UWTSD’s Swansea College of Art takes leading role promoting diversity


UWTSD’s Swansea College of Art, Film & TV programmes are taking a leading role in helping to increase the numbers of under-represented groups in front of and behind the camera through the school's Diversity Manifesto.

From this month, all student productions must clearly demonstrate they have worked to increase the number of under-represented groups in film, in two of the three following areas:

  • The story - the film’s themes, content, characters
  • Demographics - creating and engaging a diverse range of audiences
  • Personnel - placement in creative and technical roles across the life cycle of the production (pre/production/post)

UWTSD’s Timi O’Neill, Programme Director MArts & BA Film & TV said: "This ethically charged and engaged approach will place the course at the forefront of helping shape a new 'Respect' agenda within film and one where our students will be exposed to these ideas earlier in their careers and as such they will be better placed to service the needs of a changing industry well into the future.”

Timi added said: "The aim of any film and TV course is not only to produce students that can make the transition into work very easily but also students that are able to tell the best stories. In our experience, the best way to do this is to get them to look out beyond their immediate experiences in search of new ways of seeing. The Diversity Manifesto is aimed at this and we have already seen its impact on several final year films."

The move follows the success of UWTSD’s Copper Coast Creative Film Festival 2018, which received over 3,000 entries from all over the world. Set in the heart of Swansea and housed within UWTSD’s Swansea College of Art, this year’s awards focused on the theme of diversity with many of the films submitted reflecting fears and issues that do not always find their way into the mainstream press.

Subsequently, following a review of where the Film & TV sector finds itself in terms of both external and internal discussions on its future; the UWTSD/Swansea College of Art Film & TV programme has decided to take a leading role in helping increase the numbers of under-represented groups in front of and behind the camera.

As recently as September 2017, OFCOM wrote: “Our broadcasting industry is central to the UK’s cultural landscape, its society and creative economy. Television has the power to shape and represent our identities and values.” Being so, they suggest that Broadcasters promote the “Encouragement of diversity, and commitment to a fully inclusive workforce, must be embedded in organizations...”

Timi said: "Here within UWTSD/Swansea College of Arts Film School, we have listened to the words of OFCOM, BAFTA and other industry leaders and have centred our focus on creating the structures and actions that improve the equality of opportunity for under-represented groups. These actions are aimed at helping the Film & TV industries become fully inclusion.

"This is a massive challenge and to ensure that we meet it head-on and successfully attain these goals, we have decided to make root and branch changes to the way we work.”

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