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The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama (RWCMD) is located
in Cardiff, the capital city of Wales. Cardiff is Europe's youngest
capital city and has a population of just over 300,000. It is one
of the most popular student destinations in the UK and each year
more than 5,000 students from outside the UK choose to study here.
Whilst offering everything you would expect from a thriving,
cosmopolitan city, Cardiff is relatively compact and easy to get
around on foot. It also offers excellent value for money, with
food, entertainment and accommodation costs significantly lower
than in most major UK cities.
History and Status
The college was founded in 1949, with its home in Cardiff
Castle. In 1974, the college moved to its current site, with
expansion into the refurbished Castle Mews in 1999. In 2002, HRH
The Queen granted the college 'Royal' status and is delighted to
have HRH The Prince of Wales as Patron.
RWCMD has an unrivalled reputation for excellence in Wales and
is part of a network of conservatoires throughout the UK, Europe
and beyond. Students on all courses benefit from the extensive
experience of the college's well established staff, which includes
some of the UK's leading performers and practitioners.
The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama is the National
Conservatoire of Wales and a leading UK provider of specialist
practical and performance-based training in music and drama.
We provide training that will enable our students to discover
and develop their own artistic individuality and to not only to
enter the music, theatre and related professions but to shape the
future of those professions.
Our dedicated teachers have a wealth of professional experience
and the college collaborates with a number of high-profile arts
organizations, visiting artists and directors to ensure that the
unique vocational nature of our training programmes reflect the
current practices and conditions of the professional world.
We welcome talented students from all backgrounds and we strive
to maintain a diverse, inclusive community. Our students work in a
down-to-earth and friendly environment and they receive excellent
levels of support and encouragement from a wide network of
individuals. With just 600 students, there is a real sense of
Our events calendar encompasses over
300 public performances every year including orchestral concerts,
recitals, drama, opera and musical theatre. The creative diversity
of the college ensures a stimulating environment and broad
experience for students of all disciplines.
Our graduates continue from success to success and can be found
working in theatres, opera houses, concert halls, film, TV and
radio all around the world, many at the leading edge of their
profession. Our graduating students overwhelmingly agree that our
courses have helped them to present themselves, and tackle new
situations, with confidence. The college also enjoys the support of
a prestigious and growing list of friends and benefactors,
including many well-known faces.
The college is constantly pushing boundaries with new and
exciting programmes of study. Our focus is always on the future and
we take immense pride in the world-class talent of our