About us

Welcome to the School of Art. I’m Professor Robert Meyrick, the Head of the School of Art at Aberystwyth University.

Our School offers you a range of stimulating and creatively challenging courses in Fine Art, Art History and/or Creative Arts. Our courses provide you with the rare opportunity to combine the practical, historical and curatorial study of art through specialised or combined courses in drawing and painting, book illustration, photography, printmaking, multi and new media as well as a vocation-orientated, hands-on education in art history.

As a student at the School of Art, you will be taught and mentored by a team of dedicated artists, art historians and curators. Our lectures, seminars, workshops and practicals create a stimulating environment by providing you with hands-on experiences to develop your skills. This is why we perform so consistently well in National Student Survey (NSS), according to which our Student Satisfaction is 94% (2018).

The School is one of only two UK art schools to have achieved government accredited museum status.  Our historic listed building houses a rich and comprehensive collection of fine art and material culture, examples of which are on public display in our galleries along with works of art by our students.

Students of Fine Art, Art History and /or the Creative Arts at Aberystwyth University enjoy many facilities, centres and attractions that provide creative stimulation.  As a student, you have access to studios, print workshops, darkrooms, Mac Suite and our galleries and museum collections.

The School is just a short walk away from the University’s main Penglais campus, student accommodations and the town centre. We are also in close proximity to the Aberystwyth’s Arts Centre located in the heart of the campus. The Arts Centre is home to contemporary arts and ceramics galleries that stages exhibitions all year round and also hosts the renowned biennial International Ceramics Festival. Just a short walk away is the National Library of Wales with its extensive archives and collections of art work.

At the School of Art, our goal is to create opportunities that help you achieve your full potential.  In fact, 99% of our graduates are in work or further study within six months of graduating (HESA 2018).  Our graduates pursue careers in the creative industries as portrait painters, illustrators of children’s books, graphic designers, educators and curators.  Some of our graduates have exhibited their work at the National Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery.  In 2017, one of our recent graduates won Sky Arts Landscape Painter of the Year.

Browse through our webpages to discover more about our courses. We also suggest that you book your place on one of our Open Days to meet with our staff and to experience the School of Art and the university for yourself.

A warm welcome awaits. 

Professor Robert Meyrick
Head of the School of Art
Aberystwyth University