The three year BA Acting programme is one of the best professional actor training programmes in the UK. Over the three years of intensive training, you will work on building your skills to a level that will bring you to the forefront of emerging actors in film, television and theatre. Graduates of the programme have progressed to work extensively in the industry and alumni includes household names such as Sam Heughan, James McAvoy, David Tennant, Richard Madden, Katie Leung, Laura Donnelly, Colin Morgan and Alan Cumming.
Over the three-year programme you will work intensively with our expert teaching staff on developing your skills in acting, voice and movement to equip you for a career in film, television and theatre.
Our movement specialists are trained in Lecoq technique, and will help you acquire some of the best movement for actors in UK actor training, facilitating everything from stagecraft to understanding techniques used in CGI and green screen. You will be working with the Centre for Voice in Performance (the national centre of excellence for teaching, practice, and research) using techniques developed by voice expert Nadine George.
We are the only UK conservatoire that offers training in all performance disciplines and you will have the opportunity to collaborate with your peers, formally and informally, in dance, music, production, and screen. As an acting student you will have the opportunity to collaborate on film projects with students from the Screen department.
Our unrivalled professional connections result in numerous work opportunities for our students. Collaborative professional partnerships include the BBC, the National Theatre of Scotland, and the Citizens Theatre.
In your final year you are actively encouraged to seek professional work. As well as aiming to give you a full practical training, our goal is to prepare you for a long and successful career. We focus on developing you as a creative artist, giving you a sound grounding to continue that development throughout your working life. You will undertake professional development modules, ensuring that you graduate as a truly entrepreneurial industry-ready actor, with all the contacts you need, and a great deal of professional experience.
As a student you will also be invited to participate in several national competitions including the Spotlight Showcase, The Sam Wanamaker Festival, The BBC Carleton Hobbs Radio Drama Award, Sir John Gielgud Bursary, and The Laurence Olivier Bursary, all of which have been awarded to BA Acting students.
You will have the opportunity to participate in our European and International activities. Recently these have included performances at the International Theatre Schools Festival in Warsaw, the Kaohsiung Spring Arts Festival in Taiwan, European Young Theatre at the Festival Dei Due Mondi, Spoleto, the International Festival of Theatre Schools SETKÁNÍ/ENCOUNTER in Brno and the World Theatre Games in St Petersburg, Russia. You can take advantage of our participation in the Erasmus scheme and our exchange agreement with Carnegie Mellon University, Pennsylvania. In addition we are a member of the European Union of Theatre Schools and Academies (E:UTSA) which provides numerous possibilities for student-led work to be shared with our European partners.
Our BA Acting Showcase, held in both Glasgow and London is very highly regarded in the industry, and attended by agents, casting directors and potential employers. Additionally, North American students are offered a showcase in New York during their final trimester of study.
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:
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.
- Drama Performance
BA Acting Year 1 explores the three main disciplines of Acting, Voice and Movement. The disciplines are assessed through contious observation of your working process and through performance. In Year 1, you will also take classes in theatre history and reflective practice and have the oportunity to collaborate with other first years from every discipline on offer at RCS.
BA Acting Year 2 continues your training with advanced techniques and further exploration through the integration of acting, voice and movement in three principal areas: Classical Text (Shakespeare), New Work and Acting for Radio and Screen. In addition, you are introduced to the world of work through Professional Practice.
BA Acting Year 3 is your springboard into the rest of career, as you work continously, using all of the skills you have been developing over the first two years. In your final year, you will:
- work on main stage and studio productions, both classical and contemporary
- perform in a Christmas show
- participate in radio and screen projects
You may also:
benefit from various professional opportunities that come to us from across the industry
perform in the highly regarded BA Acting Showcase in Glasgow and London to potential employers, casting directors, agents , managers and producers
- continue to focus on managing your career developing your employability and entrepreneurial skills
In Year 2 and 3 you have the opportunity to select modules from other disciplines across the Conservatoire. You are encouraged to work on collaborative projects which can be shared with students and staff in Bridge Week.
For more information the programme, please see our website - https://www.rcs.ac.uk/courses/ba-acting/
How to apply
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 audition locations, the 'on time' deadline may be later in the year - please contact the conservatoire directly.
You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.
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This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available
Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
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 - https://www.rcs.ac.uk/courses/ba-acting/.
|A level||Passes in 2 subjects at GCE Advanced Level|
|Scottish Higher||Passes in 3 subjects at Higher Level|
Please refer to our Guide for Applicants for what to prepare for audition - https://www.rcs.ac.uk/studyhere/how-to-apply/dramaanddance/.
Additional entry requirements
Please refer to our Guide for Applicants for what to prepare for audition - https://www.rcs.ac.uk/studyhere/how-to-apply/dramaanddance.
In the event of a successful audition, applicants may be invited for a further interview prior to being made an offer.
Remote audition recordings may be accepted in the event that you cannot attend an audition in person.
Single specialism audition
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|City of London||£55||£55|
Joint principal specialism audition
|Location||On-time Fee||Late Fee|
|Toronto||Not available at this location|
|Recording||Not available at this location|
|RCS||Not available at this location|
|New York||Not available at this location|
|City of London||Not available at this location|
|Chicago||Not available at this location|
|Birmingham||Not available at this location|
|Manchester||Not available at this location|
|Belfast||Not available at this location|
|Cardiff||Not available at this location|
Please refer to our website for what to prepare for the audition - https://www.rcs.ac.uk/courses/ba-acting/.
Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9,250||Year 1|
Additional fee 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 - https://www.rcs.ac.uk/studyhere/scholarships/.