Swansea College of Art: The number 1 Art School in Wales

“It is not in life, but in art that self-fulfilment is to be found.” – Wilson Mizner

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) teaches 25,000 students across 17 pristine campuses in rural and city locations. Through a diverse curriculum that places emphasis on applied learning and a clear commitment to innovation, enterprise and knowledge transfer, UWTSD delivers tangible benefits to students around the world.

At the heart of the university’s academic mission is the learner experience, placing sustainability at the core of its planning. Developed and upheld through UWTSD’s Institute of Sustainable Practice, Innovation and Resource Effectiveness (INSPIRE), sustainable development is embedded through the university’s learning, teaching, curricula, campus, community and culture.

“Our aim is to inspire individuals and develop reflective graduates and practitioners who can make a difference in society,” notes the institution.

“Through work-based learning, research of international excellence and knowledge transfer networks, we aim to play a pivotal role in the promotion of social justice, economic renewal and the development of social and cultural capital.”

There is of course a reason why UWTSD has consistently been ranked as one of the top universities in Wales…

Discover Swansea College of Art                      

The Swansea College of Art, founded in 1853, boasts a unique blend of cutting-edge facilities and traditional teaching methods within a great location, making it an ideal place for prospective students to pursue their studies in Art and Design. Housed in a purpose-built, multi-million pound ‘Art School’ in the centre of Swansea’s Arts Quarter, the college develops your individual creative potential and takes you through the vast number of career possibilities, helping you market your personal talent, passion and skills, all of which are at the core of the UWTSD philosophy.

At Swansea College of Art UWTSD, students become part of a vibrant and multitalented community at a school recently named Wales’ greatest art school, and within the top 30 in the entire UK region. Covering a wide range of full-time programmes, including Cert HE in Art and Design Foundation, HND and Undergraduate, through to Taught- and Research-Postgraduate degrees, the Swansea College Art cultivates creative passions in virtually any artistic discipline.

An Art School experience in a contemporary University

Product, Automotive & Transport Design

Through a range of design-based courses in Automotive, Transportation and Product Design, the College encourages students to be innovative, inquisitive and forward-thinking as they embrace creative challenges within the field and push for a sustainable future. Courses include:

Advertising, Graphic Design, Illustration & Visual Communication

With a focus on developing individual creativity, this department prepares students to thrive within the creative and communication industries. Through a wide variety of skills-based workshops and a combination of traditional and contemporary methods, the Swansea College of Art allows graduates to pursue fulfilling futures in a range of creative professions. Courses include:

Film & Digital Media

This department provides an exciting portfolio of digital media courses and practice-based degrees, giving students the chance to develop the key skills needed for employment in creative and cultural industries. Courses include:

Fine Art & Photography

 These programmes seek to provide students with the freedom to create and explore their own, self-directed visual practice. Specially-tailored to allow them to meet the needs within a variety of creative industries, graduates have gone on to forge successful careers as visual artists or curators in their own right. Courses include:

Surface Pattern Design, Textiles and Glass

 The Surface Pattern Design portfolio is all about honing your passion for creating exciting and innovative surfaces and structures, taking into consideration choice of colour, texture, image and concept within the context of contemporary design practice. Courses include:

Local, regional & international success

For the ambitious, Swansea College of Art Graphic Design offers the perfect stepping stone to a bright future in the art and design field. The Swansea College graduate goes places as evidenced by these few achievements: One of its graphic design students was shortlisted this year for the final of Britain’s Best Budding Designer, pipping 200 talented applicants to this very esteemed post; a UWTSD Advertising and Brand Design student was chosen for the European Initiative ECO-SystemApp; while Swansea College students dominated the Drama category at the renowned Royal Television Society Wales Student Television Awards. From these, it’s clear that the futures of UWTSD Arts graduates tend to resonate hard work, triumph and achievement.

“I have no doubt in my mind, that Swansea helped me achieve my full potential as a Graphic Designer,” says Matthew Boyle, a working graphic designer and former UWTSD graduate from Denmark. “The theory taught broadened my understanding of design. The work pushed my creativity in new, interesting ways, while the lecturers were both encouraging and insightful. If you’re considering a career in Graphic Design, I can recommend nowhere better.”

And with a world-class faculty of artists who are frequently invited to exhibit at international events and venues, like the Venice Biennale and the Three Gorges Museum in China, it’s hardly surprising that creatives from all four corners of the globe are selecting an elite arts education from the Swansea College of Art.


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