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

Entry Requirements

  • Entry to the Royal Conservatoire is based on assessment in the form of audition, interview or workshop (depending on the programme).
  • Academic requirements for undergraduate applicants are generally 3 passes at Scottish Higher level or 2 passes at Scottish Advanced Higher. English, Welsh and Northern Irish applicants generally require passes in 2 A levels.
  • Postgraduate students normally have an undergraduate degree in a related area of study.
  • Academic entry requirements may be waived or reduced in the case of mature or professional applicants.

Teaching Methods

  • The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland was granted degree awarding powers for taught programmes by the Privy Council in May 1994.
  • RCS has an excellent staff to student ratio and all of its teaching staff are practicing professionals in their fields.
  • RCS has recently introduced a new curriculum, which builds on our reputation for developing effective and adaptable artists by creating the space and support for this to flourish.

Undergraduate Courses

Type of Qualification:

Mode of study:

Course Flexibility

  • Erasmus and international exchange opportunities available during study.

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.
  • The IT Department provides access to a growing number of electronic resources with a dedicated in-house IT Trainer.
  • Student access to the Culverhouse Classical Music Collection via Film & Sound Online.
  • The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland has some of the best facilities in Europe. There is an ongoing development programme, and a recent investment of £8.5m in the superb new facility the Wallace Studios and in the refurbishment of the Renfrew Street building. They 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.

Disability Services

  • The Royal Conservatoire welcomes applications from people with special needs and disabilities. There are many students with disabilities who have successfully completed courses, and many who are studying here now, including students with dyslexia, visual and hearing impairments, epilepsy, asthma and ME.
  • For further information, telephone Jane Balmforth on 0141 2708 282 or email j.balmforth@rcs.ac.uk.

Students' Union

  • RCS Students’ Union is here to represent all students and to continually improve the student experience.
  • We are active in working with the Royal Conservatoire’s administration, with directors and course leaders to ensure student feedback is used to better the student experience. We are on campus and our door is always open.
  • We have representatives from every department, four executive members, liberation officers and presidents of societies and clubs.

Student Mix

1,082 students in 2015–16:

Level of study

  • Undergraduate 75%
  • Postgraduate 25%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 94%
  • Part Time 6%

Where students come from

  • UK 73%
  • EU 12%
  • Other 15%

Student gender

  • Male 44%
  • Female 56%

History

  • Founded as the Glasgow Athenaeum in 1847, with an inaugural address given by Charles Dickens.
  • Moved to its current location in Glasgow's city centre in 1987.
  • Added the Alexander Gibson Opera School in 1997.
  • In 2003, HRH Prince Charles succeeded his grandmother as Patron.
  • In 2011, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland opened the Wallace Studios, a purpose-built teaching facility 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.

Notable Alumni

Our alumni are musicians, directors, writers, composers, costume designers, set designers, animateurs, educators, actors, performance makers, producers, technicians... and more.

  • Robert Carlyle – actor
  • Tom Conti – actor
  • Alan Cumming – actor
  • John Hannah – actor
  • Daniela Nardini – actor
  • Mark O’Keefe – trumpet
  • Shernaz Patel – film maker, actor
  • Bill Paterson – actor
  • Elaine C Smith – actor
  • David Tennant – actor
  • Ruby Wax – comedienne

Further Details

Address Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
100 Renfrew Street
Glasgow
G2 3DB
UCAS Code R58