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Last Updated: Thursday, 29 November 2007, 07:41 GMT
Curtain up on creativity school
Atrium, Cardiff
The 35m building will house 2,000 students and 120 staff
One of the biggest centres for the creative industries in Britain is to open its doors in Cardiff.

Known as the Atrium, the Cardiff School of Creative and Cultural Industries is part of the University of Glamorgan.

The 35m development will be home to around 2,000 students studying subjects including art and design, media and communication, drama and music.

A launch event on Thursday evening is to be compered by actress Sian Phillips and presenter Rhodri Owen.

The development has a cinema, theatre, TV, radio, film and animation studios, performance spaces and computer labs.

Housing this new school in the heart of the Welsh capital is seen as a bold move by the university to clearly stake a claim to be a metropolitan university.

It also takes the student population in Cardiff over the 30,000 mark. Atrium students will be taught by 120 staff.

Members of the school's advisory board include actor Daniel Evans, composer Karl Jenkins, and film director Marc Evans.

The launch will include performances by harpist Catrin Finch and vocalists Elin Manahan and Daisy Blue, who will be accompanied on piano by her father Mal Pope.


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