The annual Whatuni Student Choice Awards (WUSCAs) highlight the incredible work carried out by institutions for their students. Due to Covid restrictions, this year’s awards were not collected on uni campuses as usual, but instead based on submissions from institutions, which were then judged by our special student panel.
2021 WUSCA winners
I loved it at Coleg Sir Gâr so much I didn't want to leave! The overall experience of studying there was just about the best 3 years of my life, something I will never forget. A fab warm friendly college who has its students backs! Tutors over flowing with knowledge theyre wanting to share with the students.
The college has many guest speakers in to give lectures. The tutors introduce students to a variety of accessible websites and are involved with Business Wales.
Great support with amazing tutors. Covid hit in my final year, I was lucky to have the majority of my study in class. Amazing wealth of knowledge in this college, the tutors are always willing to assist the students and are also available to listen too. No question is too trivial and each student is treated with respect.
Great student union
Dark room available if your interested in film. Many Apple Imacs, printing facility and access to a very knowledgeable technician
Close to bus and trains shops and night life.
2nd to non. The support staff are amazing. They give you confidence in your own ability, helpful and available when you need support. Can't praise them enough.
The quality of the equipment available is top notch . The technician ,a talented photographer himself , is a real gentleman who listens to your requirements and helps you . Very approachable . The college is very friendly. Nice place to just chill if need be. The stars of the photography course are the lecturers. The head honcho , lights your fire , here is someone who really loves his profession and art generally. This man is alive , but not overbearing either just keen to get the most out of what you want to do. He is a breath of fresh air of a human being. Someone who has a keen eye on what’s going on in the outside world and makes sure you are connected both with what your doing in your studies but as important helping you get the tools together for when you leave . Charming and kind . this department is switched on it’s been a pleasure to be here.
The preparation for an on going profession are well structured and helpfu
The course is in college 3 days and 2 study days a week
Lot of help
Great studio and IT facilities. Dark room too and also an edit suite
Very good facilities
The door is always open
Brilliant, fantastic and amazing. If I could go back and do it all over again I would in a heart beat. The staff become friends that you can openly talk to about your issues and help push you in the right direction. Since leaving I have completed the Artist in resident, taken part in several exhibitions and been involved in a co art project about isolation and health. I look at everything different to what I done before.
I now am starting to become a support worker with people who suffer from learning difficulties. I would never of thought my life would go down this road, if it wasn't for doing this university course I would still be floating around not knowing what to do. Now I am focusing on what I enjoy to do.
I studied here from 2015 to 2018 it really was the best decision of my life to return to study a subject that really interested me. I loved my time spent here.
The lectures and support staff become life long friends, however if you don't pull in the work they will be on top of you with the right support needed to succeed. When you return to education after a long period out it feels daunting and frightening at first, then you realise how everyone is there to support you daily. It's like a big family.
Overall a very good and rewarding experience, the main benefit of attending the BA (Hons) Photography course at Coleg Sir Gar is that you will be given the very best support to achieve your goals by lecturers who demand hard work but have a record of achieving the best.
The opportunity to progress is well supported both in the commercial world and post graduate education
Exceptionally good tuition with dedicated and committed lecturers, the course now is under new direction, with new and dynamic ideas.
Recent investment in new equipment although the building itself could do with expenditure
Good accessibility to Town centre
Exceptionally good student support is offered
Before I started my degree at Coleg sir gar I had dreamt about a career as a fashion buyer and thanks to this course it became a reality. I have worked in buying for 5 years now and have loved every minute of it. It was all made possible by doing my fashion degree in Carmarthen.
I learnt so much on the fashion design course that I have been able to take with me through my career in fashion. I have been working in buying since finishing my course in 2012 and am so thankful to Coleg sir gar and all the lecturers for their support and mentoring. I wouldn't have the career I do if I hadn't done that course.
The course is what you make of it. It is hard work but very rewarding and you get so much help and support from the staff. The lecturers are more like friends than teachers! The studio has a friendly open environment that encourages you to learn from other students as well as the lecturers. You are given the opportunity to work on live competition briefs which have the potential to give you some amazing experiences as a student. The best part of the course is watching your final collection go down the runway at the end of year show.
The fashion course has all the machinery and equipment you need.
My experience was excellent, I had a great amount of support and thoroughly enjoyed my course. The great amount of one to one tuition helped me learn at a fast pace and I left the degree with a 1st.
