Design for Performance

  • VS09 by Hayley Squires
    Bute Theatre, April 2014

  • When We Are Married by J B Priestley
    Richard Burton Theatre, October 2013

  • Tender by Abi Morgan
    Caird Studio, May 2014

  • The Magic Flute by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Sherman Cymru, March 2014

  • You Can't Take It With You by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart
    Bute Theatre, May 2014

  • Spring Awakening by Gary Owen
    Bute Theatre, April 2014

  • Fe Ddaw'r Byd I Ben by Dafydd James
    Sherman Cymru, February 2014

  • Epsom Downs by Howard Brenton
    Bute Theatre, February 2014

  • The Wonderful World of Dissocia by Anthony Neilson
    Richard Burton Theatre, February 2014

  • Spring Awakening by Gary Owen
    Bute Theatre, April 2014

  • Pomona by Alistair McDowall
    Richard Burton Theatre, March 2014

  • Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare
    Richard Burton Theatre, December 2013

  • RWCMD's graduate design exhibition at London's Bargehouse

  • RWCMD's graduate design exhibition at London's Bargehouse

  • World Stage Design 2013 at RWCMD

The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama is one of the UK’s leading drama school. The College was ranked as the top institution in the UK for drama training by the Guardian University Guide twice in the last three years, and the BA (Hons) Design for Performance course received a satisfaction score of 100% in the 2017 National Student Survey.

Recognised internationally as a centre of excellence in the field of theatre and performance design, RWCMD boasts an impressive record of graduate employment and success. A number of recent graduates have gone on to win the Linbury Prize – the UK’s most prestigious award for emerging theatre designers – and past students can be found working with companies such as the Royal Opera House, Welsh National Opera, the Royal Shakespeare Company, National Theatre Wales, the National Theatre, the Royal Ballet, National Dance Company Wales, the BBC and other leading international TV and film production companies.

Design students are at the centre of College’s creative community and there are opportunities for them to gain practical experience working alongside professional directors within the College’s wide-ranging performance programme, which includes drama, musical theatre and opera productions.


Cardiff is a thriving centre for the creative industries and the College has strong links within these industries, giving rise to various opportunities for design students to gain professional experience in Cardiff and beyond. Students and graduates have worked with BBC Wales on flagship dramas including Doctor Who, Casualty, Sherlock and Being Human, which are filmed at the BBC Drama Village in Cardiff Bay, and with companies such as Bay Productions and Cardiff Theatrical Services, which provide specialist services in set construction, scenic art and prop making to the opera, theatre, film and TV industries.

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At undergraduate level, the training covers a wide range of skills including technical drawing, model making, costume construction, puppetry and prop-making. Postgraduate designers specialise in either performance (set and costume design), set design, costume design, costume construction, puppetry, lighting design, sound design, or scenic art and construction for stage and screen.

The College’s stunning Linbury Gallery provides the perfect setting for the annual graduate exhibition, which has been extended in recent years with a residency at the Bargehouse on London’s South Bank attended by some of the leading figures in the industry.


In 2013, the College hosted World Stage Design – a ten-day exhibition of performance design which attracted more than 12,000 designers, practitioners and other visitors from more than 50 countries. It also hosted Transformation and Revelation, the exhibition of the Society of British Theatre Designers, in 2012.

Head of Design
Sean Crowley

Jane Hodge Foundation International Chairs in Drama
Pamela Howard
Matthew Rhys
Michael Sheen
Simon Stephens

Senior Lecturer in Design for Performance
Lucy Hall FHEA

Lecturer in Design for Performance (Scenic Art)
Jen Rowlands

Lecturer in Design for Performance (Costume)
Jill Salen
Patrick Connellan

Lecturer in Production & Design (Technical Arts)
Rorie Brophy

Lecturer in Production & Design (Costume)
Allie Edge

Lecturers in Historical and Contextual Studies
Steve Blandford
Geoff Moore
Elizabeth Friendship