University of South Wales
University of South Wales
These sessions will give your students the opportunity to gain a real insight into studying drama, performance or another related subject at university. at University of South Wales

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Drama Taster Sessions (several choices on offer)

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Event Summary:

These sessions will give your students the opportunity to gain a real insight into studying drama, performance or another related subject at university.

Full Event Details:

Sessions include:

Careers in Creative Industries
The University’s 3,000 creative industries students call our vibrant Cardiff Campus their home. In this session, students will learn more about the courses on offer – from drama, graphics and fashion design, to TV and film set design, music business and documentary photography - and how our state-of-the-art facilities and impressive industry links ensure that our students are ready to embark on a career in this billion-pound industry after graduation.

Focus on Auditions
What happens when you are called in for an audition? Your first reaction might be to get very nervous so, how can you use this to your advantage? Remember; nerves are normal! This workshop will invite you to recognise the blocks that all performers go through and incorporate them as a positive working tool to help you get closer to that job.

How to Read a Script (for Radio/Film/Stage)
So, how exactly do we read a script? First, we need to note what type of script it is. Radio? Film? Stage? They are all formatted differently from each other but have one thing in common – a story! Reading scripts is vital toward immersing oneself in character and the scripted world. Finding the main plot is easy but what about the sub-plot? Character relationships? Physical traits? Emotional highs and lows? Comedic moments? This workshop will guide potential student writers/actors/directors toward digging deep into a text to study its structure, characters, themes, style and so forth.

Exploring Theatre Devising
In this online interactive session, students will explore approaches and techniques to devising theatre work. Students will be introduced to the ways that different companies have devised work, participate in online group activities, and learn tips and techniques for devising and bringing ideas to life on stage.

Approaching Acting Through Character
This workshop is designed to explore text and subtext through character analysis by drawing from practitioners including; Stanislavski, Lee Strasberg and Stella Adler.

Acting for the Camera
This workshop will introduce participants to television and film acting techniques. Students will look at screenplays and explore variants on character construction for a camera.

Radio Acting
This workshop will look at the discipline and techniques of radio performance through the works of Mercury Theatre's - On the Air. A variety of texts will be explored with students including; War of the Worlds, Dracula and Hearts of Darkness.

Analysing a Play of Your Choice
An interactive seminar exploring one of your set plays, or a play of your choice. Explore themes, character, structure and performance possibilities with one of our playwriting experts.

Contemporary Plays: Text and Performance
An interactive seminar exploring selected contemporary plays and how they deal with current themes. Example themes could include; climate change, identity, refugee experience, mental health, science, and pandemic.

Exploring World Theatre
There are a rich variety of performance forms across the globe. This participatory seminar will introduce students to key performance forms, considering how theatre functions in different societies and contexts. We can introduce a range of different forms, or focus on a specific form of your choice.

Exploring Welsh Theatre
An opportunity for students to gain insight into histories of theatre in Wales, and/or to explore key plays, companies and performances.

Adaptation on the Stage
Introducing students to the wonderful world of adaptation. An interactive seminar exploring different approaches to adapting novels and stories for the stage and screen. This can also be offered as a workshop exploring one particular text and the possibilities of adapting it for the stage.

Making Performance Online
Students will participate in an online seminar/workshop focusing on approaches to making performance online; explore what makes engaging performance online, what different platforms offer, and tips and techniques to improve your performance-making.

Q&A with Current Students
An opportunity for students to talk to current USW drama students. Ask them questions about their experience of studying at USW, get tips for making the most of their time with us, or find out about the projects they're working on and what excites and inspires them!

Suitable For:

Bookings by Teachers for Key Stage 4 (Students aged 14-16)
Bookings by Teachers for Key Stage 5 (Students aged 16-18)


Short Session

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This event is delivered online

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Institution Profile:

The University of South Wales (USW) is the largest university in Wales. With campuses in Pontypridd, Cardiff and Newport, students can enjoy city life, stunning beaches and breath-taking countryside.

Cardiff Campus

Our Cardiff Campus is based in the heart of the city. It is home to creative industries students and offers endless opportunities. Cardiff is a major centre for media and TV production in the UK. The campus is overflowing with specialist facilities, study spaces, a library and Students’ Union.

Newport Campus

Newport Campus is one of the university’s most iconic buildings. With Friars Walk shopping centre right opposite and Halls of Residence a few minutes’ walk away, it couldn’t be in a better location. Many of our subjects are based here, including counselling, cyber security, teaching and social work.

Pontypridd Campus

USW Pontypridd is our largest campus and made up of Treforest and Glyntaff. Surrounded by green open spaces, students love the community atmosphere. Students will find everything they need on campus, their classes, accommodation, library, sport centre, Students’ Union and cafes. The campus is home to many subjects, from business and law, to engineering, health and sport.

Student Support

We offer an outstanding network of support and advice for our students. Our Advice Zones, based on all campuses, are easily accessible and a first point of contact for any issues. Students will be connected to a wealth of services, including wellbeing, disability, money advice, health clinics, chaplaincy and USW Careers.

USW Careers prepares students for success. Employability is part of our curriculum, and teaching is informed by real-world practical experience. We help with all stages of the job hunt, from CVs and interview skills to job applications. Students can even search live job vacancies, work placements, and attend career workshops and networking events.

The university works with employers across all industry sectors. We link students with opportunities and help their CV stand out. Our students take part in our Grad Edge Award, and we can even support them to develop business ideas through Student Enterprise.

Our courses ensure students get the practical experience to prepare them for the workplace. Students gain essential skills by using industry-standard equipment, from our Moot Courtroom and Clinical Simulation Centre, to Film & TV School Wales, Crime Scene Facilities and our Sport Park.

The recent extension to USW Cardiff includes dance and drama spaces, design and photographic studios, fashion facilities and creative spaces on all floors for collaborative working.

With a library on each campus, students can access a range of services and resources. There are different types of study spaces, from social to silent, as well as access to books, journals, PCs and Wi-Fi.

For sport enthusiasts, there are over 65 teams that compete in the BUCS league, ranging from tennis and mountain biking, to golf, surfing and rugby. USW Sport has some of the most impressive facilities in the UK. USW Sport Park is one of the best university sport coaching and training venues in the country.

Virtual Open Days

Students can register for an online open day at the University of South Wales. There are no deadlines, and no set times. Prospective students can access welcome talks, campus tours, and helpful finance and accommodation talks at their leisure.

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