Our philosophy is simple: you will never become a great storyteller and filmmaker by just sitting in a classroom. Instead, we offer a unique 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. Modules are taught in condensed 4-week blocks one after another, mirroring the production process.
We also do not teach software or cameras in the traditional, boring way. Instead, workshops prepare you for industry by teaching you within job roles. You will learn what it means to be a producer, a director of photography or a 1stAC through to directing short drama pieces. All this supported by teaching staff and technical demonstrators.
To learn how to tell stories well, you need to understand and experience them firstly. You need to experience the world with all its beauty, quirks and complexities head-on. To help with that, we offer an exciting and intensive blend of teaching and practical 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.
So here at UWTSD Swansea College of Art, you will be offered a unique learning environment offered nowhere else. You will learn story (from idea to visualisation to completion) in a variety of venues; cafes, churches, shops, car parks etc. 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.
Our technical demonstrator (Kylie) do not teach software or cameras in the traditional boring way. Instead, they prepare you for the industry by teaching you within job roles. so for one session, you might be a Director of photography, and the next you will be the 1st AC.
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. The 2018 festival received over 3000 entries!
Finally, and perhaps most importantly, we are the ONLY film school in the world that has responded to the #MeToo movement and the clear lack of equality of opportunity for many social groups within film, by changing the way we approach student film productions. This means that any student production you work on must demonstrate very clearly that you have worked to increase the number of under-represented groups in your film, This will be achieved by you identifying two of the three areas in which you will address under-representation. The three areas are:
- The story - the film’s themes, content, characters
- Demographics - creating and engaging a diverse range of audiences
- Personnel - placement in creative and technical roles across the life cycle of the production (pre/production/post).
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“The most powerful person in the world is the storyteller. The storyteller sets the vision, values and agenda of an entire generation that is to come” - Steve Jobs.