Successful Turing Scheme Gains Exceptional Feedback from UCW Students

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The Turing Scheme has been a huge success!   In January, two groups of UCW students went to the USA as part of a programme to study in a specialised environment for a month. The Turing Scheme is a programme by the Government which provides funding to higher education, further education and vocational education institutions to offer their students, life-changing experiences to …

10th Annual Dirigo Film Festival Wows Audiences!

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Last week film lovers gathered at the Cube Microplex for the incredibly special 10th anniversary of the annual Dirigo Student Film Festival! Dirigo is an International Student Film Festival directed and produced by BA (Hons) Film & Media Arts Production students from University Centre Weston.   This festival aims to inspire and showcase the creativity of student filmmakers worldwide. It is an …

Stiles and Drewe Success for UCW

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Huge congratulations are in order for the writers and performers of new musical, The Circle which won the esteemed Stiles and Drewe Best New Song 2023 prize! The prize is awarded by Mercury Musical Developments. Held in a prestigious ceremony in London at the beautiful Other Palace theatre near Buckingham Palace.  Winning this prize is an incredible achievement. Each year, …

Students Join Forces for a Frighteningly Good Time

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Following the success of last year’s ‘Phobia’ Halloween event collaboration at Puxton Park, Further and Higher Education learners from Weston College and University Centre Weston (UCW) have collaborated with the Park to design and apply makeup to the 40 learner actors per night! The event ran from 21st – 28th October 2023, and had many haunted attractions including a Haunted Tractor Ride, Dolls House, …

UCW Students Offered Chance to Study in USA

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UCW students have just gained the opportunity to study in the United States in 2024! Thanks to the Government’s Turing Scheme, sixteen UCW learners will have the opportunity to study and complete a work placement in New York or Los Angeles for one month. The Turing Scheme is a programme by the UK Government which provides funding to higher education, …

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Exploding Plastic Inevitable 2.0 – A Telematic Immersive Experience

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Join us in person or online for an unforgettable performance… Andy Warhol’s ‘Exploding Plastic Inevitable’, also known as EPI’’ was a series of multimedia events organised by the artist in 1966 and 1967, featuring musical performances by The Velvet Underground and Nico, screenings of Warhol’s films, and dancing and performances by regulars of Warhol’s Factory including his muses Edie Sedgwick …

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From Weston College and UCW to BBC’s ‘Wolf’

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As we explore the incredible journeys of our University Centre Weston (UCW) alumni, we turn our attention to Paul, a talented performer who embarked on his educational voyage with a UAL Extended Diploma in Performing Arts, specifically in the Acting pathway.  His dedication and passion for the craft led him to UCW’s BA Hons Performing Arts course, where he continued …

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Adrian is an actor, director and writer. He trained as an actor at ALRA London (Academy of Live and Recorded Arts) and holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Professional Acting from ALRA, a National Certificate in Acting from Trinity College London, and a LAMDA Gold Medal in Acting. He has worked extensively across film and TV, including 25 episodes of …

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Adam is currently Creative Director of Front Room, a fringe theatre venue in Weston-super-Mare. Adam has worked as a Writer, Director and Performer on over 50 professional touring theatre shows in the last 20 years. He has made acclaimed work for both adults and families that has toured extensively in the U.K. and Europe, including some of the world’s most …

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Stiles and Drewe Best New Song 2023 Prize Recognition for The Circle

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In a remarkable feat that has set University Centre Weston (UCW) buzzing with excitement, a song from the musical The Circle, has been shortlisted for the esteemed Stiles and Drewe Best New Song 2023 prize.   This exceptional recognition not only places UCW on the theatrical map but also highlights the incredible talent and creativity flourishing within its community.  The Circle, …

Poppy Wins AHT Competiton

Poppy Wins AHT Competition

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UCW is thrilled to announce that Poppy, a BA (Hons) Hair, Makeup and Prosthetics for Production student (HMPP), has emerged as the winner of the prestigious AHT (Assocation of Hairdressers and Therapists) national competition for full face prosthetic application. After receiving a £500 Employability Scholarship from UCW to enter the competition, Poppy’s exceptional talent and creativity have earned her the …

