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  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

  • Location

    Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    3 Years

Course summary

Course Overview

Through intensive practical and performance-based training delivered in a conservatoire setting, this course provides a challenging introduction to the theory and practice of performance-related design in preparation for a career in the theatre and/or its related industries.

First year modules introduce a broad range of practical skills including technical drawing, CAD, model making, pattern cutting, costume construction, millinery, tailoring, scenic art and props-making. Practical projects include a ‘paper sculptures’ installation at the very beginning of the first term, which immerses you in the collaborative working environment from the outset.

Foundation modules in set design and costume design during the first term, provide structured introductions to the theoretical and professional processes relating to research for design, practical design development, and the realisation of finished designs.

Research skills are developed through lectures, seminars and field trips focussing on important developments in the history of theatre, art, architecture, design and costume. You will be required to present your research through seminars, essays, and a third-year dissertation.

In the spring term of the first year, you will work individually and as a part of a team to create a ‘costume as performance’ event in collaboration with stage management students.

Assessment and Feedback

The majority of modules are assessed on a continuous basis. The criteria for assessment reflect the working practices of the professional performance design environment, and the skills required of its practitioners. Assessment may take account of group and individual project work; research development and preliminary designs; final set and costume designs; final product; oral and written presentations. Assessment should be considered part of the learning process and not an interruption of it.

Application deadline

15 January

Tuition fees

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£ 21,849per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

Entry requirements

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A level :

An A level or equivalent qualification in art and design is the minimum requirement for entry.


University information

Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama

  • Campus address

    Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Castle Grounds, Cathays Park, Cardiff, Cardiff, CF10 3ER, Wales

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