UWTSD's Design Week 2018 inspires student creativity


UWTSD’s Swansea College of Art hosted their fourth successful Design Week Festival with speakers, workshops and opportunities to inspire creativity and enhance student employability.

Design Week 2018

The intensive week saw industry leaders and prospective employers engage with students from Graphic Design, Illustration and Advertising & Brand Design. This year was as busy as ever with a team of winning students heading to London, to visit Sky Sports to pitch for the opening sequence design for Sunday Premier League. Faye Ashton Davies and Jason Landau from Sky Sports had an interactive day with an inspiring presentation and awards given out.

Winning Team Leader, Jamie Davies, a Third Year student from BA Graphic Designer, said: "I think it is amazing to see the University come together with huge names in the creative industry because as students we get exposure to years of experience and insight we otherwise wouldn't receive. The time and effort both the university and our guest speakers invest in us is really encouraging and has provided me with an amazing opportunity. This week has no doubt helped broaden my horizon and forge new ties with industry."

UWTSD’s Donna Williams, Course Director of BA Graphic Design, said: “It has been an incredibly busy and productive week with students trying to fit in every workshop and speaker. There were talks and engagement activities from Animal, Sky Sports, Waters Creative, Kevin Allen, AOI Association of Illustrators, Nina Cosford, Ali Graham, Bright Agency, Canolfan Peniarth and an exclusive viewing of ‘Pressing On’ about the amazing life of Letterpress.

“Leigh Griffiths from Animal told us it was a pleasure to open the week and said he had every confidence that our students will emerge as successful graduates.

“This year saw a new section introduced during the Festival, which had our own students presenting successful design examples from their outcomes on the Degree. The day led onto the evening with plenty to share and discuss. This was an especially heart-warming workshop that enabled fantastic work to be shown, shared and discussed. Often students find discussing their ideas and outcomes a challenge, but this certainly was not the case on Design Week. This is what happens when students feel supported in what they are achieving. Ali Graham, Illustrator and Graphic Designer really championed the importance of collaboration and new ideas – of working across different disciplines, sharing skills and working on self-initiated projects and exhibitions.”

Donna said Waters Creative gave an insightful and relaxing creative workshop.  She added: “This was filled with plenty of laughter and a chance to just stop the race to achieve. The day created some insightful practices in how we live as a creative workforce.”

 She added: “The week was extremely demanding but I have to say that this is a fantastic week of collaboration between all of our year groups. It gives us all a chance to work with industry-led briefs and join in some laughter and plenty of creative energy in creating some great pieces of work. As staff, we would all like to thank our industry connections for their generosity and insight in encouraging all our student designers. We have already started compiling our list of speakers for next year.”

Note to Editor

The School of Graphic and Digital Arts offers a range of BA and MDes Degrees in Graphic Design, Illustration and Advertising and Brand Design.

For more information visit:

BA Graphic Design, please contact Donna Williams

  1. williams@uwtsd.ac.uk
  2. lloydevans@uwtsd.ac.uk


BA Illustration, please contact Delyth Lloyd-Evans



BA Advertising & Brand Design, please contact Martin Bush

  1. bush@uwtsd.ac.uk