The university helps you partake in live competitions with employers and actively encourages internships which are incredibly important for fashion careers. They also do a module where you focus on you, and selling yourself as a brand/to employers helping you write a CV, create and business card, website etc.
The small groups sizes - they allow you to get a great amount of one to one tuition which you wouldn't get elsewhere.
I'm a parent (mature student) so don't use the union much - have had a few nights out but not really involved myself due to time and personal reasons.
It's a small town with a city nearby. Perfect for those who want both scenery and shops!
Very good, the support I received was outstanding. Couldn't have faulted it.
Going to uni was a life changing experience for me! It was a roller coaster from start to finish I loved it all! Amazing course taught by amazing tutors! The course covered a wide range of topics that have all been incredibly helpful since Graduating.
Fantastic course it really does prepare you for the Fashion Industry
Amazing support offered by the Uni after discovering in my second year I was Dyspraxic. The tutors have been fantastic.
To me, this course has been life changing and life enhancing. My time as a student is actually one of the best periods of my life (and I've led an exciting life!). My only regret is that I cannot afford to take another course at Carmarthen School of Art!
The college runs an incredible Enterprise module at the end of the third year, bringing professional artists, employers and teachers from a large section of the profession to give talks (and be available afterwards for Q&A), encourage students to have work placements, and generally help the student to start up on their own or find employment. I was dreading it, as a mature student, but found it incredibly useful and informative, as did my classmates. The tutors we have are all practicing artists and their insight was also generous and useful.
Where to start! I want to say "Everything" but that would not be helpful! The teaching staff are superb - dedicated and wholley supportive of students. Nothing was too much trouble, despite staff being busy, they would find time to give advice, support - emotional as well as practical (I lost my mother during my final year and couldn't have felt more cherished by my head of department). My background is in photography, so I had no knowledge of painting techniques, I had never drawn anything and never made a print before starting the course, but, by the end of the three years, I had a first class degree and am more than competent in all the disciplines. The college also runs excursions to places such as Berlin (amazing galleries) and Venice for the Bienalle, of which I freely availed myself! These trips are subsidised by the college and are a fantastic part of the education process. The cameraderie and inclusiveness of the students is a lovely thing - as I said, I am a mature student, but never felt excluded because of my age, and I loved the company of my fellow students, with whom I still keep in touch. The teaching methods are thorough and clearly explained, and the artists and teachers who gave regular tutorials are inspiring and encouraging, and always helpful in suggesting things you might to to improve the work you are making.
I didn't get involved in the Union, it seemed to revolve around activities more suited to the younger student and I had a family at home to attend t, so didn't participate in the night-life! I have heard good things from fellow students about it, though.
Carmarthen is not one of the more wealthy campuses! Having said that, the painting department is well equipped, the life drawing classes are fantastic, with brilliant models and the print-making is the only side I would say could do with a boost, facility wise.
Carmarthen is a rural market town. Great shops, close to the sea, close to the countryside and has good places to eat and is a friendly, decent community.. The nightlife isn't my scene, so I couldn't comment on that.
Again, I'm not qualified to comment on this - sorry!
Absolutely brilliant. The college counsellors are amazing ( I speak from experience having had help after the death of my mother). The feedback from my teachers and tutors was clear, productive and kept me on the right track thoughout my course. There is also tremendous help offered from Study Mentors for anyone needing help with learning or that has physical difficulties.
Awful town, awful course.I would only recommend this course and college to lazy people who want an easy degree or people who are already local to the area and again, do not mind where there degree came from.
Modules in the second and third years are focused upon enterprising and the promoting of one's practice and further career development opportunities.
Guest lecturers and guest tutorials were excellent though in-house staff and tutors were found lacking. Spelling mistakes were common on typed briefs, tutors always seemed too busy to listen to student's concerns or to make sure that the group had understood what was being taught. Poorly organised degree course with a high drop-out rate.
I did not get involved as I was busy doing a degree.
There is a gym, a Starbucks and access to 3 very well-stocked libraries.
Non-existent. The nightlife involved 3-4 pubs in a rural town.
I wouldn't know.
The support at Coleg Sir Gar was so good that when students are failing the tutors bend dead-lines and spoon-feed to students the correct information for them to pass assignments.
I'm enjoying it here a lot, atmosphere and people are friendly! I like that I'm learning new stuff and techniques. The uni facilities are usually spacious, could use upgraded macs though, these begin to be a bit slow. The student's union is a valuable source of uni information and help. Uni also offers good learning support for various reasons. I might be able to find a job linked to my course of study, however I'd have to broaden my range of search.