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How to apply - BA Design for Performance

Everything you need to know about applying to study at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama.

How to apply

For entry to the course, you must apply via UCAS Undergraduate. There is a one-off fee of £28.50 to use UCAS Undergraduate.

If you are at a school or college in the UK, you can obtain a ‘buzzword’ from your teacher or careers advisor in order to register with UCAS. If you are an independent applicant, or if you live outside the UK, you should use the UCAS online application system.

The UCAS Undergraduate Institution Code for the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama is R86 and the Course Code is found on the course page.

We recommend that you pay particular attention to the information you provide in your personal statement on your application form, in order to give us as full a picture as possible of your relevant experience and reasons for applying.


Once you have submitted your application through UCAS Undergraduate, we will invite you to submit a portfolio of your own work through Acceptd (you will receive further information on Acceptd once we have received your application).

Your portfolio must contain your own work and work that you wish the panel to see whilst considering your application. This can be anything from paintings, drawings, sketches, sculpture, costumes, models, model boxes, photos, etc. 

The panel expect to see evidence of theatre-related designs and drawings in the portfolio. We recommend you do not edit the work you include in your portfolio. We are interested in seeing all of your work, including pieces you consider good and those you feel are not so good.

Our Design for Performance tutors will consider your UCAS application and portfolio together. Successful applicants will be invited to attend an online interview over Zoom. Interviews invitations will be made via Acceptd.

Tutors will consider the interview, UCAS application and portfolio to determine whether an offer of study will be made.

Application dates

Applications open

14 May 2024

Applications close

29 January 2025 at 18:00 (UK time)

If you need help with your application, you can also contact the UCAS Undergraduate Team by telephone on 0371 468 0 468 (if you’re in the UK) or +44 330 3330 230 (if you’re outside the UK).