Media Release: Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in top ten of the world’s best performing arts institutions

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THE Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS) has been ranked sixth in the world of performing arts education in a new global review published today.

Scotland’s national conservatoire today joined great world performing arts institutions including Juilliard in New York, Vienna’s prestigious University of Music and the Performing Arts and the renowned Sibelius Academy in Finland in a new ranking published by arguably the most respected global higher education ranking authority.

The review can be found here.

RCS is a national and international centre of excellence for the performing arts.

It is one of the world’s most multi-disciplinary arts learning and teaching environments. Through our innovative curriculum we offer highly specialised education in and across the art forms of music, drama, dance, film and production.

Professor Jeffrey Sharkey, principal of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, said: “I am thrilled and incredibly proud to see the innovative and ground-breaking work of our staff and students recognised in the global top ten of these highly-respected QS rankings.

“The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland is leading the way in redefining the performing arts for our nation and our students and graduates make diverse and important contributions to the arts and society globally.

“There is a special energy and daring creativity in our home city of Glasgow and I hope this recognition helps celebrate Scotland’s place as one of the world’s dynamic cultural nations.”

Founded in 1847, RCS now has around 1000 students from 52 countries around the world.

Famous alumni include David Tennant, Alan Cumming, Melody Grove, Sir David McVicar, Crystal Clarke, Sophie Martin, James McAvoy and Kirsty Wilson-Cairns.

The world ranking announcement comes as the RCS celebrates a five-star review for its spectacular production of the iconic musical, Cabaret, and the launch of a new brand identity campaign aimed at attracting students to study at one of the world’s most innovative conservatoires.

The key campaign message, Life is not a rehearsal, speaks to prospective performing arts students who are making the important and life-changing decision on where to apply for higher education study.

The Conservatoire has also just recently announced a £2.3million campaign to create new Creative Campus with a one-to-one teaching complex and the creation of a flexible rehearsal space.

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The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland is a national and international centre of excellence for the performing arts. Building on our roots in 1847 as a national academy of music, we are now one of Europe’s most multi-disciplinary performing arts higher education centres offering specialised teaching across music, drama, dance, film and production as well as encouraging trans-disciplinary learning throughout our innovative curriculum.

Facts and Stats

* 1,072 students from 52 students currently study at RCS

* 96 per cent of School of Music graduates are in employment of further study (HESA 13/14)

* 88 per cent of School of Drama, Dance, Production and Screen students are in employment of further study (HESA 13/14)

* 90 minutes – the length of one-to-one weekly lessons each one of our performance musicians received on principal study

* 31 Steinway pianos on campus

* first conservatoire to offer a performance degree taught in British Sign Language

* five professional performance venues within RCS

* £1.4m worth of scholarships awarded in 2014/15

* 500+ concerts, shows, screenings and events help each year

* 46k tickets sold for RCS shows


Media enquiries:

Katie Bell, 0141 270 8387

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