Press Releases 2014-2015

Open Day for prospective students of a brand new Welsh-language BA Performance course offered by the University of Wales Trinity Saint David in Cardiff


The University of Wales Trinity Saint David is holding an Open Day for prospective students interested in studying a brand new and innovative degree course in Cardiff.

The Open Day for the Welsh language BA Perfformio (Performance) course will be held from 10am to 1pm on Saturday, December 6 at The Gate Arts Centre in the Roath area of Cardiff - the main home of this exciting new course located in the heart of the Capital’s student area.

The Welsh medium BA Perfformio course has been established by UWTSD and is offered over two years rather than the traditional three years – predominantly based in Cardiff with intense periods of study at the University’s campus in Carmarthen.

With the main focus on preparing students for life as professional performers, the course places great emphasis on practical elements, with the voice, body, mind and career of the performer key to the programme's content.  These factors will also be the main focus of the Open Day on December 6th.

Practical sessions will be an all-important part of the day and these will give prospective students a taste of what can be expected in the course. Singer and vocal teacher, Buddug Verona James will offer a session based on the Voice; Actor Aled Pedrick will run physical performance sessions and the versatile, Stifyn Parry will lead sessions based on a performer's career.

There will also be presentations on the course content by Eilir Owen Griffiths who’s responsible for developing the programme and by Gwilym Jones Dyfri, Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

In addition to the presentations, there will be an opportunity to meet representatives from across the creative industries – individuals who’ve come together to ensure that this course reflects the current requirements within their respective fields.

“The basic ethos of the BA Perfformio (Performance) course is to provide Students with a solid technique as well as a wider understanding of the Creative Industries in Wales and further afield – and this is what we’ll hope to convey during the Open Day,” says Eilir Owen Griffiths.

With the opportunity of studying for a degree over two years rather than three, this will be the first accelerated degree of its kind in Wales.

“The degree will be a practical course with regular opportunities for Students to perform and to showcase their progress,” adds Eilir.

Although the majority of the course will be taught at The Gate Arts Centre in Cardiff, Students will also have the opportunity to spend time studying at the University’s Carmarthen campus as well as the chance to study in the USA.

The University is currently in discussions with Universities in the Los Angeles and New York areas with the aim of ensuring Students on this innovative course gain new and valuable experiences whilst studying abroad for a period.

“The aim is to give the best possible opprtunities for Students to develop a range of skills as well a greater understanding of the industry – skills that are necessary for Students to nurture to enable them to work at the highest possible level,” says Eilir.

Many high profile individuals from the Creative Industries have fed into the development of the course and the content of the degree programme reflects the industy’s current demands.

Input was given by industry professionals such as Terry Dyddgen-Jones (Television Director); Stifyn Parry (Producer, Director and Presenter); Buddug Verona James (Voice expert); Geraint Cynan (Musical Director and Composer), Catrin Darnell (Musical Theatre Actress) and Lauren Phillips (Actress and Dance expert) in order to ensure the degree course contains those elements necessary to prepare Students for a successful career in theatre, television or on stage.

TV director, Terry Dyddgen-Jones, who was instrumental in helping to establish the course says: “Here’s a course that has a direct link with the industry.  We, as people who work in the industry, are extremely keen to work with young, talented people and we’re really eager to feed into the course content.”

“We all visit Cardiff often with our work, and as a result, we’ll be able to spend time with the Students, hold masterclasses with them, mentor them and give them plenty of advice,” adds the successful director who’s worked on drama series’ such as Coronation Street, Hollyoaks and Pobol y Cwm.

“We’re a Group of professional people who represent a cross-section of the industry and who see the need for this type of course in Wales.  This is a course with a framework that’s been shaped by people who currently work in the industry.  That, along with the fact that you can gain your degree ofver two years rather than three – makes the BA Perfformio course offered by UWTSD so different.”

The actress, Lauren Phillips, adds: “A healthy, flexible, Professional and unique artist is an artist who appeals.”

“These are the artists who’ll succeed having graduated from this course.  It’s very exciting.”

With excellent opportunities, input from experts and with the course content ensuring that Students are thoroughly prepared for careers as professional performers, this degree is undoubtedly an exciting addition to the Welsh-language provision within the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

For further information regarding the BA Perfformio course or if you’d like to book your place on the Open Day, please contact Eilir Owen Griffiths on 01267 676709 or email Eilir on

You can also follow the course’s accounts on Social Media by searching for Perfformio PCDDS on Facebook and by following @Perfformio_PCDDS on Twitter. 

Note to Editor

  1. The Gate Arts Centre’s address is: The Gate Arts Centre, Keppoch Street, Roath, Cardiff, CF24 3JW
  2. The University of Wales Trinity Saint David was established in 2010 through the merger of the University of Wales Lampeter and Trinity University College, Carmarthen. On 1 August 2013 the Swansea Metropolitan University merged with the University
  3. The University’s Royal Charter 1828 is the oldest in Wales, and it is third behind Oxford and Cambridge in Wales and England. HRH Prince of Wales is the Patron of the University.
  4. On 1 August, 2013 Coleg Sir Gâr merged with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David Group, however they will keep their own brand. Coleg Ceredigion merged with the Group on 1 January 2014.

Further Information

For more information please contact Sian-Elin Davies, Senior PR and Communications Officer, on 01267 676908 / / 07449 998476