Creative Arts learners from Pembrokeshire College were recently selected to be part of the Wales Creative Arts Academy – a new opportunity for the most creatively talented and able college students in Wales.
A total of 26 Creative Arts students from the College were chosen to be part of the Academy, a new collaboration between the Further Education Colleges in Wales and the University of South Wales (USW). The Academy provides exciting learning opportunities for learners who have demonstrated significant potential to be successful through their creative talent and a positive commitment to learning.
The Academy brings together individuals, FE colleges, the University of South Wales, and key industry partners to support the future of Creative Industries in Wales. With the creative industries growing at three times the rate of the wider economy and generating £91.8bn GVA, the Academy is responding to business demand for more young people to study the arts and creative subjects.
Selection for the Academy is a significant achievement. Through the Academy learners will have the opportunity to complete an additional qualification called the Gold Arts Award which will support future progression to Higher Education and involve participation in additional learning opportunities both at the College and through the University of South Wales.
During the launch students attended talks on ‘Creativity, Ideas and Innovation’ by Robin Moore, Head of Innovation at BBC Wales, ‘New technologies in the Creative Industries’ and ‘Exploring the Creative Industries in 2019’ where students worked with a team of USW academic staff to critically investigate a number of contemporary case studies of innovative practice.
Curriculum Area Manager for the Creative Arts at Pembrokeshire College, Cath Brooks, accompanied the learners to the launch event and commented: “It was an amazing day which was born out of The Creative Industries Network Group asking the University of Wales to come up with something for our More Able and Talented Creative learners that is meaningful and purposeful and will stretch and challenge their potential for future success in the Creative Industries. Mark Jackson, Director of Design and Digital at the University of South Wales did just that. Our students were exemplary and demonstrated the commitment, passion and creative skills that set them apart from others.”