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Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and London’s Guildhall make top 10 for performing arts worldwide

Students at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland perform Cabaret. Photo: RCS Students at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland perform Cabaret. Photo: RCS
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Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Guildhall School of Music and Drama have both been named in the top 10 universities in the world for the performing arts.

In a new list of the 100 best universities to attend for performing arts study, RCS was ranked sixth while Guildhall came in at number nine.

This year marks the first time higher education data experts QS have ranked universities by their performing arts capabilities, which they have done for a number of other subjects for the past six years.

Ratings were based on the opinion of more than 75,000 academics and nearly 45,000 employers, as well as the analysis of 28.5 million research papers.

The Juilliard School in the US was crowned the best institute for the performing arts, with Austria’s University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna in second place.

Universities with celebrated music facilities had a strong showing in the top ten, with the Royal College of Music tied with Oxford University at number three and the Royal Academy of Music ranked fifth.

Royal Holloway University came in 14th, while further down the league table Trinity Laban was ranked at 48.

Other schools in the top 100 include the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Queen Mary University of London and the University of Birmingham. No other conservatoires or drama-specific schools were listed.

Responding to the sixth place ranking, RCS principal Jeffrey Sharkey said he was “thrilled and incredibly proud” to see the school’s students and staff recognised on a global scale.

He continued: “The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland is leading the way in redefining the performing arts for our nation, and our students and graduates make diverse and important contributions to the arts and society globally.”

Sharkey claimed the school’s home city Glasgow had a “special energy and daring creativity”, and added: “I hope this recognition helps celebrate Scotland’s place as one of the world’s dynamic cultural nations.”

Guildhall principal Barry Ife described the top ten placing as “a real endorsement of [the school’s] ambition to be at the forefront of cultural change in the performing arts”.

Performing arts courses at just over 1,000 universities and higher education institutions were considered for the QS research.

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