Why choose an RCS Short Course?

From the second you step inside Scotland’s national conservatoire, it’s hard not to be swept up by the energy and passion for the performing arts.

  • Learn from tutors and lecturing staff with years of experience
  • Learn new skills and techniques from anywhere around the world
  • Perform, direct, devise, take centre stage or make magic behind the scenes
  • Increase your confidence
  • Take the next step in your career
  • Get a head start in your performing and production arts education
  • Make new, exciting work
  • Learn in the only conservatoire in Europe to offer training in all of the performing and production arts
  • Be part of a fun and inspiring programme for children, young people and adults

Credit Rated Short Courses

We now offer credit–rated options across our programme. By studying a credit–rated short course, students can benchmark their learning against national standards, and credits may be used towards further education programmes at many institutions throughout the world.

For more information on our credit–rated provision, please contact us at credit–rated@rcs.ac.uk

Financial Support


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.

Detailed information can be found in the Short Courses Bursary Criteria 2022-23 This document is designed to help you determine the amount of financial support you could apply for to help you with your fees for Short Courses tuition, and we encourage you to read this before making an application.

You can also find out more about our bursaries on our Short Courses Financial Support page.

Contact Us


If you have any questions, please contact us at shortcourses@rcs.ac.uk

” The course was energising and intense. It pushed me to learn new skills to develop further and try new things. ”

– Musical Theatre (ages 12-17) student feedback