Foundation art and design

Art and Design Activities for Schools and Colleges


On-campus events/activities 


Date: Coming soon 

Location: ATRiuM, USW Cardiff Campus

With a variety of interactive sessions to choose from, this event will give your students the opportunity to gain a real insight into studying a creative industries subject at University, and first-hand experience of the fantastic facilities at our Cardiff Campus.


Date:  Coming soon

Location: Pontypridd Campus - Treforest 

Do you have an interest in using your art skills to benefit the wellbeing of others? If you are passionate about expressive arts and believe in the potential for creative practices to improve wellbeing, the unique Creative and Therapeutic Arts degree provides the opportunity to develop your future practice in community and educational settings.


Whether you are interested in fine art, design, craft or creative community engagement, the BA (Hons) Creative and Therapeutic Arts course encompasses a wide variety of creative disciplines. You will be taught by experts at the forefront of the creative and therapeutic arts workforce, who will provide you with an excellent platform to gain experience of working creatively with others.


The Creative and Therapeutic Arts degree has three distinct areas of study - art practice, professional practice placement, and theoretical input. You will be encouraged to make meaningful connections between each core subject to become a creative arts practitioner. Further details relating to the course, including what you will study, information on placement opportunities and career progression can be found here.

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Activities at your school/college


Date: On Request

Location: At your school or college

Students will be given an overview of our BA (Hons) Advertising Design course, and will then develop a storyboard for a television advertisement in a fun and interactive workshop.

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Date: On Request

Location: At your school or college

This session offers students an overview of the BA (Hons) Illustration course, including more information about the subject, career paths students could pursue on completion of the course and an individual portfolio surgery. A member of the USW Illustration team will look at any interested students’ current portfolio or course work, giving them feedback and direction on their work. 

The USW illustration team have a wealth of experience in the creative industries, working for clients such as Disney, Nickelodeon, the New York Times, Anorak magazine and Grazia.

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Date: On Request (Ar gael yn Saesneg ac yn Gymraeg | Available in Welsh and English)

Location: At your school or college

Students will be introduced to the essential skill of developing their 3D design skills, by experimenting with materials to create a model of a structure. By practising their skills in form and composition, students will be amazed at the objects they can create!

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Date: On Request

Location: At your school or college

Fashion Illustration

This hour long session will introduce students to the principles of fashion illustration through a practical workshop session, utilising contemporary mixed media and collage techniques to produce a fashion illustration for a magazine cover, figure drawing or using drawing as a design tool.

Textile Techniques

This hour long session will explore how to create effective textile techniques by transforming two-dimensional surfaces into three-dimensional form. This will involve a workshop demonstration followed by practical workshop where students will experiment with paper manipulation techniques. 

Styling and Catwalk Management

This hour long session will cover the fundamental skills required for editorial styling and catwalk management. Students will be shown how to walk, pose and use the catwalk and styling to explore fashion.

Paper, Scissors, Frock

Students will explore the principles of making wearable creations using paper. This session is about using the construction process to push design and creativity.

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Date: On Request

Location: At your school or college

In this two-part workshop, USW staff will set the students an advertising brief based on a well-known brand (examples include Cadbury's, Pringles, Fanta and Ben & Jerry's). 

In a follow-up workshop 1-2 weeks later, the students will pitch their ideas and receive valuable feedback. This work can also be used as part of their portfolios for entry onto a higher education course.  

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Date: On Request (Ar gael yn Saesneg ac yn Gymraeg | Available in English and Welsh)

Location: At your school or college

Students will learn the key skills and design methods required to develop a creative response to an interior design project. Students will survey and analyse a space whilst documenting their findings using varying drawing techniques. Further, you will create your own design in response to your ideas for the new use of the space. This session offers the students the chance to create their own design and produce plenty of drawing work - so please encourage them to bring their sketchbooks!

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Date: On Request

Location: At your school and college

Students will learn more about our BA (Hons) Graphic Communication course, and why it's a great time to be a graphic designer. Students will see examples of creative design work by current students, will consider the importance of graphic design in the modern world, and improve their problem solving skills as they tackle a design brief.

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Date: On Request

Location: At your school and college

Students will meet members of our academic staff who will introduce our course portfolio, the employment opportunities this exciting industry offers and answer any questions you may have about animation and computer games. 

Students will get an overview of our specialist facilities and student and graduate work -  including TV shows, commercials, films and games. All this will offer an insight into the skills they'll develop during their time with us and the exciting potential careers that this can lead to. 

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