Established in 1822, the Lampeter campus has a long and distinguished academic tradition in the field of Humanities. The Faculty offers a range of graduate courses in Anthropology, English, History, Archaeology, Creative Writing, Heritage Studies, Chinese Studies, Classics, Philosophy and Religious Studies.
The Faculty of Humanities and Performing Arts combines its traditional, rich heritage with cutting-edge, 21st century technologies, encouraging collaborative learning for both residential and distance learning students. We are proud of the friendly, community of learners that has developed within the Faculty and of the level of support that we are able to provide.
Our staff to student ratio means we can offer excellent guidance and support to all of our students, whether campus-based or at a distance. For more information about the individual schools within the Faculty of Humanities and Performing Arts, please visit: http://www.uwtsd.ac.uk/humanities-performingarts
The Faculty has a long-standing record of providing online courses, and currently has more than 600 postgraduate students studying via distance learning. We are committed to supporting all of our learners and providing a great learning experience irrespective of where in the world our students are based.
All distance-learners can access our Virtual Learning Environment, which provides access to lecture and seminar material, reading and research material and the opportunity to discuss ideas and views with peers and lecturers. All learners are allocated a personal tutor, who is their main point of contact and support for the duration of the course. Distance-learning students also benefit from a dedicated Outreach Librarian who can assist with individual research queries, and with retrieving journals, articles, and books.
RESEARCH AND EXPERTISE
Humanities academics in UWTSD are active researchers with publications at the cutting edge of their fields. All students have the opportunity to engage directly with the academic staff, from lecturers to world-renowned professors. Humanities at UWTSD benefits tremendously from the opportunities for interdisciplinary research and collaboration across subjects and disciplines, which has resulted in some innovative and unique post-graduate programmes, such as the MA in Ancient Religions, and the MA in Heritage Practice.
Many of our students take the unique opportunity to work in the Roderic Bowen Library and Archive which houses more than 30,000 volumes, printed between 1470 and 1850. The archives are accessible to all students, both digitally and in the library. It is an invaluable and unique resource that further assists and contributes to students’ research projects.
In addition to the taught MA programmes, the Faculty offers a number of intensive research masters programmes. These Masters by Research degrees (MRes) are specifically designed for students who wish to engage in high-level independent research, often before continuing on to a research degree (MPhil/PhD).
The Faculty also offers MPhil and PhD supervision, to find out more about how to apply or to submit a research proposal please contact the Postgraduate Research Office: www.uwtsd.ac.uk/postgraduate-research/
Wales International Academy of Voice (WIAV)
Under the Directorship of the renowned Dennis O’Neill, with Dame Kiri te Kanawa as its patron, the Wales International Academy of Voice (WIAV) is located in Wales’ bustling capital, Cardiff. A limited number of students are chosen annually to study at WIAV; usually 15-20 students are selected each year, giving each student the opportunity to receive one-to-one learning experience from coaching staff of the highest calibre.
World-respected coaches and consultants visit the students, including Joyce Fieldsend from Venice, Joseph Rouleau from Canada and Richard Bonnynge from Switzerland. Besides individual coaching, students also participate in group sessions, where they can listen and appraise their colleagues’ performances.
WIAV’s central location provides the students with ample opportunities to perform. For example, previous students have given/presented solo recitals at The Hoddinott Hall in the Wales Millenium Centre.
Thanks to the intensive coaching and expert teaching at WIAV, two graduates of WIAV have recently received the prestigious Adler Fellowship Awards from the San Fransisco Opera Centre.
* 95% of students studying at the Faculty of Humanities & Performing Arts were satisfied with Learning Support – Global International Student Barometer and Student Barometer, Autumn Wave 2014.