Welcome to the School of Drama

Recognised as one of the world’s top 10 performing arts education institutions (QS World University Rankings 2020), the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland is one of the most dynamic, creative and collaborative institutions in the world.

Open Day Recap

  • 10:00
    Admissions Q&A
    With Assistant Registrar Susan Lee Kidd and Recruitment Officer Nick Olsen
  • 11:00
    Discover Contemporary Performance Practice
    Interim Head Dr Laura Bissell and graduate Sanjay Lago answer your questions live
  • 14:00
    BA Acting: What makes a good audition?
    With Associate Head of BA Acting Ali de Souza and Lecturer Vanessa Coffey
  • 15:00
    MA Musical Theatre in Conversation
    Join Jane Hensey and David Higham on Instagram to answer your musical theatre questions
  • 15:30
    BA Musical Theatre in Conversation
    Head of BA Musical Theatre, Emily Reutlinger chats about the undergraduate musical theatre programme
  • 16:00
    Admissions, International and Student Welfare Q&A
    With Nick Olsen and Sarah Rushforth

Audition advice

Auditioning for drama school can be a daunting experience and this year all of our first round auditions will take place online.

Watch this short video from our School of Drama as our lecturers share some advice on what they are looking for in potential students.

Like Nowhere Else

RCS is the only conservatoire in Europe to teach all of the performing and production arts on the one campus, and there is a a distinctive buzz about working in an environment with so many creative artists.

BA Acting student Charlie talks about her experience of RCS and why she thinks the School of Drama is a place Like Nowhere Else.


BA Acting

” I just fell in love with RCS. I thought, there’s a room full of people like me here. It was incredible.”

– Ncuti Gatwa, BA Acting graduate


BA (Hons) Contemporary Performance Practice

” CPP continues to support some of the most urgent and exciting makers and thinkers in the arts.”

– Michael Norton, Artsadmin


BA Musical Theatre

100% of RCS Musical Theatre graduate respondents are in employment or further study

– HESA 2017/18


BA Performance in BSL and English

The only course of it’s kind in Europe, this course uses BSL, English and visual language to teach artists how to make and perform work.


MA Musical Theatre

A real highlight of the programme is performing at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in a month long run of a fully-staged musical.


MA/MFA Acting/Directing Classical and Contemporary Text

Students spend one month at Shakespeare’s globe working on Elizabethan and Jacobean text with Globe Education experts.


About RCS

Student Accommodation

Just three minutes’ walk from the Renfrew Street campus, Base Glasgow is the new student accommodation designed and built specifically for performing arts students.

Professional Partnerships

The School of Drama has active partnerships with industry professionals across the UK and beyond, ensuring the very best learning experiences for our students.

National Theatre of Scotland

Showcasing Scottish culture at home and abroad, the National Theatre of Scotland allows students to gain access to the important network of directors, sound technicians, stage managers and performance makers at Scotland’s national theatre.

BBC Scotland

Shakespeare’s Globe

Solar Bear Theatre Company

Northwestern University: American Music Theatre Project

Citizens Theatre

Admissions, International and Student Support Session

We would usually have this session in person but for today we have recorded this session with staff from across our Admissions and Student Recruitment department to talk through entrance requirements, fees and funding and student support. We hope this is useful and please contact us at opendays@rcs.ac.uk if you have any further questions.

Zoom Webinars (GMT)

  • 27 Nov – 17:00
    MA/MFA Acting/Directing Classical and Contemporary Text Q&A
    Join Dr Marc Silberschatz and Eve Jamieson as they talk about the programme and answer your questions. Passcode: RCSCCT
  • 30 Nov – 16:00
    BA Acting
    Passcode: RCSActing
  • 01 Dec – 16:00
    Contemporary Performance Practice
    Passcode: RCSCPP
  • 02 Dec – 16:00
    BA Musical Theatre
    Passcode: RCSMT