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Swansea Metropolitan University Swansea Metropolitan University has been a major centre for the delivery of vocational higher education since 1853. We employ more than 500 staff and teach more than 6,500 students. The University was formed from the three former Swansea colleges of Art, Teacher Education and Technology which were founded in 1853, 1872 and 1897 respectively. We contribute significantly to the life of Swansea and the surrounding area and we are one of the region’s largest employers. We continue to award degrees and other related qualifications of the University of Wales.*   

Our standards are carefully regulated and regularly monitored by external, as well as internal, specialists. We are committed to building quality into everything we do. This is particularly true of our academic programmes. Every programme is rigorously checked before it is allowed to start, making sure it reaches our exacting academic standards and is relevant to the world of work. Programmes are monitored on an annual basis - with students having an important say - and intensively reviewed at regular intervals to make sure they remain right up-to-date to serve the needs of the student and to meet the demands of the fast changing environment in which we live.

We offer many courses on both a full-time A high quality education product, a and part-time basis and all levels, including marketable qualification and a good student experience are at the heart of all we do. Masters and PhDs. We are a relatively small university with a very supportive staff who are used to teaching students from a wide variety of backgrounds.

Commitment to Quality

To maintain the most up-to-date teaching, staff pursue research and consultancy, as well as providing specialist courses for industry. To ensure that they are well prepared to provide high standards of service and delivery, staff take part in specially designed training and updating programmes.

Our study programmes cover a wide range of career opportunities. The basis of all of our courses is the application of knowledge All our support facilities, including libraries and information technology services, are of to real-life situations, whether in the a high standard and are regularly reviewed laboratory, workshop or classroom. and upgraded.

A Transforming University Swansea Met has decided to merge with the University of Wales: Trinity Saint David and the University of Wales. The unified institution will be merged under the 1828 Royal Charter of the University of Wales: Trinity Saint David. This is a historic decision and offers the transformed University the opportunity to continue to serve higher education within a Welsh, UK and international context. It is envisaged that the institutions will have integrated by 1 August 2012. This exciting announcement will not affect your application or future studies with us in any way. Our courses will continue to be delivered from our campuses in Swansea and we will continue to be known as Swansea Metropolitan or “Swansea Met” under the auspices of the new transformed University. If you would like further information or updates regarding the merger, please visit www.smu.ac.uk

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‘An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’. Wormshead from Rhossili Down - © Swansea Bay Futures

National Waterfront Museum - © SMU

Mumbles Pier - © SMU

The LC - Swansea Leisure Centre - © SMU


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Swansea Swansea has a population of 230,000 and received its city status in 1969 from Queen Elizabeth II. Swansea is Wales’s premier waterfront city and the bay upon which it stands provides the city with a beautiful setting. At the other end of the sweeping Swansea Bay, just 5 miles along the coast from the city centre, lies Mumbles, a place that has a well-established reputation for its special, seaside village atmosphere. Mumbles is a place that has been much appreciated by generations of Swansea students. In recent years, the attractions of the city have been enhanced by the Maritime Quarter which combines a 600-berth marina, a waterfront village, restaurants, art gallery, theatre, sailing and sea angling schools. Swansea is transforming as a city, and is witnessing unprecedented levels of investment with many visionary schemes currently underway. At the forefront of these developments is the £200million SA1 waterfront development, on a prime waterfront site, with a mixed use of business, leisure and residential development. The city’s newest attraction is the cutting edge and contemporary £32million leisure centre (The LC) located in the heart of the city centre.

Liberty Stadium - © SMU

The city is also home to the £30million National Waterfront Museum which attracts over 250,000 people a year. The eagerly awaited £1.7million transformation of Swansea’s historic Patti Pavilion was unveiled in 2010. This Grade II listed building houses a café-bar and awardwinning restaurant which overlooks the stunning panorama of Swansea Bay. Swansea is also home to the £9million Wales National Pool and the new £27million state-of-the-art ‘Liberty Stadium’ home to the Ospreys regional rugby team and Swansea City F.C. Located in the city centre around historic Wind Street is the city’s famous café quarter, providing a host of popular pubs and clubs, restaurants and entertainment venues including a 12-screen state-of-the-art multiplex cinema and multi-million pound casino. Swansea is also popular for its shopping experience and construction work has been completed on a new £30million retail complex in the heart of the city centre. The three-storey glass and steel built centre houses a host of top fashion and retail stores.

In a city that numbers Dylan Thomas among its notable sons, Swansea’s cultural life is very active. Each autumn, the city hosts the ‘Festival of Music and the Arts’, when international orchestras and soloists visit the city’s Brangwyn Hall. The Grand Theatre offers top entertainment all the year round, from pantomime and drama to opera and ballet. Opportunities for sport abound, watching or playing, with soccer, rugby union and cricket. Swansea is surrounded by resorts, parks, wildlife centres, caves and castles. The Gower Peninsula was the first part of Britain to be awarded the title of ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ by the Government in 1956. It is one of the loveliest peninsulas in the UK, with wide, clean sands and steeply cliffed coves protected by thick woods. The whole area is ideal for swimming, sailing, water ski-ing, surfing, sea angling, canoeing and rowing, or just for exploring on foot.

Another well-established shopping destination is the Quadrant Centre, which offers the complete shopping experience from fine jewellery and speciality outlets to the very best in fashion and retail names.

Sunset Surfing at Llangennith - © SMU

Maritime Quarter - © Swansea Bay Futures


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Accommodation and Food Halls of Residence

ranged from £59.00 per week and at Mount Pleasant they were £72.00 for a single room. These charges are subject to annual revision.

Hot and cold food available throughout the day; also rolls, sandwiches, baguettes (choice of fillings) from £2.50.

Private Sector Accommodation

Vegetarian dishes are also available.

The Accommodation Officer gives advice on accommodation matters to students and assists those who prefer to arrange accommodation off campus.

Student Centre Opening Times Monday - Thursday: 8.15am - 3.00pm Friday: 8.15am - 2.30pm

Cenydd Hall (97 rooms, one flatlet for disabled use with en-suite facilities) mixed accommodation

The Accommodation Officer maintains a list of off-campus lodgings, available on request.

The Halls have single rooms with fitted wardrobe and hand washbasin. Showers, toilets and bathrooms are located nearby. There is a coin-operated launderette on the ground floor of Dyfed Hall which is open daily. Services provided include: furniture and fittings, lighting, heating and water. Cookers, microwave ovens and freezers are provided in each Hall and all rooms have a small refrigerator. Free wireless internet access is also provided in all our buildings.

In 2011/2012, a typical rent in studenttype, single accommodation in Swansea was £52.00 per week (excluding heating and electricity bills).

Metro Extra Opening Times Monday - Thursday: 8.30am - 3.30pm Friday: 8.30am - 2.00pm

Townhill 265 individual study/bedrooms Small number of flats Gwyr Hall (69 rooms with en-suite shower cubicles) - mixed accommodation Dyfed Hall (99 rooms) - mixed accommodation

Car Parking Resident students are permitted to park on campus at Townhill for a fee. Regular bus services run between sites and the city centre. Mount Pleasant Self-catering 37 study/bedroom units (en-suite) 6 twin bedroom units The accommodation at Mount Pleasant consists of 6 twin and 37 single study units all with en-suite toilet/shower facilities. Car Parking No on-site car parking facilities are available on campus at Mount Pleasant. Allocation of Accommodation Priority in the allocation of accommodation is given to first year, full-time students, on unconditional firm offers. However, this is not guaranteed. Residential Fees Residential fees are for accommodation only. In 2011/2012, fees at the Townhill Campus

There is no shortage of private sector accommodation in the Swansea area.

Catering Meals can be obtained in the University’s refectories. Metro Quarter (Townhill) Metro 2 Opening Times Monday - Thursday: 8.00am - 5.30pm Friday: 8.00am - 3.00pm Typical Prices from Breakfast Lasagne Curry & Rice Filled Baguettes from Tea/Coffee from

£2.80 £2.80 £3.40 £2.60 70p

Special diets are available if required. Metro 2 at Townhill has a Starbucks, bar/ lounge, TV and vending machines. Campus Café Opening Times Monday - Friday: 8.00am - 2.00pm Mount Pleasant Café Metro Opening Times Monday - Thursday: 8.00am - 6.00pm Friday: 8.00am - 3.00pm

Serves a wide selection of freshly cooked meals including jacket potatoes with a choice of fillings, burgers including vegetarian and hot dogs in hot crusty rolls. This area also has a games room where you can relax and have a game of pool. Vending machines are available for confectionery and hot and cold drinks when the food area is closed. Starbucks and Social Learning Space Opening Times Monday - Thursday: 8.30am - 4.00pm Friday: 8.30am - 2.00pm A wide selection of Starbucks coffee and tea from £1.15. Starbucks cakes, muffins and doughnuts from £1.20. Metro Lounge - Starbucks Townhill Opening Times Monday to Friday: 8.30am - 4.00pm 6.00pm - 11.00pm Saturday: 7.00pm - 11.00pm Sunday: 7.00pm - 10.30pm Metro Lounge also makes panini, sandwiches, hot and cold drinks, ranging from Coca-Cola to quality Italian coffee. Dynevor Campus Opening Times Café Bar open Monday to Thursday 8.00am - 3.00pm Friday: 8.00am - 2.30pm Costa Coffee available


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Students’ Union The Students’ Union is run for students by students. Its main aim is to make sure you have the best student experience throughout your time at the University. We provide a number of services including representation, support and guidance, sports, clubs, societies and entertainment throughout the year. We try to offer you as many ways to get involved in university life not only to enhance your experience but to aid your personal development during your time in Swansea. Making sure your SU functions on a day-to-day level are the three full-time student officers, who are elected by the student body every year to promote, defend and extend your rights as students. These officers are the Student President, Welfare and Students’ Rights Officer and Student Activities Officer.

