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MA Digital Media Design & Production

  • Award:

    MA Digital Media Design & Production

  • Awarding body:

    University of South Wales 

  • Location of study:

    Cardiff (RWCMD, Llanishen Studios and Old Library)

  • Start date:

    21 September 2025

  • Duration:

    Two years full time

  • Course code:

    RW10 – UCAS Conservatoires


In this course focusing on creating digital video content and its application in live performance events – and also exploring the potential to develop VR and AR design – you’ll work as a key creative in live and virtual productions alongside professional video supervisors.

Course overview

Take a deep dive into producing immersive video designs for live and virtual performances that stir the imagination of audiences and push the limits of technical possibility.

Throughout this course, you’ll create content for video and examine video mapping techniques while learning a variety of related technical production skills. Depending on your specialism – which you’ll have the freedom to really explore here – you have the opportunity to develop work that encompasses augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) technologies. 

As a video design student, you’ll work as a key creative in live and virtual College productions alongside professional video supervisors operating at the top of their field. You’ll also be introduced to the industry through placements during both years of your training, helping you to forge links for future employment.

Collaboration is at the heart of this course. In your RWCMD placements or on those with our industry partners, you’ll learn about different creative disciplines and get a real feel for what it’s like to be a member of a production support team – all in readiness for life after graduation.

The course ends with a public exhibition of your cohort’s work in Cardiff and then for four days on London’s South Bank, which includes an industry night for an invited audience of potential employers.

Why study this course?

    • In this course with hands-on training at its core, you’ll develop and apply your existing knowledge and skills to an advanced specialist field of study at a professional level.
    • You’ll gain, through the breadth of projects and classwork, a comprehensive understanding of the theoretical and practical principles of designing for theatre, film and TV – making you highly desirable to employers.
    • Our full-time staff and the visiting lecturers are all practitioners still working in industry, with both national and international profiles. They bring the most current best practices to your training.
    • As part of our in-house theatre company, you can gain real-world experience throughout this course and gain a deep understanding of what working in a live performance environment is really like. You’ll have the chance to create a video/VR experience for a self-directed performance or installation, or work as a video designer/assistant on a College or external production.
    • You’ll also have the opportunity to secure placements with some of the leading production companies, such as Bad Wolf, BBC Wales and WNO. Our production and design department also offers placements with leading theatre and opera companies across the UK.
    • We’re leading the way in state-of-the-art theatre technology, and you’ll have access to all of our facilities, such as our design studio spaces, prop workshops/paint shop, designated CAD studio, editing suites and large-scale construction and scenic art workshops.
    • The small cohort size and high level of staff support means that you’re learning in a nurturing and safe working environment.
    • Masterclass presentations run throughout the course, delivered by leading international practitioners. Designed to complement individual specialist study needs, these classes allow you to develop a comprehensive appreciation of excellence, multidisciplinary practice and performance collaboration.
    • You’ll take part in scheduled visits to local theatre companies, offering additional insight into the industry at work. When major productions visit Cardiff, we’ll try to arrange visits and organise a tour or talk for your cohort.

Other course information

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.
Hannah RaybouldOperations Manager for Bad Wolf

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