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Acting: Stage and Screen Intensive (16+)

Summer School for Adults


Do you want to engage in professional acting but cannot commit to full-time training just yet? Or perhaps you have experience and want to engage in an intensive training experience with others who are also passionate about acting!

Acting: Stage and Screen Intensive is a practical course designed to develop your acting skills.  You will work with a large variety of industry professionals to explore acting for screen, acting with both classical and contemporary texts, movement, and voice.

You will also receive training in audition technique and career development sessions tailored for either the professional industry or for those wanting to apply for an undergraduate or MA program.

Throughout the course, you will perform excerpts from various plays in studio-based performances. The final week will culminate in a performance showcase attended by invited guests and RCS teaching staff. You will receive personalised guidance on your progress and future steps based on your performance in the showcase and your overall development during the course.

By the end of the course, you will have:

  • Extensively explored realism and naturalism in relation to acting.
  • Explored acting for screen and the how this contrasts with stage acting.
  • Developed technical voice and movement skills required of an aspiring actor.
  • Developed your understanding of what is required to study acting at degree-level in a conservatoire training.
  • Worked with some of the Royal Conservatoire’s most respected acting staff.
  • Been assessed on your performance and given critical advice on how to improve.
  • Created a career plan portfolio that can be used to pursue working in the professional entertainment industry. We will consult on CV, Headshots, and work with you to create a contact list of industry professionals.

Want to know more?

We are holding a webinar about this course, which will give you an opportunity to meet the tutors, learn about the application process and accommodation, and ask the tutors questions you may have. Register here to join either session on Monday 29 April 2024 at 5pm BST or Tuesday 14 May 2024 at 5pm BST.

If you have any questions in advance of booking, please contact us at

The important details



29 July - 23 August 2024

Monday - Friday, 10am - 5pm

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

Course Information

Application deadline Monday 3rd June 2024 

Entry for this course is by audition only, via video submissions. Deadline for application is the 3rd of June, however applications will be approved as they are received – so we recommend applying as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Please see Entry Requirements and Credit-Rated tabs for further information about the supporting materials which are required for application.

Payment of the balance of the tuition fee is payable once applicants have been notified that they have been successful in their application to the course and completed their booking.

Applicants must be 17 years or over and should have:

  • Prior knowledge and experience of drama and acting
  • A willingness to explore and keep an open mind to new practices and concepts. A growth mindset is a must.

Entry to the course is by audition only. Applicants should prepare a video recording of themselves performing two contrasting monologues around 2 minutes in length to upload when applying.

When applying for this course students will be expected to provide:

  • A personal statement which describes their motivations for applying and outlines what they hope to achieve through their studies (this can be written or a filmed piece of no more than 2 minutes)
  • A photograph of themselves (suitable for a student card)
  • A personal reference (this is not essential at point of application and can be provided at a later date if accepted onto the course)

Applicants will be invited to a Zoom recall audition where they will be redirected on one of their speeches and engage with a short interview.

If you have any problems attaching files please email –

Credit-rated short courses are designed in accordance with the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF).

The course consists of 140 contact hours as well as additional independent study.

It is worth 20 SCQF credits and 10 ECTS credits. This course is set at SCQF level 7.*
*subject to validation

By studying a credit-rated course, you will need to be matriculated to RCS*, we require some additional information from credit-rated students for this reason. Please read through the section below thoroughly before you submit. If you have any questions about what is required, please email and we can help you.

* Please note although Credit-Rated Short Courses students require matriculation to get their accreditation, you will not be a full time matriculated student of RCS. Credit-Rated Short Courses do not qualify for student visas due to the short term nature of the course. You will also not qualify for a student email address or student card.

Please read the following eligible evidence dependant on your nationality and immigration status:

Scottish/Welsh/English/Northern Irish 
(Please provide 1 of the following)
– Passport
– UK Driving Licence
– Other Photo ID

Irish (Please provide all of the following)
– Passport

Europeans with Settled or Pre-Settled Status (Please provide all of the following)
– Passport
– Online Immigration Status (via Sharecode)

Europeans (post-Brexit) (Please provide all of the following)
– Passport
– Proof of Entry to the UK
– Online Immigration Status (via Sharecode)

Non-Europeans who can use the e-gates (Nationals of the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Singapore and Japan) (Please provide all of the following)
– Passport
– Proof of Entry to the UK
– Vignette
– Biometric Residence Permit (BRP)

Online Credit Rated courses:
– if studying an online credit-rated course from your own country (outside of UK) you are only required to submit your passport.
– if studying an online credit-rated course within the UK, but do not hold a UK passport, please follow the guidance from above.

