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Why RCS?

Welcome to the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland: a place Like Nowhere Else

We are the only place in Europe where you can study all of the performing arts on the one campus. There is a distinctive creative energy at RCS and you’ll be made to feel part of our inclusive and diverse environment from the very beginning of your studies.

Our graduates are resourceful, highly employable and members of a dynamic community of artists who make a significant impact across the globe.

At RCS, students develop not just their art but their power to use it.

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World Top 10

We were ranked one of the world’s top ten performing arts institutions (QS World University Rankings) in 2024, the eighth time we have been placed in the top ten since the ranking was established in 2016.

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Perform and Collaborate

Our curriculum is built around performance and collaboration and we hold professional partnerships with all of Scotland’s National Companies. Join forces across artforms and be part of the 500+ performances we give each year.

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Outstanding Alumni

Our graduates are employed across the world and we take pride in the impact they have on their art forms. We’ll equip you with the skills to thrive as a professional and join their ranks.

Everything we do in the conservatoire revolves around creating opportunities for you to be most successful graduate possible; whether that is through performance opportunities, networking, additional skills classes, one-to-one tuition or creating international partnerships for you to benefit from. This work helps our students obtain a most unique skillset which we believe will help you gain positive employment once you finish your studies.

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Learn from the Best

More than 1,000 lecturers, tutors, artists, technicians, co-ordinators and support staff work at RCS across all our art forms. You’ll study with some of the finest educators and performing and production artists in the UK during your time here.

We also have strong relationships with leading professionals across the world who join us as Visiting Artists throughout the year, as well as partnerships with all the National companies, allowing you to learn with real industry experience and build connections.

Learn from the Best at RCS

A Campus Built For You

Our facilities are world-class. From rehearsal rooms and recording studios to our five professional performance venues, we have a campus to showcase and develop emerging artists to the highest standards.

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