Drama and Performance Degrees


Drama at USW is rated top in Wales for overall satisfaction, learning opportunities, academic support - NSS 2023


Top in Wales for career prospects in Drama and Dance for the past two years - Guardian League Table 2021 & 2022

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Focus on your interests and career goals and shape your future in performance

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Study in Cardiff with world-class venues and production companies on your doorstep

Drama and Performance Degrees

Experience The Spotlight

Through performance you can become anyone, anywhere, at anytime. All our performance degrees equip you with a great balance of practical activity, live performances and theory, and are designed to give you the skills to build your career. 

Artists, scriptwriters and directors get to ask the big questions, challenge ideas and structures, and explore why we do what we do. They can express ideas and create new ways of looking at the world.

Studying at the heart of Cardiff, a performance degree at USW could be the key to your future.

In the last REF, 65% of our Music, Drama, Dance and Performing Arts Research was rated either internationally excellent or world-leading.

Impressive Facilities


USW Cardiff is a creative hub. It boasts a 160-seat auditorium with a sprung stage floor and full lighting rig. Students also have access to our dance studios and drama spaces, four black box studio theatres and two professional film studios.

Find you Career Path


The flexible nature of our drama and performance degrees means that you can focus on your interests and career goals. Our modules allow you to study theatre, film, television and radio, acting, directing, theatre and performance histories and theories, voice and movement and everything in-between.

World-Class Venues


Studying in Cardiff means you’ll have world-class venues and production companies on your doorstep, including the headquarters of BBC Wales, a major centre for production in the UK (Dr Who, Torchwood), Bad WolfNational Theatre Wales and the Welsh National Opera amongst others. Look forward to being surrounded by countless opportunities during and after your course!

Drama and Performance Courses

Undergraduate Courses

Postgraduate Courses

Student work

Putting the Spotlight on our Students

Each year we take time to celebrate the work of our Faculty of Creative Industry students through a festival called 'Gradfest'.

This dedicated festival is home to project work, blogs, videos, social posts and so much more from our Performance students.

Students from across the university have the opportunity to showcase their work to the masses and take pride in doing so. 

Take a look at what our students have worked on over the past year by viewing the Gradfest 2022 Performance website page.

Research with Impact

100% of USW's research in music, drama, dance, performing arts, film and screen studies has a real-life impact that's rated world leading or internationally excellent. 

Learn more about how USW’s Performance research makes a difference in the real world, changing lives, and the world, for the better.

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Study in the heart of cardiff

Discover the 'Diff

Cardiff is a modern capital city that will surprise you.

It’s the UK’s fastest growing major city and has been multicultural and cosmopolitan from the start. Here, you’ll find an amazing quality of life, more green space per person than any UK city, and fantastic people.

Cardiff is one of the most affordable cities in the UK too, so it’s perfect for cash-strapped students. There’s always something happening or new places to discover. From shopping and live sport to music, arts and history, there’s something for everyone and great company to do it with.

Cardiff is a popular student city that knows how to enjoy itself. Wherever you turn, you’ll find somewhere to eat, drink or dance the night away.

Open Days

Explore USW

Join us at an open day or live event and discover the opportunities waiting for you at the University of South Wales. 

You'll have the chance to explore our campuses at Cardiff, Newport or Pontypridd, meet academic staff and current students, learn about life at USW and student money, and take part in interactive activities related to your course. 

For those who can't attend an on-campus event, we run online and on-demand events. There's plenty of ways to discover what USW is all about.

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