Six ‘Access to Masters’ (ATM) Studentships: MA Creative Media Practices (Welsh language)

Applications are invited for six one year Masters Studentships for the MA Creative Media Practice (Welsh language) in the Department of Theatre Film and Television Studies, Aberystwyth University. Funded through the Access to Masters (ATM) scheme and offered in partnership with a number of creative companies across Wales. The scholarship includes home/EU tuition fees, £5,529 living expenses and some support for consumables. Here is a brief synopsis of each scholarship:

Theatr Arad Goch (Aberystwyth): appealing to and working with young theatre audiences.

Boomerang (Aberystwyth): developing a TV/multi-platform presence for Welsh language learners.

Cwmni Theatr y Frân Wen (Porthaethwy): strategies for professional site specific performance.

Galeri Caernarfon: developing engagment between communites, audiences and cinemas.

Palas Print (Caernarfon): developing strategies for micro-events in book retail.

Telesgôp (Swansea): developing a TV/multi-platform presence for folk music.

Eligibility: Fluency in Welsh is essential for all studentships. Candidates must be eligible for UK/EU fees, hold at least a 2:1 Honours degree, and have an address in the Convergence Region of Wales: http://wefo.wales.gov.uk/programmes/convergence/areamap/?lang=en).

Application Process:

1) MA: http://www.aber.ac.uk/cy/postgrad/howtoapply/before-you-apply/

2) ATM Scholarship: http://www.aber.ac.uk/cy/ccs/staff-students/funding/atm/

Further Information: Catrin Davies: 01970 621517/ctd@aber.ac.uk
Closing Date: Wednesday 5 September 2012
Interviews: Medi 13eg / September 13th

ATM is part-funded by the European Social fund through the European Union’s Convergence Programme (West Wales and the Valleys) administered by the Welsh Government.






JOHN FOX AND SUE GILL of Dead Good Guides


DESIGN YOUR OWN DEAD GOOD FUNERAL is a two hour workshop to dispel common myths,to demonstrate the nuts and bolts of planning a funeral, to inspire and give confidence.We will guide participants through a process to creatively consider their own funeral wishes and to arrive at an imaginative framework for a personal ceremony that is truthful and distinctive, yet still legal and dignified.Something helpful to take home, to discuss with friends and family and, when the time comes,to use it.

Fox and Gill's "Dead Good Funerals Book" 1996/1997/2004 has received many accolades: "This is the book I have been waiting for." Claire Rayner  "This is a bold, inspiring and yet very practical book. It seeks to restore control over the care of our dead back to those who love them, and tells you how to do it   .......     Even if you have only a few days to work with, it is worth getting, if only for the three pages entitled ‘A dozen ways to improve funeral arrangements at very short notice’. I would highly recommend it.”  From review on Amazon by Ms. J. Parish, Desborough, UK

DEAD GOOD GUIDES is an artist-led company, seeking a role of art that weaves it more fully into the fabric of our lives. We are sure that home-made art and vernacular culture have to be the way forward. At the heart of our work is the gift relationship where the currency is one of creative exchange. Based around the Studio and Beach House - a self-build ecohouse above the vast expanse of Morecambe Bay, where tides and weather, making and writing and our ongoing Weather Station research project all forge a deep commitment to place.

 Fox and Gill -Dead Good Guides wwwdeadgoodguides.com<http://wwwdeadgoodguides.com/> were formerly Artistic Directors of the celebratory arts company Welfare State International (1968-2006).www.welfare-stae.org  Their publications, training programmes for independent celebrants and secular ceremonies have had a major effect on the funeral industry.





Performing Rituals/Rituels en Actions

 Performing Rituals Programme

5 - 8 September 2012

This four day conference – a collaboration between European Languages, TFTS, and the French department at Kings College, London - has attracted a number of interdisciplinary and international contributions from leading scholars in the fields of literary studies and thought, comparative literature and film studies, theatre and performance studies, anthropology, philosophy, psychoanalysis, aesthetics and visual arts.

