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MA Design for Performance

  • Award:

    MA Design for Performance

  • Awarding body:

    University of South Wales 

  • Location of study:

    Cardiff (RWCMD, Llanishen Studios and Old Library)

  • Start date:

    22 September 2024

  • Duration:

    Two years full time

  • Course code:

    712F – UCAS Conservatoires


Enhance your design expertise with our course that offers specialist tuition and work placement opportunities for 10 different fields of study.

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Course overview

In this course that focuses on hands-on practical training, you can take your existing design skills and apply them to a new, advanced specialist field of study (or ‘pathway’) at a professional level:

Why study this course?

  • You’ll be guided by tutors who are professional design practitioners working in industry on a national and international scale. They all offer you not only first-rate teaching, but mentorship and networking opportunities as well.
  • In addition to specialist tuition, throughout your course you’ll also take part in a wide variety of hands-on practical work – such as design positions in up to two College productions, ranging from drama to musical theatre and opera.
  • These productions are supervised by professional designers and design practitioners from within the industry, and you’ll also get experience of working alongside professional theatre directors. It offers you a combination of exposure to professional practice and a way to start building your network of contacts.
  • We have strong ties with the BBC, Welsh National Opera, National Theatre Wales, The National Theatre and a range of film and television companies from across Wales and beyond. It means our teaching reflects industry best practice – but, crucially, our partnerships can also provide you with professional work placements and immediate employment opportunities after graduation.
  • In our series of masterclasses, you’ll gain guidance and insight from leading international practitioners from around the world who visit the College each year. Designed to complement your individual specialist study, these classes encourage multidisciplinary practice and performance collaboration – and offer unrivalled insight into the industry.
  • Your work will be displayed in a public exhibition in Cardiff and for four days on London’s South Bank, including industry nights for an invited audience of potential employers.
  • Collaboration runs through all our course pathways – you could be working in production alongside our opera students or those studying on our music courses. Not only will these shared experiences help you to develop empathy across art disciplines, but it’ll allow you to make creative partnerships that can last long after graduation.
  • The small cohort size and high level of individual staff support helps you to really explore your creativity in a nurturing and safe working environment.

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Scenic construction work is thriving alongside the rise of Film and TV production in Wales. We’re delighted to support the College to train the next generation of practitioners to take on new jobs in the industry.
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