Taught course

Classical and Contemporary Text (Directing)

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland · School of Drama

Entry requirements

Normally a good undergraduate degree, or its overseas equivalent, in a subject area relevant to the demands of the programme.

Entrance to the Conservatoire is based on talent, potential and ability, therefore consideration will be given to relevant experience which is deemed to compensate for any traditional education. We accept a wide range of qualification, including international qualifications. If you wish to check the suitability of your qualification/experience, please contact us ( admissions@rcs.ac.uk ).

The language of study is English. Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of proficiency in English. We accept the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

Other equivalent English Language qualifications may be considered, please contact us (admissions@rcs.ac.uk ) for more information.

IELTS – 7.5 with a minimum score of 7.5 in speaking

Audition requirements can be found in the MA Drama Guide for Applicants on the following website

Months of entry


Course content

The Classical and Contemporary Text programme from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland is an intensive year-long course. It is for actors and directors with some experience who want to take their skills to the next level and who want to become more reflective, aspirational practitioners.

There are two strands to the Classical and Contemporary Text Masters – acting or directing – with students working together as an ensemble throughout the year. You will focus on two strands of theatre: classical (Shakespeare and Renaissance) and contemporary (new writing). There will be numerous opportunities to learn, experiment, and collaborate in projects, performances, and rehearsals.

As part of your studies, you will complete a one-month residency at Shakespeare’s Globe in London, developing your knowledge and skills of working with classical text.

You will spend time working on new plays with some of Scotland’s most talented writers in our collaboration with Playwrights’ Studio, Scotland. These new plays are performed in Glasgow to a public and professional audience.

You’ll end your studies here with industry showcases in Glasgow and London. Through this programme, you will benefit from professional connections allowing you to develop invaluable industry contacts. When you graduate, you will have gained practical, high-level experience of working in the profession, as well as all-important contacts and the skills to underpin your future career, including business, entrepreneurship and industry etiquette.

Information for international students

We welcome applications from international students. Auditions are held each year in USA and Canada as well as other selected locations. DVD auditions are welcomed from non UK students. Please see our website for further information on what to prepare or contact us directly.

Fees and funding

The Conservatoire can offer a number of entrance scholarships which are awarded as part of the audition process based on merit.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

+44 (0)141 332 4101