The Carmarthen creative experience – unique, distinctive and inspiring


16.09.2019

The Carmarthen campus is home to a vibrant creative community, enhanced by the presence of Carmarthen School of Art, one of the UK’s first Art schools founded in 1854.  It is also home to Canolfan S4C Yr Egin, where S4C, Wales’ national broadcaster has established its headquarters, co-locating with a range of creative and media based companies.

Students dancing class

Carmarthen makes a compelling offer to students interested in the creative and performance industries.  The dual sector approach, bridging between Coleg Sir Gâr and UWTSD provides a continuum of further and higher education, enabling students to gain the skills that they need from entry level to postgraduate studies in their own communities.  A creative Carmarthen offer is intended to provide a package of high quality, industry-focussed programmes under one banner to encourage progression and the acquisition of higher level skills.

Gwilym Dyfri Jones, Provost of the campus said: “The creative industries make up a fast growing sector of the Welsh economy, in particular in this region.  The University has played a key role in that growth through the development of Canolfan S4C Yr Egin and will continue to ensure that its students are fully versed in a range of high-level skills.  We are of course working closely with a range of companies within Yr Egin to develop our provision and are embracing the challenges of the fourth industrial revolution with its high dependency on collaboration and rapid advancements in technology”.

“The Carmarthen campus offers a rich and vibrant hub of creativity that draws together a unique subject combination to create a learning community that is dynamic, innovative and exciting.  The expertise of staff working from the campus which includes Coleg Sir Gâr’s Carmarthen School of Art as well as the range of companies located within Yr Egin is a major attraction to current and prospective students”.

Carmarthen students film class

Niki Neal, Senior Director and Development Leader, added: “Creative Carmarthen brings together the creative provision of the Carmarthen School of Art and UWTSD’s Carmarthen campus in an integrated offer drawing on the unique strengths of our dual sector UWTSD Group.  We aim to develop a centre that reflects commercial best practice within the creative sector linked to the UWTSD Group’s bilingual academic provision that will contribute to the creative and digital economies of Wales and the UK."