Acting Courses

Our Acting Courses for 16-20 year olds will teach you specific skills and techniques that will help you stand out from the crowd at auditions and give you a chance to work with industry professionals, many of whom teach on the BA Acting course at the Royal Welsh College. The College has an excellent reputation within the industry and The Guardian University Guide 2018 ranked the College’s drama training as the best in the UK. Class sizes are limited to no more than 13 students per group.

As well as Audition Technique, our classes cover the key features of professional actor training:

  • Improvisation
  • Text
  • Movement
  • Voice
  • Alexander Technique
  • Acting through Song
  • Acting for Camera

Several of our students have gained places on the BA Acting programme at RWCMD and many others have secured places at prestigious colleges such as RADA, Guildhall, Guildford School of Acting, LAMDA, Arts Educational School and the Drama Centre. Many of our students also gain places on a wide variety of university courses throughout the UK.

Our Cardiff-based Acting Courses run on Sundays (10am – 3.45pm) during term times from September until July.

Our Pembrokeshire-based Acting Courses run on Saturdays (10am – 3.45pm) during term time from September until July.

How to Apply

Entry to all of our Acting Courses is by audition and all applicants are invited to audition.


The final audition date (for September 2019 entry) is on:

Wednesday 4th September 2019 – YAS Cardiff

To apply for an audition place, please download and complete our application form and return by email to or by post to the following address, along with a cheque for £17 made payable to RWCMD.

Young Actors Studio
Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama
Castle Grounds
Cathays Park
CF10 3ER

If you have any questions, please contact


Following a 60-minute group workshop you will be asked to present one speech to the audition panel and to the other members of your audition group. The speech should be no longer than two minutes and your interpretation will be re-directed by the panel. As well as assessing your potential and suitability for training, the Audition Panel (which includes the YAS Leader, as well as YAS Tutors) places a high value on:

  • Preparation
  • Motivation
  • Generosity when working with others
  • Responsiveness to direction
  • Facility with text
  • Enjoyment

We also make the following recommendations:

  • Read the whole play and examine the characters carefully and make sure you learn the speech thoroughly
  • Choose a speech by characters that are similar in age to you and select a speech which reveal your range and your strengths
  • Avoid using an accent other than your own, unless you are absolutely secure in it.
  • Avoid telephone speeches
  • Do not use props
  • Wear appropriate clothing which will allow you to move easily and comfortably

Throughout your time with us the panel will seek to put you at ease and to make the experience an enjoyable and constructive one. Although it will not be possible for parents/guardians/friends to accompany you in the audition room itself, they are welcome to wait for you in main reception. You will receive notification of the result of your audition by post. Your audition score sheet will be made available to you on request.

Fees & Financial Support

The Young Actors Studio is committed to giving every young person aged 12 – 20 with a passion for theatre, the opportunity to benefit from the specialist drama training delivered by RWCMD, regardless of experience or financial means.

Thanks to the support of Valero and many friends and supporters of the College, all of our students can apply for a means tested bursary which can help pay fees and may cover up to 100% of the total costs. We place great importance on making the Young Actors Studio accessible to all young people who have a genuine interest in theatre, with over 50% of current students receiving financial assistance. We urge you to take advantage of the generous support available.

Please email us to request a bursary application form.

Acting Course Fees 2019/20
£562 per term (£1,686 per year)

Payment of fees should be made termly, before each term, or monthly by direct debit. For more information on the financial support available or any other information regarding course fees please email us.

Download the full Financial Regulations for the Young Actors Studio.