APPLICATION DEADLINE: 15TH MARCH 2021 FOR ALL TERMS IN 2021/22 ACADEMIC YEAR
The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, the National Conservatoire of Wales, and part of the University of South Wales Group, competes alongside an international peer group of conservatoires and specialist arts colleges for the best students globally, enabling students to enter and influence the world of music, theatre and related professions.
Artistic Voice - The College educates some of the most talented students from around the world, aiming to give them not just the technical and craft skills they’ll need to succeed at the top levels of the profession, but also to help them to develop their individual artistic ‘voice.’
Creative Diversity - The College’s events calendar encompasses over 300 public performances every year including orchestral concerts, recitals, drama, opera and musical theatre. The creative diversity of the college ensures a stimulating environment and broad experience for students of all disciplines.
Pushing Boundaries - Our dedicated teachers have a wealth of professional and industry experience and the college collaborates with a number of high-profile arts organisations, including Welsh National Opera, BBC NOW, visiting artists and directors, to ensure that the unique vocational nature of our training programmes reflect the current practices and conditions of the professional world.
The College is constantly pushing boundaries with innovative and exciting programmes of study tailored to the demands of contemporary arts and creative industries. In 2009, its 60th anniversary year, the College became the UK’s first All-Steinway Conservatoire. The focus is always on the future and we take immense pride in the world-class talent of our students.A Unique Environment - Set in the grounds of Cardiff Castle, bordering one of the largest and most beautiful urban parks in the UK, the College is well known for its distinctly warm and welcoming character. With just over 600 students there is a real sense of community and we are able to offer our students an outstanding level of support.
Our Ambition - Our ambition is to make an ever more central contribution to the cultural life of Cardiff, to Wales, and through our graduates, to the international arts industry.
Living and studying in the city of Cardiff
Thousands of students from all over the UK and around the world flock to Cardiff every year to study at RWCMD or at one of the three other major universities in the city. Many of them choose Cardiff because of its international reputation as a friendly, safe and great value city, offering students a superb quality of life. As the capital city of Wales, Cardiff offers world-class music, theatre and live events on your doorstep, but it’s also really easy to navigate on foot or by bike, so transport costs are virtually non-existent. And Cardiff has bags of personality – lots of students become so attached to the city they call ‘The ‘Diff’ that they choose to stay here to live and work long after their course has finished. Follow these links to find out more about what makes Cardiff so special
Bustling student life
You will be based in College’s stunning landmark building, which opened in 2011. The College is in the heart of Cardiff close to the historical buildings of the City Hall and the National Museums and Galleries of Wales. The five-minute walk to the city centre takes you past the magnificent Cardiff Castle.The College is a popular venue in Cardiff offering plenty of opportunities for your work to be seen and heard by the public. The diverse artistic programme ranges from intimate student performances to world-class visiting artists and international festivals. The impressive foyer space with its café bar is a popular meeting place for the people of Cardiff and a versatile performance venue.Backing on to beautiful Bute Park, the College can probably boast the largest gardens of any college in the world! It's the perfect place to escape for a picnic in the summer, or a lunchtime stroll at any time of year.
Most students live in halls of residence in their first year, and many choose shared houses later on. The Halls are at Severn Point – a fully managed and secure site, which is a short walk from the College. If you choose to live in private rented accommodation the College will be happy to provide you with a list of reputable landlords. The College also has preferred agencies status with two agents in Cardiff. Accommodation is generally within 10-20 minutes’ walking distance of the College.Further information can be found via this link: https://www.rwcmd.ac.uk/student_life.aspx