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Royal Welsh tops Guardian drama school ratings for third time

Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama's production of Mojo. Photo: Robert Workman
Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama's production of Mojo. Photo: Robert Workman
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The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama has been ranked the number one UK university for studying drama and dance for the third time in four years.

Surrey University, home to the Guildford School of Acting, came in at second place in the the Guardian’s University Guide 2018 league table, followed by Essex University, where drama school East 15 is located.

Other universities to make the top 10 include both Birmingham and Birmingham City, as well as Exeter, Lancaster and Middlesex.

The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance are the only two London institutions in the top 10.

The Conservatoire for Dance and Drama, which includes eight institutions including RADA, LAMDA and Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, ranked number 16 in the list.

Courses in the league table are ranked according to a number of factors, including student satisfaction with the course and teachers, spend per student, and the percentage of graduates that are in a job six months after leaving.

RWCMD also topped the league table for employment within six months of graduating, scoring 91%, and it was rated 94% for course satisfaction.

The college, which is located in Cardiff, teaches courses in acting, stage management and performance design and has notable alumni including Anthony Hopkins, Harry Potter actor Anthony Boyle, and Sophie Melville. It was nominated for The Stage Award for school of the year in 2017.

Principal Hilary Boulding said: “This is a fitting testimony to the dedication and professionalism of the Royal Welsh College’s staff and to the outstanding talent and skills of our students.

“We are immensely proud to have been recognised for the work that happens on a daily basis to support and nurture the emerging generation of artists and arts practitioners.”

Sean Crowley, director of drama, added: “Our students benefit from a fully immersive conservatoire training which results in over 25 productions a year ranging from new writing and contemporary drama to opera, musical theatre, puppetry, exhibition and installation.”


Top ten universities for drama and dance in the Guardian’s University Guide 2018

1 Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama
2 University of Surrey
3 University of Essex
4 Birmingham City University
5 University of Birmingham
6 University of Exeter
7= Royal Central School of Speech and Drama
7= Lancaster University
9 Middlesex University
10  Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
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