The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland ranked fifth in the world for performing arts

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS) has been ranked among the top five destinations in the world to study the performing arts, according to a new study.

International higher education think tank QS Quacquarelli Symonds has ranked Glasgow Conservatory fifth for the performing arts in its 2022 QS World University Rankings by Subject, which was released on Wednesday.

This is the sixth time since the rankings were established in 2016 that RCS has been ranked in the top 10 worldwide.

The Royal College of Music in London took the top spot in the 2022 Performing Arts Ranking, while the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna came in second.

Actor David Tennant is an RCS veteran (Jane Barlow/PA) (PA Archive)

Just above the RCS were the Juilliard School in New York and the Paris Conservatory, third and fourth respectively.

QS Quacquarelli Symonds provides independent benchmarking of the performance of 15,200 university programs taken by students at 1,543 universities in 88 locations around the world, across 51 academic disciplines.

The conservatory was established in 1847 and offers education in a range of performing arts, research and learning environments, including classical and modern music, theatre, dance, production and film.

Students from over 60 countries study at RCS, which has active partnerships with all of Scotland’s national arts companies.

James McAvoy previously studied at the conservatory (Ian West/PA) (PA Archive)

RCS’s learning environment encourages students to create new work, collaborate with peers across disciplines, and develop ideas across a range of platforms, aiming to equip the next generation of creative artists and producers. to make an impact in the world.

Notable alumni include actors James McAvoy, David Tennant, Sam Heughan and Ncuti Gatwa; Hollywood composer Patrick Doyle; screenwriter Krysty Wilson-Cairns, opera star Karen Cargill, conductor Ryan Bancroft and guitarist Sean Shibe.

Professor Jeffrey Sharkey, Director of RCS, said: “We know the unifying power of the arts, their ability to share our stories and comment on the best and worst of the human condition.

“We have continuously campaigned to keep our arts alive throughout the pandemic for our conservatory and for our nation as a whole.

This recognition is a wonderful testament to the confidence, perseverance and creative expression of our students, staff and wider community of supporters.

“This recognition is a wonderful testament to the confidence, perseverance and creative expression of our students, staff and wider community of supporters and I thank them all for their incredible efforts.”

Nick Kuenssberg, Chairman of the RCS, said: “The National Conservatory of Scotland has been delivering excellence in teaching for over 175 years and this latest recognition reinforces its reputation as a world leader in music teaching and research. Performing Arts.

“Despite the pandemic, once again the conservatory has been able to maintain its set of values ​​and continues to develop its pedagogy and unique combination of disciplines to the highest level.”

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