The University’s commitment to the cultural, creative and performing arts is renowned.
It has earned an enviable reputation for the calibre of its graduates, many of whom are seen performing in the nation’s theatres, concert halls and on TV screens, as well as working behind the scenes as directors, editors, technicians and administrators. It has supported publishers like Parthian Books and Iconau and provided a springboard for others: Accent Press and Xcite set up by a Creative Writing MA graduate.
The University’s many networks include collaboration with individual artists and organisations, giving students excellent opportunities to engage with others who are involved in the development and the promotion of the Arts.
The vibrant arts scene at the University means that there is plenty for you to enjoy. Full and part-time students are involved in art exhibitions, theatrical productions, creative writing events and musical concerts either at the University or in regional arts centres.
The Trinity Saint David Choir gives students the opportunity to develop their vocal talents in concerts and competitions and there are also opportunities for soloists to develop their performance skills. Practice sessions are held through the medium ofWelsh, but don’t worry if you don’t speak the language - there are plenty of people to help you - but be prepared to sing in any language - Welsh, English and others! Already the choir is making a name for itself and has appeared on TV programmes as well as achieved success in national competitions.
There are excellent facilities on both campuses and the University regularly welcomes touring theatre companies and professional performers.
Students of the School of Performing Arts are involved in many productions throughout the year as part of their busy curriculum.
Fine Art and Theatre Design and Production students exhibit regularly at the University and at art venues around the region. The Graduate Shows are featured during the Gwyl! Arts Festival and travel to other venues, including regional art galleries.
The School of Cultural Studies in Lampeter is home to courses in Creative Writing and Scriptwriting that share a long history of developing successful writers and publishers in West Wales.
The first Creative Writing MA course in Wales was set up in Trinity, Carmarthen in 1997. Students in Trinity Saint David benefit from the experience of both resident writers and the writing professionals whose readings and talks support the MAs.
They can hone their writing and performance skills in English or Welsh in the very popular monthly Poems and Pints sessions, set up in Carmarthen’s Queens Hotel, by a group of former MA students who formed themselves into a company to provide a vigorous platform for local and student writers alike. And they can gain marketing and publishing experience by contributing to the student-run online journal, The Lampeter Review, where their work can appear alongside that of international writers, such as Edward Bond, Steven Birkoff and Phillip Gross.