Universities Scotland member RSAMD becomes Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

On 1 September 2011 the RSAMD changes its name to become the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

This is a significant new chapter in the story of one of Europe’s leading conservatoires. Founded in 1847, the RSAMD now provides specialist learning to the highest professional level in dance, drama, music, production, screen and education. As these can’t all be listed in one name the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland better expresses this unusually rich breadth of artistic disciplines.

Alongside undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, the Academy is rare in that tuition is provided across all disciplines to people of all ages and stages. The range of evening, weekend, short courses, summer schools and Continuing Professional Development available is extensive and will be further developed. The well-reputed Junior Academy of Music for talented 9-18 year olds will become part of the Junior Conservatoire which will also embrace Modern Ballet. Contributions to Youthworks music centres across Scotland will continue.

As part of this evolution towards a new-model of conservatoire, one which is fit for the 21st century, in 2012 an innovative new curriculum will be introduced, which is designed to meet the need felt by professional companies round the world for confident, reflective, adaptable artists. The curriculum will create the space for disciplinary excellence, choice and transdisciplinary co-creation. This has been supported through ongoing investment which sees facilities becoming the best in Europe.

Universities Scotland’s Deputy Director, Simon Jennings said:


“This is an exciting time for Scotland’s conservatoire and I wish the staff and students all the very best for continued success in the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland as the new academic year begins.”


For more information, visit the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s new website.