The initial postulation is that encounters between the concepts and practices of ritual and performance can offer rich material for thought concerning human interaction with the world and in particular the processes of artistic creation.

There will be over 40 papers; a workshop from Dead Good Guides (John Fox and Sue Gill) on how to construct your own funeral, and a performance of Jill Greenhalgh's The Threat of Silence.

Details to follow about final times and venues.

Contact Professor Patrick Ffrench (Patrick.ffrench@kcl.ac.uk) ;  Dr Carl Lavery ( cvl@aber.ac.uk) ; and Dr Bruno (Sibona bms@aber.ac.uk)  for further details. 

 Celtic connection


Theatre, Film and TV students and staff to benefit as Aberystwyth signs agreement with Enniscorthy Vocational College in Ireland.




  AHRC Award

Dr Heike Roms has been awarded an AHRC CDA for a doctoral project in collaboration with Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff.







Remember Brith Gof

Professor Mike Pearson, Brith Gof co-founder, and Dr Heike Roms review highlights of this internationally renowned performance company’s work.

Download flyer: Brith Gof



Research Grant to Film In Greenland

Sara Penrhyn Jones has received a £3000 grant from Wales Arts International for a filming/research trip to Greenland next month. She will be staying at the Uummannaq Polar Institute, engaging with international glaciologists to explore the ways in which glacial melt is measured, and the implications of climate change on local community and culture.






Perception, Reception: The History of the Media in Society

4-6 July 2012

The 4th Media History Conference, hosted by the Centre for Media History, Aberystwyth University, will address the ways in which people have understood the social, cultural and political roles of the media from the 15th to the 21st  centuries in a national and international context.

Participants include:

Garth Jowett, University of Houston - Keynote
Gabriele Balbi, Laurel Brake, Hans-Frederick Dahl, Michael Harris, Mark Hampton, Aled Jones, Chandrika Kaul, Kate Lacey, Jason McElligott, Darrell Newton, Sean Nixon, Sian Nicholas, Tom O’Malley, Michael Palmer, Mandy Powell, Joad Raymond, Joanne Shattock, Mark Turner and Kevin Williams.

Conference panels will interrogate from a range of perspectives the kinds of understandings that have accompanied the development of the media (both print and electronic) across time and across different nations and cultures. Themes include: theories of the media; media responses to other media; broadcasting as an agent of conservatism or change; diplomacy, persuasion and the media; war and the press; the media and education; journalists and journalism; perceptions of the role of the press across time; the media and intellectual movements; and regulating the media.  The conference will also include specially convened round table discussions on the media in the early modern and modern periods.

The provisional programme  and registration details can be found at the Centre For Media History. The closing date for registration is 6 June 2012.

Industry Speed-networking and Panel Presentation

The department is pleased to announce that in conjunction with Skillset Media Academy Wales, we will be holding a speed-networking and panel presentation talk for students on Wednesday 7th March. Guests include cinematographer Alan Trow; producer, director and writer Ed Thomas; producer and director Stephen Bayley, editor John Richards and produceer Mark John. 

Both events are free, but space at the speed networking session is limited so must be booked through the Skillset Media Academy Wales website.

Full details can be found here: Skillset Event - March 2012


TFTS Doctoral Career Development Scholarship – for entry in September 2012 

The Department is pleased to announce a new Career Development Scholarship.  Please click on the link  for the full text. TFTS Doctoral Career Development Scholarship – for entry in September 2012

Creative Skillset Tick of approval for Aberystwyth

30 November 2012

Aberystwyth University's BA (Hons) Film and Television Studies degree programme and its equivalent course which is taught through the medium of Welsh, have both been awarded the Creative Skillset Tick following a rigorous assessment process by experts working in the Creative Industries.

Dramatic opportunities

29 November 2012

Theatre, Film and Television Studies students have been given the opportunity to be part of an exciting TV drama production which will be shown on S4C.

JOHN HEFIN 1941-2012

03 December 2012

Numerous tributes have been made to John Hefin who died on 19 November 2012.