Academic Affairs The primary aim of going to university is to obtain a qualification, so the Student President has the responsibility in making sure your academic needs are being met by the University. We run a network of course representatives who make sure that your voices are heard throughout the university so that your education and your future are firmly in your hands. We also provide academic support and guidance and run campaigns ranging from education funding to student voting to making sure that your views are represented all the way to the highest level.

Welfare We have such a diverse student community here at Swansea Met. It is the Welfare Officer’s responsibility to represent and campaign for students on everyday issues such as sexual health, mental health and to promote equality and diversity alongside the liberation groups both within the University and out into the community.

Students are an integral part of the local community in Swansea and we are the link which ensures that students really enhance their local surroundings. University is definitely a transition no matter what your background so it is the Welfare Officer’s job to make sure that any questions or problems students have, no matter how big or small, can be answered so that students can feel fully supported.

Student Activities The Student Activities Officer has full-time responsibility for all the SU sports teams, clubs, societies, entertainments and volunteering. We have a range of sports teams that anyone can get involved in, all of which are affiliated to the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) leagues. Alongside this, we also have a wide range of clubs and societies for all students to be part of, ranging from rock climbing to Afro-Caribbean society. As you can see we try and provide something for everyone and we are always helping students set up their own clubs and societies. We really value our student activities, they provide a fantastic way for students to really engage with the Union and the University and they provide a great platform for students to network with others. We also provide a large amount of entertainment for all students throughout the year, whether it is the more traditional Freshers’ Fortnight and Summer Ball, or Snow Balls or entertainments for our mature, international or part-time students such as Live Latte nights. We really try and make sure that everyone feels included.

Student Involvement As an organisation run for students by students, we are always keen to make sure we have the maximum involvement from our students as possible. We are a democratic organisation with a Student

Council of 30 members. Each of these members are current students who have been elected to represent the student body. They set the direction for the Union, its priorities and campaigns. We try and provide as many different ways to get involved as possible such as the student newspaper, societies, sports teams, volunteering and course reps.

The National Union of Students The Students’ Union is affiliated to the National Union of Students (NUS) enabling us to provide you with NUS Extra cards for all your student discounts. NUS is the national voice for students, they represent you through to government. We encourage our students to engage with the NUS by attending their conferences and training sessions so that they can feed into national debates and policy.

John St C Williams President

* Please note that you have the right, under the Education Act (1994), not to become members of the Union. Those who exercise that right will not be unfairly disadvantaged with regard to the provision of university services or otherwise, by reason of their not having done so.


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Access to Excellent Study Facilities Library and Learning Resources When you become a student at Swansea Metropolitan University, you will be able to use any of our libraries which are conveniently located across the University campuses. Although each library caters primarily for the study requirements of the University Schools or Faculties in its immediate area, all facilities are available to you, regardless of your particular study programme. Our friendly and approachable library staff are here to help you find the information required for your assignments and projects. Your subject librarian is available to provide assistance with enquiries, to help find relevant information from reliable sources as well as deliver information skills training, including an introduction to resources at the beginning of the academic year. There is an online Library Catalogue which allows you to search for books, journals, and DVDs as well as providing the opportunity to renew your loans or reserve items which are not immediately available. We offer a wide range of information resources (books and journals) both in print and online, with thousands of electronic journal articles being available to you from the Library web-pages. You will have the facility to access many of these online resources from any ‘off-campus’ PC

simply by providing your university-provided credentials. We also provide a variety of study spaces; self-service kiosks; Wi-Fi access; photocopiers and open-access computer areas in all libraries, with the PCs linked to the University’s network, giving you options to print and photocopy in both monochrome and colour. More information on the services offered by the Library is available on our Library web-pages at: www.smu.ac.uk/library

Computing Facilities Open Access PCs are currently available in all libraries; in addition there is a dedicated computer suite available in the Thompson Building on the Mount Pleasant Campus which offers extended opening hours. All our PCs offer a range of general purpose packages and have internet connectivity. Printing provision is available in all areas. Technical queries and support to users is provided by a small team of technicians.


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Careers Careers and Employability Service The Careers and Employability Service is available to prospective, current and former students of the University. It offers impartial information and guidance for students of all years, to assist them in developing their career plans. It also provides practical support, including advice on job seeking, creating an effective CV and successful interview techniques. Whether you choose to study at Swansea Metropolitan University as an essential step towards a career or to gain an advantage in an increasingly competitive job market, you need to plan ahead. We are available to assist you in finding a career path which matches your abilities, interests and personal qualities. We also provide support to help you develop employability skills alongside your academic studies, looking at vocational skills, confidence building and marketing yourself effectively to an employer. The Service is based on Mount Pleasant campus and is available to all students to drop in for informal advice or to arrange an appointment for a specialist advisory session. You can telephone on 01792 481213 or Email: careers@smu.ac.uk

Some people still like to browse through books and journals and we have a range of useful publications, with information about the top graduate employers, recent employment trends and literature on specific careers.

Work Experience Work experience provides an essential link between your academic studies and the world of work. It can take many forms including paid, part-time, voluntary, vacation work and internships.   In a competitive job market, work experience provides employers with important evidence of your skills and subject knowledge and demonstrates your commercial awareness.   Some courses arrange work placements as an integral part of the study programme.  However, if this is not offered, we can help you identify the opportunities available.

Graduate Opportunities Wales (GO Wales)

GO Wales is a higher education careers service initiative which offers a range of services to help students, graduates and businesses in Wales.   The service offers quality work experience opportunities to help you develop your Resources skills, improve your CV and help you get Many resources are web based and we the best start in your future career.   have extensive links to the important This service includes voluntary work tasters graduate career sites as well as employer and paid placements of between six to ten websites and on-line jobs boards. We weeks which are accredited by the City and encourage all students to look at these Professional Development Award. regularly. We also use facebook and twitter Guilds   where students can find new information The GO Wales team works with SMEs and place comments and questions. (Small to Medium Enterprises) to provide information about the service and offer The University also subscribes to “Meet the Real Me,” which enables students financial subsidy towards salary costs.  to create an on-line profile of themselves Additionally, graduates working at Welsh which can be viewed by employers. SMEs can take advantage of the GO Wales Graduate Development Fund which can

provide further support towards their continued professional development.   For additional information on the whole range of initiatives available, please contact the University’s GO Wales team on 01792 481109 or Email: gowales@smu.ac.uk

Student Jobshop The University’s Jobshop provides a free and easy to access employment service for students, including those looking for parttime, seasonal or vacation work in the Swansea area. All vacancies can be viewed on the Careers Section of the University’s website: Email: jobshop@smu.ac.uk

Careers Resources The Careers Centre has an extensive range of materials including reference files, guides, books, DVDs, free publications and leaflets as well as internet access to careers guidance packages such as Prospect Planner. Careers/Jobshop contact: 01792 481213 or Email: careers@smu.ac.uk

Student Support Being a student can bring to a head the complexities of coping, perhaps for the first time, on a limited budget and in new surroundings, with possible difficulties of interpersonal relationships and pre-exam tension. A student coming straight from school may still be struggling with a confusing crisis of identity and direction. Here, our qualified and experienced Counsellors can offer support and space.


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In an atmosphere of confidentiality and trust, the Counsellors will listen to students who wish to discuss their problems, whether they are personal, financial or educational. Without seeking to impose values, they will try to help you achieve an all-round view of your problems, enabling you to make informed decisions. Information sheets and booklets are available on a wide range of topics such as financial help for students, coping strategies, stress, anxiety, depression and many more. Students returning to education after a break of some time may have their own particular difficulties. These might include the problems associated with returning to study after a long absence, coping with family commitments and financial concerns. The Counsellors will help and support all students during their period of study. Contact: 01792 481206

International Students In addition to the problems common to most students, international students often have to cope with confusing legal complexities, immigration requirements, foreign exchange, cultural differences, homesickness and other problems. The Counsellors are able to help you deal with these issues and, if necessary, use their links with the Home Office, British Council and other organisations. International students wishing to meet British families in their homes can make arrangements through our links with HOST UK.

English language support, study skills support and computer workshops are also available to you. Useful websites: www.ukcisa.org.uk www.britishcouncil.org.uk www.hostuk.org.uk or Contact: 01792 481206

Disabilities Students with a wide range of disabilities and health problems have successfully studied at the University. Amongst them are many students who have returned to education in order to prepare for a career change or to develop a new interest. The welfare and well-being of students with disabilities and health problems is important to us and you are encouraged to inform us of a disability or health problem before you arrive, so that we can ensure that any needs for support and assistance are met. Student Services staff will help you with applications for the Disabled Student’s Allowance, organising support workers and obtaining technical equipment. They can also advise on suitable accommodation, access issues and arrange discussions with academic staff. Special arrangements can be made for examinations and assessments if necessary. The University has a lively disabled students group which provides informal support to members and useful feedback on developing facilities.

For further information, please contact Student Services. Useful websites: www.skill.org.uk www.disability.gov.uk or Contact: 01792 481206 or ann.edworthy@smu.ac.uk

Care Learners’ Pathway The University is committed to providing support and guidance to students entering university from Local Authority care. If you are planning to apply to enter university we have the following support in place: - We have appointed trained admission staff to support you.

We have a nominated person in Student Services to assist you with your UCAS application and preparation for interview. Contact: Paul Davies

If you are unable to attend open days or interviews at this University due to lack of funds we can assist with those costs. Contact: Paul Davies

If you accept a place at Swansea Metropolitan University then the University will use its best endeavours to ensure that:

We have a nominated person who will give you general advice and guidance and be able to direct you to specific support services as needed. We will continue to contribute towards your Care Learner’s Pathway Plan.


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We will ensure you have priority in Financial Advice allocation of University accommodation For many students, managing your and we are committed to providing this accommodation all year and for the finances on a strict budget will be a new experience. We can offer advice to those duration of the course if required. who encounter financial hardship during We will ensure that you have priority of their time at the University. Contact the access to the Financial Contingency Fund. Student Financial Helper in the Finance Office or enquire at Student Services.

