RCS in top 10 of the world’s best performing arts institutions

Published: March 22, 2016


The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS) has been ranked sixth in the world of performing arts education in a new global review published today.

Scotland’s national conservatoire today joined great world performing arts institutions including Juilliard in New York, Vienna’s prestigious University of Music and the Performing Arts and the renowned Sibelius Academy in Finland in a new ranking published by QS World Rankings, the most respected global higher education ranking authority.

RCS is a national and international centre of excellence for the performing arts. It is one of the world’s most multi-disciplinary arts learning and teaching environments. Through our innovative curriculum we offer highly specialised education in and across the art forms of music, drama, dance, film and production.

Professor Jeffrey Sharkey, Principal of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland said:

“I am thrilled and incredibly proud to see the innovative and ground-breaking work of our staff and students recognised in the global top 10 of these highly-respected QS rankings.

“The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland is leading the way in redefining the performing arts for our nation and our students and graduates make diverse and important contributions to the arts and society globally.

“There is a special energy and daring creativity in our home city of Glasgow and I hope this recognition helps celebrate Scotland’s place as one of the world’s dynamic cultural nations.”

Founded in 1847, RCS now has around 1000 students from 52 countries around the world. Famous alumni include David Tennant, Alan Cumming, Melody Grove, Sir David McVicar, Crystal Clarke, Sophie Martin, James McAvoy and Krysty Wilson-Cairns.

The world ranking announcement comes as RCS celebrates a five star review for its spectacular production of the iconic musical, Cabaret, and the launch of a new brand identity campaign aimed at attracting students to study at one of the world’s most innovative conservatoires.

The key campaign message, Life is not a rehearsal, speaks to prospective performing arts students who are making the important and life-changing decision on where to apply for higher education study.

The Conservatoire has also just recently announced a £2.3 million campaign to create new Creative Campus with a one-to-one teaching complex and the creation of a flexible rehearsal space.