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We are proud to be consistently recognised as one of the world’s top performing arts education institutions by QS World Rankings (2016–2019), cementing our position as a global leader in the conservatoire sector.

In 2018, RCS was ranked as fifth Read More in the world for performing arts education by the QS World Rankings – an outstanding achievement which sees RCS placed in the truly excellent company of the likes of Juilliard in New York, London’s Royal College and Academy and the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna.

RCS is also ranked as No.2 in the The Complete University Guide’s 2019 league tables – the first time an arts education institution outside London has made the top five. The full table is available here.

As the national conservatoire for Scotland, we are committed to offering the very best education and opportunities to students from across the world, and each year we welcome students from more than 50 countries here to Glasgow. Read Less

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Qualification Level: BA

Delivered in partnership with Scottish Ballet
This programme is designed to help you develop secure classical and contemporary dance technique, and prepare you for the profession as a confident, versatile and technically strong dancer. You will graduate with the skills required by professional companies as well as the ability to communicate effectively with other artists, choreographers and audiences.

The programme is delivered in partnership with Scottish Ballet and provides numerous opportunities, allowing you to gain invaluable insight into professional life. You will work regularly with Scottish Ballet staff, dancers and internationally acclaimed teachers and choreographers, including Artistic Director/CEO Christopher Hampson. All graduate year students will work with Scottish Ballet throughout the ‘Wee ballet’ project and additionally, some students will have the opportunity to perform in the Autumn/Spring tours. All third-year students attend weekly Company Class at Scottish Ballet.

We are the only European conservatoire to offer all of the performance art specialisms and we encourage you to work collaboratively to expand your artistic horizons. You might find yourself performing to camera for film students, choreographing a piece with our composers, or on stage at one of Scotland’s major theatres. RCS facilities are among the best in Europe. You will take part in performances within a variety of environments and contexts, further enhancing the breadth of vocational education and your employability.

Scottish/EU Students – £1,820
Rest of UK (RUK) Students – £9,250
International (Non EU) – £16,827

Course Duration: 3 years full-time

Course Fee: £ 9250.00 For Year

Qualification Level: BA

The three year BA Acting Programme at RCS is one of the best professional actor training programmes in the UK. We accept 24 students with outstanding potential and commitment who are dedicated to a performing career from over 1,800 applicants each year. Graduates of the programme have progressed to work extensively in the industry and alumni includes household names such as Amy Conachan, Laura Donnelly, Sam Heughan, Katie Leung, Richard Madden and James McAvoy.

Specialist education
Over the three-year programme you will work intensively with our expert teaching staff on developing your skills in acting, voice and movement to equip you for a career in film, television and theatre.

Our movement specialists are trained in Lecoq technique, and will help you acquire some of the best movement for actors in UK actor training, facilitating everything from stagecraft to understanding techniques used in CGI and green screen. You will be working with the Centre for Voice in Performance (the national centre of excellence for teaching, practice, and research) using techniques developed by voice expert Nadine George.

We are the only UK conservatoire that offers training in all performance disciplines and you will have the opportunity to collaborate with your peers, formally and informally, in dance, music, production, and film. As an acting student you will have the opportunity to collaborate on film projects with students from the Film department.

Industry partnerships
Our unrivalled professional connections result in numerous work opportunities for our students. Collaborative professional partnerships include the BBC, the National Theatre of Scotland, and the Citizens Theatre.

In your final year you are actively encouraged to seek professional work. As well as aiming to give you a full practical training, our goal is to prepare you for a long and successful career. We focus on developing you as a creative artist, giving you a sound grounding to continue that development throughout your working life. You will undertake professional development modules, ensuring that you graduate as a truly entrepreneurial industry-ready actor, with all the contacts you need, and a great deal of professional experience.

As a student you will also be invited to participate in several national competitions including the Spotlight Showcase, The Sam Wanamaker Festival, The BBC Carleton Hobbs Radio Drama Award, Sir John Gielgud Bursary, and The Laurence Olivier Bursary, all of which have been awarded to BA Acting students.

International opportunities
You will have the opportunity to participate in our European and International activities. Recently these have included performances at the European Young Theatre at the Festival Dei Due Mondi, Spoleto (Italy), the International Festival of Theatre Schools SETKÁNÍ/ENCOUNTER in Brno (Czech Republic) and the World Theatre Games in St Petersburg (Russia). You can take advantage of our participation in the Erasmus scheme and our exchange agreements with Carnegie Mellon University, Pennsylvania (USA) and Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA). In addition we are a member of the European Union of Theatre Schools and Academies (E:UTSA) which provides numerous possibilities for student-led work to be shared with our European partners.

Our BA Acting Showcase, held in both Glasgow and London is very highly regarded in the industry, and attended by agents, casting directors and potential employers. Additionally, North American students are offered an industry week in New York.

Scottish/EU Students – £1,820
Rest of UK (RUK) Students – £9,250
International (Non EU) – £16,827

Course Duration: Three Years

Course Fee: £ 9250.00 For Year

Qualification Level: BA (Hons) Degree

Our students say that studying Contemporary Performance Practice (CPP) at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland is like nothing you could ever imagine. It’s total immersion in a challenging programme with a central philosophy that human beings make art in order to understand better the world in which they live. This programme is for aspiring performance makers who wish to develop their skills as innovative and socially engaged performers, directors, teachers, and cultural leaders, who can realise their aspirations to create and shape the future of new work. This could be the programme for you if you are passionate about creating performance, but you’re unsure of what you’d specifically like to do in the field.

