Grace Mahony is studying BA (Hons) TV and Film Set Design course and recently undertook work experience with the BBC in Cardiff’s Roath Lock Studios working on Doctor Who.
"I was privileged enough to gain work experience on Doctor Who because our ourse leaders have links with the show’s Production Designer. Every year a number of students from our set design course are selected to work in the Doctor Who Art Department on a two-week placement.
It’s top secret what I was working on but everyday was different, from making white card models to painting the sets. The placement has been one of the highlights of my entire University experience. I learnt an incredible amount and every minute was filled with fun, exciting new challenges!
I have had so many brilliant experiences so far on the course - from our trips to London to our master classes with some incredibly talented industry professionals.
Cardiff is vibrant and diverse. There is so much going on and, in such a compact city, it’s all within walking distance! Not only is it a friendly, beautiful city, complete with a castle, endless shops, great cafes and nightclubs, but it is also a brilliant place to start a career in the TV and Film industry. There are many opportunities with the BBC and other production companies in and around Cardiff.
I want to make it as a concept artist in the film industry, combining my interest in designing spaces with my love of film. TV and Film Set Design at The University of South Wales is one of very few courses in the UK which teaches the skills and provides the opportunities to make it in this profession. When I went to the open day I was sold. The lecturers were supportive and inspiring, the students’ work was exciting and the city was full of opportunities."