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Students Win Gold in Regional Makeup Competition

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This week we were lucky enough to host the regional AHT (Association of Hairdressers and Therapists) competitions in our Hair, Makeup and Prosthetics for Production (HMPP) studios at Knightstone Campus.  According to their website, the Association of Hairdressers & Therapists was founded in 1963 by a group of hairdressing teachers as a national network of like-minded specialists who exchanged good practice …

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Richard Takes Home Big Win from Radio WigWam International Music Awards

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We are very proud to announce that one of our first year Professional Music and Production students, Richard, has won the Classic Rock and Blues Trophy at the Radio Wigwam International Music Awards for his entry ‘Whiskey in the Water’.  Taking place at the infamous Bedford Hotel in Balham, the Radio Wigwam Awards have been running since 2018, but have quickly …

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Performing Arts Students Take on London

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Last month, our Musical Theatre, Acting and Dance for Commercial Performance degree students took a trip to London. The trip was a great opportunity for our performers to take part in industry led workshops at the Danceworks Studios and watch some of the best, current theatre performances.                            The workshops were a great opportunity to practice a range of …

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Film Students Shoot Film in Cornwall

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During February our second-year Film students ventured down to Perranporth, Cornwall to create their own film; Grievance, which they had previously written, pitched and planned.  ‘Grievance’ is centred around a female protagonist who goes missing. It later transpires that she was fleeing her stepfather who she believes is after her. Her friend tries to find her, which leads them to Perranporth.    During …

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Industry Professionals Deliver Week of Creative Workshops for Performing Arts

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Recently our Performing Arts faculty consolidated a full week of creative workshops with external industry professionals to help the students get through the “bluest week of the year”. Guests of the week included Nestor Garcia (pictured – break dance extraordinaire and performer for ZooNation: The Kate Prince Company and the Sadler Well’s Sting production), Lukin Simmonds (ex student and performer …

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Expert Caged Wig Artist Pays HMPP Students a Visit

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Recently our Hair, Make-up and Prosthetics for Production (HMPP) students were lucky enough to receive a masterclass from infamous Wig Artist, Annie Hardt! Annie is a professional Wig Artist, who has gained notoriety for her caged wigs. A special type of wig built on top of a light-weight structure, the caged wig allows you to create any unique shape you want.  …

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Where Are They Now? Scott’s Journey From Musical Theatre Student to Disney Star

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Have you ever considered studying a degree in Musical Theatre to kick off your career in the Arts?  …But where can it take you?  Here at UCW we understand the importance of supporting and nurturing our students throughout their time here, to achieve their dreams and land highly sought-after roles in their chosen industry.  Our alumni have had outstanding success, …

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HMPP Take Part in Emergency Incident Training

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Recently, our incredibly talented Hair, Make-up and Prosthetics for Production (HMPP) students took part in a major incident simulation event with Southwestern Ambulance Service in Filton, Bristol. Our students have taken place in several incident exercises in the past, including with the Police, Fire brigade and Coastguard, using their expertise to create gruesome wounds and injuries designed to immerse the …

How Did UCW Students Spend Blue Monday?

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Yesterday was “Blue Monday”  which falls every year on the third Monday in January. It is nicknamed for it supposedly being the saddest day of the year, often associated with a cocktail of poor weather, the post-Christmas lull and stretched finances. Although there is no evidence that any one day is the saddest, here at UCW we understand it can …

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Musical Theatre Students Perform at Local Café

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Last Thursday our Musical Theatre Students wowed the public at their event ‘A Song and a Cuppa’ at local café, Can’t Dance Coffee. Students did an incredible job of performing some beautiful renditions of well-loved songs. The afternoon was a huge success, with lots of lovely feedback from the public, and the café packed with spectators by the end of …

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Poppy Invited to Showcase Talent at Prestigious Monster Mash Exhibition

