Rachel Price studied her undergraduate degree in BA Performance and Media and then progressed to a postgraduate course in MA Film (Screenwriting).
What made you choose USW?
I did my undergraduate course in Performance and Media at USW and I absolutely loved it. The facilities and the location are ideal for me.
Did you study around other commitments?
I started my postgraduate degree straight after completing my undergraduate degree. As well as doing my degree I have two children and I work as an assistant in a drama academy on Saturdays. I find that I have a really good work/life balance as long as I can stay organised.
How did you find the fees and funding process?
The fees and funding process was very straightforward. I was in contact with the money advice team who helped to apply my discount as I am a returning USW student. The payment plans are great and very flexible. Since I set up the direct debit, I haven't had to do anything.
How have you found blended learning?
I have really enjoyed having our lectures online. It has been especially helpful for me because of my children. I've learned how to use teams which has been really helpful. Especially for the screenwriters as we can send our scripts into the group and we can read each other's work like a writer's room.
Is it easy to stay in touch with course mates and lecturers?
Our group has really bonded, and I think the online learning has been a big factor. We have a Whatsapp group, a Facebook group and a Discord where anyone on MA Film can meet and chat. It has been really useful for writing sessions. We also watch films together but separately. We all watch a film and then we get together on discord to discuss it which has been a really interesting and enjoyable experience. It is easy to stay in touch with lecturers through email and we get the chance to ask questions and raise concerns during our sessions. We also have one to one tutorials which are really useful. I feel like the while MA Film group is really supportive of one another and we've all become really great friends.
Tell us about the location of the University?
The location of the university is perfect. It is right in the middle of Cardiff and it is close to the shops and restaurants as well as beautiful green spaces like Bute Park, Roath Park and Cardiff Castle. The train and bus services stop nearby which is really handy too especially since I don't live in the centre.
Which support services have you accessed?
I have used the library and the people there are extremely helpful. The study pods are great for meetings. There is an amazing variety of resources available and if you want a book, they don't have they can sometimes order it for you. Being able to book out rooms and equipment from the university is also extremely helpful.
Where are you living and how are you finding it?
I live about three miles away from the university. I have lived in Cardiff all my life, so it was great to be able to do my degree without having to move my family around.
What are the best bits about the course so far?
The best thing so far is the people. Everyone is so talented and creative. I love seeing how other people approach their work and how different creative styles can blend together. I have learned a lot about screenwriting through our seminars and through some amazing workshops we've had. Before I started the screenwriting degree, I was mainly focused on horror, but it is giving me the confidence to try new things.
What will you learn that will make you more employable?
We have classes in industry studies that help us to understand the TV and Film industry better. I think the sessions on how to build a good CV were especially helpful.
What placements have you been on so far?
I am currently on a placement! I am really enjoying it because it involves interactive film, which is an area that really interests me,
What are your future plans?
Become the next Emerald Fennel? Oscar for my first screenplay. Maybe not but my dream is to be a successful writer. It has been all my life. I just plan on building up my portfolio and building my skills. I'm always learning and always creating so I plan on keeping that going.