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Junior Conservatoire of Drama, Dance, Production, and Film

Welcome

Perform, act, sing, direct, devise, compose, dance, film and design… access specialist training across the performing and production arts from world-class teachers and visiting artists who are leaders in their particular field.

The Junior Conservatoire of Drama, Dance, Production, and Film is open to young people ages 11-18 and access to our unique training is provided through audition. Auditioning gives us the opportunity to see your potential but also to learn more about the artist you would like to be.

Our Programmes

Young people who attend the Junior Conservatoire of Drama, Dance, Production and Film can expect a fun, inspiring and challenging curriculum, led by experienced experts from their specialist fields.

They will receive masterclasses from professionals, attend performances and have opportunities to perform, collaborate and meet like-minded peers.

You can find out more about the programmes we offer by selecting a discipline.

Spring Masterclasses

We are thrilled to announce the Spring Masterclasses running throughout 2-5 April.

Work with professional dancers, actors, directors and writers on these one-day sessions. Learn choreography from the lead professional cast members of West End and Broadway musicals, discover what directors do, how to create realistic fight scenes safely, and explore what makes a good TV or theatre script.

Find out more and book your place now on our dedicated page:

Spring Masterclasses

Upcoming Open Days

Our open days are a chance for you to come into the building and experience a class, meet some of the teaching staff and current students, and ask lots of questions.

We love welcoming new students to RCS and showing off our fabulous facilities and introducing our fantastic teaching team.

Our upcoming open days are taking place on the following dates:

  • Contemporary Dance Technique & Youth Company (P7+) – 21 April 2024
  • Young Ballet Company – 21 April 2024
  • Musical Theatre – 21 April 2024
  • Pre-Juniors Dance (P4-7) – 22 April 2024
  • Modern Ballet (S1+) – 23 April 2024
  • Devised Theatre Company – 5 May 2024
  • Film – 19 May 2024
  • Production – 19 May 2024

You can book on to an open day by filling in our form below:

Book Now

Performance

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Junior Conservatoire provides you with the opportunity to collaborate with peers across the disciplines and create new, interdisciplinary work. Our curriculum is built around the ethos of collaboration in performance. Here, all students work together to learn new skills and create truly memorable and unique performances.

Some of our recent performances have included:

The Yellow Club


Sunshine and shipwrecks, mistaken identity, jazz and soul. The Yellow Club included over a hundred students from across ballet, contemporary dance, musical theatre, acting, film and production programmes who worked together to present a vibrantly colourful, multi-artform re-imagining of Shakespeare’s festive comedy Twelfth Night. Where music is the food of love and nobody is quite what they seem, anything proves possible.

Curiouser and Curiouser


Inspired by the story of Alice in Wonderland, students from across Junior Conservatoire programmes of Drama, Dance, Production and Film presented a collaborative piece of theatre, creating a modern version of the story. Students went on a magical journey exploring the themes of friendship, loss, and celebration.

Man Covets Bird


In this performance piece, Acting Level 1 are combining their Voice, Movement and Performance skills to share a story of growth, discovery, and connection. Through their Ensemble Performance module, the group have explored the concept of ‘one storyteller, multiple voices’ to seek cohesion in the collaborative delivery of this gentle and playful storytelling production.

Somewhere in my Memory


A fun, feel-good winter show including some of our favourite Christmas characters, songs, dances, scenes, and films from throughout the years. Performed by Junior Conservatoire students from Acting, Musical Theatre, Film, Young Ballet Company, Contemporary Youth Dance Company and supported by the Junior Conservatoire Production students.

What’s Your Next Move?

We invite you to view, and share, our new campaign film for the Junior Conservatoire of Drama, Dance, Production and Film.

Titled What’s Your Next Move and inspired by #DanceTok on TikTok and its friendly and inclusive nature, it’s the first conceptional campaign for the Junior Conservatoire and focuses on what makes RCS a place ‘like nowhere else’.

The 90-second video is a compelling story of collaboration between artforms – illustrating how students work across disciplines at the Junior Conservatoire of Drama, Dance, Production and Film – from pre- to post-production and everywhere in between.


Financial Support

We want to make the performing arts as accessible as possible.

Anyone who faces financial barriers to participate in the Junior Conservatoire can apply at any time, whether at acceptance to a course or during the course, for a bursary or scholarship.

Please take the time to refer to this bursary and scholarship criteria.

For anyone who requires a bursary or scholarship please email JuniorsDDPF@rcs.ac.uk and you will be sent an application form.

We will try to support as many students as possible to attend the Junior Conservatoire training and therefore may not be able to cover full student fees.

These funds are currently supported by the generosity of individuals and charitable trusts including:

  • James McAvoy Drama Scholarship
  • Agnes Allan Bursary
  • Bill and Margaret Nicol

Auditions

Entry to the Junior Conservatoire is through audition and interview only. 

We aim to keep them informal as possible. This is also an opportunity to find out more about studying at the Junior Conservatoire and if it is right for you. 

If you would like to speak to a member of team before application, please email: 

juniorsddpf@rcs.ac.uk

juniorsdance@rcs.ac.uk 

Contact Us

If you’d like to speak to a member of the Junior Conservatoire DDPF team, you can contact us on:

juniorsddpf@rcs.ac.uk

juniorsdance@rcs.ac.uk 

Virtual Tour

An empty New Anthanaeum Theatre lit up, showing ground, middle, and upper levels. The theatre's walls and chairs are royal cherry red.

Take Our Virtual Tour

Explore the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in our 360 virtual tour.

You’ll be able to see our rehearsal and practice rooms, professional performance venues, production workshops, editing suite, ballet studios and more.