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Key facts

Degree programmes

We have 914 students: 754 undergraduate; 140 postgraduate; 20 postgraduate research.

49% of our students are from Scotland, 21% from the rest of the UK, 15% are from the EU and the rest are international; 58 different countries in total.

We have a high demand for all our places; the highest is BA Acting with an average of 41 students applying for every place.

Short Courses

We provide open access courses to adults and young people throughout the year. In 2012/13 2534 adults and young people attended our short courses and summer schools. In 2014 our summer school provision will grow from 48 to 70 courses for adults.

Junior Conservatoire

Our Junior Conservatoire of Music runs every Saturday during term time and provides specialist music education to 273 talented young musicians aged 7 – 18. As well as individual lessons from Conservatoire teachers, students have the opportunity to play in the Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, Wind Orchestra or the Big Band, sing in the Choir or take part in music workshops.


Musicworks works alongside local authorities, schools and community organisations at a grass roots level. It operates 12 centres throughout Scotland providing music education to 800 children and staging 45 concerts a year. 2,000 children benefit from shorter term and workshop programmes.

Our Staff

We have 873 staff – 22% are full time. Our core staff is each expert in their own field and many are active practitioners. Our part-time staff are all professional artists who provide expert tuition on a one-to-one and group basis. Our students’ learning is supplemented through an extensive network of visiting practitioners.

Our International Fellows

Our international fellows are some of the most renowned musicians and theatre practitioners in the world. Each Fellow works with our students for around three weeks every year. They are:

Brodsky Quartet Chamber Music
Jane Eaglen Vocal Studies
Ian Bousfield Trombone
Ilya Gringolts Violin
Chris Lamb Timpani and Percussion
Lorna McGhee Flute
Thomas Martin Double Bass
Malcolm Martineau Accompaniment
Steven Osborne Piano
Donald Runnicles Conducting
Eric Sammut Marimba
Pavel Steidl Guitar
Nadine George Voice
La Famille LeCoq Physical Theatre
Angela De Castro Clowning


Our Research

The 2014 REF showed that more than two thirds of our research is classified as world leading or internationally excellent and suggested our research in music and drama has the strongest impact of Scottish work in this field. The mainstays of research are practice -based, artistic research, composition and applied research and consultancy.

Performances and Ensembles

We staged around 500 performances by staff, students and visiting artists in our venues at Renfrew Street and issued 49,224 tickets. We staged a further 104 performances in professional external venues. Our ensembles include Chamber Choir, Symphony Orchestra, Strings Orchestra, Wind Orchestra, Academy Brass, Stevenson Winds, Song Studio.

Our Estate

In September 2010, we opened our new premises at Garscube Road at a cost of £6m. The complex – known as The Wallace Studios at Speirs Locks – includes specialist dance rehearsal space, technical construction workshops, props and wardrobe facilities and additional teaching and office accommodation. We have invested a further £2.5m in refurbishing and improving our Renfrew Street campus with the creation of a digital media suite, developing additional recording studio facilities, refurbishing performance spaces and creating additional teaching and social spaces.