In my 2nd year of my BA Fine Art degree I was given the opportunity to go to Rajasthan, India through the ‘Cultural Exchange’ module and this was thanks to Cardiff Met’s Short Term Mobility Funding.
We were in India for just under two weeks and that amount of time was perfect to get a real feel for the culture and to visit many places. As a printmaker, the experience to be in India and see the unique processes and skills that go into the traditional woodblock printing was really inspirational. We attended workshops and factories of printmaking and papermaking and worked alongside artists, a valuable experience that I wouldn’t have been able to do without the organisation of the trip.
I have always had a passion for exploring and travelling, so at the same time as the Rajasthan trip, I was applying for the Erasmus programme. Being a Fine Art student, I could not miss the opportunity to study in Venice for five months!
Unlike Rajasthan where I was a tourist, Venice became my home. Studying at the Accademia di Belle Arti (Venice’s only Fine Art University) was a pleasure, and attending such a traditional university gave me a real understanding of old techniques – and how Cardiff is so modern compared.
Living and breathing a new culture for five months, learning about Italian food, language, history, and architecture was a real eye opener as to what the world can offer. I was lucky enough to have met so many lovely people from all over the world during those five months and I will be close to them for the rest of my life.
I feel like my Erasmus experience really built me up to be more confident, more driven and much more independent. I am enjoying studying at Cardiff Met so much and thanks to the opportunities that the University has given me, I am already planning my next adventure!