at Aberystwyth Described as the ‘liveliest seaside resort in Wales’ (Britain: The Rough Guide), Aberystwyth is a friendly, cosmopolitan community with considerable resources. The town’s cultural and intellectual life is invigorated by four art galleries, four theatres, by cinemas and film festivals. It has the largest Arts Centre in Wales, a major venue for exhibitions by contemporary artists and designers. The town also enjoys the distinction of being the site of The National Library of Wales. One of only five copyright libraries in Britain, its extensive collection of watercolours, drawings, prints and photographs of international significance provides excellent facilities for academic study and research in the visual arts.

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. 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. 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.

Easily accessible by both rail and road, Aberystwyth commends itself as an ideal environment for study and for its quality of life. A visit to the town is recommended. Those who come usually find that it is a great help in making up their minds about University entrance. The University runs a programme of Visiting Days and Open Days during the academic year.

Travel expenses for those attending Visiting Days and interviews are reimbursed.