Creative Grad Fest 2021

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Creative Industries students at USW have put together an exciting online festival of their final year work, to be showcased online from 22 June to 1 July. Grad Fest 21 will celebrate the best young creative industries talent living and working in Wales.

The two-week event, which celebrates the best work from across all of USW’s Creative Industries courses, and will see everything from student takeovers of the USWCreative social media channels to an online yearbook, and the #USWGradfest2021 social media competition.

Following the huge success of last year’s festival, Creative Grad Fest 21 boasts a huge array of student working from performance and music, through to design, digital imagery, film and media – showcasing the amazing breadth of output and talent on offer in South Wales. Each day will focus on a different subject specialism, from Fashion to Film, Games and Journalism to Music and Design, and many more, sharing student work, interviews and insights into USW’s Creative courses and the industries our graduates already work across.

Professor Barry Atkins, Dean of the Faculty of Creative Industries, said: “We are delighted to be able once again to showcase our graduates’ phenomenal output across the creative industries. Despite the challenges of the last year, we are justly proud of the opportunity to share the creativity, innovation and hard work of our students and the commitment of our staff to supporting the finest young UK talent.” 

The brief programme summary below gives just a flavour of the exciting activity that will be taking place during USW Grad Fest 21. Visit to find out more.

Week One

22 June – Music & Sound

Join the School of Music and Sound for an exciting listening launch of this year’s Create Sampler, FCI 4. The Create series is championed by BBC Producers Huw Stephens, Adam Walton and Bethan Elfyn and features tracks from critically acclaimed artists including, Emma Mae and Slummz. Expect performances, student stories, interviews and a masterclass with Grammy nominee High Contrast who wrote the music for the Opening Ceremony of the Olympics with Underworld in 2012.

23 June - Photography and Art

This is a wonderful opportunity to showcase work from across our Photography courses and feature interviews with students, an online exhibition and the launch of our new website and publication ‘Kaleidoscope’.

24 June - Fashion and Advertising

Today will showcase our students sharing their success and experiences of their course, industry partnerships and showing how they have created exciting and innovative final projects. You will see work from designers, marketeers, promotors, and advertisers all about to launch their careers.

25 June – Performance

This has been another year of wonderful performances, media experimentation, storytelling, theatre production, musical showcases, festival pieces, student interviews, and much more. We hope you enjoy this selection of highlights from our students’ output.

Week Two

28 June - Journalism and Media

Enjoy award-winning sounds, video, photography, and multimedia from students on BA Journalism, Sports Journalism, Media Culture and Journalism, Photojournalism and Media Production. Between them they have spent the past year winning awards, telling the stories of the pandemic and more, exploring and investigating the media and revealing hidden truths.

29 June – Film and Visual Effects

Treat your senses to a host of films, showreels, and video studies - all introduced by the students who created them. From audio visual essays and documentaries to breath-taking visual effects and beautifully crafted mini dramas, we’re thrilled to share this selection of our work. 

30 June - Design

Explore the work across our Design courses. Immerse yourself in a virtual walkthrough with our Interior students. Be wowed by the problem solving of Graphic students and their outcomes. Be dazzled by the illustration students style diversity and creativity. Be in awe of TV and film set projects.

1 July - Animation and Games

Our students have had a hugely successful year, from Oscar nominations to huge public AR campaigns. Please enjoy sharing a showreel selection of animation and games created and curated by them, watch them talk about their practice, and share their insights into the industry.

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