M.A. On Campus

Design for Performance

Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama

18 months
22505 GBP/year
10549 GBP/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


For entry to the MA Design for Performance course at Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, you must apply via UCAS Conservatoires. 


The UCAS Conservatoires Institution Code for the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama is R59 and the Course Code for the MA Design for Performance is 712F.


  • 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 two College productions ranging from drama to musical theatre and opera
  • Professional work placement opportunities
  • Public exhibition of your work for one week in Cardiff and four days in London, including industry nights for an invited audience of potential employers
  • Final component involving the completion of a reflective portfolio 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 or a recognised equivalent qualification

Programme Structure

Courses include: 
  • Design Practice 
  • Realised Production Module
  • Industry Practice & Final Exhibition
  • Performance Practice Portfolio

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 18 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

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

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  • International

    22505 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 22505 GBP per year during 18 months.
  • National

    10549 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10549 GBP per year during 18 months.

Living costs for Cardiff

628 - 1066 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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