Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama

The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama is a specialised institution providing a range of higher education courses in music and drama. It is the Welsh conservatoire, and part of the University of South Wales group, its degrees being validated by the university.

UCAS Code: R59

Student Services and Facilities

Disability support

  • The college provides support to students with learning difficulties and disabilities. This includes note taking in lectures, one-to-one study skills tutorial support, mentor support, mental wellbeing support, personal care and materials in accessible format.
  • For more information telephone +44 (0)29 2039 1321 or email studentservices@rwcmd.ac.uk.

Students' Union

  • The Students’ Union provides a central point for information and advice, working alongside the Head of Student Services.
  • The union manages the college’s bar, and offers a lively entertainments programme, and many sports and leisure clubs.
  • Students can access the SU societies at nearby Cardiff University.


  • Founded as the Cardiff College of Music in 1949.
  • In 2007 it became part of the University of South Wales.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

Notable alumni include:

  • Rob Brydon – actor and comedian.
  • Alun Cochrane – comedian.
  • Aneurin Barnard – actor.
  • Anthony Hopkins – actor.
  • Ruth Jones – actor.
  • Kimberley Nixon – actor.
  • Rakie Ayola – actress.
  • Steven Meo – actor.
  • Zahra Ahmadi – actress.
  • Dougray Scott – actor.
  • Anthony Stuart Lloyd – opera singer.
  • Victoria Wicks – actress.
  • Ieuan Rhys – actor.
  • James Sutton – actor.


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