Course Highlights

RWCMD Productions

Designers in their final year work alongside actors and stage managers as part of The Richard Burton Company. The company stages about fifteen fully staged drama productions each year covering everything from Shakespeare and Ibsen to new plays by contemporary writers. Large scale opera and musical theatre performances also take place every year. Visiting directors have recently included Joe Murphy (Artistic Director of Nabakov), Christopher Hayden (Artistic Director of the Gate Theatre), Bruce Guthrie, Martin Constantine, Harry Fehr and Shaun Kerrison.

RWCMD Design Exhibition

Graduating students present a major exhibition of their work each summer at the College and in London, at the Bargehouse on the South Bank. These are well attended by potential employers within the industry. There are regular opportunities to showcase work in College throughout the course, starting with an installation of giant paper sculptures in the first term.

Puppetry Performances

Each summer, design students collaborate with stage managers and musicians to produce a large-scale, site-specific puppetry show. With two performances every day for a week, it is a highly anticipated production popular with children and adults alike. In recent years the promenade performance has taken place at the College, in the city centre, and at historic venues around Cardiff.

Wearable Art Show

In the spring term, students in the first year of the programme create a themed show featuring costumes designed and constructed using recycled, scrap and unconventional materials. Stage Management students collaborate to realise this event, which is open to the public.

Work Placements

Work placements are often organised during the summer vacation at the end of the second year and may run into the early part of the third year. Last year, placements ranged from National Theatre Wales and Wildworks to Wicked and Welsh National Opera. Students interested in TV and film undertook placements on BBC productions including SherlockDoctor Who, Casualty, Being Human and Skins. Tutors provide advice and support in arranging placements, which normally last between three and six weeks. Although they do not form part of the formal assessment of the degree course, placements often lead to work opportunities after graduation.