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University of South Wales students work on top BBC Drama

Students and graduate from across the University of South Wales, have worked on flagship BBC drama his Dark Materials. They worked across the full range of creative disciplines on this flagship drama, made by Welsh Company Bad Wolf; from production and post-production management to computer animation and set design.

Through their not-for-profit educational initiative Screen Alliance Wales (SAW), Bad Wolf continues to develop relationships with local schools, colleges and universities, building career pathways and supporting young Welsh talent. Working with USW’s Film & TV School Wales, SAW promotes a wide range of skills needed to work in the film industry, including traineeships, placements and shadowing, and an online networking and jobs portal.

USW has established itself as hub for the creative industries in Wales. Not only do their graduates work with major players in the film and television industry, they go on to set up their own specialist creative businesses as part of Cardiff’s ever evolving creative sector.

In Short:

  • Over 40 students and graduates worked on the production.
  • The show premiered in the UK on 3rd November 2019.
  • The first episode was watched by over 7 million viewers.

Tom Ware, Head of USW Film and TV School Wales said: “Everyone at USW is thrilled that, thanks to our close partnership with Screen Alliance Wales, we are able to create so many opportunities for our students and graduates to work on this ground breaking series. To be able to support so many talented young people now and on future series is both an honour and a privilege.”

Ben Jenkins Operations Executive at Bad Wolf Studios said “They can’t employ the graduates quick enough because of the standard of the teaching at the University of South Wales.”

Ben Jenkins MA Film (Production Management) Graduate said “I researched the production management courses available and USW offered the exact high-quality course I wanted to study. Many of the tutors are industry professionals themselves, so there is not just great course content but they created contacts and opportunities for us. You no longer have to go to London to work in this industry, there are opportunities on your doorstep.”