Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland is one of the world's most multi-disciplinary conservatoires, with specialised and intensive teaching in dance, drama, music, production and screen; encouraging trans-disciplinary learning across its innovative curriculum. The conservatoire is proud to partner all of the national artistic companies. Along with expert teaching, students have the opportunity to work with and learn from professional partners and international visiting artists.

City Centre
City Centre

In or close to the centre of a city


Specialises in a single subject area, or a small range of subjects

UCAS Code: R58

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

This institution did not take part in the TEF. Participation is voluntary. Find out more about TEF.

Student Statistics

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 74%
  • Postgraduate 26%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 92%
  • Part Time 8%

Where students come from

  • UK 70%
  • EU 13%
  • Other 17%

Student gender

  • Male 43%
  • Female 57%

Student Services and Facilities

Libraries and Information Services

  • The Whittaker Library contains one of the most comprehensive collections of performance materials for music and drama in the UK and internationally.
  • Students have access to the Culverhouse Classical Music Collection via Film and Sound Online.

Health services

  • The conservatoire has a register of private medical specialists in fields relevant to performance in music, drama and dance. If students experience a programme-related medical problem that is causing difficulties in their studies, which cannot easily be dealt with by a GP, the conservatoire may arrange a free consultation with a specialist practitioner.

Counselling and Mental Health Support

  • Students are given practical, emotional and learning support from when they first arrive and throughout their time at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. In addition, the conservatoire's community is friendly and welcoming, celebrating diversity and its contribution to creativity.
  • A specialist Counsellor and Disability Adviser can assist students with any queries relating to counselling, support for disabled students and applicants, and an effective learning service.

Disability support

  • The Royal Conservatoire welcomes applications from people with disabilities. Many disabled students have successfully completed courses at the conservatoire, including students with dyslexia, dyspraxia, mental health issues such as depression, epilepsy, IBS, asthma, diabetes and ME.
  • On starting at the Royal Conservatoire, the Counsellor and Disability Adviser will contact students in the first term to discuss support that can be offered. Students who are dyslexic will need an up-to-date assessment, but this can be arranged once at the conservatoire if required.

Other services and facilities

  • The IT Department provides access to a growing number of electronic resources, and an in-house IT trainer.
  • High-quality facilities include: five professional performance venues, a high ratio of practice rooms per student, three recording studios, percussion studios, professional stage technology, a suite of bespoke dance studios, new studios for technical, design, scenic art, set-building and costume design and construction. All of these resources are backed up by the latest IT and digital technologies.

Students' Union

  • RCS Students' Union represents all students. Actively working with the conservatoire's administration it draws on student feedback to continually improve the student experience. Based on the campus it operates and open-door policy.
  • Representatives come from every department, along with four executive members, liberation officers and presidents of societies and clubs.


  • Founded as the Glasgow Athenaeum in 1847, its inaugural address was given by Charles Dickens. The conservatoire moved to its current location in Glasgow's city centre in 1987, and in 1997 added the Alexander Gibson Opera School.
  • In 2003, HRH Prince Charles succeeded his grandmother as Patron.
  • In 2011, the Wallace Studios opened, providing professional-level resources including specialist dance rehearsal spaces, technical construction workshops, props and wardrobe facilities, and a suite of rehearsal rooms and additional teaching spaces.

Fascinating Fact

  • The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland runs the only degree programme for deaf performers in the UK – with a BA Performance in British Sign Language and English degree.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • Robert Carlyle – actor.
  • Tom Conti – actor.
  • Alan Cumming – actor.
  • Daniela Nardini – actor.
  • Mark O’Keefe – trumpeter.
  • Shernaz Patel – film-maker and actor.
  • Bill Paterson – actor.
  • Elaine C Smith – actor.
  • David Tennant – actor.
  • Ruby Wax – comedian.


Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, 100 Renfrew Street, Glasgow, G2 3DB