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Life on our planet is in trouble. We are facing a crisis so profound that we need to take urgent action.
The RCS passionately believes that artists are part of the creative solutions we need as our earth faces environmental catastrophe and is taking action by proposing this groundbreaking degree. This trans-disciplinary programme is practical and project-based in its delivery. It brings together theoretical and practical discourses on performance and ecology, with trans-disciplinary art-making which is innovative and experimental in its focus. It offers practical performance and ecology-centred skills and knowledge to apply to a diverse range of contexts and practices across the arts sector. It brings together theoretical and practical discourses on performance and ecology, with transdiciplinary art making of an innovative and experimental focus. It is delivered at RCS in Glasgow and in wilderness settings throughout Scotland via three annual, three-week residencies and mentored online learning.
Stage One: The Divided Artist
Stage Two: The Embodied Artist
Stage Three the Unified Artist
- Apply via UCAS conservatoires
Applications are made through UCAS Conservatoires website. The UCAS Conservatoires application system is separate from the main UCAS undergraduate application system. If you wish to apply to conservatoires and universities within UCAS, you will need to register for both services.
There is a UCAS application fee of £25 to register to use UCAS Conservatoires.
If you need assistance with your application, you can contact UCAS Conservatoires team by telephoning (Monday to Friday, 8.30 – 18.00). Phone 0371 468 0470 from within the UK or +44 330 3330 232 if you are calling from overseas.
Application deadline date
The closing date for all on time undergraduate applications from the UK, EU and International (non EU) is 31 March 2020. If you submit your application after this date, we cannot guarantee that you will be invited to audition.
If you do consider to submit a late application, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org in the first instance to check we are accepting late applications. Late applications will be considered on a case by case basis.
We do not offer deferred entry. If you wish to commence in 2020, you must apply next year.
The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland institution code is R58.
You will also require the following programme code to apply:
MFA Performance and Ecology: W315
- Application fee
There is a UCAS Conservatoires application fee of £25. In addition to the application fee, each conservatoire charges an audition fee. For RCS, the audition fee is £55 per programme applied for. Fees are not refundable. The fees are paid via the UCAS Conservatoires website and not directly to RCS and RCS does not offer any fee waivers.
The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland charges an audition administration fee of £55 per course.
We recognise that auditioning and interviewing for conservatoires, drama and ballet schools can be costly. The audition fee charge allows us to offer a thorough and positive experience to all applicants and we encourage you to ask the panel questions and find out more about the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland to see if it is the best place for you.
It is your responsibility to ask two separate referees to write references and ensure that these are sent to RCS.
The references must be written by two different people and we will not accept references from family, other relatives or close friends. You can submit your UCAS Conservatoires application form and send your references at a later date, but they must be received prior to your audition date.
UCAS Conservatoires provides reference forms for you to download and send to your referees for completion.
- Entrance requirements
Our admissions processes are designed to be fair, transparent and efficient. The audition/interview approach serves the dual nature of allowing the panel to assess first-hand an applicant’s suitability for their chosen programme and it also affords the applicant the opportunity to gain a deeper insight into the nature of that programme and the opportunities offered by the RCS.
In arriving at its recommendation, the audition/interview panel will take account of all aspects of the applicant’s profile i.e.:
- Performance at audition/interview
- Commitment to the particular programme
- Potential to benefit from the programme
- Academic qualifications
- Personal statement
- Performance qualifications
- Performance/practical experience
- Contextualised data
General Academic entrance requirements
Applicants are normally expected to hold an appropriate undergraduate degree, or its overseas
equivalent, in a subject area relevant to the demands of the programme.
Language of Study
The language of study is English. Applicants who first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of proficiency in English. We accept the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Level 7.5 (with a score of 7.5 in speaking) is required.
We welcome applications from individuals whose academic qualifications or English language qualifications do not match (in terms of equivalence) or fall short of the normal entrance requirements, where specified*. Having satisfied the Audition Panel that they meet the selection criteria and demonstrated that they have the capacity to pursue the proposed course of study, such applicants will be considered through examination of contextualised data provided in accordance with the Non-Standard Entry Policy. The appropriate Head of Department/ Programme will make a case in support of the applicant for consideration by the Directors of the Schools and Convener of the Quality and Standards Committee.
*Note that UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI) imposes minimum English Language qualifications in respect of international (non-EU) applicants who require a Tier 4 Visa to study in the UK.
