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University of Reading

Art and Psychology

UCAS Code: CW81
BA (Hons) 4 years full-time 2017
Ucas points guide

136-144

% applicants receiving offers

58%

Subjects
  • Psychology
  • Fine art
Student score
77% LOW
84% MED
% employed or in further study
100% HIGH
92% LOW
Average graduate salary
£18.2k MED
£19k HIGH
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
AAB-AAA

Scottish Highers
Not Available

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

International Baccalaureate
35

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 136-144 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers

58%

Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support

£9,000

Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

Explore how art and psychology feed into one another and discuss the therapeutic properties of creating art on this well-established course. Join a lively community at one of the UK's top ten Art departments (The Complete University Guide 2016). You will explore a vast range of media, experiment with emerging art forms, and develop as an artist. Modules in 'Contemporary art theory' and the 'History of art' will complement your practical study. You will receive a dedicated studio space, accessible 24 hours a day and 7 days a week, and a studio tutor to help develop your individual and professional practice. The studios are a busy place with events, screenings, performances and exhibitions happening regularly. The psychology element of this course is accredited by the by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and enables you to move on to further training as a professional psychologist. Both departments actively encourage placements and there is also the chance to experience life in another country. Throughout your degree you will receive advice and guidance in career development.

Modules

Year 1: multimedia and painting; contemporary art and theory; skills and processes; psychological research 1; perception and learning; cognition and applied psychology; psychological research 2; introduction to neuroscience; developmental and social psychology; skills for psychology. Year 2: studio, including careers management skills; contemporary art and theory; critical collaborative methods; research methods and data analysis 1; developmental and social psychology 1; neuroscience 1 or neuroscience 2; cognition 1 or cognition 3. Options: cognition 2; applied psychology; research methods and data analysis 2; developmental and social psychology 2; clinical psychology. Year 3: studio; contemporary art and theory; image action text; contemporary issues in psychology. Options: early experience and developmental psychopathology; nature and aetiology of childhood psychopathology; forensic psychology: managing offending behaviour; forensic psychology: clinical applications; cognitive neuroscience of vision; active vision; visual and spatial development; cognitive perspectives in adult clinical psychology; clinical aspects of learning and memory; clinical psychology of adulthood; cognitive neuropsychology of healthy and abnormal ageing; genes and development; health psychology; autism spectrum disorders; early lexical development; lexical processing and aphasia; neuropsychology of frontostriatal disorders; psychopharmacology of clinical disorders; implicit cognition; risks and accidents; issues in rationality; developmental neuroscience; social cognition; auditory perception; occupational stress; working memory and cognition. Year 4: studio; project.

University of Reading

Wantage Hall

The University of Reading is based on the beautiful Whiteknights campus and is perfectly situated with excellent links around the country. Firm choice applicants are guaranteed a place in halls, all with individual character. The Students' Union has a good working relationship with the University and hosts the largest entertainment venue in the area plus the UK's largest SU shop.

How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement
46%
54%

Year 1

52%
48%

Year 2

34%
63%
3%

Year 3

51%
49%

Year 4

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams
25%
58%
17%

Year 1

12%
86%
2%

Year 2

27%
36%
37%

Year 3

100%

Year 4

What do the numbers say for

Where there isn’t enough reliable data about this specific course, we’ve shown aggregated data for all courses at this university within the same subject area

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 81%
Student score 77% LOW
Able to access IT resources

95%

Staff made the subject interesting

82%

Library resources are satisfactory

90%

Feedback on work has been helpful

48%

Feedback on work has been prompt

63%

Staff are good at explaining things

88%

Received sufficient advice and support

65%

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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
13% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
86% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
2% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
394 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
85% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
11% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 100% HIGH
Average graduate salary £18.2k MED
Graduates who are public services and other associate professionals

9%

Graduates who are childcare and related personal services

14%

Graduates who are caring personal services

12%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
One of the UK's fastest-growing subject at degree level, and the fourth most popular subject overall, one in 24 of all graduates last year had psychology degrees. As you'd expect with figures like that, jobs in psychology itself are incredibly competitive, so to stand a chance of securing one, you need to get a postgraduate qualification (probably a doctorate in most fields) and some relevant work experience. But even though there are so many psychology graduates – far more than there are jobs in psychology – this degree has a lower unemployment rate than average because its grads are so flexible and well-regarded by business. With a mix of good people skills and with excellent number and data handling skills, a psychology degree ticks most employers' boxes – but we'd suggest you don't drop your maths modules.
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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 88%
Student score 84% MED
Able to access IT resources

89%

Staff made the subject interesting

95%

Library resources are satisfactory

82%

Feedback on work has been helpful

89%

Feedback on work has been prompt

82%

Staff are good at explaining things

93%

Received sufficient advice and support

82%

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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
21% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
81% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
6% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
395 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
94% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
17% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 92% LOW
Average graduate salary £19k HIGH
Graduates who are childcare and related personal services

6%

Graduates who are other elementary services occupations

15%

Graduates who are sales, marketing and related associate professionals

13%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
Fine arts students, particularly some mature students, are more likely than students of many other subjects to have no need or desire to find work after their degree – quite a few students have already retired and are taking the degree for the excellent reason that they love art, and they're willing to pay to study it. You should bear this in mind if the stats you see feature particularly low employment rates. If you need to earn a living once you've finished your fine art degree, be aware that freelancing and self-employment is common, as are what is termed 'portfolio careers' – having several part-time jobs or commissions at once. Many courses help you prepare for freelancing. Over one in 10 of last year’s fine arts graduates had more than one job six months after graduation, over twice the average for graduates from 2012. Graduates from these subjects are often found in arts jobs, as artists, designers, photographers and similar jobs, or as arts and entertainment officers or teachers – although it's perfectly possible to get jobs outside the arts if you wish.
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