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.
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
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 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 Sherlock, Doctor 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.