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We’re so thrilled to announce that our Hair, Make-up and Prosthetics for Production (HMPP) student, Poppy, will be exhibiting her work at the Monster Mash Exhibition as part of prestigious ‘The Prosthetics Event’ this Saturday!   Taking place in Coventry, this exhibition is as a showcase of work from artists in the make-up and prosthetics industry – ranging from graduates …

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Alumni Profile: Catching Up with Elin

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Every week we’re highlighting our incredible alumni and the amazing things they’re doing post-graduation!  This week we’re talking all things Elin!  Elin is a very recent UCW leaver, graduating this year with a degree in Musical Theatre. With this in mind, her achievements are even more impressive as she has truly hit the ground running, with little rest, to really …

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Students Create Gruesome Looks for Puxton Park Halloween Event

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Last week our amazing Hair, Make-up & Prosthetics for Production (HMPP) students got stuck into an exciting live project!  To celebrate the spooky season, Puxton Park invited the public to enjoy a scarefest of trick AND treats at their ‘Phobia’ event that took place from 22nd October to 29th October. Consisting of five haunted attractions, including a Haunted Tractor Ride, …

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Performing Arts Tomcat Tour

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Over the next 2 weeks, 3rd year BA Performing Arts will be taking their production of Tomcat to nearby colleges, as well as running workshops with their students. They will be going to Exeter College on the 21st and Bristol MET Academy on the 11th Oct. They also presented an internal performance in the Berkoff Studio at Knightstone Campus on 4th Oct …

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Global Citizen Film Launch

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Our Acting and Performance Making students took part in creating a film for Culture Weston’s Arts & Health week, titled Global Citizen. The film explores what it means to be a Global Citizen, and intercultural perspectives on the future of our planet and its people. Our actors were invited to explore these themes and create performative responses to them, which …

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Hair and Makeup Learners Smash Industry Experience at The Commonwealth Games 

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Interested in pursuing a career in Hair and Makeup but not sure what kind of opportunities and prospects are available?   Well, Look no further! Our Hair, Makeup and Prosthetics for Production degree programme offers a multitude of opportunities and experiences to enhance our learners’ skills and industry networks. Ran by hair and makeup professionals, this course has fantastic links …

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How to Apply Through Clearing 2022 – UCAS Clearing FAQs

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With the summer holidays well underway, students with offers from universities are eagerly awaiting those all important college exam results.  The question we always get over the summer break though is… “Is it too late to apply”?! To that we say: Not at all! We can consider applications throughout the summer for most of our courses through the process called …

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Sylvia Lane

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Sylvia is currently the HE Section Leader Performance at University Centre Weston (UCW). She oversees the BA Hons degrees in Musical Theatre, Performing Arts and Dance for Commercial Performance which are validated by Bath Spa University. Sylvia holds a graduate diploma in Musical Theatre and Theatre Dance from the London Studio Centre, a PGCE from Bath Spa University and most …

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“I chose UCW because they offered great work experience opportunities!”: Jade’s Journey to Success

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In a world that is everchanging, UCW understands how important it is to provide dynamic and relevant educational opportunities for today’s learners.   We certainly have our finger on the pulse when it comes to staying up to date with the ever-evolving landscape of potential career pathways and newly emerging industries.   Need an example?  Look no further than our degree in …

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Alumni Take to the Stage – “From The Mud Summer Festival” Announced

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This summer, alumni from UCW performing arts are hosting a festival to present the exciting work our artists they have created! Weston-based cabaret group “From The Mud” is a student formed group which enables Weston’s finest emerging artists to take to the stage. Having hosted a monthly cabaret show for over a year, the outgoing group are hosting the “From …

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Students Learn from Akeem Ellis Hyman

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There’s never a dull moment in our Performing and Production Arts department. Students recently had a fun-filled energetic musical theatre repertoire session from professional performer Akeem Ellis Hyman!    Akeem has toured with productions of Hairspray and Motown the Musical over the course of his career, making him a great person to learn from. Akeem shared his incredible range of experiences …

