Design for Performance

Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama

M.A. On Campus
18 months
21213 GBP/year
9943 GBP/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


Designers specialise in either performance (set and costume design), set design, costume design, costume construction, puppetry, lighting design, sound design, or scenic art and construction for stage and screen.


Key Features

  • Taught element starting in September and running for one year, full time
  • Alternative flexible pathway for students already in relevant employment
  • Specialist tuition from established team of professional design practitioners
  • Input from visiting professionals from around the world
  • Design positions in up to three College productions ranging from drama to musical theatre and opera
  • Professional work placement opportunities
  • Exhibition of your work in Cardiff and London for an invited audience of potential employers
  • Final component involving the completion of a reflective journal based on your professional engagement, with support and mentoring from College tutors
  • Flexible part-time MA ‘Top-Up’ option available for people with a postgraduate diploma in theatre design management or a recognised equivalent qualification

Programme Structure

Specialist Pathways

  • Performance (Set & Costume Design)
  • Set Design
  • Costume Design
  • Costume Construction
  • Puppetry
  • Lighting Design
  • Sound Design
  • Scenic Art and Construction for Stage and Screen

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 18 months

Start dates & application deadlines




On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Entry requirements usually include a degree or equivalent qualification in an art and design related subject. Selection is made on the basis of an interview and portfolio presentation. 
  • The College may consider applications from people without formal qualifications if they have an exceptional level of practical ability and suitable portfolio content.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    21213 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 21213 GBP per year and a duration of 18 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9943 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9943 GBP per year and a duration of 18 months.


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Design for Performance
Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama