Art at UWTSD ranked in the top 10 in UK in 2020 Guardian University League Tables


'We have a fundamental influence on the creative industries in Wales and beyond as Fine Art has become increasingly recognised for its contribution across many professions. We teach creative and flexible life and transferrable skills. Students express themselves in many ways within their work and gain multi-disciplinary expertise.” Professor Sue Williams, Programme Director of Fine Art: Studio Site & Context at UWTSD Swansea College of Art.

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With 3 subjects ranked in the top 10 overall in the UK: ‘Fashion & Textiles’ (1st), ‘Design & Crafts’ (7th), and ‘Art’ (8th), there’s plenty of celebrating to be done at Swansea College of Art.

Professor Sue Williams, Programme Director of Fine Art: Studio Site & Context said: "We are delighted with the latest Guardian Rankings. UWTSD Swansea College of Art is committed to maintaining a strong focus on delivering the very best experience for our students. Our Studio Site & Context course not only focuses upon the very important aspects of a Fine Art practice such as painting, drawing, sculpture, video, performance and installation but we encourage an individual approach to the interpretation of life, politics and philosophy.

"We pride ourselves in providing individual studio spaces for all of our students and access to well-equipped 3D workshops. Throughout the semesters, the students have regular tutorials encouraging students to work between the two areas. From a fine art perspective there is no hierarchy of medium and we encourage experimentation and flexibility. We have a good ratio between student and tutor and time is spent getting to know the student as an individual and their specific needs.

"Students attending our course at Swansea College of Art have a comprehensive and inspiring experience through being taught by internationally recognised artists which, according to the recent Guardian league tables, means that our students’ will ‘get expert tuition and a good insight into life after study.”

Swansea College of Art has strong links with established galleries throughout the UK and students have valuable professional experiences as part of their Professional Studies and Major/ External Liaison Project.

Professor Williams added: "Students who graduate from our course, as well as some becoming artists within their own right, go on and develop careers in other creative professions such as galleries and museums; arts administration; theatre and film; working in advertising or develop careers in the craft based industries.”


Alexander Duncan grew up in Swansea where he studied on the Foundation Art and Design Course before completing his BA in Fine Art at Swansea College of Art in 2007.

On graduating, Alex collaborated with fellow UWTSD graduate Jonathan Anderson on several two-person shows including Real Estate at Elysium. In 2011 shortly before moving to London, Alex had his first solo show surge with Mission Gallery.  Alex went on to study for an MA in Sculpture at the Royal College of Art graduating in 2015. The same year, he was selected for the London Open at the Whitechapel Gallery and was the recipient of the Wakelin Award by the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery. In 2017 Alex had his first international solo show Blow in at Aldama Fabre Gallery, Bilbao. He works between Swansea and London where he has his studio and codirects a project space ArtLacuna. He said: “The teaching staff at Swansea College of Art, UWTSD, truly care for their students and manage to find each student’s individual strengths to progress their skill set.”

Erin Rickard: "Since graduating I’ve had a wide range of experiences, the skills and knowledge I developed during my degree enabled me to work as Project Coordinator for public arts organisation Locws International, as well as the visual media and marketing officer for Volcano Theatre and later the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery. It’s been an absolute pleasure to support international artists such as David Nash, Eddie Ladd and Bedwyr Williams. Amongst these roles I’ve continued my practice as a visual artist, exhibiting in galleries and public spaces while working as artist in residence in Wales, Belgium and Italy. I’m currently developing my curatorial practice, last year I worked with the Josef Herman Art Foundation and Swansea Museum to curate an exhibition of artefacts alongside Josef Herman’s artworks including the Miner’s panels originally commissioned for the Festival of Britain in 1951.”

Catherine Angle: "I’ve been working at Chapter since 2012 and started right at the beginning of EXPERIMENTICA 2012: UNSEEN, our 5 day Performance and Live Art festival – there’s nothing like hitting the ground running. Since then it’s been non-stop, curating exhibitions as part of our ‘Art in the Bar’ programme, working on off-site projects such as Heather and Ivan Morrison’s ‘Love me or Leave me Alone’ in Cardiff Bay and most recently working as Project Manager for Cymru yn Fenis Wales in Venice, presenting 'James Richards: Music for the gift' with Curator Hannah Firth."

