The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow has officially been named alongside the Juilliard School in New York and the Royal College of Music in London as one of the best places to train as a performer. The news follows the release of the World University Rankings for Performing Arts, and makes it one the best places in the UK for all things Performing Arts.
The institution, which dates back to 1847, stages around 600 different performances each year, and offers courses in dance, drama, music, production, and film.
Many of Scotland’s leading stage and screen alumni including Elaine C Smith, Jack Lowden and Bill Patterson, all studied at the prestigious RCS, which was previously known as the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.
Other recent graduates include Nexflix Sex Education star and BAFTA Scotland award-winner Ncuti Gatwa, as well as Katie Leung, who is more popularly known as Cho Chang, the first love interest for lead character Harry Potter in the Harry Potter film series.
This news comes at a bittersweet time, as the Arts have arguably suffered a great deal due to the pandemic, and Professor Jefferey Sharkey, Principle of the RCS acknowledges this by saying: “It is especially gratifying to achieve this recognition at a time of great challenge to the arts in a global pandemic.
This was echoed by Nick Kuenssberg, chair of the conservatoire’s board who said: “Many congratulations to Jeffrey Sharkey and all his staff, at Scotland’s national conservatoire for this wonderful achievement and more so because this has been an immensely challenging year for the performing arts”.
RCS has made history in the World University Rankings for Performing Arts and reinforces its reputation as an institute that nurtures a standard of excellence whilst teaching with a determination to keep the arts flourishing and developing.