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Prospectus 2011/12


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Welcome About the Academy School of Music School of Drama and Dance Research Degrees Student Exchange and Study Abroad Information and How to Apply International


Our Academy is the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland a conservatoire for the 21st century. We offer a varied and rich range of programmes. Whatever your specialism across drama, music, dance, film or production, your own personal performance the ability to raise your game when it really counts will be crucial in your future artistic and professional journey. Come to the RSAMD and that is precisely what we will help you achieve the standards of quality that your inner potential beckons you towards. The Academy offers an international environment from its base in Scotland. Our students choose to come to us from 45 different countries worldwide. Our welcome is warm and our primary aim is to ensure a truly individual student experience in a supportive yet challenging environment, underpinned by superb facilities.

Scotland has a deserved, centuries-old reputation for worldclass education. We also boast one the worlds youngest and most innovative National Theatres, resurgent national opera and ballet companies and three outstanding orchestras. The Academy has strong and productive relationships with all of them. We are located in Glasgow a gem of a city with one of the buzziest gig, alternative theatre, film, and dance scenes in Europe. Our unique position within the UK of having drama, music, dance, film and production all available within a conservatoire environment of absolute excellence offers so many exciting opportunities for artistic collaboration across all of the performing arts. Be inspired; share our excitement; come to our Academy the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and we will help you to fulfil your potential. Professor John Wallace OBE MA (Cantab) FRSAMD FRAM FRCM FRNCM Hon DLitt (Strathclyde) Hon DMus (Aberdeen) Principal

John Wallace has been Principal since 2002. He has been Chair of Conservatoires UK since 2008. He was born in Fife, and studied at Cambridge University, where he was a member of the Footlights Club, performing with them at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Long acclaimed as a virtuoso trumpet player, and greatly in demand as a recitalist and teacher, his professional career began in the Festival Ballet Orchestra. He played for 20 years in the Philharmonia Orchestra, and as Principal Trumpet played for many great conductors in the great venues of the world, including Valery Gergiev, Riccardo Muti, Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Andrew Davis, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Leonard Slatkin. Many composers, including Peter Maxwell Davies and James MacMillan wrote concertos for John, and he has made over 30 solo album recordings. As director of his own brass ensemble, the Wallace Collection, the diversity of his activities set him apart as a pioneering musician and educator. He received an OBE for services to music in 1995 and an ABO Award in 2002 for his contribution to British orchestras.

RSAMD, Renfrew Street

About the Academy

Founded in 1847, the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama is the UKs first conservatoire of Music, Drama and Dance. We offer specialist performance-based training to around 750 students from all over the world. The benefits of studying here include: Professional Collaborations We collaborate with many professional and national companies, providing direct links with the industry, which means we can offer a vast range of opportunities to our students. Many of our students are engaged professionally before graduating. We work with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the BBC, the National Theatre of Scotland, Scottish Ballet, Scottish Opera, New Moves International, National Platform of Live Art, and Shakespeares Globe, amongst numerous other organisations. Performance Opportunities We have six venues of our own, a busy production schedule, and long-term relationships with major venues including Glasgow

Theatre Royal, City Halls, the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, the Citizens Theatre, Shakespeares Globe and Edinburgh Festival Theatre ensuring students have many opportunities throughout their time with us to learn, perform and excel. High Contact Hours All students receive a high level of individual and group tuition, including 90 minutes of one-to-one Principal Study for BMus and MMus students. World Class Facilities Students have access to some of the best purpose-built facilities in Europe, including six performance venues. Our practice rooms, rehearsal spaces, dance studios, digital production facilities, editing suites, dressing rooms, production workshops and numerous teaching spaces enable our students to take full advantage of our unique environment. Staff and International Fellows We offer the maximum opportunity to learn and develop with some of the best creative practitioners in the world. Our staff are leaders in their field and our professional links are second to none, evident in our International Fellows programme. Through masterclasses and workshops

Academy students receive tuition and inspiration from these individuals of world-renown. Location Glasgow is a fantastic city in which to live and study, with a vibrant artistic community. Scotland has a unique cultural heritage, identity and history. It is easily accessible from the rest of the UK, and has excellent international transport links. Size We are small and intimate; with a diverse student population of around 750 students, we can ensure a high level of staff/student contact and opportunities, and we listen and act on student feedback.

Patron HRH The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay DAcad (RSAMD) President Sir Cameron Mackintosh DDra (RSAMD)

New Athenaeum Theatre

Performance Venues The Academy is housed in two specially-designed buildings (at Renfrew Street and Garscube Road) within a five minute walk of each other. The main auditoria in the Renfrew Street building were designed for public performances of all kinds and are acoustically tuned to the highest standards. They are used frequently by the BBC for recordings. New Athenaeum Theatre Newly refurbished in 2009, and seating 343, this is the principal auditorium for plays and opera. The stage is the same size as that of the London Palladium, the orchestra pit holds up to 50 players and there is automated state-of-the-art flying equipment from Stage Technologies. Academy Concert Hall The prestigious concert hall contains a magnificent organ, and seats 355. When not in use by our own orchestras and ensembles a full schedule of performances is arranged as part of our performance season.