Dyslexia Support and Study Skills

Staff are available to help and give advice to those who feel they require specialist assistance. There are tutors who offer expert tuition for those who require the appropriate help to enable them to achieve their potential. This support is available at designated times during the week. Information sheets are also available on a wide range of topics including essay writing, examination techniques, researching and referencing. For further details contact the Dyslexia and Study Skills Tutors.

Health Care Students living away from home are advised to register with a local General Practitioner (GP) as soon as possible. The University’s Medical Officer, a local GP, is also available to resident students. GP: 01792 655667


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Applications Applications through UCAS How to Apply You apply to Swansea Metropolitan University through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). This applies to all full-time and sandwich, first degree and Higher National Diploma (HND) courses. All applications are made online using ‘Apply’ on the UCAS website (www.ucas.com/apply).

completed your application, you submit it to your referee who will send the completed application to UCAS on your behalf. You pay for your application either by credit or debit card online, or by paying your school or other registered centre who will then pay UCAS. 2. Independent applicants in the UK

Other UK applicants, who are not at school or college, apply online independently and are responsible for The application fee for this service is paying the correct application fee, for £22* sterling for more than one choice, or requesting the academic reference and £11* sterling for a single choice. Depending for submitting the completed on your circumstances, there are some application online to UCAS. Your slight differences to the way UCAS receives referee should know you well enough your application. to write about you and your suitability for higher education. UCAS will not 1. Students at a school or college accept references from family, other registered with UCAS relatives or friends. You will need to All UK schools and colleges (and a make your payment online using a small number of establishments credit or debit card. The card need not overseas) are registered with UCAS to be in your own name, but you will manage their students’ applications. require the consent of the cardholder. You will need to obtain a ‘buzzword’ 3. International applicants outside the from your tutor or Careers Adviser, UK (EU and worldwide) which you will need when you register with UCAS. This establishes the Individuals from the EU (excluding the UK) organisation from which you are and worldwide apply online independently, applying and allows your referee to except for those whose school or college is attach your reference. Once you have registered with UCAS. Advice is available *Subject to final confirmation

from British Council offices and other centres overseas, such as your school or college. For all applicants, there are full instructions at www.ucas.com to make it as easy as possible for you to fill in your online application, plus help text where appropriate. If you require further information and advice, you can contact the UCAS Customer Service Unit on +44 (0)871 468 0468, open Monday to Friday, 8.30am - 6.00pm (UK time).

When to Apply UCAS will begin to process applications for entry in 2013 from early September 2012. For the majority of our full-time undergraduate programmes, the application deadline is 15 January 2013.  However, you should check the application deadline for your chosen course(s) on the UCAS website, as a number of our Art and Design related programmes have a later application deadline of 24 March. You are advised to submit your application to UCAS prior to the deadline specified, although you can apply after that date if we still have vacancies for the course(s) that you have selected.


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Interviews and Acceptances For many courses at the University, an interview is an important part of the selection process. You will be notified officially via UCAS of the result of your application. This may be: - an unconditional offer of a place. This means that you have satisfied the requirements for admission.

a conditional offer of a place. This means that you have been accepted for the course, providing that you achieve certain grades in your examinations or obtain specified qualifications. Often, such conditional offers are given in terms of UCAS tariff points (see below).

Even if you do not obtain all the anticipated grades, you should contact us, since we may still find it possible to offer you a place.

- a decision not to offer you a place.

UCAS Tariff The University will make offers for each individual undergraduate programme in the form of subjects, grades, units or UCAS Tariff points. What is the UCAS Tariff? - It is a points score system to report achievement for entry to higher education. - It gives numerical values to qualifications. - It establishes agreed equivalences between different types of qualification. - It provides comparisons between applicants with different types of achievement. The full UCAS Tariff is available at: www.ucas.com/students/ucas_tariff

There is no ceiling to the number of Access courses are run in partnership with points which can be accumulated, local Further Education colleges and are thereby recognising the full breadth and designed for people with few or no formal depth of your achievements. qualifications who would benefit from some There is no double counting - you cannot study experience, before going on to apply count the same or similar qualifications for a place in higher education. Swansea Metropolitan University is a member of the twice. South West Wales Access Consortium. Advanced Subsidiary scores will be subsumed into A level scores in the Applying directly to Swansea same subject.

- Scottish Higher scores will be subsumed into Advanced Higher scores in the same subject. Minimum entry requirements The University will not normally require any student to achieve more than 12 units. Depending on the degree programme the 12 units can be met in a variety of ways. Acceptable combinations will vary from one programme to another. Honours degree programmes

- One A level (6 units) and supporting AS level qualifications or equivalent. Key Skills The University warmly welcomes applications from students studying Key Skills qualifications but they are not likely to be specifically mentioned in the terms of the offer made.

Specific Entry Requirements

In certain cases, applications may be made by telephone directly to the University. This applies to applications which are too late for the normal UCAS process. This would usually be in September of the year of entry. You may apply for admission at any time before the commencement of a course, unless a formal closing date is indicated. You do not need to wait for your examination results before applying.

A minimum of two passes at GCE A level (2 x 6 units or 1 x 12 units) and Part-time study supporting AS level qualifications or This prospectus is written for those equivalent (including the Welsh intending to come to the University as Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma and full-time students. the New 14-19 Diploma).

Higher National Diplomas

Metropolitan University

Up-to-date information on the specific entry requirements for each individual programme can be found on the UCAS website.

How does the point score system work?

Access Courses

- Point scores can be aggregated from different qualifications, e.g. GCE A level/Advanced Subsidiary (AS).

An increasing number of students apply after completing Access courses.

You can, however, attend on a part-time basis, switch between full-time and parttime if your circumstances change, or take time out from your studies if you need to, without losing the credits you have earned. For details of part-time courses, please contact: Registry Swansea Metropolitan University Mount Pleasant SWANSEA SA1 6ED Tel: 01792 481010 Fax: 01792 481061 Email: enquiry@smu.ac.uk


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Other Skills Considered Swansea Metropolitan University encourages applications from students from a diverse range of backgrounds. Our offers are not solely based on academic results. We take your skills, achievements and life experience into consideration. You must, however, be able to demonstrate that you have the motivation, potential and knowledge to benefit from the course. The guiding principle for admission is that the University shall have a reasonable expectation that the applicant will be able to complete the course requirements, fulfil the objectives of the study programme and achieve the standard required for the final award. Each application is considered on its merits. Experience and training since leaving school will be taken into account.

Credit for Prior Learning The University will recognise and may give credit for learning and its outcomes, however achieved, towards appropriate awards within the University. If you have gained a qualification from a professional body or from another institution, this may also receive credit

at the discretion of the University. Credit ratings for prior certificated learning are decided by established tariffs. Where these are not available, the advice of the relevant professional or academic body is sought.

Assessment of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) Students who have prior learning, whether through an assessed course or other experience, may be assessed against the learning outcomes of a given module and given credit for it. The processes of accreditation are rigorous, but mean that you do not need to spend time studying an area in which you can already prove competence or expertise.

Open Days

The University’s Alumni Organisation ...Keeping you in touch Your association with us does not cease when you finish your studies. After Graduation we help graduates keep in touch with the University and with each other.    Information on graduates and the University’s progress is contained in newsletters and publications for graduates and friends of the University.     We look forward to keeping in touch with all our graduates in years to come.  Please visit our Alumni website by clicking on the University’s main website www.smu.ac.uk and selecting Alumni.

Each individual School holds its own Open Day usually several times during the year.  For the most up-to-date list, please visit www.smu.ac.uk and click on Open Days from the drop down menu.

The University and Sustainability

to the national 10:10 carbon reduction campaign, hosting ten weeks of on-campus awareness-raising activities.

The University is committed to sustainability and has Green Dragon Environmental Standard Level 4 for its environmental management system which is awarded by Groundwork, initiators of the Green Dragon certification and a leading local, regional and national environmental regeneration network which builds sustainable communities across Wales.

Also in 2010, the University was recognised as an environmental leader by winning the Low Carbon Organisation prize at the Sustainable Swansea Awards. The accolade, presented to the University’s Environmental Manager, Graham Allen, by the Welsh Assembly Minister for the Environment, was awarded to the University in recognition of its many environmental initiatives.

These achievements build on the effectiveness of campaigns within the institution, aimed at staff and students, tackling issues such as sustainability and recycling. In 2010, the University signed up

The University has also been commended at events such as the prestigious Green Gown Awards, NIACE / Cyfanfyd Global Citizenship Awards and the SWWITCH Travel Awards.

For more information, visit the sustainability pages on the University website www.smu. ac.uk/index.php/university/ sustainability


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Student Finance 1. Tuition Fees

6. Other Allowances

Please visit www.smu.ac.uk/bursaries for the most up-to-date information relating to fees and bursaries.

UK students may also be able to receive some assistance with the following: Parents’ Learning Allowance, Adult Dependants’ Allowance, Lone Parents’ All eligible students will not have to pay up Grant and Childcare Grant. Please contact front for their tuition. The cost of tuition will the Student Loans Company for further be paid by a loan which students will only details. start to repay once they have left their course and are earning over £21,000. A Care Leavers’ Grant may also be available if you were in care on your sixteenth 2. Distance Travel Bursaries birthday and intend to study full-time. A non-means-tested bursary is available to 7. Essential Websites full-time undergraduate students whose home address is at least 45 miles or more Swansea Metropolitan University: www.smu.ac.uk away from Swansea. For further details, please visit www.smu.ac.uk/bursaries Student Loans Company: 3. Financial Support All UK students will be eligible for means-tested financial support assessed and paid by the Student Loans Company. Some of this support is available as a non-repayable grant and some as a loan. 4. Financial Contingency Fund Currently the University is given limited funding to provide assistance to UK students that experience an unexpected crisis or where a student is unable to continue with their studies because of financial problems.

www.slc.co.uk If you normally live in Wales, check the website: www.studentfinancewales.co.uk If you normally live in England, check the website: www.studentfinance.direct.gov.uk If you normally live in Northern Ireland, check the website: www.delni.gov.uk/studentfinance If you normally live in Scotland, check the website: www.saas.gov.uk

8. International Students These funds are only available after a student has joined the University and taken International students are those who have out their full entitlement to a student loan. not been ‘ordinarily resident’ in the UK or EU during the three years before the date 5. Disabled Student’s Allowance (DSA) on which the course begins. The Home Office regulations are complex and are Any UK student with a disability may be revised from time to time. If you are in any eligible for this allowance. Applicants doubt as to your fee status, you should should contact Student Services and contact the University’s Registry as early as arrange to see the Counsellor with possible. responsibility for this area.

