How to Apply

To apply for entry to the MA Design for Performance programme in September 2020, you will need to use the UCAS Conservatoires service at

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 Design for Performance is 712F.
  • When applying, you will be required to select a main 'specialism/discipline', please select your preferred pathway for this list: Performance (Set & Costume Design), Set Design, Costume Design, Costume Construction, Puppetry, Lighting Design, Sound Design, Scenic Art and Construction for Stage and Screen.   
  • Within the application you will be asked for details of your 'practical/music referee'. For the Design for Performance programme this should be a practical reference written by your lecturer, Head of Department, or any other person who can comment on your practical design skills and abilities.

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

The website will allow you to manage your application using a unique username and password. You can access the service 24 hours a day from anywhere in the world to create, submit and monitor the progress of your application.

There is a one-off registration fee of £25 (for entry 2020) to use service.

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

For entry on to the MA Design for Performance programme in September 2020 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 at RWCMD is different). Interviews will be held in April/May.

We are sometimes able to accept late applications through UCAS Conservatoires if places still exist. Please contact the College directly for advice on late applications.

Applying from Outside the UK

There is a UCAS Conservatoire Guide for international applicants.


Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an interview. You will need to bring a portfolio of work to discuss at your interview. The tutors will ask you about your particular interests, practical experience and career aspirations. You will also have the opportunity to ask specific questions related to the programme.

More Information

For help and advice about any aspect of the course or application process, please contact or +44 (0)29 2039 1361 (Mon - Fri, 9am - 4pm).