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: modern ballet, music, production arts and design and production technology and management.  There are opportunities to perform abroad 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 your 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 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 audition videos of quality performance-related material. For performing arts, a solid grounding in both classical and modern theater is required. Please see Guide to Applicants.

  • Learn more about our Arcadia in Edinburgh Center.

Fees & Scholarship Details
Term/Period Departure Date Return Credits Base Program Fee Application Deadline
Fall 2023 9/21/2023 12/16/2023 12.5-15 $19,250 3/20/2023 More Info
Academic Year 2023 9/21/2023 6/22/2024 25-30 $46,475 3/20/2023 More Info
Spring 2024 1/4/2024 6/22/2024 12.5-15 $30,320 9/30/2023 More Info

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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As a participant on an Arcadia program, you are guaranteed housing. Our priority is to provide a safe, clean, cost-effective and convenient place for you to live, while offering you every opportunity to explore the local culture and community.


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