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

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Course summary

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 to discuss how you can begin your artistic journey with us. Important Audition Information If you choose recording 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. Please see the website for details on how to record your submission. If you choose RCS or London as your audition location - all elements of the audition (including the interview) will be completed in person, you will not need to upload any recorded material on Acceptd, but you must still upload your headshot and complete the applicant questionnaire to be considered for the programme. Our international auditions are still being confirmed. Information will be updated when available, please also check the website for details.

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


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Assessment method

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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

Applicants are normally expected to hold an appropriate undergraduate degree, or its overseas equivalent, in a subject area relevant to the demands of the programme.

Additional entry requirements


Please refer to our webpage under the 'how to apply' section for what to prepare for audition -

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
New York£55£55
City of London£55£55

Joint principal specialism assessment

LocationOn-time FeeLate Fee
RCSNot available at this location
New YorkNot available at this location
RecordingNo fee charged
City of LondonNot available at this location

Additional information

All applicants need to complete an Acceptd account regardless of which location you choose, this is part of the audition process. We will continue to offer recording submissions via our Acceptd platform, to those who are unable to attend in-person auditions due to exceptional circumstances. For the best audition experience, we would encourage all applicants to attend in person where possible. For more information on what to prepare for audition, please see our website -

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £17688* Whole course
England £17688* Whole course
Northern Ireland £17688* Whole course
Scotland £17688* Whole course
Wales £17688* Whole course
Republic of Ireland £17688* Whole course
EU £28038* Whole course
International £28038* Whole course

*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 (MA) at Royal Conservatoire of Scotland - UCAS