UWTSD ranked 1st in Wales for Film Production & Photography (Guardian League Table 2022).
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 will you to make that leap from being a film student to applying for that first job in film and television. Whether you are studying A-Level English, photography, history, design, or a creative media course, our aim is to get you ready to start your career once you finish with us — we will even be asking you to apply for jobs in your first term. But your journey starts and ends with creative storytelling— and as any creative professional will tell you, the story is the most essential part of any creative practice.
With help from our storytelling specialisms in script design, directing performers, cinematic and photographic design, story research, and sound design, you will be taught how to build an effective production around a core story idea.
We put you at the centre of the learning, and this means we encourage you to experiment in a range of stories from drama, documentary, photo films, music and fashion films to online content. This process of experimenting will help you to perfect your own unique 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 sit every day, passively in a classroom. As all modules are practice-based, we do not believe that only classroom teaching is the best way to practice film and TV. Your learning will take place in our new campus, but also outside in the real world of cafes, abandoned buildings, theatres and beaches — the city of Swansea will be your campus!.
"The film of tomorrow will not be directed by civil servants of the camera, but by artists for whom shooting a film constitutes a wonderful and thrilling adventure." Francois Truffaut
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.
Applicants to full-time courses can apply through UCAS. Applicants to part-time courses can apply through the University.
Visit the University's How to Apply section to find out more.
Tuition Fees 2021/22:
Home (Full-time): £9,000 per year
Overseas (Full-time): £13,500 per year
6 reasons to study this course
UWTSD ranked 1st in Wales for Film Production & Photography (Guardian League Table 2022)
No portfolio required
We welcome and encourage applications from media and non-media focussed courses such as English, psychology, history, communications etc.
In your final year, you work on an anthology feature film
You will help run an international film festival
You will be taught specific job roles in technical sessions (such as first assistant camera, production co-ordinator, researcher, studio director, etc.) to allow you to apply for jobs within your first term.
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 including cafes, churches and shops, bringing you closer to where stories are told. Our practice-based modules are taught in condensed two or four-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 first assistant camera 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 fifth year and still going strong. 2022 will see an extra special festival, the best of the best: a retrospective of the first five 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.
Year One – Level 4 (Cert HE, Dip HE & BA)
Applied Storytelling Practice 1 (20 credits; compulsory)
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.
Graduate Attributes Framework
This Framework aims to develop your professional skills and competence alongside your academic subject knowledge. You’ll study up to 40 credits per level throughout your programme from the Graduate Attributes Framework.
The Graduate Attribute modules are designed to enable you to develop, and evidence, a range of career-focused skills related to your subject area. These skills include digital competency, research and project management, as well as such personal competencies as communication, creativity, self-reflection, resilience and problem-solving.
We welcome applications from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds from English, photography, design to psychology to science to media.
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
UAL L3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design.
UAL L3 Applied General Diploma and Extended Diploma in Art and Design.
UAL L3 Diploma and Extended Diploma in Creative Practice: Art, Design and Communication.
UAL L3 Extended Diploma in Creative Media Production and Technology
BTEC Extended Diploma in a relevant subject
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 sessions and on location.
You will need to buy a 1TB hard drive and suitable clothes for outside learning.
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 for a semester in Europe, the USA, Canada or Malaysia. These are exciting opportunities for you to expand your worldview through experiences with new cultures and people.