Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Degree level: Undergraduate
UCAS Conservatoires

BA (Hons) Contemporary Performance Practice

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Course summary

Our students say that studying Contemporary Performance Practice at the Conservatoire is like nothing you could ever imagine. This programme is a four-year full-time programme leading to an honours degree. It is for aspiring performance makers who wish to develop their skills as innovative and socially engaged performers, directors, teachers, and cultural leaders, who can realise their aspirations to create and shape the future of new work. This could be the programme for you if you are passionate about creating performance, but you are unsure of what you would specifically like to do in the field. You will be able to explore realisation of your ideas through the disciplines of performance, education, installation, movement, research, and documentation. We will help you to develop your performance skills in our world-class facilities. You will push yourself and push boundaries, creating new works with image, action, sound, and text. You will leave RCS as an independent and entrepreneurial self-managing ‘eco-centric’ artist with an awareness of the aesthetic, intellectual, social, emotional, political, and ecological considerations of a holistic and sustainable arts practice.

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


Year One In the first year the focus is autobiographical – you learn about yourself and what you are bringing to a space as a performer. You will learn about the methods and strategies of making performance using autobiography as your material. You are encouraged to question your attitudes, values and understandings and translate these discoveries into original performance work. Year Two In your second year you begin to explore how to apply your arts practice in social and participatory contexts including community and educational contexts. You will take part in a residency in a community which will result in an original piece of performance work. This stage of the programme focuses on your development as a socio-centric artist and how you engage with other people. Year Three The emphasis is on the researching artist. You will learn how to create text for performance, supported through individual mentoring by a performance tutor. You will study the ‘researching artist’ culminating in a dissertation exploring an idea relevant to your own performance practice. You can also undertake a professional placement and create an original collaborative performance. Year Four In your final year the focus is on ‘The Ecocentric Artist”, you will work towards developing a sustainable arts practice that will support your transition into your chosen professional field. You will make an original performance work for the Into The New festival staged in a performance venue in Glasgow. You will have the opportunity to select projects which focus on directing, arts in participatory contexts, arts in criminal justice settings, site-specific work or an international professional secondment. CPP Choice Modules offered include Arts and Medicine and Somatic Practices. For more information on the programme, plesae see our website -

How to apply

This course is closed for the 2020 academic cycle. Please contact the provider or view the 2021 courses.

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

*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.

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course codeW310
Institution code R58
Campus nameMain Site
Campus code-

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 53 different nationalities and add a rich diversity to the Conservatoire. The Conservatoire holds auditions at the locations below. If you wish to audition at any of the locations listed, please submit your application at least one month in advance of the audition date. For further information, please see our website -

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
A level Passes in two subjects at A level Subjects required are: • English or Drama at A Level
Scottish Higher Passes in three subjects at Higher level Subjects required are: • English or Drama at Higher

Please refer to our Guide for Applicants for what to prepare for audition -

Additional entry requirements


Please refer to our Guide for Applicants for what to prepare for audition -

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

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

Joint principal specialism assessment

LocationOn-time FeeLate Fee
RecordingNot available at this location
RCSNot available at this location
City of LondonNot available at this location
ManchesterNot available at this location

Additional information

Please refer to our website for what to prepare for audition -

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Scotland £1820 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £1820 Year 1
International £16827 Year 1

Additional fee information

For more information on fees and funding, please see our website -

Sponsorship information

The Royal Conservatoire is able to offer a number of entrance scholarships which are awarded as part of the audition/selection process on the basis of merit and financial need. Please see our website for more information -

BA (Hons) Contemporary Performance Practice at Royal Conservatoire of Scotland - UCAS