We’ve had a fantastic few years. We’ve trained thousands of people, run masterclasses with top professionals and helped media hopefuls into the industry through placements and networking. See what we've achieved.
Now, Media Academy Wales has come to a close and its associated projects are starting to wind down. But our legacy lives on.
See some of our work here on our YouTube Channel or contact the partner universities listed below to be kept up to date.
University of South Wales: Garrabost Jayalakshmi (Film and Broadcast Media) firstname.lastname@example.org or Andy Smith (Animation and Games) email@example.com
Aberystwyth University: Rebecca Edwards firstname.lastname@example.org
University of Wales Trinity St David: Paul Hazel email@example.com
Media Academy Wales
Media Academy Wales was the centre for cutting-edge, vocational media education and training in Wales and acted as a bridge between higher education and industry. We offered training opportunities, masterclasses, hands-on workshops, work placements, film labs, mentoring and international partnerships to students and graduates on degree programmes and industry professionals. We were a partnership between the University of South Wales, University of Wales Trinity Saint David and Aberystwyth University.
Our programmes included Skillset Academi+, an ESF-funded scheme providing vocational training for the creative media industries in Wales and Cinovate, a national programme offering training for film exhibition managers.
Transform@Lab, a MEDIA-funded multi-platform lab for European media graduates; DAWN (Documentary Academy Wales Network),a documentary film course for 16-19 year olds were also Media Academy Wales developed projects.
Media Academy Wales facts
- Started in 2005, ended in 2014
- 1000 people a year attended 400 masterclasses with industry experts including actor John Hurt, producer Iain Smith (The Fifth Element, Cold Mountain), directors Gruff Rhys and Dyl Goch (Seperado), DOP Bill Mitchell (Being John Malkovitch, Big Lebowski). location manager Finlay Bradbury (Captain America, X-Men) and AD Gareth Lewis (Girl with a Dragon Tattoo, Skyfall)
- 600 placements on Welsh and international features, high end TV drama, documentaries, short films, adverts and more
- A live briefs facility, recognised as an example of best practice in the UK
Our students said...
“I have a job in the media industry as a direct result of my placement with Media Academy Wales.”
“My experience on Media Academy Wales placements has helped me gain confidence in how to present myself to clients, how to understand a film brief and break it down into stages, and how to deliver products on time and in budget.”
“My placements provided my CV with a professional credit on a television show.”
“I made some excellent contacts, friends and vital experience for my career.”
“Having the opportunity to get so much practical industry experience whilst studying for my degree made a world of different and as a consequence I've not had trouble finding work since graduating. I owe Media Academy Wales a lot!”
Academi+ was part of the Work Based Learning Programme, funded by the EU’s Convergence European Social Fund (ESF) through the Welsh Government. We provided high quality, flexible training for those working in the creative media industry in Wales.
The courses were designed to meet real industry needs, with content that was shaped by feedback from industry practitioners on priority skills gaps. Academi+ courses were run by university tutors and industry experts and gave the option to gain credits towards a masters degree.
We worked in partnership with the University of South Wales, University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Cardiff Metropolitan University and Aberystwyth University.
- Started in 2012, ended in 2014
- We trained 221 professionals over 2 years, with a high percentage going on to gain masters credits
Our participants said...
"The Academi+ courses I have been on have been excellent – well organised and very relevant, delivered by industry professionals. This is invaluable."
"Most valuable and most enjoyable training I've had in years."
Cinovate was an innovative training programme for those working the independent film exhibition sector. It explored the day-to-day challenges of programming, audience development, marketing and brand development and more.
- The new training programme ran twice – in 2012 and 2013
- We trained 24 people from across the UK, running cinemas, festivals, pop up screenings, film societies and more
Our delegates said...
“To be given the space to share best practice and discuss difficulties faced has enabled me to make changes, move forward and grow in confidence and enthusiasm."
"One of the nicest things about the course was how mutually supportive everyone has been."
"It did so much more than I expected. It’s filled me with confidence, inspiration and so many ideas to take home and develop."
"I can definitely now draw on new skills and contacts. All links made with other delegates, skills developed through one to one mentoring sessions e.g. effective communications, management techniques, negotiation and time management."