You will be able to explore realisation of your ideas through the disciplines of performance, education, installation, movement, research, and documentation. We will help you to develop your performance skills in our world-class facilities working with our staff, visiting practitioners, directors and lecturers. You will have regular opportunities to take part in specialist workshops and masterclasses, you will push yourself and push boundaries, creating new works with image, action, sound, and text.

You will leave RCS as an independent and entrepreneurial self-managing ‘eco-centric’ artist with an awareness of the aesthetic, intellectual, social, emotional, political, and ecological considerations of a holistic and sustainable arts practice.

Scottish/EU Students – £1,820
Rest of UK (RUK) Students – £9,250
International (Non EU) – £16,827

Course Duration: Four Years

Course Fee: £ 9250.00 For Year

Qualification Level: BA

The BA Musical Theatre programme offers a high level vocational education for exceptionally talented students who are dedicated to becoming skilled and innovative professional artists.

Our graduates consistently gain industry representation and continue to work across the arts and entertainment sectors. Graduates can currently be seen performing in the West End, on Broadway, in national and international tours, with national companies, regional theatres, and in a variety of television and film projects.

We offer an extraordinary combination of world-class training and facilities, professional connections, and opportunities for collaboration. You will train with us as multi-disciplinary artists, who demonstrate outstanding acting, singing, and dance abilities, as well as instrumental skills. Beyond skilled, you should be curious, ambitious about your own development, and passionate about the way your chosen discipline connects you to the world around you. You will spend time working with lecturers and creative teams on new work, contemporary material, and traditional repertoire from the established musical theatre canon.

You will collaborate regularly with the rest of your cohort, as well as students from other RCS programmes, through our Options modules and other student-led collaboration opportunities. Each learning experience is designed to challenge, inspire, and prepare you for a sustainable career in the performing arts.

We pair our students with experienced teaching artists and industry professionals in a focused approach to specialist training which affords students the space and support they need to thrive. Our teaching staff are active practitioners engaged in an industry responsive approach to education, continuously adapting to emerging developments. You may also have the opportunity to encounter the wider industry though coproductions, touring productions, masterclasses and the development of new work. Our combination of excellence in teaching with a network of visiting artists and industry partners will provide you a unique balance of artistic rigour and professional engagement.

Scottish/EU Students – £1,820
Rest of UK (RUK) Students – £9,250
International (Non EU) – £16,827

Course Duration: Three Years

Course Fee: £ 9250.00 For Year

Qualification Level: BA

The BA Performance undergraduate degree teaches students to be both actors and makers of work, exploring the most innovative ways of creating performance through British Sign Language and English. During your three years here you will benefit from the distinctive environment of RCS and study a rich blend of performance modules.

This course is designed around the learning and teaching needs of deaf performers and is the only course of its kind in Europe. The programme has been developed in association with Solar Bear Theatre Company with input from a range of theatre, education and deaf professionals. We aim to enrich the talent pool within the UK, whilst making training available to deaf artists.

The working languages of the programme are British Sign Language (BSL) and spoken English. You will have fully-qualified BSL interpreters in class, on stage and in rehearsal.

Scottish/EU Students – £1,820
Rest of UK (RUK) Students – £9,250
International (Non EU) – £16,827

The small class size ensures you will have the opportunity to work closely with our teaching staff and visiting professionals. You will also benefit from our many collaborative and professional partnerships including Solar Bear, National Theatre of Scotland and Scottish Opera. You will develop skills in acting, movement, dance, signing on stage, improvisation and puppetry as well as explore highly visual and physical performance styles. We will teach you the skills you need to prepare you for a career in film, television, theatre and more.

What are we looking for?
We are looking for students of all ages who have commitment to work as a performer. We want to find talented individuals who show potential, which we can develop. You should be keen, curious and ready to work.

Course Duration: Three Years

Course Fee: £ 9250.00 For Year

Qualification Level: BMus (Hons) degree

The Bachelor of Music (BMus) undergraduate degree programme is our highly specialised music degree for performers and composers. We value hard-working, talented and curious curious students, and, in exchange, we provide an inspiring and supportive environment in which to excel.

The four-year programme is deisgned for you to become an expert in your chosen field through a wide range of practical experiences and creative challenges, enabling you to discover and fulfil your individual potential.

Specialist choices: Brass, Composition, Guitar and Harp, Jazz, Keyboard, Strings, Timpani and Percussion, Traditional Music, Traditional Music – Piping, Vocal Studies, Woodwind

The BMus programme includes the following pathways:

Joint Principal Study
Traditional Music
Traditional Music (Piping)
All pathways are designed to inspire and support the next generation of professional musicians – this could include you. We believe you are a professional in training and will offer proto-professional contexts throughout your programme of study to enable you to develop your learning to articulate with your chosen graduate destination. You will work with outstanding staff and visiting professionals to develop your individual performance or composition skills. We provide you with opportunities to perform or hear your own music performed publicly, to undertake work placements in all areas of music, and to develop the contextual and professional skills to become a musician equipped for the contemporary cultural landscape.

Here are a small selection of our most popular modules you may choose to study during your time at RCS, in addition to your BMus core curriculum:

Additional Performance Study
Alexander Technique
Classical Improvisation
Conducting Skills
Effective Practice Technique
Film Music
Introduction to Music Psychology
Mindfulness for Wellbeing and Performance
Music Technology and Sound Recording

Course Duration: Four Years

Course Fee: £ 9250.00 For Year

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