UWTSD Graduates collaborate with St Thomas Community Primary School on Film Project

21.01.2016

Performing Arts and Digital Film & Television graduates from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) have recently been running a film project with Year 6 pupils from St Thomas Community Primary School in Swansea.  

The project culminated in a red carpet film premiere which the the young people and their families were invited to attend on Wednesday 16th December.

Over the course of 8 weeks, the UWTSD graduates have been meeting with the children to write and make a short film. The group worked very closely with the class teacher, Headteacher and the Deputy Head to create a meaningful project based on one of the books they had been studying, Skellig.

The young people created characters, wrote scripts, performed in the production as well as being involved ‘behind the scenes’ with the make-up, sound and filming. Mr Carl Farrant, Year 6 teacher, St Thomas Community Primary School said: “I would just like to thank you for allowing us the opportunity to work collaboratively with you and the university on this exciting film project. The pupils have thoroughly enjoyed taking part in the acting sessions and working with UWTSD graduates, Alan, Ciara, Nicole and Sam.

“The sessions have all been completed in a professional,child friendly manner which have assisted in extending the children's understanding of the text. The pupils have learnt far more than I believe that I could have taught them, with regards to film making and the various roles involved, and it was fantastic that there was a role for all pupils regardless of confidence in front of the camera.

“Completing the sessions focussing on our class novel Skellig has also benefited the pupils' written work in class as they have been submerged in the text and have been allowed the opportunities to connect to the characters,” continues Mr Farrant.

With the development of the new Swansea Waterfront Innovation Quarter in the SA1 area of Swansea, UWTSD is strengthening its link with the surrounding areas, replicate the strong links it already has with other communities across the city, such as Townhill.

In addition to the St Thomas Community School project, UWTSD has also been working alongside Communities First in the area to deliver other workshops. The film project will be running in Danygraig Primary School in February 2016 and a trip is being arranged for St Thomas Community Primary School to visit the campus.  Kathryn David, Director of Commercial Services at UWTSD, also spoke at the film premiere and talked about the Swansea Waterfront Innovation Quarter that will be built close to the school.

Through these exciting projects, students and graduates gain invaluable employability skills when they are given the opportunity to engage with the community. Not only does it provide real work experience, it also allows them to think differently about their studies - and can lead to paid work and employment. In addition to enhancing a student’s experience, it also ensures that the courses and campuses are accessible to the communities that surround it.

For further information on the University’s community projects in Swansea, please visit www.uwtsd.ac.uk/creative-bubble