The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama is one of the UK’s
leading drama school. The College was ranked as the top institution
in the UK for drama training by the
Guardian University Guide twice in the last three years, and
the BA (Hons) Stage Management & Technical Theatre course
received a satisfaction score of 95% in the 2017 National Student
Stage Management training at RWCMD covers core technical skills,
video, sound and lighting design, and the full range of stage
management skills from creating call sheets and rehearsal reports
to the financial planning and scheduling of international
In 2016, 100% of all graduates were in
employment six months after graduating. Graduates can
be found working in a wide range of backstage roles in the live
performance and events industries across the UK and worldwide.
With tuition and supervision from an established team of
experienced industry practitioners, students collaborate closely
with cast, designers and professional directors under conditions
that closely mirror the wider industry.
The College’s performance programme offers opportunities for
students to gain significant practical experience in a range of
technical and production roles across drama, opera, musical
theatre, orchestral concerts, major events and festivals events.
Students assume the roles of The Stage/Production Management,
Lighting Designer, Sound Designer, Chief Technicians, Deputy Stage
Manager, Assistant Stage Manager and Technicians on each of these
productions/events. The College is also a hosting venue for
visiting companies, performances and events, which can lead to
further opportunities for students to build their portfolios and
expand their professional networks.
External professional placements are a feature of the training,
and students have recently worked with companies including The
National Theatre, National Theatre Wales, Cirque du Soleil, The
Almeida, Donmar Warehouse, Royal Court, Globe, Autograph,
Glastonbury Festival and Boardmasters Festival to name a few. Stage
Managers and Technicians can also gain hands-on experience running
Venue 13, the College’s
professional venue at the Edinburgh Fringe. In recent years
students have also been heavily involved major international events
including Prague Quadrennial and Rio Olympics 2016.
The state-of-the-art, industry-standard equipment at RWCMD
includes Grand MA and ETC lighting desks, Robe, Martin and
Vari-lite intelligent lighting, GDS Stage Management Systems,
Yamaha, Behringer/Midas and Roland digital sound desks, d&b,
Axis and Martin speaker systems. There is also a vast range of
industry-related software available at the College including
AutoCAD, WYSIWYG, QLab and Isadora, catalyst and D3 video servers.
The Richard Burton Theatre, Bute Theatre and Dora Stoutzker Concert
Hall are equipped with Hemp and single purchase counterweight
flying systems as well as Nomad computerised flying systems.