Life at RWCMD


Ten things you should know about life as a student at RWCMD



You will be based in College’s stunning landmark building, which opened in 2011. The College is in the heart of Cardiff close to the historical buildings of the City Hall and the National Museums and Galleries of Wales. The five-minute walk to the city centre takes you past the magnificent Cardiff Castle.



The College is a popular venue in Cardiff offering plenty of opportunities for your work to be seen and heard by the public. The diverse artistic programme ranges from intimate student performances to world-class visiting artists and international festivals. The impressive foyer space with its café bar is a popular meeting place for the people of Cardiff and a versatile performance venue.



Backing on to beautiful Bute Park, the College can probably boast the largest gardens of any college in the world! It's the perfect place to escape for a picnic in the summer, or a lunchtime stroll at any time of year.



Having far fewer students than most other colleges – just over 600 in total – means that we can ensure that you receive a very high level of personal attention. Most students enjoy being part of an exceptionally homely, welcoming and intimate community.



Close working links between the Students’ Union, Student Experience staff and the College’s management ensure that students maintain a very strong say in the way the College is run. The College is able to respond quickly to student feedback and is committed to placing the student experience at the centre of everything it does.



With its unique combination of training programmes including acting, musical theatre, opera, jazz, performance design and stage management, it’s a vibrant and exciting place buzzing with creative energy. There are always interesting collaborations and student-led performances to get involved in.



Dedicated Student Experience staff provide support and advice for students student with a range of different needs. Their offices are located centrally, next to the student common room, shop, bar and canteen.



Regular social events include open mic nights, themed end-of-term parties and of course, the Summer Ball, which is the highlight of the social calendar. The event is created entirely by the College's talented students, which makes it totally original and extra special.



The full programme of extra-curricular activities at the College includes a range of clubs and societies from football and rugby to Christian Union and LGBT. Health and well-being groups include yoga, pilates and circuit training. Other opportunities to complement your training include careers fairs, employability seminars,and RepCo projects.



Cardiff offers a range of part-time work opportunities, and many of students from the College are able to find work at one or more of the city's arts venues, where they get to see performances for free. The College employs its own students for front of house roles, and there are opportunities to work within the Junior Conservatoire and Young Actors Studio.