The Arts

The Arts

Drama / Theatre / Performance

Over the years, Drama has been one of the most popular subjects for Welsh medium study, and studying the subject now gives you as a student the opportunity to interpret many different aspects. The courses give you the opportunity to explore the practical and theoretical aspects, and often you can choose to focus on a specific aspect of a practical or theoretical position.

There are practical sessions and classes on playwriting, various approaches to performing, directing and producing, as well as theatre design and technology. You’ll also be given the opportunity to study textual drama, the history and development of the theatre alongside its social and community role, as well as various aspects of the theatre throughout the world.

In recent years, the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol’s collaborative opportunities in this area have included scriptwriting modules, a play reviewing course, a student conference, along with a Theatre Directing course. This year, Wales’s Drama students will participate in MAP (Students! Innovation!! Performing!!!), the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol’s theatre festival, which will allow you to showcase your work on a national stage.

After graduating, you can go on to work as a freelancer or as a member of a permanent or touring company, whether as a writer, screenwriter, actor, director or producer. Your bilingual skills will also mean you can work in Welsh or in English, which will double your opportunities as you embark on your career.

Information about courses:

Aberystwyth University 
University of South Wales
University of Wales Trinity Saint David  

The Careers Wales website has general information about pursuing a career in Theatre.

If you are interested in ‘behind the scenes’ work, check out this page

If you are interested in performing, there is further information on this page:


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“The Wales already has a strong bilingual presence. This vocational sector has been the sector with most demand for Welsh speakers in the future”


This is an exciting subject that is very popular among students. The Media covers a wide range of areas, such as television, radio, online and digital media, as well as the creative industries in general.

University media courses make the most of opportunities to create links between academic study schemes and the profession. You can specialise in specific areas such as scriptwriting and performing, technical skills such as camera operation and editing materials, as well as studio production or on-location programmes. You’ll also have the opportunity to familiarise yourself with the main academic challenges of this field, including professional review and textual analysis in a wide cultural and historical context.

Media graduates can choose to use their bilingualism in the Welsh media, or choose to work beyond Wales. Those studying media through the medium of Welsh have a valuable advantage in an industry in which the language plays a vibrant part. You can choose to specialise in a number of areas, freelancing or working as one of the following:

  • artist
  • musician
  • scriptwriter
  • animator
  • new media expert
  • sound and lighting technician
  • electronic engineer
  • director
  • producer.

Swansea University 

Aberystwyth University

Bangor University

University of Wales Trinity Saint David

Further information about careers in the Media is available here

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“When I tell people I study Music, they ask straight away: ‘Do you sing?’ or ‘What instrument do you play?’”

Of course, performing is an important part of music, but that’s by no means all that the study of music entails.

If you’re a performer of classical, pop or rock …

If you’re a composer …

If you want to be a sound engineer or a music teacher …

Or if you want to combine many aspects of music as a freelance musician…

These pages will explain the possibilities, the opportunities and the advantages of studying Music at university.

Why study Music at university?

  • A broad and varied subject – dolen i dudalen (1) ‘A wyddost ti…?’
  • A choice of degree courses across Wales, from the traditional to the modern – dolen i dudalen (2) ‘Beth yn union y mae gradd mewn Cerddoriaeth yn ei gynnig?’
  • An opportunity to develop unique skills that will prepare you for the world of work – dolen I dudalen (3) ‘Cerddoriaeth a’r byd gwaith’
  • Educational, cultural and social experiences that are second to none – dolen i dudalen (4) ‘Manteision astudio Cerddoriaeth drwy gyfrwng y Gymraeg’
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Linguists study languages from a scientific viewpoint. This doesn’t mean you have to speak dozens of languages or pass chemistry exams! Linguists are interested in the patterns existing within different languages, together with similar patterns between different languages. They also examine how speakers acquire (learn) their languages and use them in society. There is also an applied (or practical) aspect to Linguistics which encompasses a number of areas, including linguistic planning, language policy and language teaching methods. A number of the modules offered will give a taste of how languages affect public life. This is important for us in Wales since we have two official languages and because there are varying ways of learning Welsh (e.g., at home, in Welsh-medium schools, as adults).

As a Welsh-medium student in Linguistics, you will learn about different aspects of Linguistics generally and specifically about the linguistic situation of Welsh and bilingualism in Wales. You will learn about theories in the above fields by considering international research into various languages and social contexts. In addition to the international dimension, you will apply concepts to the Welsh language and the social situation of Welsh-English bilingualism. 

