Postgraduate Study

Established in 1917, the School of Art comprises a team of staff with strong and distinctive research profiles who are engaged with the practice, history and curation of art. In providing a stimulating research environment for its students, the School supports its Research and Taught Masters postgraduates to undertake specialised or interdisciplinary work that has value, impact, scope and relevance.

Our Graduate Community

The School of Art offers a lively and cosmopolitan community of students. All research students have 24-hour access to their dedicated workspaces, computing facilities, studios and workshops. While students interact formally through discipline-specific and research skills seminars, there are regular opportunities to meet at public lectures, workshops and exhibition private views. You will be encouraged to become involved in teaching, deliver papers, exhibit your work and submit articles for publication, as well as pursue hands-on engagement with exhibition preparation, installation and curation. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, 75% of the Department’s publications and exhibitions undertaken were of an internationally recognised standard or higher.

The School

The School of Art occupies one the finest examples of architecture in Aberystwyth. Only a five-minute walk from the town centre and seafront, and ten minutes from the University’s Penglais campus, the Grade II listed Edwardian building has been carefully adapted to meet the needs of today’s fine art and art history education. The School delivers postgraduate programmes that offer you practical, historical or curatorial study of art: wide-ranging studies in art history, especially British and the visual culture of Wales; vocation-oriented modules that may involve exhibition curation, database building, art gallery education, creating an online presence, teaching experience); and fine art practice in image, text and sound (painting, printmaking, drawing, photography, illustration, film, installation and site-specific performance).


The School houses spacious, well-lit studios, darkrooms, print workshops, a Mac suite, lecture theatres and seminar rooms, as well as a museum, galleries and an internationally-recognised art collection. There is a lively arts community in Aberystwyth and you will have access to a wealth of resources through nearby galleries, libraries, artist groups and events. The University’s Arts Centre is one of the largest in the UK and a major venue for exhibitions by contemporary artists and designers including Grayson Perry, Damien Hirst, William Kentridge and Tracey Emin.

The National Library of Wales, adjacent to the campus, is a major UK research resource with collections of paintings, works on paper, film and photography. The School’s two accredited museum collections are a major source of primary research material for staff, students and external scholars. The Museum houses extensive collections of original artworks comprising some 22,000 prints, photographs, drawings and watercolours, ceramics and decorative art. It holds one of the UK’s most extensive collections of original prints from the fifteenth century to the present day as well as our renowned collection of studio ceramics. Our collections are unique in Wales and are of international importance.

For our fine artists, the School is particularly well equipped in all areas of the graphic arts: a multi-media digital suite is complemented by studios and workshops for etching, wood engraving and other forms of relief printmaking, screen print, and stone and plate lithography run by a Tamarind-trained master printer.

The School runs full-time and part-time programs leading to the degrees of: 



There are a variety of sources for support for postgraduate study. For up-to-date information on AHRC, Aberystwyth Postgraduate Research Scholarships, and other sources of funding, visit the Postgraduate Admissions website.


2016 Open Days

If you are considering studying with us, come and see for yourself what Aberystwyth, the University and the School of Art can offer you. We very much look forward to welcoming you on one of our upcoming Open Days.

Saturday 17 September 2016

Saturday 15 October 2016

Saturday 12 November 2016

Further information here

If you are unable to attend on one of these dates, simply email or telephone 01970 622460 and we will be pleased to meet with you at another time to discuss your interests and tour the School.


Staff and Student Talks

For PhD students talks please visit the PhD section