If you are reading this page, you are taking your first steps in starting a career within the creative industries. The Film & TV degree course at UWTSD Swansea is designed around preparing you to make that leap from film student to have a career within film & TV. This journey requires you to first become an expert in storytelling – and as any professional will tell you, the story is the most essential part of any film or TV programme.
As a trainee film & TV storyteller, you will discover how to build an effective production around a core story idea, with help from our storytelling specialisms in script design, directing performers, cinematic & photographic design, story research and sound design.
We put you at the centre of the learning and this means we encourage you to experiment in a range of stories in drama, documentary, music, fashion films to online content. This process of experimenting will help you to perfect your own style of storytelling. Without experimenting, you end up producing boring, predictable, and very forgettable films. That’s not why you are reading this page!
All this cannot be achieved by having you sat every day, passively in a classroom. As all modules are practice-based, we do not believe that is the best way to practice film & TV. Your learning will take place not just in our new campus, but also in cafes, abandoned buildings, theatres, beaches, and many other locations.
Finally, to help you make your first steps into the creative industries, you will be trained in technical crafts within job-specific roles in our weekly craft sessions (such as 1st AC, Production co-ordinator, DoP, sound etc). This will provide you with the opportunity to apply for jobs within your first term.
The programme aims to educate creative individuals proficient in meeting the needs of contemporary and future demands. The programme is underpinned by the Research and Knowledge Transfer activities of the faculty as a whole
How to apply
All applications to study for a full-time undergraduate degree programme are made through UCAS - Swansea College of Art UWTSD is part of University of Wales Trinity Saint David. All our courses come under the institution code T80.
Visit the University's How to Apply section to find out more.
The chances of you becoming a great storyteller and filmmaker by just sitting in a classroom listening to lecturers talk for hours are not good. Instead, our thinking is, the quicker we get you out there, in the real world, the quicker you start to see how stories are shaped by locations and then the quicker you will become a mature filmmaker. By teaching in different locations, we offer a special learning experience, with an exciting and innovative blend of taught and practical sessions that take place at a variety of venues – cafes, churches, shops etc., bringing you closer to where stories are told. Our practice-based modules are taught in condensed 2 or 4-week blocks one after another, mirroring the production process.
We also do not teach software or cameras in the traditional way either. Instead, workshops prepare you for the creative industry by teaching you within job roles and on location. You will learn what it means to be a producer, a director of photography or a 1st AC through to directing short drama pieces. All this is supported by teaching staff and technical demonstrators.
To learn how to communicate stories well, you need to understand and experience life. You need to experience the world with all its beauty, quirks, and complexities head-on. This means a mix of philosophy, psychology, communications, and maybe even a little quantum mechanics. To help with that, we offer an exciting and intensive blend of cross-discipline teaching and intense practice sessions. You will be challenged to take your learning from the classroom to out there in the real world - this is where the teaching really begins.
We are also one of the few UK Film Schools that offer our students the opportunity to run a film festival. The Copper Coast International Film Festival is a Swansea College of Art UWTSD student-run film festival that attracts interest from around the world, giving an insight into the wider film market and an understanding of what it takes to make an award-winning film. We are now in our 5th year and still going strong. 2022 will see an extra special festival, the best of the best. A retrospective of the first 5 years.
So here at UWTSD Swansea College of Art, you will be offered a student-focussed learning environment offered nowhere else. You will learn storytelling in all its forms over a coffee in a café, or a script reading in a graveyard, church, moor, beach…location teaching and location learning are special. Our philosophy is simple - if you never leave the classroom, you will always remain a student and although we have never met, we know that you are not going to university to graduate as a student filmmaker, but as a professionally minded filmmaker, ready to conquer the world.
Textual Practices 1
Applied Storytelling Practices 1
Learning in the Digital Era
Contemporary Challenges; making a difference
Ways of Thinking
Ways of Perceiving
Designing the story
Learn to love solitude
Textual Practices 2
Applied Storytelling Practices 2
Changemakers: Building your Personal Brand for Sustainable Employment
Changemakers: Creativity and value creation
Research In Context
Research in Practice
The Film Festival
All assessment is based on 100% practical coursework.
Students are expected to demonstrate their understanding in the form of practical project work. All practical work is project and portfolio based.
We welcome applications from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds.
To assess student suitability for their chosen course we arrange interviews for all applicants at which your skills, achievements, and life experience will be considered.
Qualifications are important, however, our offers are not solely based on academic results. If you don’t have the required UCAS points then please contact the courses admissions tutor or email firstname.lastname@example.org as we can consider offers to applicants based on individual merit, exceptional work, and/or practical experience.
Our standard offer for a degree course is 120 UCAS tariff points. We expect applicants to have a grade C or above in English Language (or Welsh) at GCSE level, together with passes in another four subjects. Plus we accept a range of Level 3 qualifications including:
Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, plus one GCE A-Level in a relevant academic subject
Three GCE A-Levels or equivalent
BTEC Extended Diploma in a relevant subject, with minimum grades of Merit
International Baccalaureate score of 32
Other relevant qualifications can be considered on an individual basis
The most important thing that we will expect to see at your interview is a strong passion and enthusiasm for storytelling in Film & TV. There is no need for a portfolio. If you have one, then great, but we treat the interview as the main test of your suitability for the course and its demands. You will be given a small film to watch beforehand and from that we will structure our interview. The structure of the interview is designed to allow time for you to ask questions about the course to ensure it is the right course for you and that you are the right student for us.
Our alumni have found production roles across the film & TV industry, with recent graduates working on projects such as Mission Impossible (4,5 and 6), The Grand Tour, His Dark Materials, Paddington 2, Brissic, Guardians of the Galaxy, Outlaw King, Bancroft, Doctor Who and many, many more.
Other graduates have landed jobs with established industry heavyweights, including BBC, Sky, Amazon, MPC and Milk VFX. Many past students have also found success as freelancers or creating their own production companies.
Our students have access to a diverse range of equipment and resources, which in most cases are sufficient to complete their programme of study. We provide the basic software and cameras necessary for students to develop their practical work within our extensive workshop and studio facilities.
You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other available funding opportunities, please visit our Scholarships and Bursariessection.
Study Abroad Opportunities
Students can also take up the opportunity to study a semester in Europe, the USA, or Canada. These are exciting opportunities for you to expand your worldview through experiences with new cultures and people.