Here are some of the Welsh-medium modules offered recently by the School of Linguistics and English Language at Bangor University, and by the School of Welsh, Cardiff University:

  • Welsh Linguistics
  • History of the Welsh language
  • Welsh and society
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Aspects of bilingualism
  • Language Acquisition
  • Language planning and language policy

Studying Linguistics will give you an opportunity to refine your analytical skills as well as developing new skills in project management, independent research, summarising scientific work in a meaningful manner, collecting and interpreting quantitative and qualitative data, together with problem solving and communicating complex ideas. Graduates have obtained posts in many different areas and institutions, including:

  • Teaching (in Wales and beyond)
  • Computing and informatics
  • Translation
  • Journalism and the media
  • Marketing
  • Government and the civil service
  • Research

Linguists are also keen to train the next generation of researchers working on the Linguistics of Welsh. By following Welsh-medium modules, you will have an opportunity to develop skills and knowledge about the Linguistics of Welsh which will be of assistance should you wish to study further for a postgraduate qualification.

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History and Welsh History

A number of historical areas can be studied through the medium of Welsh, from Welsh History to British, European and North American History. In addition, there will be opportunities to study Historiography, which is the study of how History is studied and used.

Studying History can be a method of fostering analysis, summarising and writing skills – it is a subject very popular among employers. The subject is held in high regard by employers in posts within journalism, the media, research, political lobbying, tourism, teaching and museums. History appeals to employers not only because of the skills you will gain but also the fact that studying the subject will expand your horizons. 

In studying History, you will develop the ability to weigh up facts and to develop independent opinions, together with developing an appreciation of the importance and significance of various historical sources. Your ability to deal with topics objectively and in a balanced manner will be valuable in any career, and will be an advantage for you when coping with everyday challenges in the workplace.

The Coleg Cymraeg offers a number of progressive means of enriching the learning experiences of students of History. In addition, several collaborative modules are offered which give students the opportunity to study part of their course under the guidance of other experts from many universities in Wales. 

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“The competition to start working in journalism is fierce; most training placements go to people with higher education qualifications”


Do you have what it takes to be a journalist? Are you interested in the who, the where, the why and the how? Do you want to know where every good journalist gets their stories, and learn how to write them?

By studying a degree in Journalism, you'll learn the answers to these questions. Firstly you’ll learn what a news story is, before going on to develop the ability to analyse and interpret it. You’ll be given the opportunity to consider the effects of social media on mass media, and to consider the future of the journalism industry.

Journalism is a modern and exciting subject. By learning a wealth of practical skills, you'll be guided towards a distinguished career, and there is clear demand from employers for students who have the ability to work as a journalist in Welsh and English with confidence and skill. Your degree can also lead you to a number of other career paths, e.g. marketing, online social media management, broadcasting, writing for magazines, as well as working in public relations.

You can study Journalism through the medium of Welsh at the following universities:

Cardiff University

Bangor University 

Further information about a career in journalism can be found here.

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Public Relations

“Most public relations officers are graduates” (Source:

Every organisation, regardless of its size and role, depends on its reputation in order to ensure its continuing success. Public Relations is a specialised field that aims to understand the objectives of specific organisations – and to provide them with support – through strategic use of various communication methods. Experts in public relations strive to maintain goodwill and understanding between an organisation and its audiences, including current customers and potential customers, employees and managers, investors, the media, government and suppliers. From preparing press releases to protecting the brand effectively, support can be secured for the organisation in question as well as recognition for its work.

In studying for a degree in Public Relations, you will have a challenging and exciting educational experience. The BA Media and Public Relations course at Swansea University is vocational in nature, preparing students for careers in communication; a rapidly expanding industry in Wales.

By combining theory and practical activities, the course will give you the opportunity to master the skills of strategic communication, such as press management, brand management, advertising, corporate communications, digital communications and events management. The course explains how organisations and individuals communicate, taking into account the various factions with whom they communicate, and the methods used. You will also focus on the strategies and tactics used in public relations, including the importance of market research techniques, advertising, marketing, as well as online and digital communications. Particular emphasis is placed on press management, along with the role played by public relations in influencing the news agenda and public opinion.

As a result of the Welsh Language (Wales) Measure 2011, along with the growth in the powers devolved to the Welsh Government, there is growing demand for skilled Welsh medium strategic communicators.

By forging a close relationship with various communication practitioners – within the public sector, communications and advertising agencies, private companies and the third sector – you’ll have the opportunity to gain direct experience of the industry in an informal way, as well as the opportunity to spend time undertaking work experience in an exciting location.

