UWTSD Graphic Design graduate is proud to watch SA1 take shape

12.07.2018

UWTSD’s Darren Green, who has graduated with a BA in Graphic Design at a ceremony at Swansea’s Brangwyn Hall, was born and brought up in SA1. He has watched the university’s new £350 million Swansea Waterfront development being created close to his home, but has also been involved in its development, helping to create graphics and branding.

Darren started his degree course 7 years ago, whilst working as an Executive Design and Print Officer at UWTSD.

Darren said: “ I am a Port tenant boy so SA1 is my home area and I have loved watching the university's new SA1 Swansea Waterfront development taking shape and being part of its progress. I went to Bishop Vaughan Comprehensive, leaving school to take up a job in a print shop in  Swansea, where I learnt my trade. I became involved with the university 22 years ago, whilst working as a printer. I enrolled for a graphic design module here, and was taught by Professor Andy Penaluna, who quickly  became an amazing mentor. He was head of Graphic Design at the time and as well as teaching me, he identified and pushed forward my creativity. He recognised the talent that I didn’t know I had."

He added: "I was also able to study modules on product design and design technology as part of an HNC at UWTSD, building on those newly acquired skills and eventually taking a position here as a printer. When my then boss, Norman, who was head of the print room retired, I was approached to take over. I then also began to develop the design side of the department, through the skills I had learnt during my courses at UWTSD."

“My current head of department, Lyndon Shirley,  ‎Executive Head of Technology Enhanced Learning further enhanced the skills I had and I have been able to develop the print and design side of TEL. He also encouraged me to start my degree course. I was attracted to it as I was able to fit my studies around my job. Of course there were challenges along the way – I got married and we now have two young children."

“During the degree course, I had another fantastic mentor in Swansea College of Art, in  Phil Thomas – he encouraged and supported me to achieve. He also recognised my commercial talent and the value of it. Although I didn’t spend a lot of time with students on my course because of work commitments when it came to our exhibition and graduation, I always felt they made me feel welcome. They have also been incredibly supportive knowing I was working too.

“We’ve had an amazing class of 25. I have never experienced anything like it. It such a close group. My advice to other mature students would definitely be to try it! It is possible to work and study to further your career. And with a class size like ours, it’s such a benefit. We all know each other and the same goes for the lecturers too.”

 

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