Foundation art and design

Art and Design Activities for Schools and Colleges

All sessions will be delivered online this term

The University’s 3,000 creative industries students call our vibrant Cardiff Campus their home. In this session, students will learn more about the courses on offer – from drama, graphics and fashion design, to TV and film set design, music business and documentary photography - and how our state-of-the-art facilities and impressive industry links ensure that our students are ready to embark on a career in this billion-pound industry after graduation.

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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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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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Do you know what an Interior Designer does? Using student projects and live briefs - focusing on redeveloping and re-purposing community spaces, nightclubs and other old buildings - this session will bust the myths surrounding this dynamic and exciting career. 

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This session will explore the role of the Production Designer and other roles within a professional art department. Students will find out what it takes to establish a career in the industry, discover the range of work placements that students have experienced with productions such as; Doctor Who, Disney’s Aladdin, Mission Impossible 6 and Luther, and learn more about how USW creates graduates who are ready for a career in the industry.

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This session will look at how brands and influencers are working together to reach audiences through Instagram. You will learn how to write an effective bio, create and share compelling content, style and take pictures, create and manage a posting schedule, and how to engage with audiences. 

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Students will learn the skills and techniques required to create their own flipbook animations.

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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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Students will work in teams on a design brief. They will challenge their skills in visual communication and problem solving. This workshop encourages students to investigate an existing communication problem and propose innovative ideas, design concepts and solutions. 

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In this two-part session, students will be set a real-life creative brief from one of USW's many industry partners. USW staff will deliver a workshop to help students develop the skills required to tackle the brief and will arrange a follow-up session where students will receive valuable feedback on their work. This session will offer a real insight into the work and industry practices for students interested in pursuing a career in the creative industries.

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