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Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama
Coleg Brenhinol Cerdd a Drama Cymru
Established 1949
Type Public
Students 645 [1]
Undergraduates 520 [1]
Postgraduates 125 [1]
Location Cardiff, Wales
Campus Urban
Affiliations Conservatoires UK, Association of European Conservatoires, Conference of Drama Schools

The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama (Welsh: Coleg Brenhinol Cerdd a Drama Cymru) is a conservatoire located in Cardiff. The College was established in 1949 as Cardiff College of Music at Cardiff Castle, but has since moved to purpose-built accommodation within the castle grounds of Bute Park near Cardiff University. It later changed its name to the Welsh College of Music & Drama before being awarded its Royal title in The Queen's Golden Jubilee in 2002, making it the fifth conservatoire to be awarded this title. From its opening, the College's degrees were awarded by the University of Wales and in 2004 the College became part of the federal university. In 2007, however, it left the university and became an independent institution once again, with its degrees now awarded by the University of Glamorgan[1].

The college provides education and training in the performing arts, with approximately two-thirds of its 550 students studying music related courses and the rest studying drama related courses. It is the first and only All-Steinway conservatoire in the UK.

The College offers undergraduate degrees in the following areas:

The College also offers postgraduate degrees in the following areas;

  • PGradDip Music
  • MMus Music
  • MA Music Performance
  • Ma Choral Conducting (New to 2008)
  • MMus Creative Music Technology by Distance Learning
  • MA Music Therapy
  • MPhil/PhD Music (Composition/Performance)
  • PGradDip Stage Management/Technical Theatre
  • PGradDip Theatre Design
  • MA Theatre Design
  • PGradDip Lighting Design
  • PGradDip Arts Management
  • MA Arts Management
  • PGDip Acting


For full list, see Category:Alumni of the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama


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