Katherine Ridgeway – Education Officer in the Mission Gallery Swansea: Kat is responsible for planning and implementing a range of imaginative new activities, events and initiatives within Mission Gallery’s Education Programme to be closely integrated with the exhibition and craft spaces. She is involved with the community outreach engagement and participation work across a range of art forms and works with artists and educators, always in the context of the ethos of Mission Gallery.

Scott Mackenzie: "A Fine Art degree at Swansea College of art has provided a platform to take part in exhibitions and residencies across the UK and to return two years later as a Studio Artist. My time at Swansea College of Art is used to explore different processes and materials, to challenge myself and be a part of a dynamic art environment. Ideas dictate the technique and the body of work that emerges encompasses everything from painting to video, drawings to installations, but recent work focuses on thinking of sculptures as paintings and paintings as sculptures dealing with issues such as displacement, alienation and loneliness in contemporary culture."

Doireann Cott: "I currently work at the Royal Academy of Arts as assistant to the Artistic Director. Having studied on the Fine Art programme in Swansea I stayed for an extra year as the Artist in Residence on the course. Following this I studied for a Masters in Aesthetics and Art History at University College Cork. On completion I undertook a Curatorial Fellowship at the Glucksman Gallery on campus. Returning to my sculptural roots and love of the workshop I took a job at the National Sculpture Factory in Cork, whistle teaching Art and Art history at my old high school. I then decided to move to London!

"Living in London is an art education in itself, the city seems to penetrate our bodies and educate our gaze. The proximity of the world’s most impressive art institutions and museums on your doorstep with the architecture of the city, and a burgeoning art scene that seems self-perpetuating and boundless. Finding my feet I began, again, to draw. A passion fermented by the tuition and guidance of your very own, Sue Williams. I attended night course at the Royal Drawing School spending weeks of my summer holidays there exploring the very nature of drawing itself. 

"My recent role at the Academy comes at a surprising juncture in the history of this hallowed institution, founded by artist in 1768 and still run by artists today, an expansion and opening up of a new campus alongside a continued focus on creating the best place for art and ideas has offered a platform for an exciting art career ahead.”

Geraint Ross Evans was born in 1988 in Caerphilly and grew up in Cardiff, Wales. Following graduation from UWTSD in 2009 with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art, Geraint became closely involved with the South Wales art scene, most notably with the former TactileBosch gallery and studios in Cardiff. Following his first solo exhibition, Geraint relocated to London where he was awarded a scholarship to study at The Royal Drawing School, on their postgraduate program The Drawing Year (2014-15). On completion he was awarded the Directors Prize and shortly after, The Richard Ford Award from the Richard Ford Fund (Royal Academy of Arts) to study the paintings at the Prado Museum in Madrid. Geraint’s studio is now based in Cardiff; and he continues to work and teach between Cardiff and London.

As part of the Royal Drawing School faculty, Geraint teaches regularly at the Trinity Buoy Warf campus on the Foundation Year and at other venues across London including; the British Museum and the National Gallery, as a Young Artists Programme Tutor. Geraint often supports the Drawing Year on their Wednesday Core Program sessions; a postgraduate level workshop taught by members of the senior faculty. As an RDS Student Ambassador, Geraint also travels to universities across the country, to talk to undergraduate fine art and illustration students about his practice and experience studying on the Drawing Year.

The staff of Fine Art Swansea UWTSD present 3rd year students with an experience of a life time in Venice. An experience supported by The Arts Council of Wales and Swansea College of Art UWTSD

Professor Sue Williams, Professor Tim Davie and Craig Wood have all been recipients of major Arts Council of Wales awards, as well as awards further afield. It is appropriate that a developing relationship is growing between the Arts Council of Wales and Cymru Yn Fenis//Wales in Venice, and the Fine Art students at Swansea. The Venice Biennale is judged to be the world’s biggest and most important contemporary art event and in 2011 Tim Davies represented Wales at the Biennale in a solo exhibition. This is considered to be an exceptional opportunity for two students to travel and work to experience the true essence of a culture that embraces Fine Art practice and where the world congregates to appreciate the arts.

As Sue Williams says “The experience to live for one month directly involved in curatorial processes and supporting Cymru Yn Fenis - Wales in Venice is an exciting undertaking for a third year student. It felt right to offer this to a student in the third year, when they have already experienced preparing for their own degree exhibition and to see the possibilities ahead of them within a much wider and professional context.”

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