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 73%
  • Postgraduate 27%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 91%
  • Part Time 9%

Where students come from

  • UK 73%
  • EU 12%
  • Other 16%

Student gender

  • Male 43%
  • Female 57%

Student Services and Facilities


  • 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.

Disability support

  • The Royal Conservatoire welcomes applications from people with disabilities; many past students with disabilities have successfully completed courses, and current students include those with dyslexia, visual and hearing impairments, epilepsy, asthma and ME.
  • Please refer to the conservatoire's website for further details.

Other services and facilities

  • The IT Department provides access to a growing number of electronic resources with a dedicated in-house IT Trainer.
  • The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland offers students high-quality facilities, including 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 and works to continually improve the student experience.
  • Actively working with the Royal Conservatoire’s administration and course leaders, it aims to ensure student feedback is used to better 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, with an inaugural address 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 – trumpet.
  • Shernaz Patel – film maker and actor.
  • Bill Paterson – actor.
  • Elaine C Smith – actor.
  • David Tennant – actor.
  • Ruby Wax – comedienne.


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