If you’ve decided you’d like to spend some time studying with us you need to check with your International Office/Erasmus Coordinator to see if there is an inter-institutional agreement* in place between your institution and the Royal Conservatoire.

If your institution is one of our partners and is able to agree to you applying for an Erasmus exchange during the forthcoming academic year, you will be required to complete an online application via EASY by Friday 29th March 2019. Please note that there is only one application deadline per year.  If you wish to apply to study here between January 2020 and June 2020 (terms 2 and 3 of academic year 19/20) you must also apply before 29th March 2019.  We are unable to accept paper applications. If any paper applications are received they will be immediately returned to sender. 

Your application will be considered and an outcome communicated via EASY within eight weeks. It is essential that you complete the required fields on the application and upload a good quality video recording/portfolio as well as all other supporting documents as your application cannot be processed without them.

When you apply via EASY you should select the ‘semester’ you wish to apply for even though at RCS we have ‘terms’.  Term 1 runs from 23rd September 2019 to 13th December 2019 (i.e. fall semester), term 2 from 6th January 2020 to 27th March 2020 and term 3 from 14th April 2020 to 19th June 2020. If you apply for the spring semester we will assume you wish to study here for both terms 2 and 3.

After you have selected the ‘semester’ you should choose the ‘course’ under Study Plan.  If you wish to study at RCS for less than a full academic year you should still select the most appropriate 60 ECTS course listed.  Successful applicants for ‘fall’ or ‘spring’ semester will study for less than 60 ECTS and the precise number of credits will be calculated prior to arrival.

Recording/Portfolio Requirements

BA Acting

Please submit a recording of yourself performing two speeches in character. One should be from a play by William Shakespeare, preferably in verse, and the other a contemporary contrasting piece of your own choice. Each speech should be no less than one minute and no more than three minutes. Please also include a personal statement at the beginning (straight to camera). This should include a brief overview of your background and why you are interested in studying at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Please also include a variety of close, medium and long shots in your audition.

BA Musical Theatre

Please clearly chapter each section of your recording and include a personal statement at the beginning (straight to camera). This should include a brief overview of your background and why you are interested in studying at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.


Please film yourself performing a short dance piece (one–three minutes) which may be jazz, ballet or contemporary based. This can be self-choreographed or by a teacher. This should demonstrate turns, jumps and floor work.


Please film yourself singing three songs accompanied by a pianist. These should show vocal range and the awareness and ability to use contrasting stylistic features common to Musical Theatre repertoire. The range should include three songs, one of which is not from a musical (this may be pop, rock, blues, gospel, jazz, folk etc).


For this section you should film yourself performing:

  • one Shakespeare monologue and
  • one contemporary monologue to contrast.

Both should be no longer than two minutes in length.

BA Modern Ballet

Please clearly chapter your recording for each section. The camera should be positioned so that the full range of movements is shown. Practice clothes and soft ballet shoes should be worn

Barre work

(Exercises should be performed on both sides) Approximately 15 minutes, including:

  • Plies
  • Battements Tendus and Battements Glisses
  • Ronds de Jambes and Battements Fondus
  • Adage
  • Grands Battements

Centre practice and allegro

Approximately 20 minutes, including:

  • Battements Tendus/Glisses/ Grands Battements
  • Adage
  • Pirouettes – can be taken from 5th, 4th and/or 2nd position, shown both en dehors and en dedans. Pirouettes should be performed on both the right and the left side
  • Petit Allegro/Warm-up jump
  • Allegro enchainement
  • One grand allegro enchainement

BA Contemporary Performance Practice

  • A recording of a personal statement (straight to camera). This should include a brief overview of your background and why you are interested in studying the CPP programme at the Royal Conservatoire.
  • A recording of yourself performing a short performance piece.
  • A written performance analysis.

BA Production Arts and Design

Your e-portfolio should consist of the following:

  • art portfolios, sketches, models, photographs
  • pictures of samples of your practical work such as props, costume, small pieces of woodwork, etc.
  • set and/or costume designs either as sketches, renderings or three dimensional models
  • evidence of previous production experience such as press cuttings or programmes, whether at school, amateur level or professional

BA Production Technology and Management

Your e-portfolio should consist of the following:

  • prompt books, cue sheets and other production-related documentation
  • examples of lighting and/or sound designs
  • rigging plans or technical specifications sheets
  • evidence of previous production experience such as press cuttings or programmes, whether at school, amateur level or professionally

BA Filmmaking

We require you to create a short, scripted drama based on the guidelines given below. The short must be between two and three minutes in length (including titles and credits) and be based on a script.