RCS welcomes applications from mature students, i.e. students over the age of 21 at entry to the programme. Whilst the selection procedures will still be applied, consideration will be given to appropriate artistic experience not normally expected in school leavers, which is deemed to compensate for any lack of traditional entrance qualifications. Successful mature applicants, as for all other applicants, must convince auditioning panels that they have the ability and potential to cope with the demands of the programme. Their progress, especially in the early stages of the programme, will be closely monitored and appropriate advice and support given.
- Selection process
Applicants who apply on time (before 15 January) are invited by email, approximately three weeks before the audition date, to RCS to undertake an audition/interview. All auditions/interviews will take place at RCS in Glasgow unless you have chosen another location.
Please note that RCS is only obliged to offer one audition/interview date per application. Alternative dates will only be provided (subject to availability) in exceptional circumstances. If you are unable to make your allocated audition date, you should email us immediately stating the reason.
Where we audition
Whilst most auditions take place at the Conservatoire, we do hold some auditions internationally. If you wish to audition at any of the locations below, please submit your application at least one month in advance of the audition date. If you apply less than a month in advance, we cannot guarantee to audition you in person, and we may ask you to submit a recording instead.
If you select ‘RCS’, your audition will be in Glasgow. We welcome recorded auditions from non UK applicants. If you wish to audition by recording, please select ‘recording’. If you require further information about auditioning in the locations below, please email email@example.com.
- Recorded audition
If you are auditioning via video recording, please read the following information before sending us your material. Prior to submitting a recorded audition, you must apply via UCAS Conservatoires. Recorded auditions can be easily submitted online using Acceptd.
You will need to create an account, but then you can easily upload the recordings you wish to be considered. Recordings will not be considered until a UCAS Conservatoires application has been submitted. Once you have completed the UCAS Conservatoires application, you should proceed to Acceptd to submit your video recording. We will only accept recordings submitted via Acceptd and will not accept any other format, i.e. DVDs.
Once you submit your application via UCAS Conservatoires, you will be emailed to submit your audition video recording. This will include what to prepare for the written performance analysis and the photographs for your performance piece. Your audition recording should contain the following:
- 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 Performance and Ecology at the Royal Conservatoire.
- A recording of yourself performing a short performance piece.
- A written performance analysis.
Audition recordings are submitted online using Acceptd. We will only accept recording submitted via Acceptd and will not accept any other format, i.e. DVDs. Following your recording, you may be contacted for a Skype interview.
- Following your audition
All decisions will be posted on UCAS Conservatoires following your audition via UCAS Conservatoires Track, (you will need your username and password). You will also receive notification from UCAS Conservatoires when decisions on all your choices are available.
Please see below for an explanation of UCAS Conservatoires codes:
Guaranteed Unconditional (GU) RCS is satisfied from the information you have given, that you have already met the conditions for entry. Unless your application and/or qualification are subsequently shown to be fraudulent, a guaranteed unconditional offer is binding.
Guaranteed Conditional (GC) RCS has made the offer subject to you meeting certain conditions such as examination results. Conditions can be viewed via UCAS Conservatoires Track. Unless your application and/or qualifications are subsequently shown to be fraudulent, the offer is binding if you accept the offer and meet the conditions. You must meet the conditions of the offer by 31 August 2019, unless an earlier date is specified. If your conditions include obtaining IELTS (English Language test), you must meet this condition by 31 May 2019.
Reserve Unconditional (VU) RCS is satisfied from the information you have given, that you have already met the conditions for entry and you have been offered a place on our reserve pool.
Reserve Conditional (VC) RCS has offered a place on its reserve pool subject to you meeting certain conditions such as examination results. Conditions can be viewed via UCAS Conservatoires Track.
Unsuccessful (R) RCS does not wish to offer you any type of a place.
- Replying to offers
As soon as a decision is made, UCAS Conservatoires will let you know. You must reply online via UCAS Conservatoires Track. Your reply date is displayed on Track. If you do not reply by the date given, your offers will be declined automatically. The reply date may be different to other applicants as it is based on when you receive your last decision.
Last decision by Your reply date is 4 January 2020 30 January 2020 16 March 2020 16 April 2020 16 July 2020 30 July 2020 6 August 2020 9 September 2020 After 6 August 2020 25 September 2020
Please see the UCAS Conservatoires website for more information on replying to offers. If you make an application through UCAS Conservatoires, UCAS or UCAS Teacher Training, you cannot hold more than one confirmed place. A confirmed place in UCAS Conservatoires is a guaranteed unconditional offer as your first choice (GU1) and in UCAS and UCAS Teacher Training it is an unconditional firm (UF) place. If you receive more than one confirmed place, UCAS will ask you to accept one offer and withdraw from any others.
We have a number of policies and statements which you should read when applying to study at the Royal Conservatoire.
Please select the links below to read each policy.