Directing Classical and Contemporary Text (MFA) at Royal Conservatoire of Scotland - UCAS

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Course summary

The application deadline for this course is 31 MARCH 2025. Individuality is at the core of this postgraduate programme. We work with artists who use their social, moral, and ethical values to animate their practice. This is a course where you will have agency over your own work and be responsible for driving your learning and creativity forward. It is this agency which makes the programme different from undergraduate study. With support from the staff team, you will write your own learning outcomes, determine your trajectory and ultimately, we hope, you will flourish as both a learner and a creative practitioner. It’s an intense programme where actors and directors work together, creating a dynamic community rooted in creative collaboration. Highlights include developing original digital work for the On the Verge festival, performing or directing contemporary performance working in proto-professional ensembles and completing a month’s residency at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London. At the end of this residency, after undertaking classes with the educational team at the Globe, you will perform or direct sharings on the mainstage of Shakespeare’s Globe, a unique and iconic playing space. If this narrative excites or inspires you, please get in touch with us to discuss how you can begin your artistic journey with us. Important Audition Information If you choose online as your audition location - a video submission needs to be uploaded via our Acceptd account, you will be called for an online interview at a later date. If you choose RCS, London or United States - East Coast as your audition location - all elements of the audition (including the interview) will be completed in person and no recording submission uploads to Acceptd are required. Please note, you will still need to create a profile and supply your head shot as part of the initial application. Please note, United States - East Coast auditions will only be available in January 2025, if you submit an application after this time period you will need to choose either RCS, London or recorded submission options.

Course details

Principal study options

During the application and audition process, you must select which instrument(s) you wish to specialise in for the duration of your course. On this course, you can choose from the following options:

Single specialism

Only one instrument is studied. It may be possible to study a further instrument formatively, but this will not contribute towards the qualification.


For all courses, you must select at least one specialism from the 'primary' list. For those studying primary/secondary pathways, two instruments may be selected – one from the 'primary' list and one from the 'secondary' list. Joint pathway students may select any two instruments from either list.

Primary instrument/specialism

  • Drama Performance


Please see our departmental webpage for more information about what this course entails.

Assessment method

Please see our departmental webpage for more information about what this course entails.

How to apply

This course is not open to application until the 10th July 2024.

*If you are an international applicant, or you are applying for a postgraduate course, or are choosing certain assessment locations, the 'on time' deadline may be later in the year - please contact the conservatoire directly.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

Currently around 20% of our students come from outside the UK. Between them, they represent over 60 different nationalities and add a rich diversity to the Conservatoire.

Entry requirements

There are no formal qualification requirement for admission. Each candidate’s ability to fulfil the above brief holistically will be considered with due regard for training, qualifications, experience and other factors.

Additional entry requirements


Candidates will be asked to direct a number of extracts from set works. Details of this process and extract information can be found under the 'how to apply' section of our departmental webpage:

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)7.5Applicants who first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 7.5 in each component (with no component below 7.5) is required.

Assessment locations

In the event of a successful assessment, applicants may be invited for a further interview prior to being made an offer.

Remote assessment recordings may be accepted in the event that you cannot attend an assessment in person.

Single specialism assessment

LocationOn-time FeeLate Fee
City of London£55£55
United States - East Coast£55£55

Joint principal specialism assessment

LocationOn-time FeeLate Fee
RCSNo fee charged
City of LondonNo fee charged
United States - East CoastNot available at this location
RecordingNo fee charged

Additional information

All applicants need to complete an Acceptd account regardless of which location you choose, this is part of the audition process. Applicants submitting performance recordings via our Acceptd platform, will go through a two round process. If successful, the second round will be a live online interview with the department. For applicants auditioning in-person overseas, you still need to complete an Acceptd account, but you will only have one audition. Once we receive your application we will email you with details of your audition. For the best audition experience, we would encourage all UK applicants (and where possible international applicants) to attend in-person. We will continue to offer online auditions to international applicants and those who are unable to attend in-person due to exceptional circumstances. For the best audition experience, we would encourage all UK applicants to attend in person. For more information on what to prepare for audition, please see our website -

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £23583* Year 1
England £23583* Year 1
Northern Ireland £23583* Year 1
Scotland £23583* Year 1
Wales £23583* Year 1
Republic of Ireland £23583* Year 1
EU £37387* Year 1
International £37387* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

Please note, all new students are required to pay associated programme cost related fees at the start of their studies. For more information on this please see our website -

Sponsorship information

The School of Drama, Dance, Production and Film scholarships are awarded for a mixture of financial need and merit. Scholarships within the School of DDPF are applied for and awarded on an annual basis. If you are offered a place at the Conservatoire for drama, dance, production or film (DDPF), you will be forwarded the link to Apply for a DDPF Scholarship. -

Directing Classical and Contemporary Text (MFA) at Royal Conservatoire of Scotland - UCAS