Campus and Facilities
World-class talent and tuition demand nothing less than
first-class facilities: a prerequisite of the conservatoire experience. We believe excellent
facilities support excellent performances; that’s why we value them. Our facilities are amongst the
best in Europe and are being enhanced through additional investment in a three-stage programme, to
ensure our competitive position. They facilitate nearly 500 performances every year, with around
40,000 tickets issued annually.
Stage 1 saw the opening of Speirs Locks Studios in 2011. The
development, by renowned Malcolm Fraser Architects, provides expanded accommodation for Technical
and Production Arts, Musical Theatre and Modern Ballet, including four large high-specification
dance and musical theatre rehearsal studios and design, set and wardrobe construction studios. This
development puts the Royal Conservatoire at the heart of an ambitious urban regeneration programme
supported by Glasgow City Council. It is a cornerstone in the creation of a hub of artistic
activity in this part of the city, with our partners Scottish Opera and the National Theatre of
Scotland directly adjacent.
Stage 2 involved intensive refurbishment of facilities at Renfrew
Street, providing enhanced IT facilities with a digital lab and second recording studio in addition
to the existing two concert halls, a black box studio, proscenium theatre and the prestigious
Alexander Gibson Opera School.
Stage 3 will see further development at Speirs Locks to provide
further rehearsal facilities.
In 2008 we introduced specialist training in stage automation
using a state of the art system from industry giants Stage Technologies. In so doing, we became the
world’s first industry-endorsed training provider of this equipment, used in major productions
around the world.
With the acquisition of the RED One digital cinema camera,
students on the Digital Film and Television programme became the first in the UK to shoot in RED HD
Cinema. In 2011 this was supplemented by the purchase of the RED Epic, meaning our facilities for
shooting film and television are unsurpassed.