The University charges the same tuition fee for all courses (other than certain postgraduate business courses) and this fee is one of the lowest in the UK providing excellent value for money. Moreover, if you pay the fee in full at the time of enrolment, there will be a generous discount. Please check the University’s website for further details. 9. Cost of Living Swansea is one of the best places in the UK to live and study and it is also one of the cheapest. The University’s Halls of Residence are inexpensive and there is a large amount of rented accommodation available at competitive prices in the private sector.


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The Modular Structure Most degree and HND programmes are based on a modular structure. This allows both flexibility in delivery and enhanced student choice. The range of choice varies across programmes, according to the nature of the subject and, in some cases, the requirements of professional bodies. You will make the choice as you progress through the programme. - All modular programmes have core modules which are essential to that particular degree/HND; they may also have option modules, where you can choose from a limited range of choices. Some programmes include elective modules, where the choice is even wider. Some modules require others to be studied before starting this particular module (pre-requisites); some require certain modules to be studied alongside them (co-requisites). - Modules are graded at Level 4, Level 5 or Level 6 (roughly equivalent to Years 1, 2 and 3 of a full-time undergraduate course) and each module has a credit value. Full-time students normally study modules totalling 120 credits each year and accumulate 360 credits at the appropriate levels for an Honours degree (300 credits for an ordinary degree, 240 credits for a foundation degree or HND). Terms used in Modular Schemes of Study Admission with Advanced Standing Students with successful credit from previous studies in higher education may be admitted with advanced standing, and so be exempt from studying and being examined in certain modules. Exemption will depend on the level and appropriateness of the credits already gained.

Assessment

Module Choice

This varies and may include:

Please note that certain modules may not be offered if student numbers are insufficient.

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Essays Assignments Presentations Project work Dissertations Seminar papers Fieldwork Practical work Laboratory work Portfolio development End-of-semester examinations

The availability of each module depends upon the recruitment of viable numbers to it, as well as the availability of academic staff with the specialist expertise. Those which are offered in academic session 2012/2013 may differ from those featured in this Prospectus.

In addition, if you postpone your studies depending on particular study programmes. for a period of time and then return to complete the original study programme, Because each module is assessed during it cannot be guaranteed that all original the semester in which it is studied, you modules will be available, or that substitute can keep track of your performance on the modules will have the same content or course. subject coverage. At the end of each semester, you can seek advice from tutors on your selection of modules for the following semester where this is appropriate. Credit Credit is the value given to a module. It indicates the content volume of the module. The workload and assessment for each module is proportionate to its credit value. ‘Level’ of Study Modules are placed in one of three categories or ‘Levels’, depending on their difficulty and academic standard. Swansea Metropolitan University currently equates these ‘Levels’ to the three years of a standard, full-time, undergraduate degree scheme. Module Pre-requisites This is a specific requirement which, in almost all cases, must be completed before entry into a particular module.

HND/Degree Progression Please note, progression onto Year 2/3 of a relevant degree is automatic upon successful completion of the HND. However, students who wish to leave with the HND qualification may do so.


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Student Statistics Full-Time Undergraduate / HND Figures are based on enrolment for academic year 2010/2011. The University also has 656 undergraduate part-time students and 1,851 full and part-time postgraduate students.

Male/Female Ratio*

Students by Age* 2,308 Male Students

1,985 Under 21

1,585 Female Students

1,354 21-25

Students by Place of Origin*

* Total Number: 3,890

373

25-35

178

Over 35

Students by Faculty*

2,640 Wales

1,587 Humanities

799

Rest of UK

1,492 Applied Design and Engineering

451

Outside of UK

775

Art & Design

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Employability and Graduate Prospects Employability is at the heart of the University’s undergraduate provision. 

Enterprise

Employers are encouraged to contribute to the design of courses by participating in the curriculum development process and all our Faculties have industry consultation committees.

The University has a track record of supporting graduates who wish to start their own business and we rank as the best in Wales for producing successful graduate start-up businesses which have survived three years or more.

Part-time and postgraduate programmes are designed specifically for those in employment to enhance their higher level skills, and we work closely with professional bodies to develop accredited programmes that meet the needs of particular sectors.

Employability and entrepreneurship are embedded in the curriculum through the promotion of entrepreneurial skills such as creativity and innovation as well as providing advice on commercialising ideas and making them work.

Programmes are designed to provide you with key employability skills through the inclusion of credit bearing work-based projects and work experience placements. All postgraduate research students work with particular employers throughout their study and have the opportunity to participate in GRADschools.

Information A Careers and Employability Service provides advice and guidance on career planning, job seeking skills, CV writing, interview techniques and confidence building. Each campus library has a careers section where you are able to research career options and acquire specific employer knowledge. Online information and guidance is also available and students can develop E-portfolios and Personal Development Plans to create an employability profile.

All programmes contain enterprise modules where appropriate. Underpinned by internationally recognised academic research, these approaches are actively supported by extra curricula events and student-led initiatives. We also provide incubation services and business advice, in partnership with an extensive network of business partners and national leaders in the field of Enterprise Education.  As an active partner in the Graduate Opportunities Wales programme the University fosters relationships with local SMEs to provide work experience and placement opportunities for students and graduates. (See www.gowales.co.uk for further details). Volunteering opportunities are also available via our Community Engagement activities. For further information, please see our Employability Statement at www.smu.ac.uk/employability


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Part of an International Community Recognising the increasingly global nature of education, students from other countries are given a warm welcome by Swansea Metropolitan University, and UK students are also offered opportunities to develop international dimensions to their studies.

550 (paper-based), or equivalent. If your English language skills are not quite up to this level, we offer pre-sessional English language courses intended to improve your skills and prepare you for your full-time study.

the cost of living are all very much cheaper than many other locations around the country. Most places are within walking distance and there is ample opportunity for part-time work via the University’s Job Shop.

International Students

International Student Counsellor

Erasmus

The University has recruited international students for many years and recognises the important contribution they make to the academic and social life at Swansea.

The International Student Counsellor is based in the Student Services Department of the University, and offers an advisory service to all international students. Advice is offered on all aspects of studying in the UK, such as immigration, cultural adaptation and homesickness, employment regulations, healthcare and support for the families of international students.

The Socrates Erasmus scheme encourages and supports student exchanges with the European Union. A small number of Erasmus mobility grants are available to help you study in Europe for a minimum of three months to a maximum of twelve months. Any UK student who spends a full academic year on an Erasmus Exchange programme will not pay any tuition fee for that year. Please contact the International Office for further details.

We pride ourselves on our reputation of being caring and supportive as well as providing high quality programmes of study in a safe and friendly environment. Small class sizes enable you to interact more with other students and lecturers, which helps to make the most of your UK learning experience. We also provide a network of support services for international students both within the University and in the community of Swansea. In addition we can offer specialist support for Chinese students including speakers of Mandarin and Cantonese.

International Office The International Office supports all international students at the University, and deals with recruitment and applications, as well as organising induction sessions and welcome events. Applications are received and processed from all over the world, and advice is available regarding qualifications and academic suitability for any of the programmes offered, as well as English language requirements. Remember that you will be asked to provide evidence of your English language qualifications with your application. The minimum requirement for all programmes is IELTS 6 or TOEFL 230 (computer-based) or

Study Skills and English Language Support The learning experience in the UK may be very different for international students. Study Skills support is available through the Student Services Department. English language classes are also available for international students throughout their stay at the University.

Accommodation The University has four self-catering Halls of Residence providing accommodation for around 300 students. There are three Halls at the Townhill campus and one at the Mount Pleasant campus. Priority is usually given to international students. The Residential Services Officer also holds a substantial list of lodgings, and can supply you with details and advice on all aspects of accommodation in the Swansea area.

Living Expenses Swansea is a relatively inexpensive place to study compared to other major cities in the UK. Accommodation, public transport and


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the university “ is all about making you feel at home� Nisarg Bhatt (India) Automotive Engineering


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Art, Design and Media BA(Hons) Fine Art (Combined Media) BA(Hons) Fine Art (3D and Sculptural Practice) BA(Hons) Fine Art (Painting & Drawing) BA(Hons) Advertising and Brand Design BA(Hons) General Illustration BA(Hons) Graphic Design BA(Hons) Photography in the Arts BA(Hons) Photojournalism BA(Hons) Digital Film & Television Production BA(Hons) Surface Pattern Design (Contemporary Applied Arts Practice) BA(Hons) Surface Pattern Design (Textiles for Fashion) BA(Hons) Fashion Styling, Design and Embellishment* BA(Hons) Surface Pattern Design (Textiles for Interiors) Diploma in Foundation Studies (Art & Design)

The Faculty of Art and Design has an international reputation and is recognised as a major centre for the study of Art, Craft, Design and Media. We have the best of both worlds - an Art School environment in a contemporary university. * subject to validation


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Charlotte Preston


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Art, Design and Media

General Information The Faculty of Art and Design has an international reputation and is recognised as a major centre for the study of Art, Craft, Design and Media. We have the best of both worlds - an Art School experience in a contemporary university.