The Credit Rated or Admissions team may require further information or proof from individuals, and may be in contact with you to provide further evidence.

Providing a ShareCode
If you are providing a ShareCode as part of your evidence please visit and follow the instructions to access your code, and provide it in the Experience section of the Booking Form.

The course runs for four weeks Monday to Friday, 10am – 5pm.

Week One: 29 July – 2 August
Week Two: 5 – 9 August
Week Three: 12 – 16 August
Week Four: 19 – 23 August

Summer Accommodation

We are pleased to welcome students from across the world to our Summer Schools. Our course fees do not include accommodation or food, and these should be organised by the student. Our campus is located in Glasgow city centre, and you can find the addresses below.

We recommend Base Glasgow, as purpose-built accommodation for Conservatoire students, with Rehearsal Rooms, Practice spaces and Dance Studios. Base Glasgow is perfectly suited for our summer school students; both safe and secure, with 24/7 staff presence and only 3 mins walk from our main Renfrew Street building, keeping travel costs to a minimum.

Classic En-Suite rooms come with a 3/4 bed, en-suite bathroom, ample storage, mirror, study desk and chair. The shared area includes a spacious lounge and kitchen area.

Please note that Short Courses staff are not affiliated with BASE or on site outwith the summer school teaching hours, and therefore cannot take responsibility for students outside of these hours.

For more information about booking accommodation at BASE Glasgow you can contact them directly via website BASE – Student Accommodation in Glasgow or email

Alternatively, there are plenty of hotels, hostels, and b’n’b options available. We are located close to transport links should you wish to stay outside the city centre. If you are travelling to Glasgow for a course, we strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance that covers course fees, travel, accommodation, and cancellations due to COVID-19 – as RCS will not refund in this circumstance. You can view the Cancellations and Refund policy for full information.

For students under 18 years old, we strongly advise travelling with a responsible adult should any emergency situations arise during class. Students are only monitored by staff during class times.

Renfrew Street Campus: 100 Renfrew Street, Glasgow, G2 3DB
Wallace Studios Campus: 210 Garscube Road, Glasgow, G4 9RR

Further Information

We want to ensure as many children, young people and adult learners as possible can access the performing and production arts education that is offered through Short Courses at RCS. Financial support options available for Short Courses include:

Agnes Allan Bursary

Agnes Allan was a teacher, passionate about inclusion, and this bursary scheme exists to offer support to students to participate in the performing or production arts.

The Agnes Allan Bursary provides some support to students who may require financial assistance to take part in a short course in dance, drama, music, production or screen.

Anyone who wishes to take part in our Short Courses and faces a financial barrier can apply for bursary support to help meet the cost of tuition fees.

James McAvoy Drama Scholarships

BAFTA-winning and Golden Globe nominated actor James McAvoy is committed to nurturing the creative potential of young Scots who experience barriers to access and participate in drama at RCS Short Courses.

James is a graduate of the BA Acting programme at RCS and Patron of the Junior Conservatoire of Drama. The Glasgow-born actor has funded the new James McAvoy Drama Scholarships to enable young people to experience the world-class drama training at RCS as he did.

The scholarship aims to support applicants who would otherwise find meeting the cost of tuition fees at RCS a barrier to accessing pre-Higher Education drama training at the Royal Conservatoire.

You can find more information about these funds on our Financial Support page.

We run various promotional offers for our Short Courses and Summer Schools. You can view our current offers on our Promotional Offers page.

You should contact us at to request your discount code before booking a course.

Please note, only one promotional offer can be applied per course and should be used at the time of booking as we are unable to apply a discounts retrospectively.

Please see our Short Course FAQs for more information about all aspects of choosing, booking and attending your course.

Please see our Short Courses – Terms and Conditions for more information about your contract with Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and Cancellation and Refund policies.

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