The USW Advertising Design course has been working with the S3 Academy since the start of the 2015/16 academic year and to say it has been a huge success is an understatement.
Since working with Matt Jones and his dedicated team of highly talented staff, across all three years of the course, the students have felt more empowered, informed and confident that they can gain employment within the creative industry, particularly advertising in the city that they have chosen to study for three years. This fact has been a major plus for our course since last autumn. Our students have benefitted from several insightful talks from every single team within the S3 agency thus understanding the various roles within the industry on a daily basis. They have had a tour of the agency, worked on a live brief with the S3 Creative team and best of all one of our graduating students has secured a full time position at S3, starting in June 2016.
Working with successful local creative agencies such as S3 not only helps our students it also helps the course and faculty of Creative Industries within USW in terms of profile and future student recruitment. We have 47 students joining the USW Advertising Design course in September 2016 which is the highest number we have ever recruited. Working with the S3 Academy has been one of the reasons for this increase in student numbers as potential students can witness our industry engagement via our social media platforms.
Another knock-on effect of working with the S3 Academy is that our graduating students have a new mind-set that they do not have to move to London to gain employment within the industry and with such high profile brands such as the BBC and Sky TV investing resources into South Wales, especially the city of Cardiff we are very lucky to have such supportive partners as the S3 Academy.