Design for Performance

Design for Performance

RWCMD is a world leader in the training of designers for performance. Students find themselves not only at the centre of the College’s diverse creative community, but of international activity in the field.


Production Work


RWCMD’s wide-ranging artistic programme offers a wealth of opportunities for designers to realise their work for public performances. As part of the Richard Burton Company, they work on around fifteen productions each year, from small scale tours of specially commissioned new plays through to main stage musicals and opera productions.

  • Performance Projects

    A Wearable Art Show, performed for a public audience each spring, gives designers the chance to take centre stage, modeling costumes created from ‘found’ and recycled materials. The annual site-specific puppetry performance offers further opportunities for designers to experience audience reaction first-hand.

  • Exhibitions


    The College’s Linbury Gallery provides a stunning and unique setting for ever-changing displays of student design work – from installations featuring giant paper sculptures to scenic art and props displays. Balance, our annual exhibition of graduating students’ work, attracts the interest of leading professional directors and other employers. The opening week at RWCMD in Cardiff is followed by a residency at Bargehouse on London’s South Bank.

  • The Linbury Prize

    RWCMD has an unparalleled track record of success in the Linbury Prize – the UK’s most prestigious competition for emerging performance designers. In 2019, six of the twelve finalists were recent graduates. They get the chance to work with some of the country’s leading theatre, opera and dance companies and to exhibit at the National Theatre.


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