How to Apply

To apply for entry to the MA Acting for Stage, Screen & Radio course in September 2020, you will need to use the UCAS Conservatoires service at

Please note that UCAS Conservatoires is a different application system to UCAS Undergraduate and UCAS Postgraduate.

Applying Through UCAS Conservatoires

The UCAS Conservatoires (previously CUKAS) system was originally set up to accept applications for music programmes at Conservatoires, to ensure you are not confused by certain terminology please read the information below.

  • The UCAS Conservatoires Institution Code for the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama is R59 and the Course Code for MA Acting for Stage, Screen & Radio programme is 704F.
  • When applying, you will be required to select a main specialism/discipline, please select drama performance for the MA Acting for Stage, Screen & Radio programme.
  • In your application, you will be asked for details of your 'practical/music referee'. For the acting programme this should be an acting reference written by your drama teacher / lecturer, Head of Department, or any other appropriate person who can comment on your acting performance abilities.

The UCAS Conservatoires website will allow you to track the progress of your applications using a unique username and password. You will see details of audition dates and times as well as any decisions as they are posted.

You will find guidance on using this service at or you can contact the UCAS Conservatoires Customer Service Unit on +44 (0) 871 468 0 470 (Monday to Friday, 08:30 and 18:00hrs).

Registration and Audition Fees

There is a one-off registration fee of £25 to register (for entry 2020) to use the service. The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama also charges an audition administration fee of £47 to cover the cost involved in arranging and delivering auditions. Both fees are payable through UCAS Conservatoires.

The College is committed to providing access to training for the most talented students regardless of background or financial means. The College’s fee waiver policy is designed to support applicants for whom their financial circumstances may be a barrier to auditioning.

Personal Statements

We recommend that you pay particular attention to the information you provide in your personal statement on your application form in order to give us as full a picture as possible of your relevant experience and reasons for applying.

Application Dates

You can apply through UCAS Conservatoires from September 2019. The deadline for applications is 27 March 2020. Please note the deadline for applying for a music course and the undergraduate acting course at RWCMD are different).

We will only consider applications submitted after the deadline if there are still places available on the course. Please contact the Admissions Department to discuss:


All applicants who meet our minimum entry requirements will be invited to attend an audition in order for us to assess their potential to undertake professional actor training. The programme is extremely demanding, both mentally and physically, and calls for substantial reserves of both talent and stamina. It is our responsibility to select students who we feel will be able to respond most effectively to these demands. We aim to make the audition process as constructive and enjoyable as possible.

We will endeavour to give you at least two weeks' notice of your audition date. Applicants who are short-listed at the first audition will be invited to attend a second audition at a later date.

Deferred Entry

We are unable to consider applications for deferred entry to the MA Acting for Stage, Screen & Radio course.

Applying from Outside the UK

Additional information for international applicants is on the international student pages of the website.

There is a UCAS Conservatoire Guide for applicants from outside of the UK.