Media Academy Wales

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) garrabost.jayalakshmi@southwales.ac.uk or Andy Smith (Animation and Games) andy.smith@southwales.ac.uk
Aberystwyth University: Rebecca Edwards rje@aber.ac.uk
University of Wales Trinity St David: Paul Hazel paul.hazel@sm.uwtsd.ac.uk

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.

Transform@Lab and DAWN are to continue after the closure of Media Academy Wales.

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!”