UWTSD’s Swansea School of Art and Design celebrate a successful Design Week


UWTSD’s Swansea School of Art and Design have celebrated a successful Design Week, which saw them host workshops by creative agencies and industry professionals, which included former graduates. 

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The faculty’s School of Visual Communication Design Week organised the event to give students valuable work experience. The series of lectures and workshops also included feedback sessions from industry professionals such as the Association of Illustrators (AOI) and the Young Creative Council. The event is always a great success and in the past, has led students to graduate employment opportunities and placements.

This year, the School of Visual Communication hosted a day-long workshop hosted with Saatchi & Saatchi Wellness (SSW). SSW are a creative agency who focus specifically on the promotion of health, wellbeing and personal welfare and are part of the Saatchi & Saatchi group. The day, which was entitled ‘This AS Life,’ was hosted by UWTSD graduate Naomi Urch, who graduated in 2011 and now works for SSW.

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They were also pleased to welcome back local design and advertising agency Waters Creative, who hosted a day workshop in which students gained real experience of working to a creative brief. Waters Creative was set up in 2004 by UWTSD graduate Rhian East and her business partner, Rachael Wheatley. It began life as an entrepreneurial start up and has now grown to be a major competitor in its field in South Wales, boasting such high profile clients as O2, the Admiral Group and Welsh Government.

Other highlights of the programme included the launch of a limited edition David Bowie print by Leeds-based print company Celloglas, a portfolio surgery from illustrator and concept artist Mike Redman and a session for budding Graphic Designers with a selection of successful UWTSD graduates.

Donna Williams, Course Director BA Graphic Design said : “It was a highly productive 'Design Week' resulting in an abundance of creative ideas with external clients and companies. Waters Creative launched into day one with plenty of laughter, collaborating with student teams from across the School of Visual Communication. We were inspired by the dynamic enthusiasm of Ed and James from 'Under the Skin' who worked with students with ideas on Sustainable Design. Naiomi Urch brought a 'different way of working' from her experiences with Saatchi and Saatchi Wellness. A busy day, which resulted in an invitation for the winning team to their London studio to pitch the designs for Diabetes Awareness.  Thanks to all the external companies, GF Smith, Celloglas, Young Creative Council, HATO and the AOI (Association of Illustrators), that set challenges and new thoughts for the future. At the end of the week students reported a variety of favourite moments and the moments that helped them the most.  The studios were full of energy with plans already underway for next year's festival.” 

Naomi Urch, Creative Integrated Artworker at Saatchi & Saatchi Wellness said: “UWTSD did so much to prepare me for my career, I honestly don’t know where to start! From preparing for interviews (I still use my university notes) to establishing working relationships (learning to be tolerant of others and inspiring other team members) —it also helped that the faculty were great role models. But  I guess the biggest take home from Swansea was to always keep on learning and pushing yourself… I honestly wouldn’t be where I am today if I didn’t push myself. As I said in my talk, good luck finds those who work hard!”


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