At RCS our core work is in scripted drama and we invite you to create a short scripted drama film on the theme of ‘freedom’.  Your short should be creative and visually interesting to the viewer and not simply a record of what the word means to you. Your script and film should adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Script should be a maximum of three minutes in length (it can be shorter but no longer)
  • Maximum of three actors
  • There must be at least one line of sync dialogue (sync dialogue mean we need to be able to see the actor’s mouth move in sync with the line. It is not narration or voice-over, although these may be used in other parts of the film
  • A minimum of two locations – one exterior and one interior
  • No animation – ideas must be live action

Bachelor of Music (Performance) / Master of Music/MA

Applications to the School of Music at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland are welcomed for both our BMus and MMus programmes.  You can learn more about what you can expect to study if choose to be a student here, together with audition requirements for each department within our study here pages.

BMus Performance (Composition)

Composition applicants should submit at least two compositions (preferably recent examples) together with brief analytical notes, and recorded performances and software files wherever possible.

BMus Performance (Timpani and Percussion)

Applicants should record all of the following:


• Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 4 1st movement, 2 bars before T to 3 bars before U. (available in Modern Method for Timpani, Saul Goodman, Belwin Mills)
• Hindemith: Sinfononische Metamorphosen, Turandot Scherzo, (available in Test Pieces for Orchestral Auditions, Schott)
• Frank Martin: Concerto pour 7 Instruments a Vent, Timbales, Batterie et Orchestre a Cordes. (Available in Test Pieces for Orchestral Auditions, Schott)
• Beethoven: Symphony Nr. 1, 3rd movement 1 bar before A to end. Beethoven Symphony Nr. 7, 1st movement 20 bars before C to C (available in Fred D. Hinger, Timpani Players Repertoire Vol. 1 Beethoven from Southern Percussion)


Prokofiev: Alexander Nevsky (available in the Goldenberg Book)
Gershwin: Porgy and Bess (available in Test Pieces for Orchestral Auditions, Schott)
Britten: Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra (available in Test Pieces for Orchestral Auditions, Schott)

Snare Drum

Rimsky-Korsakov: Sheherazade, movements 3 and 4 (available in Test Pieces for Orchestral Auditions, Schott)
Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf (available in Test Pieces for Orchestral Auditions, Schott)
Rimsky-Korsakov: Cappricio Espagnol (available in the Goldenberg Book)

A piece of the applicant’s own choice on Marimba (optional).


We do not accept Erasmus applications for the following programmes of study:

MA Musical Theatre

MA Classical and Contemporary Text

MEd Learning and Teaching in the Performing Arts

MA Learning and Teaching (Gaelic Arts)

PG Certificate courses



Under the terms of our Erasmus Charter for Higher Education, we must make all course catalogues available to prospective Erasmus applicants. At the Conservatoire we call these documents Programme Handbooks. To assist you with your application the Programme Handbooks are included below:

School of Music

BMus Handbook 2018-19

Traditional Music and Piping Abridged Handbook 1819

BEd Music Programme Handbook 2018-19

MMus-MA Handbook 2018-19


School of Drama, Dance, Production and Film

BA Acting Handbook 2018-19

BA CPP Programme Handbook 2018-19

BA MT Handbook 2018-19

BA Filmmaking Handbook 2018-19

BA PAD Handbook 2018-19

BA PTM Handbook 2018-19

BA Modern Ballet Handbook 2018-19


Options Modules (Formerly Choice)

Options – BMus booklet 18-19 FINAL

Options – BEd booklet 18-19 FINAL

MMus/MA Options – SoM Booklet 18-19 FINAL

Options – SoDDPF booklet 18-19

Please note that most Erasmus students at the Conservatoire are required to select at least one Options module.  Due to the timing of when the Conservatoire asks its degree-seeking students to select their Options modules, there may be limited options available to Erasmus+ students.  If there is a particular Options module you are keen to take please list it on your application and we will try to accommodate your request where possible.

For more information on the awards conferred by the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland please see our Diploma Supplement AY17-18


Data Protection

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland has published the a number of documents to support good data protection practice and to comply with current Data Protection law.  They can be viewed at https://www.rcs.ac.uk/policy/privacy/

*Please note that we cannot accept Erasmus applications from students at institutions with whom we do not have a fully signed inter-institutional agreement.