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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.

About Us

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 community.

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 students.