Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

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If your future lies in Music, Drama, Dance, Production, Film or Education, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS) has everything to help you create and realise your ambitions. RCS are one of the world’s top performing arts education institutions (QS World University Rankings) endorsing their status as a national and international centre of excellence.

Founded in 1847 as a national academy of music, RCS now offer specialised teaching across music, drama, dance, production, film and education. RCS also work in partnership with all of the national artistic companies to provide students with the very best learning experiences the Scottish landscape has to offer.

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland is like nowhere else. Uniquely placed to partner with all of the national artistic companies and professional industries in the country, these partnerships provide their students with unrivalled access to side-by-side learning opportunities during their studies. Their alumni make an impact on and off stage in the world’s finest opera houses, concert halls, the stages of Broadway and the West End, in front of and behind the cameras, writing Hollywood scripts and teaching the next generation of artists.

Facts & Stats

  • Alumni include a Dr Who, two X-Men, a Hobbit, a King of the North, a Hogwarts Witch, a Lady of Westeros and a Bodyguard.
  • One of the only places where all of the performing arts are taught on one campus.
  • World Top Ten Higher Education Institution for performing arts education (QS World Rankings, 2016, 2017, 2018).
  • 5 performance venues, 90 practice rooms, 20 rehearsal rooms, 3 recording studios, 4 ballet studios, 4 production classrooms, 2 props workshops, 3 film edit suites and 1 Gyrotonic® studio.
  • Unrivalled professional partnerships including Scottish Opera, Celtic Connections, RSNO, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, BBC Radio 3, Scottish Ballet, National Theatre of Scotland, Royal Opera House.
  • A world leading archive that has more than a million items including one of only three trombones known to be made by Adolph Sax (inventor of the saxophone).

Learn from the best

Students learn from and work with, some of the best educators and performers in the industry, benefiting from their knowledge, expertise and experience. Staff are connected to industry and many hold positions in orchestras and national companies. RCS regularly invite guest artists to give lessons, masterclasses and performances across all degree programme.  

Perform

The curriculum is built around performance and each year we programme 600+ performances across our five professional venues as well as venues across the country and internationally. Recent performance opportunities include productions staged at the Edinburgh Festivals, Shakespeare’s Globe, The Crazy Coqs cabaret venue in London and tour of Scotland with Scottish Ballet.

Graduate and work

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland graduates are making an impact on stage, screen, behind the scenes and in classrooms all over the world, with 99.2% of undergraduate respondents in work or further study (HESA, 16/17). RCS are very proud of the impact their alumni are making across the globe. Their graduates achieve remarkable successes in their fields. Visit rcs.ac.uk/alumni to find out more about them and how their experience of studying at Scotland’s national conservatoire has helped them become the artists they are today.

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