After graduating, you could pursue a career as a corporate and professional communicator in various sectors in Wales and beyond.

Further information on the BA Media and Public Relations at Swansea University can be found here.

The Careers Wales website also has useful information about Public Relations.

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Film Studies

There are various methods of studying film, which are gaining in popularity. You can focus on the operational and practical side or the academic and analytical, or why not combine the two?

You can study different aspects of specific films, from the script to the camera work, the lighting to the editing. You’ll have the opportunity to trace the progress of individual directors or schools of directors in a global context, and follow the development of different traditions based on western and eastern native cultures.

A degree in Film Studies can lead to a variety of jobs, including creative freelancer, working on specific productions or pursuing an academic career by specialising in a particular historical or contemporary genre.

See further information about specific courses (available either wholly or partly in Welsh) here:

Aberystwyth University 
Bangor University  (dolen i dudalen Saesneg er bod 84% o’r cwrs ar gael drwy gyfrwng y Gymraeg – yn ôl Unistats)
Swansea University – as part of the BA Media and Public Relations course. Welsh medium modules available here: 

Also see the Careers Wales website for further information about the opportunities available in these subjects.

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Modern Languages

“Nearly two thirds of Modern Language graduates are in work within six months of graduating”

According to a study by the British Council, Spanish, French and German are among the five most important languages for the UK’s future.

Why study Modern Languages at university?

“It shows you are an open-minded individual, that you are inquisitive and able to communicate.”

Studying languages offers many career opportunities and opportunities to study, in Wales and internationally. If you want to learn more about the world and develop an expertise in a specific language, a degree in Modern Languages is ideal for you. Bilingualism – if not trilingualism – is common throughout Europe, and many students who are already bilingual love to study an additional language.

Languages are the key to the new, multilingual world in which we live. Be part of it!

Why study in Welsh?

By studying the subject through the medium of Welsh, you’ll be able to study a modern language through the language that comes naturally to you. You'll gain a deep understanding of the modern language by focusing on linguistic elements alongside a range of exciting modules about literature, society, politics and the economy of countries around the world.

Many graduates go on to look for work abroad, but a number of graduates also take advantage of the opportunities that exist in Wales, pursuing careers in the following areas:

  • technology
  • public sector (e.g. the European Commission, British Council)
  • media
  • event management
  • tourism
  • retail
  • manufacturing
  • law
  • translation
  • interpretation
  • education (secondary school teacher/further/higher education, teacher of English as a foreign language in schools)
  • retail purchasing
  • accounting
  • marketing and market research.

“The Welsh language is useful very often when testing new linguistic elements, and more so than English; it can help me especially when trying to guess the meaning of French and Spanish words.”

Read about the Modern Languages degrees that universities offer through the medium of Welsh:

Swansea University
Aberystwyth University (some Welsh medium modules in 2014/2015)
Bangor University
Cardiff University (some Welsh medium modules in 2014/2015)

You will also find information on all the courses on our . The finder will show what courses are eligible for the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol’s .

Remember: Modern Languages is one of the subject areas eligible for .


Check out Botwm y Byd, an exciting project that provides Welsh medium learning resources in New Media, Modern Languages and Politics. This is a great way to find the texts you’ll study when you study a degree in Modern Languages.
CILT Cymru’s website includes a great deal opf information about the benefits of studying languages. Click the link below to learn about the career paths followed by Modern Languages graduates:

The ‘Studying Languages’ website is very useful as you consider and prepare for studying languages at university

Unique opportunities

In recent years, a number of students studying a proportion of their Modern Languages degree through the medium of Welsh have benefitted from attending a residential course with students and lecturers from other universities across Wales. This is a unique opportunity to share experiences and to get to know other people who also enjoy learning about the languages and cultures of foreign countries. As well as lectures on specific topics and sessions on career opportunities, the course is an opportunity to socialise and to compete in the Grammarolympics!

Read about the 2012 course here

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Creative Industries

The Creative Industries are a very exciting field that represents a wide range of areas and jobs. If you are interested in the media, social networking, digital developments, production and post-production or the performing arts, read on!

Did you know...?

“30,000 people work in the Creative Industries in Wales; it is one of the highest growth sectors in the country”


“68% of the creative workforce in Wales have a degree level qualification”


“By 2017, there will be 7,000 more creative jobs in Wales; half of these will be new jobs due to growth in the industry”


The Creative Industries include several subjects. These are the subjects that can be studied through the medium of Welsh at present:

Information about all the courses is also available on our course finder. The course finder shows which courses are eligible for Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol scholarships.

