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Theatr (Perfformio) (MA)

This highly practical and intensive one-year postgraduate programme offers training that will develop professional artists’ of the future.

The programme not only concentrates on acting, singing and dancing; but also gives students the opportunities to develop directing skills and Physical Theatre training.

The degree can be tailored to the specific student and gives the opportunity to develop as a unique artist. All of our teaching staff are theatre professionals that work in higher education as well as the industry.

UWTSD Cardiff offers a selection of postgraduate degrees that will provide the students with a solid technique hand in hand with a broad understanding of the creative industries in Wales and beyond.

UWTSD Cardiff is a lively melting pot of the actors, singers and dancers of the future. The courses’ work ethic is based on personal development, respect and collaboration. This stems from the support the students receive from the committed and professional staff.


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Contact Email: cbc@uwtsd.ac.uk
Contact Name: Eilir Owen Griffiths

Tuition Fees 2023/24:
Home: £7,800
Overseas: £15,000

Why choose this course

  1. High contact hours with staff
  2. Three public performances with a professional technical crew
  3. Strong links with the industry in Wales and beyond
  4. London Showcase
  5. Based in Cardiff

What you will learn

Course Overview

This course will develop the student’s skills as an all-around performer with an emphasis on:

1. Public Performances

Students are provided with the experience that corresponds to working on a number of professionally staged performances. They will rehearse and perform a number of roles under professional direction and production conditions. Students are expected to demonstrate a high degree of ability to work independently, with a director, and in collaboration with their peers. 

2. Core skills and Techniques

Students can select from a number of modules to specialise including:

  • Advanced Dance
  • Advanced Singing
  • Advanced Vocal Training
  • Devising and Physical Theatre
  • Directing 1

3. Professional Development

Professional development will include an agent’s showcase and the preparation of a professional development portfolio. The portfolio will include evidence of research, reflective writing and a collection of materials compiled over the duration of the student’s studies, including a list of the activities and events that they have been involved in and a range of professional documents. Developed in close consultation with a Personal Tutor and tailored to the specific professional requirements of each student.  As a whole, the contents of the portfolio will be evidence of the student’s individual artistic profile and reflect on their ongoing development as a performer.

Module Topics
  • Advanced Acting 1 & 2
  • Advanced Dance
  • Advanced Singing
  • Advanced Vocal Training
  • Directing 1
  • Public Performances
  • Professional Development

Public Performances/events
Students regularly have the opportunity to take part in performances/events throughout their degree, in which we can see growth and application of skills and knowledge. 

Regular tutorials
We hold formal and informal tutorials throughout the degree in which each student discusses their work with the module tutor or Programme Director. We look at practical development, conceptual growth and future intentions.

Presentations normally take place at the end of a module, exhibition or performance, in order to measure a student’s performance against assessment criteria.

Process workbooks
Students will document their process and practical work in a workbook which demonstrates their learning and individual pathway.

Professional Development Portfolio
The Professional Development Portfolio will include evidence of research, reflective writing and a collection of materials compiled over the duration of the student’s studies, including a list of the activities and events that they have been involved in and a range of professional documents.

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Key Information


Professional artists from the creative industries teach on our degree, who are experts in their field. They can offer not only detailed and thorough information, but also personal experience, and insight into the performance industry as it stands today.

  • Programme Director and Senior Lecturer: Eilir Owen Griffiths
  • Theatre Lecturer: Elen Bowman
  • Dance Lecturer: Tori Johns
  • Tutor and Administrator: Dave Taylor

Visiting Artists:

  • Aled Pedrick (Acting)
  • Angharad Lee (Director)
  • Ceri Murphy (Acting)
  • David Laugharne (Singing)
  • Eiry Thomas (Acting)
  • Eryl Phillips (Acting for Screen)
  • Jackie Bristow (Jazz Dance)
  • Jen Angharad (Contemporary Dance)
  • John Quirk (Music Director)
  • Luke Hereford (Director)
  • Mali Tudno (Acting)
  • Michael Moorwood (Singing)
  • Nia Lynn (Voice)
  • Robbie Bowman (Acting)
  • Sara Lloyd (Director)
  • Steve Cassey (Shakespeare)
  • Stifyn Parri (The Industry)
  • Tom O’Brien (Director)
Entry Criteria

UK bachelor degree (minimum 2:1) or experience.

Career Opportunities
  • Acting
  • Singing
  • TV/Radio
  • Theatre
  • Musical Theatre
  • Corporate role play and training
  • Education
  • Postgraduate study/research
Bursary / Scholarship Information

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Further Information

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