The Faculty continues the traditions of the Swansea School of Art and Design, which was founded in 1853, and has been described by Peter Lord in The Visual Culture of Wales as ‘the most successful and prestigious art school in Wales.’ All the Faculty’s Art, Craft, Design and Media degree programmes are housed in a purpose-built building, incorporating two multimillion-pound research and innovation centres for the creative industries.

Portfolio Information Our undergraduate programmes share a common philosophy to enable you to take full advantage of creative and vocational opportunities by focusing on the following: -

Individuality Creative freedom Academic flexibility Professionalism Employability

Each programme in the portfolio has its own identity. We respect and celebrate our traditions. This is why we have retained traditional equipment and processes in the areas of ceramics, printmaking and photography. But we are also forward looking, and the new complex is bristling with new technology. We are proud to have the latest Apple Mac digital equipment for all our programmes, and we also have specialist state-of-the-art equipment to

meet the needs of individual programmes, from plasma metal cutters, digital textile printers, laser cutters and digital ceramic print facilities to editing suites, and video resources. So, whether you choose to work with traditional processes or new technologies, or both, we have it here for you. The creative possibilities are as exciting as they are enormous. Negotiated practical work features strongly in all programmes giving you the opportunity to develop your ideas and interests without being bound to set project work. A diverse range of Contextual Studies modules are delivered throughout years 1 - 3, offering you a broad knowledge and understanding of the key concepts that underpin your own practice and develop your academic skills in analysis and research.

Employment Opportunities In Year 3 all programmes include an ‘external project’ where you will undertake a body of work with a client or external organisation. Additionally, you will study a specialist Marketing, Promotion and Exhibition module. We have designed modules that will help you gain the relevant skills and we have excellent links with the creative industries and gallery networks so that when you graduate you will already have a ‘foot in the door’. Our students have had considerable success in gaining employment and most are working in fields connected to their chosen area of study. Our teaching strategies in entrepreneurship education have received international acclaim and we have been formally recognised as a world leader in this field.

Duration: 2 Years for the award of HND (where applicable) 3 or 4 Years for the award of BA(Hons) (or equivalent part-time)

art & design ENTRY REQUIREMENTS To be read in conjunction with notes on page 15 ■ Two GCE A levels (12 units) or equivalent, plus grade C or above in English Language (or Welsh) at GCSE level (or equivalent), together with passes in another four approved subjects, or ■ BTEC National Diploma in a relevant subject, with minimum grades of Merit, or ■ AVCE A level (12 units) in an appropriate subject, or ■ Foundation Diploma (see page 57), plus one GCE A level in a relevant academic subject, or ■ Other qualifications considered to be equivalent by the Academic Board. ■ Our offers are not solely based on academic results. We take your skills, achievements and life experience into consideration. If you are selected for an interview it is an opportunity for you to demonstrate your commitment and self-motivation to your chosen area of study. Courses require you to submit a portfolio (not required for 4 year programmes). As a general guide, portfolios should contain examples of work (both finished and in progress) that showcase your particular skills and interests. We also love to see sketchbooks.


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Phil Cheater


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BA(Hons) Fine Art (Combined Media)

Combined Media Combined media describes itself in its title. It operates across all possible media in the concerns of fine art. It can be based on issues, concepts and forms of expression that involve the search or a balance between material and idea. It can be unpredictable, it can be innovative. The work can straddle the norms of 2D and 3D, object, image or performance. Students are expected to demonstrate flexibility, considering a broad range of media options whilst striving to achieve their individual voice. If for example your work becomes site specific, it would be assumed that the relevance of site and space has become important for you and tutorials would be informed by this. Mediums such as video, photography, etc. may become elements of ideas or their integral materials. In fine art there is no hierarchy of mediums.

Overall Programme Design The Fine Art programme is proactively broad based. You are encouraged to locate your practice within both a historical and contemporaneous context through a continuing series of studio critiques and

seminars. These form the basis for discourse around your work leading toward an assertive and enriched individual visual language, informed by current arts practice and debates. During the first two semesters major modules in studio practice introduce the essentials of material processes and techniques including their conceptual and expressive orientations towards content and subject matter. Visual Studies modules deal largely with perception, interpretation and visual language, providing complementary research for personal projects. The final four semesters of work are based on negotiated study; this is student-led, based on themes, issues and practices derived from personal motivation. Exhibitions, competitions, work with external agencies on creative and educational projects, etc. provide public content for personal development. The location of Swansea is particularly important for the character of the programme. The cultural, political, natural and industrial environments of South Wales provide a stimulating and unique sense of place, which is often significant to the creative development of both students and practitioners who are based here.

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE YEAR 1 ■ Major Studies A1 ■ Major Studies B1 ■ Visual and Technical Studies 1 ■ Choice of Historical and Contextual Studies YEAR 2 ■ Major Studies A2 ■ Major Studies B2 ■ Visual and Technical Studies 2 and 3 ■ Professional Studies ■ Choice of Historical and Contextual Studies

YEAR 3 ■ Major Project (Personal and External) ■ Advanced Creative Enquiry ■ Dissertation ■ Marketing, Promotion and Exhibition

UCAS Course Code: W100 UCAS Course Code Title: BA/FACM Admissions Tutor: Tim Davies Tel: 01792 481285 Email: artanddesign@smu.ac.uk

Employment Opportunities -

Artist-in-residence Commissions Arts and occupational therapy Teaching Arts co-ordinator and curatorship Exhibiting as an artist Theatre/set design Postgraduate study

course doesn’t push “Theyou into a box but lets

you try anything. It’s all about experimenting and the tutors give so much time.” Naomi Smith Fine Art (Combined Media)

art & design ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

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Lily Woods

Ceri Wozencroft


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BA(Hons) Fine Art (3D and Sculptural Practice)

3D and Sculptural Practice This pathway encourages students to explore the expanding field of sculptural possibilities - be that ‘in the round’ three-dimensionally or ‘within the round’ installationally speaking. And of course any other means of using the three-dimensional form. Our recently improved facilities allow students access to processes such as welding, fabrication of both metal and wood, plaster, resin, mould-making techniques, a water-cutting machine as well as using ceramic approaches including use of a number of kilns. These different and developing processes enable the broadest discussions centred around the appropriate means and materials to communicate students’ creative ideas.

Overall Programme Design The Fine Art programme is proactively broad based. You are encouraged to locate your practice within both a historical and contemporaneous context through a continuing series of studio critiques and seminars. These form the basis for discourse around your work leading toward an assertive and enriched individual visual language, informed by current arts practice and debates.

During the first two semesters major modules in studio practice introduce the essentials of material processes and techniques including their conceptual and expressive orientations towards content and subject matter. Visual Studies modules deal largely with perception, interpretation and visual language, providing complementary research for personal projects.

Employment Opportunities

The final four semesters of work are based on negotiated study; this is student-led, based on themes, issues and practices derived from personal motivation. Exhibitions, competitions, work with external agencies on creative and educational projects, etc. provide public content for personal development.

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YEAR 2 ■ Major Studies A2 ■ Major Studies B2 ■ Visual and Technical Studies 2 and 3 ■ Professional Studies ■ Choice of Historical and Contextual Studies

UCAS Course Code Title: BA/FA3DSP Admissions Tutor: Craig Wood Tel: 01792 481285 Email: artanddesign@smu.ac.uk

Artist-in-residence Commissions Arts and occupational therapy Teaching Arts co-ordinator and curatorship Exhibiting as an artist Theatre/set design Postgraduate study

The location of Swansea is particularly important for the character of the programme. The cultural, political, natural and industrial environments of South Wales provide a stimulating and unique sense of place, which is often significant to the creative development of both students and practitioners who are based here.

art & design ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

The entry requirements are indicated on page 31.

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE YEAR 1 ■ Major Studies A1 ■ Major Studies B1 ■ Visual and Technical Studies 1 ■ Choice of Historical and Contextual Studies

UCAS Course Code: W130

YEAR 3 ■ Major Project (Personal and External) ■ Advanced Creative Enquiry ■ Dissertation ■ Marketing, Promotion and Exhibition


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Sophie Jacobsen

Ben Ross


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BA(Hons) Fine Art (Painting & Drawing)

Painting & Drawing The practice of painting and drawing promotes a sustained intimacy with materials and techniques that are used to integrate expression and meaning with method and physical process. A searching engagement with perception is often integral to this. These practices present inherent demands and challenges, orientating opportunities for the meaningful creative development that would not otherwise exist; they uniquely contribute to achieving a new-found visibility. Life models are available for those who wish to work with the figure. Other mediums can be used that are relevant to the development of ideas and expression. Traditions can be challenged and paintings treated as objects rather than surfaces, as the means of creating environments etc. You may include other mediums such as printmaking, ceramics, photography, video etc.

Overall Programme Design The Fine Art programme is proactively broad based. You are encouraged to locate your practice within both a historical and contemporaneous context through a continuing series of studio critiques and seminars. These form the basis for

discourse around your work leading toward an assertive and enriched individual visual language, informed by current arts practice and debates.

UCAS Course Code: W101

During the first two semesters major modules in studio practice introduce the essentials of material processes and techniques including their conceptual and expressive orientations towards content and subject matter. Visual Studies modules deal largely with perception, interpretation and visual language, providing complementary research for personal projects.

Tel: 01792 481285

The final four semesters of work are based on negotiated study; this is student-led, based on themes, issues and practices derived from personal motivation. Exhibitions, competitions, work with external agencies on creative and educational projects, etc. provide public content for personal development. The location of Swansea is particularly important for the character of the programme. The cultural, political, natural and industrial environments of South Wales provide a stimulating and unique sense of place, which is often significant to the creative development of both students and practitioners who are based here.