AHT WINNER! – Make-up Degree Design Dazzles Judges at Regional Finals

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UCW Hair, Makeup and Prosthetics for Production student, Claire Cox, has won the AHT (Association of Hairdressers and Therapists) Southwest regional competition! AHT is a national competition that enhances learner technical and employability skills, as well as testing them under pressure to prepare them for the trade. Claire is currently a third year student studying the Hair, Makeup and Prosthetics …

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UCW Students Soar to Second Place in Street Dance Competition

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We are so proud to share that UCW Dance for Commercial Performance students and Musical Theatre students won the second-place trophy in the street dance competition at the SOAR Street-Dance Weekender in Manchester! This is an incredible experience which will stay with everyone involved.   The winning routine was choreographed by our excellent Dance Programme Coordinator Rachel Hickie. One of the …

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UCW Learners Win at the Celebration of Success Awards

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A huge congratulations to our UCW learners who were awarded “Student of the Year” Awards. Amelia won the award for Hair and Beauty and Caroline won the award for Counselling at Weston College‘s Celebration of Success!   The evening saw over 40 learners from across the Weston College group receive recognition for their outstanding work from the previous year. To entertain …

Hair and Make-up Learners Representing UCW at the Commonwealth Games!

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After a successful selection process, UCW Hair, Make-up and Prosthetics for Production, BA (Hons) learners Georgia, Sophie, Jess, Aaliyah and Jasmine have been offered places on the Volunteer Hair And Makeup team at the 2022 Birmingham Common Wealth Games! They will be doing all of the make-up for the opening and closing ceremonies at the 2022 games this summer. The …

Dance Degree Students Learn From World Class Choreographer Gareth Walker

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Learners studying Dance for Commercial Performance, BA (Hons) were recently treated to an incredible guest lecture and workshop from renowned artist director and choreographer, Gareth Walker.   Gareth has certainly made his mark on the world of dance, working with world-famous names in the performing arts industry!  Since graduating from The London Studio Centre, Gareth performed on the West End …

EXPERIENCE MARIANAS – Bringing Broadway to Weston

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Bringing Broadway to Weston: Third year students of the BA (Hons) Musical Theatre programme at University Centre Weston – Academy of Performing Arts, are due to perform UK premiere of Broadway composer’s newest musical at the Tropicana, Weston-super-Mare, in early December. Students at University Centre Weston – Academy of Performing Arts, present the UK premiere of Experience Marianas. The musical …

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Degree Dancers Raise the Bar in Powerful Music Video

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Wow. What a performance! Third year dancers studying the Dance for Commercial Performance, BA (Hons) have worked together to perform a choreographed dance video to Vera Blue’s Lady Powers The dance itself was choreographed by UCW lecturer Corrin Reilly, with technical support from Nick Loannou and team Art Director Rachel Hickie. The video was shot and edited by alumni videographer: …

Alumni Inspires with Incredible Insights from West End and Cruise Ship Career!

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We LOVE hearing from our past students, keeping in touch and hearing all about their fantastic successes since graduating from Weston College and University Centre Weston.  Performing Arts learners were recently treated to a fantastic workshop from a special guest; Level 3 Performing Arts and Musical Theatre degree alumni, Corrine Priest. Since studying in Weston-super-Mare, Corrine has had a very successful career, …

Musical Theatre, BA (Hons)

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Hair, Make-up and Prosthetics for Production, BA (Hons)

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Professional Music Performance and Production, BA (Hons)

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Acting and Performance Making, BA (Hons)

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Dance for Commercial Performance, BA (Hons)

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Music students reach new levels during lockdown

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UCW Professional Music Performance and Production students recently joined Weston College learners in a very special virtual workshop with legendary Level 42 bass player and vocalist Mark King – the latest initiative demonstrating how the students and staff are embracing distance learning and teaching. The Zoom masterclass was set up thanks to the great connections between our lecturers and professional …