UWTSD’s Swansea College of Art tops the Welsh List in the 2017 Complete University Guide


UWTSD’s Swansea College of Art has been rated best in Wales for Art & Design for the second successive year according to the Complete University Guide. The guide compares universities across the UK on the quality of their research, student satisfaction, entry standards and graduate prospects. The national league table, published this week, saw UWTSD’s College of Art move up 8 places in the UK rankings to 30th overall.



Dr Ian Walsh, Dean of Art & Design said: “I’m very proud of these results. By any measure this is an excellent achievement and a glowing endorsement of the quality of our staff and students. Swansea College of Art at UWTSD is the oldest art college in Wales and is one of the best in the UK. In recent years the College has expanded and now offers the most diverse portfolio of courses anywhere in the UK. The University has invested heavily in transforming the old Dynevor School and the former Central Library to create a modern and dynamic Art College right in the heart of Swansea.

This is not the only success chalked up by the university in recent weeks. Students from UWTSD dominated the Drama category at the prestigious Royal Television Society Wales Student Television Awards, presented on March 18 in Cardiff. All three films shortlisted in this category were from UWTSD Swansea College of Art students on the BA (Hons) Digital Film & Television Production degree course.

The winning film, Needless Things, written and directed by Victor Mawer, is an eerie, expressionist coming-of-age tale, filmed on location in Swansea and in specially constructed set in the studio at UWTSD.

The RTS Wales jury commended the film as, “An ambitious and highly original production that combined accomplished craft direction with some impressive performances.” Needless Things will now go on to compete for UK national RTS Student Television Awards, to be presented in June at the British Film Institute on London’s Southbank.

Students from BA and MDes Surface Pattern Design, at the College of Art, have recently returned from Paris where they exhibited at the International Trade Fair, Premiere Vision Paris.

UWTSD is the only Welsh University to exhibit at this international show in Paris. This was the 10th time that the Surface Pattern programme held a stand at the event, where students have the opportunity to sell their work to international clients. Premiere Vision takes place twice a year in Paris, in February and September, coinciding with the fashion seasons.

The event is vast and attracts visitors from all over the world, from every level and section of the fashion and textiles industry and design sector. UWTSD 2nd year student Georgina Angelone’s design was selected by the organisers to be used as a focal point of the Fair to inspire visitors and exhibitors.  Her design was featured alongside industry big hitters such as Tom Cody of NY and London, and Longina Phillips Designs of Sydney.  Her design was the only one selected from the Universities attending the event.

BA Graphic Design student, Jordan Budd, has been shortlisted from over 200 applicants to be in the final of Britain’s Best Budding Designer competition.The competition, aims to find the freshest design talent, and someone who is worthy of the title ‘UK’s Best Budding Designer 2016.’ Jordan is in with a chance of winning £1,000 and the opportunity to have his work showcased on instantprint.co.uk. The competition is run by online print retailer instantprint. The 12 shortlisted candidates have been asked to create a new design for a range of instantprint templates.

Jordan Budd said: “I cannot express how much I've learned and enjoyed on the BA Graphic Design course at UWTSD, it has been the perfect course for me. It has changed the way I think about design and how I apply it for the better. The course gives you all the tools you need to succeed and the ability to experiment. Having total freedom in your work is something I especially love about the course. I also couldn't ask for better lecturers who spend all of their time helping and encouraging all of their students.”

Swansea College of Art has a long and established record of excellence in research in Art, Design and Media. Each of our schools has an established and vibrant postgraduate culture that embraces a dynamic MA/MSc taught master’s portfolio, MPhil/PhD research programmes and post-doctoral research of the highest standard. The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) categorised 95.8 % of our research as being world leading or internationally excellent.

The research and practice of all staff in the College enriches our postgraduate programmes and ensures their currency. Staff are invited to exhibit at prestigious international events and venues such as the Venice Biennale and the Three Gorges Museum in China.

The combination of location, cutting-edge facilities and internationally recognised research profile makes Swansea College of Art at UWTSD a leading centre for research and post graduate studies.

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