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE YEAR 1 ■ Major Studies A1 ■ Major Studies B1 ■ Visual and Technical Studies 1 ■ Choice of Historical and Contextual Studies YEAR 2 ■ Major Studies A2 ■ Major Studies B2 ■ Visual and Technical Studies 2 and 3 ■ Professional Studies ■ Choice of Historical and Contextual Studies

YEAR 3 ■ Major Project (Personal and External) ■ Advanced Creative Enquiry ■ Dissertation ■ Marketing, Promotion and Exhibition

UCAS Course Code Title: BA/FAPD Admissions Tutor: Sue Williams Email: artanddesign@smu.ac.uk

Employment Opportunities -

Artist-in-residence Commissions Arts and occupational therapy Teaching Arts co-ordinator and curatorship Exhibiting as an artist Theatre/set design Postgraduate study

art & design ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

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Brand Design - Leanne Bisby

Poster Advertising - Hazel Pugh

Brand Design - Tom Newton

Ambient Advertising - Jake Pole

Health Awareness Advertising - Rosemary Authbert


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BA(Hons) Advertising and Brand Design

Programme Design The world of advertising communication is changing. Brands are communicating their message via social networking sites as well as by using the traditional routes, such as TV, billboard or press advertising. Therefore the skills that graduates need to create inspirational and e­ffective communication messages are also changing. As a result, we are looking to recruit students who can demonstrate excellent communication skills, as well as being passionate about creativity and with an interest in social media. These candidates may come from a wider subject knowledge base than the traditional art & design route. The skills taught on the BA(Hons) Advertising and Brand Design course are highly transferable. Our graduates go into a variety of careers where understanding communication technology coupled with excellent creative and communication skills are paramount to getting on that first career stepping-stone!

Employment Opportunities Employment opportunities are diverse; from working within an Advertising Agency as part of a creative team as Art Director or Copywriter, as an Account Executive, working with agency clients to develop a

brief. Account Planning, working on media communication strategy. Brand management, developing a brand image and environment. Some graduates pursue a career as free-lance creatives, whilst others go on to further their educational development.

YEAR 2 ■ Lens-based and Interactive Advertising ■ Branding, Corporate Graphics and Major Project ■ Visual and Technical Studies 2 and 3 ■ Professional Studies ■ Choice of Historical and Contextual Studies

UCAS Course Code Title: BA/ABD Admissions Tutor: Angela Williams Tel: 01792 481285 Email: artanddesign@smu.ac.uk

What the students say about the course: “Exciting and creative. A brilliant platform to start my future in the advertising world.” “Innovative, interesting. Builds your brain for the creative industry.” “Teaches you heaps of professional practices that can help you become more valuable to potential employers.” “If you’ve got a great imagination and bursting with creativity this course will take you anywhere you want to go.” “This course will challenge your creativity and broaden your ideas.” “If you have amazing and creative ideas, you will love this course.”

“Using the skills I learned at Uni, is helping me settle in and to get some good concepts going.” Keiran McConnell Graduated 2011

Everything I learnt on “the course has helped

me so far. I hope to be able to go in to another placement, or work experience in an advertising agency when I have ­FInished this placement.” Jenny Rolfe Graduated 2011

“I now enjoy learning!”

art & design ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

The entry requirements are indicated on page 31.

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE YEAR 1 ■ Typography and Copywriting ■ Graphic Communication and the Advertising Environment ■ Visual and Technical Studies 1 ■ Choice of Historical and Contextual Studies

UCAS Course Code: W221

YEAR 3 ■ Major Project (Personal and External) ■ Advanced Creative Enquiry ■ Dissertation ■ Marketing, Promotion and Exhibition


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Karl Mountford

David Long

Adam Corbally

Alex Chapman


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BA(Hons) General Illustration (incorporating HND award)

Programme Design

Employment Opportunities

UCAS Course Code: W220

The course concentrates on the role and function of Illustration within the field of Visual Communication. It aims to develop transferable skills and flexible attitudes towards illustration as a discipline. Although primarily aimed at developing creative abilities coupled with practical illustration skills, the programme recognises the increasing use of computers and relevant software in the industry. As part of your studies, you will become involved in professional projects and assignments for external bodies and also participate in national competitions in which the success rate has been very high. Close links are maintained with the industry and short periods are spent gaining work experience when opportunities arise.

A diverse range of career opportunities exist for the skilled freelance illustrator within advertising, publishing, graphic design, packaging and the new fields of internet, web page, CD Rom and electronic design.

UCAS Course Code Title: BA/GI Admissions Tutor: Duncan McLaren Tel: 01792 481285 Email: artanddesign@smu.ac.uk

“I really enjoyed my time studying at Swansea Met. The course allowed for different people with varied styles to pursue their own ideas within projects, without being pigeonholed. The tutors opened me up to new ideas and techniques, and through that guidance I have really developed my own style and approach to illustration” Rob Taylor BA(Hons) General Illustration

art & design ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

The entry requirements are indicated on page 31.

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE YEAR 1 ■ Media Techniques and Design ■ Visual Communication and Illustration for Magazines and Newspapers ■ Visual and Technical Studies 1 ■ Choice of Historical and Contextual Studies YEAR 2 ■ Illustration for Advertising and Graphics ■ Illustration for Books ■ Visual and Technical Studies 2 and 3 ■ Professional Studies ■ Choice of Historical and Contextual Studies

YEAR 3 ■ Major Project (Personal and External) ■ Advanced Creative Enquiry ■ Dissertation ■ Marketing, Promotion and Exhibition


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Kat Barcenilla


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BA(Hons) Graphic Design (incorporating HND award)

Programme Design

Employment Opportunities

UCAS Course Code: W210

Graphic Design is about effective visual communication. The graphic designer creates, manipulates and gives visual form to words and imagery in order to inform, persuade, delight - and occasionally disturb.

In our increasingly visual world, graphic design is an expanding industry offering a broad spectrum of new and exciting opportunities - particularly in relation to new digital media. Our graduates find employment with design consultancies, publishing houses, advertising agencies, local government, new media industries, in-house design studios of companies, or they may wish to choose to work as selfemployed designers.

UCAS Course Code Title: BA/GDes

The programme provides you with a broad education in graphic design and, with an inbuilt degree of flexibility, it enables you to pursue individual interests whether in the fields of corporate graphics and brand identity, publishing, general design for print, packaging or interactive screen-based design.

Admissions Tutor: David La Grange Tel: 01792 481285 Email: artanddesign@smu.ac.uk

“I Landed on my feet after graduating. 150 applicants for the JOB, I would have loved to know who I was up against. I owe the teaching staff a lot.”

Links with business and industry are an essential ingredient of the programme, and are maintained and developed through ‘live’ projects, work placements, visiting professionals and educational visits.

Stuart Palmer BA(Hons) Graphic Design

art & design ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

The entry requirements are indicated on page 31.

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE YEAR 1 ■ Typography ■ Graphic Communication and Design for Publication ■ Visual and Technical Studies 1 ■ Choice of Historical and Contextual Studies YEAR 2 ■ Design Technologies ■ Branding, Corporate Graphics and Major Project ■ Visual and Technical Studies 2 and 3 ■ Professional Studies ■ Choice of Historical and Contextual Studies

YEAR 3 ■ Major Project (Personal and External) ■ Advanced Creative Enquiry ■ Dissertation ■ Marketing, Promotion and Exhibition


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Anna Maria Solum

Ossi Piispanen

Daniel Carroll

Thomas Smith


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BA(Hons) Photography in the Arts (incorporating HND award)

Programme Design

Employment Opportunities

UCAS Course Code: W643

The course is concerned with exploration, self-discovery and innovation through the medium of contemporary photography. You are encouraged to pursue your personal interests and individual pathways throughout the course, in order to develop a unique visual photographic signature.

The Faculty has excellent connections with the photographic industry, from the gallery network through to documentary and advertising agencies. This ensures opportunities for employment and a growing international market for student work. Graduates are employed in a wide range of photographic activities including fashion, portraiture, editorial and documentary.

UCAS Course Code Title: BA/PHA

The photographic workshops are well resourced and include excellent studio and darkroom facilities including digital applications that reflect the diversity of photographic practice of the students. Students from the course have had much success with national and international competitions and with exhibitions in and around Europe.

Tel: 01792 481285 Email: artanddesign@smu.ac.uk

art & design ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

The entry requirements are indicated on page 31.

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE YEAR 1 ■ Photographic Art Practice ■ Critique and Analysis ■ Visual and Technical Studies 1 ■ Choice of Historical and Contextual Studies

Admissions Tutor: Hamish Gane

YEAR 3 ■ Major Project (Personal and External) ■ Advanced Creative Enquiry ■ Dissertation ■ Marketing, Promotion and Exhibition

YEAR 2 ■ Negotiated Student-Led Project ■ Presentation, Display and Installation ■ Visual and Technical Studies 2 and 3 ■ Professional Studies ■ Choice of Historical and Contextual Studies

“I would definitely recommend the course to others. The tutors and technicians were helpful and supportive throughout my three years and I couldn’t have done it without the support they gave.”

Rachel Jenkins BA(Hons) Photography in the Arts

BA(Hons) Photography in the Arts (4 Year Programme) For students who wish to gain a greater understanding of Photography at the start of their degree course we provide a comprehensive introductory ‘Zero Level’ in this 4 year programme.

Entry qualifications are the same in academic points, but you will not require a portfolio at interview.

UCAS Course Code: W640 UCAS Course Code Title: BA/PhAf

art & design ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

The entry requirements are indicated on page 31.


