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Our welcoming, lively and dynamic environment is the perfect place to explore the art of drama, whether you're an actor on stage or working behind the scenes. 

Why study drama at RWCMD?

  • You’ll be taught by a team of professionals drawn from across the industry who have decades of experience.
  • This means your course will be up to date with actual industry practice, preparing you for work in the creative industries the minute you graduate.
  • Your rigorous training will include numerous opportunities to gain practical experience – no matter what you choose to specialise in.
  • These opportunities involve taking part in diverse projects and productions held here at the College and at organisations such as the BBC, Royal Shakespeare Company, National Theatre, National Theatre of Wales, Sherman Theatre and Royal Court.
  • Our strong partnerships with industry, which include many of the leading arts organisations and companies in the UK, inform our training and connect you to potential employers.
  • Collaborative learning is embedded into all of our courses. With your training set in a world-class art centre, you’ll have opportunities to work with students and staff from across the College. Not only does it mirror what you’ll experience in the professional world, but it gives you an opportunity to start building lasting partnerships too.
  • In your final year you’ll become a member of the College’s in-house production company, the Richard Burton Company. Working with professional directors, the company produces around 15 shows every year, from classic plays to cutting-edge contemporary drama.
  • You’ll also have the chance to work with companies and artists who visit our campus each year. Interactions like these help you to build a network of contacts, as well as offering valuable experience that comes with working alongside industry professionals in a creative environment.
  • Our class sizes are small so that our tutors can focus on your particular needs– they also help to foster a spirit of collaboration and creativity among you and your classmates.
  • Acclaimed international practitioners regularly visit the College, and you’ll have opportunities to attend their classes and talks. These sessions give you a chance to rub shoulders with industry experts and get valuable insight into the work and opportunities in and around your field.
  • We offer some of the best and most varied facilities and equipment in the country, enabling you to experience working with different technical aspects of backstage work, including manual, counterweight and a fully automated flying and staging systems.
  • It’s not just about mastering the technical and creative skills to flourish in your particular field of study. Throughout your course, you’ll also focus on learning transferable and employability skills, which can help you sustain a career in any professional creative setting.
  • Our recent graduates have appeared in West End productions, including Heathers, Jersey Boys, Cabaret, Phantom of the Opera and Les Misérables, as well as toured with smaller scale productions in the UK and further afield.
  • On screen, our graduates have appeared in Killing Eve, Black Mafia Family, It's a Sin, The Split, Fleabag, Anne Boleyn, Gavin and Stacey, Versailles and Blue Lights.
  • On stage, our graduates have appeared in Richard III (Royal Shakespeare Company), Julie (National Theatre), A Streetcar Named Desire (Almeida/West End), Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (West End/Broadway), A Doll's House (Lyric Hammersmith) and I, Joan (Globe Theatre).


100% Overall course satisfaction

2023 National Student Survey (NSS)

Richard Burton Company

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Industry placements

Of the 10 College productions you will work on over the three years, up to four of them can be taken with external companies. Previous placements have included key national institutions like National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company, Shakespeare’s Globe, Neg Earth, white light, PRG, Delta Audio, Two Trucks Production and major festivals such as Glastonbury and Download. Our students have also worked internationally, in America and across Europe.

Wales boasts a thriving creative industry sector and opportunities for stage management in local prestigious companies, like Bad Wolf, Cardiff Theatrical Services, Bay Productions, Wild Creations, Stage Sound Services, Wales Millennium Centre, Sherman Theatre Cymru among others.

Fostering skills for a range of careers 

The television industry is really booming in Cardiff and students can forge a significant career straight from College. Many of our graduates have gone straight from their College work experience with a company to employment. His Dark Materials had nearly 30 RWCMD graduates working on it. Discovery of Witches, The Pact and the new series of Doctor Who are all based in Cardiff.

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