Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of South Wales (Prifysgol De Cymru)

Design for Performance

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Course summary

RWCMD is a world leader in the training of designers for performance. The Design department offers immersive, hands-on practical training for students wanting to work across the theatre, event, film and television industries. RWCMD’s courses offer intensive training across set design and construction, costume design and construction, prop making, model making, computer aided design, and puppetry. Students find themselves not only at the centre of the College’s diverse creative community, but engaged in a wider international exchange through the Design department’s networks. The Design department enjoys close relationships within a thriving Creative Industries sector in Wales and beyond, hosting regular visits and talks by leading international practitioners, and placement opportunities with renowned venues, TV and film production companies. Recent students have undertaken placements at venues such as the Royal Opera House, the National Theatre, Theatr Clwyd, Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru and Sherman Theatre, and with companies such as Bay Productions, Bad Wolf / 4 Wood, and Cardiff Theatrical Services. For more information on this three-year undergraduate degree please see our website:

Course details

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

International applicants whose first language is not English will need to gain an English language qualification. For more information, please see our website:

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Applicants will be selected for interview on the basis of the information provided on the UCAS application form. We recommend that applicants undertake a general art and design foundation course prior to entry. An A-Level or an equivalent level 3 qualification in art and design is the minimum requirement for entry. Equivalent qualifications include Scottish Highers, BTEC National Diploma/Certificate, WBQ, International Baccalaureate, Advanced GNVQ, AVCE or Advanced Diploma (Level 3), or recognised international qualifications. However, the minimum conditions attached to any offer of a place are based on individual applications and portfolio presentation during interview

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £9000* Year 1
England £9000* Year 1
Northern Ireland £9000* Year 1
Scotland £9000* Year 1
Wales £9000* Year 1
EU £22505 Year 1
International £22505 Year 1
Channel Islands £9000* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

All International and EU tuition fees are subject to annual revision and are typically increased 3%-5%
Design for Performance at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama - UCAS