UWTSD student illustrator joins MADE Cymru team as new intern


MADE Cymru is pleased to welcome Ben Deere to the team. Ben is a second year Illustration student studying at University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

Ben will be working closely with MADE Cymru’s teaching team to produce visuals for the Innovation Management and Upskilling for Industry 4.0 courses. Images, animations and video are often used to communicate and explain some of the key topics covered in the modules. Using creative ways of teaching empowers learners and teachers to express ideas in unique and memorable ways. It is also proven to stimulate imaginative thinking capabilities in students.

We spoke to Ben about his course and also asked him about his new intern role:

“I chose to pursue illustration at university level as drawing has always been a big part of my life, and to turn my passion into a career is important to me. The thing I love most about illustration is taking abstract ideas and turning them into effective forms of communication which is inclusive to everyone. The MADE Cymru internship appealed to me because I like the idea of using creative practice in a project that supports manufacturers in Wales. Working as an intern with the team is a great opportunity to work for a professional company and it will definitely help me in my future endeavours. My ultimate goal is to work full time as a freelance illustrator and for a variety of clients and companies. Outside of work and study, I love the outdoors and going on long walks on the beach with my girlfriend and her dog.”

Graham Howe who teaches on the Upskilling for Industry 4.0 course said, “Using creative teaching tools allows us to solve problems more openly with innovation. It opens the mind and broadens our perspectives. The manufacturing sector has really demonstrated creativity and innovation in how it has responded to Covid-19 – it makes sense to really enhance this thinking in how we teach our students. We are very excited about Ben joining the team – not just because he is talented but because he will bring some fresh creative energy to the table.”

Jonathan Williams, BA Illustration lecturer at UWTSD said, “This is a great opportunity for Ben. We always try and equip our students with employability skills to show them different ways they can apply their subject areas to future careers. This demonstrates that creative thinking can be applied to all industry sectors and can really enhance how a business thinks. We are looking forward to seeing the work Ben produces for the project.”

Caroline Thraves, Academic Director Art & Media said, “I am delighted that Ben has had this opportunity. It is so important for our students to gain experience of working with industry whilst they are studying with us. I am sure that Ben’s internship will provide him with considerable experience which will help him when he graduates.”

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MADE Cymru is a suite of programmes designed to navigate organisations through Industry 4.0 via collaborative research & development and upskilling. Part/Fully Funded by the European Social Fund/European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government. Delivered by University of Wales Trinity Saint David