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Image: Sierra Leone - Mikko Takkunen

Anna Kurpaska

Tim Crooks

Veronica Sanchis


2013 Undergraduate Prospectus I 47

BA(Hons) Photojournalism (incorporating HND award)

Programme Design This course enables you to undertake intensive study of the practice and theory of social documentary and reportage using the medium of photography. The focus is on the development of communication skills that reflect contemporary photojournalistic practice and the attainment of a unique voice derived from engagement with both self-initiated and assignment-based projects. The Photojournalism degree course promotes well-established skills: projects emphasise the construction of photoessays, the use of image and text and the application of journalistic principles to briefs. The development of your practical work will be supported by workshops in, for

example, darkroom printing, digital capture and processing, and studio and location lighting. In addition to an engagement with traditionally important areas associated with photojournalism such as magazine publishing, we are looking to produce graduates who are aware of the rapidly expanding avenues for documentary practitioners in commercial, gallery, book publication and multimedia contexts.

Employment Opportunities Excellent connections exist with the communications and publishing industries, agencies and image libraries to assist opportunities for employment and a growing international market for graduate

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE YEAR 1 ■ Introducing the Social Document ■ Critique and Analysis ■ Visual and Technical Studies 1 ■ Choice of Historical and Contextual Studies

YEAR 3 ■ Major Project (Personal and External) ■ Advanced Creative Enquiry ■ Dissertation ■ Marketing, Promotion and Exhibition

YEAR 2 ■ Developing a Unique Voice ■ Presentation, Display and Installation ■ Visual and Technical Studies 2 and 3 ■ Professional Studies ■ Choice of Historical and Contextual Studies

UCAS Course Code Title: BA/Ph Admissions Tutor: Hamish Gane Tel: 01792 481285 Email: artanddesign@smu.ac.uk work. Recent graduates are engaged in a wide variety of photographic activities including editorial, stock library and ongoing, self-initiated projects.

art & design ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

The entry requirements are indicated on page 31.

encouraged “I havetobeen experiment with

both traditional and contemporary techniques which in turn has helped me grow as a photographic practitioner.”

Ryan Moule BA(Hons) Photojournalism

BA(Hons) Photojournalism (4 Year Programme) For students who wish to gain a greater understanding of Photojournalism at the start of their degree course we provide a comprehensive introductory ‘Zero Level’ in this 4 year programme.

UCAS Course Code: W6P5

Entry qualifications are the same in academic points, but you will not require a portfolio at interview.

UCAS Course Code: WP65 UCAS Course Code Title: BA/PhJ

art & design ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

The entry requirements are indicated on page 31.


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Lewis Morris

Kylie Boon


2013 Undergraduate Prospectus I 49

BA(Hons) Digital Film & Television Production

Programme Design You will learn the technical, creative and professional skills which will prepare you for a career in film, television and associated media. Through the continual production of short film projects throughout this intensive, practical and rewarding degree course, you will have the freedom to follow your own personal, creative direction.

In addition, you will develop an understanding of these major aesthetic approaches: - Classical narrative and story structure - Documentary and non-fiction production - Avant-garde and experimental practices

The Digital Film & Television Production degree offers a high level of one-to-one contact time with Faculty staff and feedback and guidance by experienced professionals Lectures and seminars introduce and explore is tailored to suit the needs of each student's project. You are encouraged to key concepts, whilst workshops, exercises and practical projects supported by individual develop your own responses to projects, and may choose to take traditional drama tutorials develop the following key skills: and documentary approaches, work on - Concept development music videos, in animation or explore - Screenwriting experimental digital video work. - Studio and location direction The course consists of 80% practical work, - Camerawork and lighting and this is complemented by historical and - Sound recording and mixing theoretical work. This introduces the history - Editing and colour grading of film and classical film theories in the - Budgeting and scheduling

UCAS Course Code: W610 UCAS Course Code Title: BA/DFTP Admissions Tutor: Manolo Lozano Tel: 01792 481285 Email: artanddesign@smu.ac.uk first year, looks at different philosophical approaches to film in the second year, with students writing a dissertation in the third year.

Employment Opportunities The degree course has an established reputation for preparing students to enter the film and television industries. Recent graduates are engaged in careers as production assistants, camera operators, editors, commercials’ directors, in studio facilities, in post-production facilities, as well as originating their own productions as writers, directors and producers.

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE YEAR 1 ■ Filmmaking Techniques and Practice ■ Post-Production Technology ■ Visual and Technical Studies 1 ■ Choice of Historical and Contextual Studies

YEAR 3 ■ Major Project (Personal and External) ■ Advanced Creative Enquiry ■ Dissertation ■ Marketing, Promotion and Exhibition

YEAR 2 ■ Student-Led Projects ■ Professional Production Techniques ■ Visual and Technical Studies 2 and 3 ■ Professional Studies ■ Choice of Historical and Contextual Studies

art & design ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

The entry requirements are indicated on page 31.

BA(Hons) Digital Film & Television Production (4 Year Programme) For students who wish to gain a greater understanding of digital film and television production at the start of their degree course we provide a comprehensive introductory ‘Zero Level’ in this 4 year

programme. Entry qualifications are the same in academic points, but you will not require a portfolio at interview.

UCAS Course Code: W601 UCAS Course Code Title: BA/DFTP4

art & design ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

The entry requirements are indicated on page 31.


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Rachel Adams

Fiona Dowling

Danielle James

Rachel Adams


2013 Undergraduate Prospectus I 51

BA(Hons) Surface Pattern Design (Contemporary Applied Arts Practice) (incorporating HND award) Programme Design

These programmes have a major aim - to provide a stimulating, creative and The Surface Design portfolio is all about a challenging environment in which you can passion for the creation of exciting and thrive. At the same time we promote a innovative surfaces and structures, which realistic appreciation of market consider colour, texture, image and requirements, contemporary trends and concept within the context of contemporary professional attitudes. art and design practice. The Applied Arts pathway focuses on We focus on creative inspiration, which will concepts and issues, which are realised allow you to fully develop your individual through a variety of approaches and voice and style. Initially you will experience materials. Our multi-disciplinary programme a wide range of techniques, processes and provides the framework for you to develop materials. You will explore the exciting dynamic and innovative ideas. The central potential that comes with combining philosophy is to foster yet challenge the traditional skills with the latest, cuttingcreativity of those who are well motivated edge digital technology. This is taught and versatile and who will enjoy through a vibrant series of workshops, experimenting with a range of materials. lectures and seminars, supported by Your journey on this course will lead you regular tutorials and group critiques. towards a clear artistic expression of ideas as an artist, designer/maker or designer. Workshops include dyeing and printing, Fine Art printmaking, stitch, knit, embellishment and manipulation of a wide variety of materials, including paper, wire, metal, glass, plastics, acrylics and, of course, textiles. All work will be informed by a lively programme of visual studies. As the course progresses you are encouraged to develop your own themes and approaches and to become increasingly self-directed. You will contextualise your work and develop a clear direction for your practice.

There are major studies in Textiles and Fine Art printmaking as well as experimentation in materials such as glass and wire.

YEAR 2 ■ Co-ordinated Project ■ Design Process ■ Visual and Technical Studies 2 and 3 ■ Professional Studies ■ Choice of Historical and Contextual Studies

UCAS Course Code Title: BA/SPCAAP Admissions Tutor: Linda Nottingham Tel: 01792 481285 Email: artanddesign@smu.ac.uk retail styling and marketing, arts officers for galleries, museums and community arts projects, arts for therapy, teaching, small practice-based business, designer/maker, exhibitions/ commissions and postgraduate study.

course has given “The me more confidence

in my own creative abilities and a greater sense of my potential.”

Laura Wright BA(Hons) Surface Pattern Design

Employment Opportunities Past students have found employment in the following areas: studio designer in industry and/or freelance, work related to the textile industry such as retail buying,

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE YEAR 1 ■ Exploratory Research ■ Creative Image Modification ■ Visual and Technical Studies 1 ■ Choice of Historical and Contextual Studies

UCAS Course Code: W790

YEAR 3 ■ Major Project (Personal and External) ■ Advanced Creative Enquiry ■ Dissertation ■ Marketing, Promotion and Exhibition

art & design ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

The entry requirements are indicated on page 31.


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Cerys Ackland

Cerys Ackland

Elizabeth Layne

Elizabeth Layne


2013 Undergraduate Prospectus I 53

BA(Hons) Surface Pattern Design (Textiles for Fashion) (incorporating HND award) Programme Design The Surface Design portfolio is all about a passion for the creation of exciting and innovative surfaces and structures, which consider colour, texture, image and concept within the context of contemporary art and design practice. We focus on creative inspiration, which will allow you to fully develop your individual voice and style. Initially you will experience a wide range of techniques, processes and materials. You will explore the exciting potential that comes with combining traditional skills with the latest, cutting-edge digital technology. This is taught through a vibrant series of workshops, lectures and seminars, supported by regular tutorials and group critiques.

same time we promote a realistic appreciation of market requirements, contemporary trends and professional attitudes.

UCAS Course Code: W234

The Textiles for Fashion Pathway is part of the Surface Pattern Design Portfolio. It is all about a passion for the creation of exciting and innovative surface and construction for fashion textiles. We focus on creative inspiration, the development of a distinct and individual style, relating to design concepts and trends.

Admissions Tutor: Linda Nottingham

Initially you will experience a wide range of techniques, processes and materials, through a broad and lively series of demonstrations, workshops, lectures and seminars. This will be explored through a combination of traditional and digital approaches, within our spacious textile print studio, dye lab, stitch room and the latest digital and laser technology studios. Emphasis is placed on innovation with materials and techniques, supported and encouraged by highly experienced tutors.

Workshops include dyeing and printing, Fine Art printmaking, stitch, knit, embellishment and manipulation of a wide variety of materials, including paper, wire, metal, glass, plastics, acrylics and, of course, textiles. All work will be informed by a lively programme of We encourage dynamic exploration and experimentation to create rich and varied visual studies. surfaces for fashion through dye, print, As the course progresses you are encouraged stitch and manipulation of all kinds. All work to develop your own themes and approaches will be informed by an inspiring programme and to become increasingly self-directed. You of will contextualise your work and develop a visual studies. This pathway is enhanced by clear direction for your practice. visits from professional designers, studios These programmes have a major aim - to and companies to help develop an provide a stimulating, creative and challenging awareness of market requirements and an environment in which you can thrive. At the understanding of cutting-edge design.