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A wide range of exciting opportunities is awaiting you if you choose to study Welsh at university…

“What’s the point of studying a degree in Welsh if you don’t want to be a teacher – there are no other careers available for you”

A degree in Welsh can of course open up this career for you, and there is great demand for talented, energetic and enthusiastic teachers in our schools, but a degree in Welsh can open many other doors for you too.

Why study Welsh at university?

  • It’s a diverse, vibrant and dynamic subject – dolen i dudalen (1) ‘Tri pheth doeddet ti (efallai) ddim yn gwybod am astudio’r Gymraeg’
  • You can choose from a range of degree courses in a number of universities, for first and second language students – dolen i dudalen (2) ‘Beth yn union mae gradd yn y Gymraeg yn ei gynnig?’
  • You’ll have the opportunity to develop unique skills that will prepare you for the world of work – dolen i dudalen (3) ‘Y Gymraeg a’r byd gwaith’ 
  • You’ll have amazing experiences in terms of literature, culture, language and social life – dolen i dudalen (4) ‘Manteision astudio’r Gymraeg’



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Art and Design

Art and Design enables students to develop a wide range of artistic skills. You’ll have the opportunity to develop practical skills in 2D and 3D work, digital processes, still and moving images, design and planning, as well as creating work in fine art, craft and design. Alongside skills in art, you’ll develop skills that you can apply to the workplace, e.g. ability in decision-making, communication, innovation and enterprise.
The subject underlines the importance of combining practical and creative skills. It is based on theoretical ideas that will enable you to reach your creative potential.
Across all Visual Arts subjects, you'll also have the opportunity to look at Wales’s creative visual cultures within an international context. As a basis for the practical creative process, you will develop historical and theoretical knowledge, international ideas, an understanding of contemporary art and design, as well as an appreciation of the importance of visual culture.
By following a degree course in Art and Design, there are several career paths open to you, working as one of the following:

  • professional artist
  • community artist
  • artistic manufacturer
  • designer
  • creative practitioner
  • freelancer
  • curator
  • art and design administrator
  • primary or secondary teacher, subject to gaining a PGCE.

Or if you wish to continue with your studies, you could follow an MA programme.

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Religious Studies

Understanding the world’s religions is an integral part of understanding our culture and wider society.
In studying for a BA in Religious Studies, you will come to understand religions such as Judaism, Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Sikhism and Buddhism, in their cultural, social and historical contexts.
Throughout the course, you will gain an understanding of the dynamic relationship between religion, society and culture, by examining religion’s role in the most important questions of our time. Religious commitment, history and identity will be examined in detail, in the context of contemporary events of global importance.

The practices and beliefs of the world’s major religions can be studied, as well as other traditions such as native religions and new religious movements. Different approaches to the study of religion will be introduced, with particular attention to the place of religion in the modern world. There will be an opportunity to visit local and national places of worship, to go on overseas trips to centres of religious significance, and to foster a practical knowledge and a personal understanding of the world’s cultures and religions.

A degree in religious studies can lead to a career in several areas, including:

  • social services
  • education
  • international charitable and support organisations
  • tourism
  • media
  • politics
  • civil service
  • publishing
  • journalism
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Education and Early Childhood Studies

Would you like to work with young children and their families? Maybe you already work in a school or a nursery, and want to expand your qualifications?
Because of the need to give young people the best possible opportunities, there is a great demand for skilled and confident workers in this area. By studying the subject through the medium of Welsh, you’ll be a great asset for any prospective employer as a result of your ability to offer a Welsh language service to children and families, at a time when there is a clear and growing demand for it.
During the course, you’ll look at early childhood in the context of child development in Wales and across the world, both theoretically and historically, and in current practice. You’ll also have the opportunity to study cultural concepts of childhood, early literacy, outdoor learning, as well as gender. You will also visit a number of locations with links to the field in Wales and beyond.
A degree in Education and Early Childhood Studies will prepare you for the world of work, as you will develop a thorough knowledge of a number of key areas, including sustainability, justice, social inclusion and leadership.
Graduates work in various areas, including:

  • the specialist voluntary sector (e.g. Mudiad Meithrin, Kids’ Clubs, Women’s Aid)
  • teaching
  • working with the community and families (Flying Start, family centres)
  • social work
  • working in a specialised library (e.g. a toy library)
  • senior management in educational research or daycare provision.
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