BA (Hons) in Acting

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Program Description

BA (Hons) in Acting

RWCMD enjoys a very good reputation within the acting profession. Through collaborations with professional organizations, visiting directors, actors and casting agents, we provide our students with the experience of real working conditions and enable them to make vital contacts within the industry.

At the beginning of your course, you will participate in a range of classes and workshops designed to build your confidence in making instinctive decisions and in working collaboratively with colleagues.

In later classes you will work with scripts, building characters and relationships. You will receive training in movement skills, exploring physical approaches to the development of character and methods for the safe, economical use of the body as well as basic dance techniques. Vocal skills classes teach you the essential techniques relating to speech, singing, accents and the effective use of the voice. You will also take classes in stage combat, developing skills in fencing and unarmed combat in preparation for the British Academy of Stage Combat´s Proficiency Examinations.

Throughout the course, this work is integrated into a series of projects focussing on the development of the specific skills required for Shakespeare, comedy, musical theatre, experimental theatre, film, TV, and radio.

Throughout the first two years, you will study theatrical practice, historical and current, to increase the appreciation of your own practical skills and make you better equipped for professional employment. You are encouraged to explore your own talents in relation to some of the most exciting and influential practitioners who have set the standard for modern practice. There are opportunities to create and perform your own work at the end of each of years one and two.

In the third year, you will be cast in five public productions, with rehearsals running throughout the year. During this exciting and intensive period, you will also perform in two Showcase presentations to agents, casting directors and potential employers in Cardiff and London.

Last updated February 2018

About the School

The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, the National Conservatoire of Wales, and part of the Glamorgan Group competes alongside an international peer group of conservatoires and specialist arts ... Read More

The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, the National Conservatoire of Wales, and part of the Glamorgan Group competes alongside an international peer group of conservatoires and specialist arts colleges for the best students globally, enabling students to enter and influence the world of music, theatre and related professions. Artistic Voice - The College educates some of the most talented students from around the world, aiming to give them not just the technical and craft skills they’ll need to succeed at the top levels of the profession, but also to help them to develop their individual artistic ‘voice.’ Creative Diversity - The College’s events calendar encompasses over 300 public performances every year including orchestral concerts, recitals, drama, opera and musical theatre. The creative diversity of the college ensures a stimulating environment and broad experience for students of all disciplines. Pushing Boundaries - Our dedicated teachers have a wealth of professional and industry experience and the college collaborates with a number of high-profile arts organisations, including Welsh National Opera, BBC NOW, visiting artists and directors, to ensure that the unique vocational nature of our training programmes reflect the current practices and conditions of the professional world. The College is constantly pushing boundaries with innovative and exciting programmes of study tailored to the demands of contemporary arts and creative industries. In 2009, its 60th anniversary year, the College became the UK’s first All-Steinway Conservatoire. The focus is always on the future and we take immense pride in the world-class talent of our students. Read less