Royal Conservatoire of Scotland is one of the world’s top performing arts education institutions, says the QS World University Rankings. The university has a lot of programmes to offer in the areas of Music, Drama, Dance, Production, Film, Education and more. The university has six distinct faculties to offer these courses namely:
- School of Music
The Alumni of the university includes some remarkable faces such as a Dr Who, two X-Men, a Hobbit, a King of the North, a Hogwarts Witch, a Lady of Westeros and a Bodyguard. The university is ranked as the World Top Ten Higher Education Institution for performing arts education, says the QS World Rankings, 2016, 2017, 2018. The facilities offered by the university is another reason why the university is ranked the best. The facilities of the university include 5 performance venues, 90 practice rooms, 20 rehearsal rooms, 3 recording studios, 4 ballet studios, 4 production classrooms, 2 props workshops, 3 film edit suites and 1 Gyrotonic studio.
The university also has some noticeable professional partnership which includes Scottish Opera, Celtic Connections, RSNO, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, BBC Radio 3, Scottish Ballet, National Theatre of Scotland, Royal Opera House.
School of Music
The School of Music offers undergraduate courses in the following subject areas:
- Guitar and Harp
- Timpani and Percussion
- Traditional Music
- Vocal Studies
The school helps them to get performing opportunities in Symphony, Wind, Opera, and Chamber Orchestras, and a diverse range of ensembles including Big Band and Royal Conservatoire Brass. They perform in various countries such as China, Malta, Germany and Brazil. The facilities that are available in the school includes the following:
- Three recording studios
- Portable recording kits
- Extensive IT facilities
- Two piano labs
- Five performance venues
- Practice and rehearsal rooms
- Whittaker Library including extensive electronic resources
- Extensive collection of classroom instruments
Apart from offering postgraduate and undergraduate courses, the school also offers short courses for children and young people and adults where they have respective summer schools and audition preparation.
The Dance school offers Modern Ballet programme in partnership with the Scottish Ballet. The school has many facilities that are required in teaching dance such as:
- The Wallace studio
- Houses four large high-specification dance studios
- Dressing rooms, showers and a fitness room complete with gyrotonics® equipment
- Within the dance studios – physiotherapy sessions, Pilates, trx classes and massage.
- All four of the dance studios come with a piano, a playback system and have access to dressing rooms and showers.
The school also has Junior Conservatoire of Dance which has three divisions such as Pre-Juniors, Contemporary Dance and the Modern Ballet. The school also offers dance short courses for children and young people and for adults.
The Drama school offers undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the areas of
- Contemporary Performance Practice
- Musical Theatre
- Performance in British Sign Language and English
- Theatre – Performance and Choreography
The school has partnerships with reputed organizations including BBC, the National Theatre of Scotland, and the Citizens Theatre. The school also offers a wide range of international opportunities during the period of study precisely – Opportunity to participate in our European and International activities; European Young Theatre at the Festival Dei Due Mondi, Spoleto (Italy), the International Festival of Theatre Schools SETKÃNÃ/ENCOUNTER in Brno (Czech Republic) and the World Theatre Games in St Petersburg (Russia) and more.
The school facilitates exchange programmes with institutions across other countries such as Carnegie Mellon University, Pennsylvania (USA) and Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA).
The facilities that are available in the school includes:
- Well-equipped rehearsal spaces
- The new athenaeum theatre (main stage)
- The chandler studio theatre
- Recording studios.
The school of Production offers courses in the following areas:
- Production arts
- Production and technology
The school offers various facilities to provide practical based learning to the students. The facilities include the Wallace Studios at Speirs Locks has purpose-built production workshops and design studios and the Renfrew Street building houses five public performance spaces including a fully-equipped proscenium arch theatre and a black box studio theatre; Renfrew Street building; New Athenaeum Theatre; Chandler Studio.
The school offers undergraduate course in BA Film making with all the basic facilities that the students will require during their period of study. The facilities of the school include BlackMagic Pocket Camera — 6K; classroom with 18 iMacs all equipped with Avid Media Composer software.
The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland is like no other university. It is uniquely placed to partner with all of the national artistic companies and professional; industries in the company. These partnerships provide the student with unrivalled access to practical learning opportunities during their studies.
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