Aberystwyth University Entrance Scholarships

Applicants to degree schemes including Fine Art must submit a Portfolio of their art work as one of their Entrance Examinations. Applicants to degree schemes including Art History must take the Art History paper in combination with any other subject. Applicants with both Fine Art and Art History in their degree scheme (for example BA Fine Art / Art History) must submit both the Fine Art portfolio and the Art History paper.  Applicants to degree schemes including Photography must also submit a portfolio of their work. 


Fine Art (Portfolio)

If you are applying to a degree scheme including Fine Art, you must submit a portfolio of your original artworks as one of your Entrance Exams. We are looking for work that shows a variety of media, techniques and subject matter, a strong aptitude for observational drawing and/or painting, and a wider interest in fine art through the study of art and artists, historical and contemporary. 

Similarly, if you are applying to a degree scheme including Photography, you must submit a portfolio of your original photographic works which demonstrate a range of subjects and techniques.

A PowerPoint file of up to 20 of your self-selected best art works should be submitted to: Professor Robert Meyrick, rtm@aber.ac.uk, clearly marked ‘Entrance Scholarship Portfolio’ and including your full name and UCAS number. The submission deadline is 24 May 2021 & late submissions will not be accepted. PowerPoints may be sent by email attachment, or submitted online via Dropbox, WeTransfer or equivalent, or alternatively uploaded onto a personal webpage or Blog.


Art History

This paper allows you to write about some of the big questions posed by art and its histories. You will be asked to consider questions like ‘Are photographs art?’, ‘Should art have a political message?’, ‘Who should own art?’ in relation to specific examples of artworks. You don’t have to have studied Art History before, but you should be able to demonstrate an interest in and awareness of art and its histories: you may wish to write about exhibitions you have recently visited, or books you have recently read. You will answer two questions in 90 minutes. If you are applying to a degree scheme including Art History, you must sit this paper.

Please contact the School of Art with any submission queries:

Tel: 01970 622460

Email: artschool@aber.ac.uk