Design Week 2020


The BA(Hons) Graphic Design and BA(Hons) Advertising & Brand programmes have once again completed a dynamic industry event at our annual Design Week. Now in its 7th year, the event has attracted employers and influential artists and designers who are making important contributions to the creative world.

The BA (Hons) Graphic Design and BA (Hons) Advertising & Brand programmes at UWTSD’s Swansea College of Art have once again completed a dynamic industry event at their annual Design Week.

We never force a theme for our Design Week, allowing speakers, artists and designers to be free in what they want to share with our students. At the end of the week, we recognize a theme that has naturally evolved. In our present UK climate this could not have come at a better time as the theme for 2020 evolved into ‘Community and Truth’.

This year we were delighted to welcome Sky Senior Creative, Gareth Winter who is a graduate of the BA (Hons) Graphic Design programme and Harry Ward, Design Director at Sky. It was a powerful talk, which showed how good intention, combined with design skill can initiate positive choices. It was interesting to learn about the ethos of how this company takes care of staff and how they strive to always be or do better. Over the past ten years Sky have employed many of our graduates and each one has had fantastic opportunities and thrived in many different areas. The task set to the students was ‘Sky and climate change’ and we are delighted that winners, Georgia McDonald, Dylan Davies, Megan John and Callum Smith are on their way to pitch to Sky head office in London.

Dan Alcorn started the week with an interesting approach on how designers move into community. Dan, also a graduate of BA(Hons) Graphic Design set off on a somewhat difficult career start, but it all set him in good stead. Dan is incredibly self-motivated and now runs the annual Birmingham Design Festival (BDF). We are not sure how he does it all, as this is all achieved in his spare time working as a Senior Designer for Substrakt. The BDF is an exciting, design driven event, which attracts speakers from all over the globe. The first event held one hundred and fifty talks across the city and he had never done anything like this before. Dan is fearless in his approach and we were delighted to invite him back to Swansea. Dan strives towards a more community-based career, and students were impressed with the energy and the drive to create sustainable working lives.

Suzy Prince gave an honest and extremely insightful talk on magazine self-publishing. Once again, an artist who is committed to her craft spoke honestly about the pitfalls and joys of creating the publication ‘Actual Size’. It has been especially pleasing to already hear students refer back to her presentation and how it has helped them find more purpose and clarity of choice in what they want to achieve in their own work.

After a six-hour train ride from Shipley, Nick Loaring, from The Print Project came bursting into the lecture theatre in a wave of enthusiasm, energy and a travel tube of beautiful prints. Students were impressed by the dynamic use of colour and his skilful approach, and everyone was left itching to dive into our own print rooms, full of new ideas and inspiration. When you combine beautiful work with passionate, soulful people, the room comes alive. Students are still talking about it. Come back any time Nick.

Rhian Hullin and Rachael Wheatley from our local design company, Waters, spent the whole day with us on student workshops. A fun, creative thinking day, which takes away the need for the highly finished outcome and gets us working together across all year groups. Lots of laughter and ideas resulted, so a big thank you to Waters for their continued support of our current students and graduates. Waters also host their free monthly Swansea Design talks at the Alex Building at Swansea College of Art.

This year we also hosted a Student Celebration Day. This busy, vibrant day encourages students to present their favourite projects. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to not only gain confidence in presenting, but also to share what went wrong as well as what went right. The day was filled with wit, passion and honesty, with the intention of sharing good practice.

Donna Williams, Course Director of the BA(Hons) Graphic Design programme, said: “This has been an interesting week of ‘community and truth’, sharing experiences and reflecting on how we teach, how we learn and how graduates get into their chosen careers. The staff and students would especially like to thank the speakers and workshop leaders. I personally have to admit, that our speakers have once again been dynamic and a great source of information and ideas, but my favourite moment of the week was our Student Celebration day.  Our students are a credit to their craft. It is also fantastic that so many of our graduates want to return to Swansea College of Art and give back their time and wisdom, and this, as a lecturer makes it all worth it”.

Swansea College of Art, UWTSD offers BA Degrees Masters in Graphic Design, and Creative Advertising, all with an outstanding graduate employment rate.

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BA Graphic Design, please contact Donna Williams

BA Creative Advertising, please contact Martin Bush

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