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE YEAR 1 ■ Exploratory Research ■ Creative Image Modification ■ Visual and Technical Studies 1 ■ Choice of Historical and Contextual Studies YEAR 2 ■ Co-ordinated Project ■ Design Process ■ Visual and Technical Studies 2 and 3 ■ Professional Studies ■ Choice of Historical and Contextual Studies

YEAR 3 ■ Major Project (Personal and External) ■ Advanced Creative Enquiry ■ Dissertation ■ Marketing, Promotion and Exhibition

UCAS Course Code Title: BA/SPTF Tel: 01792 481285 Email: artanddesign@smu.ac.uk We aim to produce designers who can create cutting-edge textiles to influence the way we look and feel, and who will have a dynamic impact on the fashion world.

Employment Opportunities Past students have found employment in the following areas: studio designer in industry and/or freelance, work related to the textiles industry such as retail buying, retail styling and marketing, colour and trend forecasters, arts for therapy, teaching, small practice-based business, designer/maker, exhibitions/commissions and post-graduate study.

art & design ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

The entry requirements are indicated on page 31.

BA(Hons) Fashion Styling, Design and Embellishment* UCAS Course Code: W230 UCAS Course Code Title: BA/FSDE This programme encourages a broad interpretation of fashion-based accessories, embellishment detail and the styled presentation of the overall look or story. A multidisciplinary approach will allow students to access a wide range of options inside a supportive working environment. Craftsmanship and material exploration will be at its core and new methods of production will be encouraged to challenge boundaries within the fashion industry.

For further information, please contact: Linda Nottingham on 01792 481285 Email: artanddesign@smu.ac.uk *subject to validation


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Grace Ironside

Sarah Trotter

Daisy Macleod

Grace Ironside


2013 Undergraduate Prospectus I 55

BA(Hons) Surface Pattern Design (Textiles for Interiors) (incorporating HND award) Programme Design The Surface Design portfolio is all about a passion for the creation of exciting and innovative surfaces and structures, which consider colour, texture, image and concept within the context of contemporary art and design practice. We focus on creative inspiration, which will allow you to fully develop your individual voice and style. Initially you will experience a wide range of techniques, processes and materials. You will explore the exciting potential that comes with combining traditional skills with the latest, cutting-edge digital technology. This is taught through a vibrant series of workshops, lectures and seminars, supported by regular tutorials and group critiques. Workshops include dyeing and printing, Fine Art printmaking, stitch, knit, embellishment and manipulation of a wide variety of materials, including paper, wire, metal, glass, plastics, acrylics and, of course, textiles. All work will be informed by a lively programme of visual studies. As the course progresses you are encouraged to develop your own themes and approaches and to become increasingly self-directed. You will contextualise your work and develop a clear direction for your practice. These programmes have a major aim - to provide a stimulating, creative and challenging

environment in which you can thrive. At the same time we promote a realistic appreciation of market requirements, contemporary trends and professional attitudes.

UCAS Course Code: W235

The Textiles for Interiors Pathway is part of the Surface Pattern Design Portfolio. It is all about a passion for the creation of exciting and innovative surfaces for contemporary interiors and environments. We focus on creative inspiration, the development of a distinct and individual style, relating to design concepts and trends.

Tel: 01792 481285

Initially you will experience a wide range of techniques, processes and materials, through a broad and lively series of demonstrations, workshops, lectures and seminars. This will be explored through a combination of traditional and digital approaches, within our spacious textile print studio, dye lab, stitch room and the latest digital and laser technology studios. A strong emphasis is placed on conceptual development, as is a sound understanding of the issues and expectations associated with a 21st century lifestyle. A wide range of environments will be explored to include domestic, public and corporate space. The aim is to challenge and influence the interiors of the future with surfaces to excite the senses. We encourage dynamic exploration of experimentation to create rich and varied surfaces for interiors, through dye, print,

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE YEAR 1 ■ Exploratory Research ■ Creative Image Modification ■ Visual and Technical Studies 1 ■ Choice of Historical and Contextual Studies YEAR 2 ■ Co-ordinated Project ■ Design Process ■ Visual and Technical Studies 2 and 3 ■ Professional Studies ■ Choice of Historical and Contextual Studies

YEAR 3 ■ Major Project (Personal and External) ■ Advanced Creative Enquiry ■ Dissertation ■ Marketing, Promotion and Exhibition

UCAS Course Code Title: BA/SPTI Admissions Tutor: Linda Nottingham Email: artanddesign@smu.ac.uk stitch and manipulation of all kinds. All work will be informed by an inspiring programme of visual studies. This pathway is enhanced by visits from professional designers, studios and companies to help develop an awareness of market requirements and an understanding of cuttingedge design.

Employment Opportunities Past students have found employment in the following areas: studio designer in industry and/or freelance, interior design consultancy, work related to the textiles industry such as retail buying, retail styling and marketing, colour and trend forecasters, arts for therapy, teaching, small practice-based business, designer/ maker, exhibitions/commissions and postgraduate study.

art & design ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

The entry requirements are indicated on page 31.


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Owen Hayman

Rachael Edwards

Sarah Clifford

Alexa Kerr


2013 Undergraduate Prospectus I 57

Diploma in Foundation Studies (Art & Design) Programme Design The Foundation Course provides the basis for the study of art and design. This makes it the preferred route into specialised study within higher education. In recent years Swansea Metropolitan University’s Foundation Course has become one of the most successful in the UK with an outstanding record of placements and pass rates. The programme is predominantly visual and practical, and teaches a mature and sophisticated understanding of concept and contexts. You will explore fresh and exciting ideas to develop your individual voice and style. This will be taught through a series of workshops, lectures and seminars, supported by regular tutorials and group critiques. The course provides a full-time programme which takes one year. For those who work or have other

commitments then studying on a parttime basis over two years, attending for 10 hours per week, is an option.

Duration: 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time

Programme Philosophy

Applications direct to: Registry Swansea Metropolitan University Mount Pleasant Swansea SA1 6ED

To develop a breadth of understanding across all areas of art, design and craft through visual, practical, contextual and historical studies, towards informed and effective decision making and future directions.

Awarding Body: WJEC

Admissions Tutor: Bella Kerr

foundation “Swansea art and design

was invaluable. i can honestly say it was one of the best experiences of my life so far, I wish i could do it all again”

Charlotte Hatchett Foundation Art and Design

Tel: 01792 481046 Email: foundationart@smu.ac.uk ENTRY REQUIREMENTS To be read in conjunction with notes on page 15 ■ One subject at GCE A level or an AVCE award plus five passes at GCSE including English Language (or Welsh) at C or above, or ■ Other qualifications considered to be equivalent by the Academic Board. ■ Those who can demonstrate an aptitude for Art and Design study may be considered for entry without formal qualifications.

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE Stage One This is diagnostic in nature and enables you to identify your potential and your own preference for specialist areas of study. You experiment with a variety of materials and methods and are introduced to the five main areas of study: ■ ■ ■ ■ ■

Fine Art Visual Communication Contemporary Textiles 3D Design Lens-based Media

Stage One also provides an introduction to Visual Research and Historical and Contextual Studies, both of which are continued throughout Stages Two and Three.

Stage Two You produce a personal portfolio of work and carry out research into your chosen specialist area. Study options may include: ■ Animation ■ Ceramics ■ Costume ■ Crafts ■ Fashion ■ Furniture ■ Graphics ■ Illustration ■ Interior Architecture ■ Jewellery ■ Painting ■ Photography ■ Printmaking ■ Product Design ■ Sculpture ■ Stained Glass ■ Surface Pattern ■ Textiles ■ Theatre Design ■ Video

Stage Three You complete a major project which you present for assessment and certification in the form of a public exhibition held at the end of the course. All three stages of the programme are supported by field trips to galleries and sites of interest both locally and in major cultural centres.


Swansea Metropolitan University

Location, Maps & Travel Information The University has four sites:

Mount Pleasant and Dynevor

Mount Pleasant Mount Pleasant, near the city centre, is the largest of the sites in terms of student numbers. Two of the University’s four Faculties are located here: ■ Applied Design & Engineering ● School of Applied Computing ■ Business and Management Contact Address: Mount Pleasant, Swansea SA1 6ED

Townhill Campus Townhill, high above the city, enjoys breathtaking views of Swansea Bay and neighbouring Mumbles. The Faculty of Humanities is located here. ■ Humanities ● School of Social Sciences and Performing Arts ● Swansea School of Education Contact Address: Townhill Road, Swansea SA2 0UT

Dynevor Dynevor, in the city centre, is the location for the Faculty of Art & Design and the Centre for Innovation in Photography and Video: ■ Art & Design (also located at Alexandra Road) Contact Address: De-La-Beche Street, Swansea SA1 3EU

Alexandra Road Alexandra Road, the former Swansea College of Art, is close to the city centre and the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery. The main study here is Glass, in which the University has a worldwide reputation. The Foundation Year in Art & Design is also located here. Contact Address: Alexandra Road, Swansea SA1 5DU

Townhill Campus


2013 Undergraduate Prospectus

Swansea enjoys excellent road and rail links with all parts of Britain. Swansea is only a 50 minute drive away from Cardiff International Airport.

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Swansea Metropolitan University Mount Pleasant Swansea SA1 6ED From Within the UK Tel: 01792 481000 Fax: 01792 481061 From Outside the UK Tel: +44 1792 481000 Fax: +44 1792 481061 e-mail: enquiry@smu.ac.uk www.smu.ac.uk

GREAT EQUIPMENT, “FANTASTIC TUTORS, BRILLIANT COURSE” Megan Evans Art, Design and Media

SMU Art and Design 2013  

Swansea Metropolitan University Art and Design Programmes 2013 entry

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