Young performing artists from across the world converge on this center of excellence

Founded in 1845, Charles Dickens gave its inaugural speech, setting the stage for a truly innovative institution to grow into what it is today – one of the most prestigious schools for the performing arts in the world. At the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, you will experience world-class training across a wide variety of performance styles and production techniques.

You can choose courses from a large number of artistic disciplines including: composition, classical and traditional Scottish music, jazz, opera, ballet, musical theatre, digital film and TV, technical and production arts, and contemporary performance practice. Opportunities to perform abound as the Conservatoire offers six performance venues which host over 500 performances a year by students, staff and visiting international artists. Your development will certainly continue long after the stage curtain closes. Spend an evening out in the city’s theatre district, an afternoon at the modern art museum or enjoying a local football match.

  • You can nurture their creative talents with high-level training in performance and production using state-of-the-art facilities and some of the best teaching in the world.

  • Benefit from the RCS’s unique relationship with BBC Scotland, the National Theatre of Scotland, Scottish Ballet, Scottish Opera and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

  • You must provide a DVD of quality performance-related material. For performing arts, a solid grounding in both classical and modern theater is required. Please see Guide to Applicants.

Fees & Scholarship Details
Term/Period Departure Date Return Credits Base Program Fee Application Deadline
Spring 2017 2/1/2017 6/17/2017 12.5-15 $22,550 9/30/2016 More Info
Fall 2017 9/13/2017 12/16/2017 12.5-15 $16,400 4/20/2017 More Info
Academic Year 2017 9/13/2017 6/16/2018 25-30 $35,590 4/20/2017 More Info
Spring 2018 1/1/2018 6/16/2018 TBA TBA 9/30/2017  

Program fees listed are base fees only. Please select MORE INFO for an estimate of additional expenses and any additional fees that may be incurred based on enrollment selections or housing placements. Dates and fees for future terms will be posted as they become available. Please see Program Calendar for detailed dates.

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