Sharing his passion for film - Will Darch
We met up with Will Darch, Subject Leader for Pre-Degree’s UAL Extended Diploma in Creative Practice: Film, Animation & Media Production to find out more about his background, passions and why he thinks the world needs creatives now more than ever.
I studied Filmmaking and Media & Cultural Studies at the UWE Bristol and graduated in 2010. From there, I had spells working for the BBC and TwoFour Productions before moving into teaching in 2014. I went on to have various roles in the production of music videos and podcasting, but I have always kept up my own projects. I am currently producing a short film with Falmouth University and Screen Cornwall telling the story of queer young man growing up in rural Cornwall. The highlights of my career so far have been watching students go on to work on their projects with Lionsgate, Amazon Prime and Netflix.
My love for film is based in the art of storytelling and how this can be used to spark conversation, hope and change. I encourage students to find their creative voices through research and application of inspirations and theories and creating work that means something to them. There is value in everything and it is an exciting time for filmmakers and artists with barriers being broken and new voices emerging now more than ever.
Our course provides students with the tools to harness their potential and act on the inspirations around them. Filmmaking is a collaborative process and you will be surrounded by fellow creatives to draw from and challenge each other.
Art is about people. At Arts University Plymouth, you will meet great people to learn from and with. Studying at AUP provides you with the guidance, skills and inspiration to take your next steps as an artist. Whether you are looking to go on to Higher Education or into industry, the course is designed to develop you as a filmmaker and artist with well-rounded, real world skills that you will use forever.
We have all been through a lot recently. Creativity and art have the power to help and spread hope to its audiences. Neither art nor education is sport, the goal is not to win but to spread your message and opposition to social injustice...and it is okay to have while you're doing it.
Students at Arts University Plymouth have opportunities to collaborate with students with other specialisms on campus, including graphic designers, photographers and creative technologists. To find out more, visit the next Arts University Plymouth Pre-Degree Open Day on Saturday 14 January, from 11am to 2pm.