Alexander Gibson Opera School Opened in 1998, this is the UKs only purpose-built opera school. It houses rehearsal and coaching rooms, and a stunning flexible performance space. Chandler Studio Theatre This flexible space has around 100 seats and is used for small scale, intimate or experimental theatre work. Guinness Room A striking open design with sycamore panelling and a minstrels gallery, this recital hall can seat up to 108 and is the venue for many of our workshops and masterclasses. Student Tickets The Academy is one of the busiest performance venues in the UK and we present and host over 450 public performances every year from staff, students and visiting artists, across music, drama and dance in Academy and external venues. Recent performances have included Nicola Benedetti and Lisa Milne as part of a BBC Radio 3 concert series, sellout performances of the world premiere of the original version of the opera War and Peace, productions at Edinburgh Fringe, and more. RSAMD students

benefit from free tickets to Academy performances, allowing students to access some of the greatest talent at no cost. Additional Facilities All students have access to top-of-the-range facilities relevant to their programme including rehearsal rooms, piano suites, timpani studios, Avid edit suites, lighting and sound desks, scenic workshops and more. Dance Studios Fully equipped for the training needs of our students, the dance studios have Harlequin sprung floors, ballet barres and mirrored walls. Library and IT The Academys Whittaker Library contains one of the UKs most comprehensive collections of performance materials for music, drama and dance. Students can access DVDs and recordings as well as printed material and space is available for group and individual study. The Academy uses Moodle as its Virtual Learning Environment allowing students to access their programme materials online. There are excellent desktop and WiFi facilities throughout the building.

Academy Concert Hall

Recording Studio The recently upgraded Recording Studio has a professional standard mixing desk and an in-house recording engineer. The studio offers a professional service for students. RSAMD Speirs Locks Studios Construction work commenced in January 2010 to provide the Academy with a second campus at Garscube Road (just five minutes walk away from the main building) in Glasgow. The development by renowned Malcolm Fraser Architects will provide accommodation for Technical and Production Arts teaching, design, set and wardrobe construction and four large high-specification Dance and Musical Theatre rehearsal studios. This exciting development (due for completion September 2010) puts the Academy at the heart of an ambitious urban regeneration programme which is supported by Glasgow City Council and is a cornerstone in the creation of a hub of artistic activity in this part of the city with Scottish Opera and the National Theatre of Scotland directly adjacent.

Curriculum Reform The RSAMD is in the vanguard of education in the performing arts and production technology. You will be coming to the Academy at a very exciting time in its history when we are undertaking a thoroughgoing Curriculum Reform. For us this means having a big conversation about how you learn and how we teach. The artistic professions are changing fast and we are eager to involve you in a dialogue about how you are being prepared for your chosen career here at the Academy. During your time here we will be exploring and refining the six principles which express our artistic and educational philosophy and values: The curriculum: Develops excellence alongside high levels of reflection in all of our disciplines. Fosters the creative attitudes and skills needed for collaborative learning in and through practice. Enables students to take responsibility for managing and evaluating their own learning.

Provides students with insight into a diversity of artistic fields and experience of what is required to succeed in their individual arts practice. Develops the ability to use theoretical understanding to inform practice and practice to inform theory. Enables students to make a contribution in the world as artists, educators, advocates and citizens. Professor Maggie Kinloch FHEA FRSA Vice Principal For more information about Curriculum Reform contact Celia Duffy, Director of Academic Development +44 (0) 141 270 8275.

Location Scotland is a cultural and creative industries hotspot, offering multiple opportunities to musicians, actors, artists, creators and practitioners. It is the home of world-class theatres and venues, internationally acclaimed performing arts companies, the worlds biggest international arts festival, a diverse community of artists and performers, and so much more. The Academy is located in the heart of Glasgow, the largest of Scotlands six cities. Dynamic and friendly, it has a large student population (three universities and a world-famous art school), a sizeable artistic community, and numerous performance venues, from the renowned Glasgow Barrowlands to the international Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, and everything in between. Glasgow is cutting-edge and cosmopolitan, but within 30 minutes you can be enjoying breathtaking scenery in the national park of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs. Furthermore, Scotland offers some of the best hill-walking, climbing, skiing, snowboarding, sailing and other watersports in the UK, all of it within easy reach.

The derivation of Glasgows name is dear green place, and consequently the city has plenty of attractive, wellmaintained parks, but its aesthetic standing truly rests with its buildings. 19th century architecture rubs shoulders with avant-garde design, while traditional pubs sit alongside contemporary bars and galleries. A magnet for artistic talent, creative industries now employ 8% of Glasgows working population and, on the international stage, the city was voted Cultural Capital of Europe in 1990, UK City of Architecture and Design in 1999, UNESCO City of Music in 2008 and will host the Commonwealth Games in 2014. Its no surprise that so many actors, musicians, performers and artists choose to live and study in Glasgow. There are twelve theatres of varying sizes in Glasgow, while the numerous smaller music venues have been a breeding ground for many of todays most successful bands including Simple Minds, Primal Scream, The Fratellis, Franz Ferdinand and Snow Patrol. The Rough Guide to the World pronounced Glasgow Europes secret capital of rock music.

Cutting-edge performance can be discovered at the Arches, Tramway, the Tron and the Centre for Contemporary Arts while the Citizens Theatre produces and presents classics, contemporary plays and new writing, and the Kings Theatre and the Theatre Royal present big name touring productions. The Academy itself is one of the UKs busiest arts venues, and we present around 450 performances a year, in and out of the building. The Academy is unique amongst UK conservatoires in having two great cities in which to perform; Scotlands capital, Edinburgh, is just a short 45 minutes from Glasgow. We have long-standing connections with the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the Traverse Theatre and the Festival Theatre Edinburgh, as well as various other Edinburgh-based arts organisations and companies. With two international airports, two main railway stations, and a main city centre bus station, there are excellent transport links from Glasgow between the UK, Europe and the rest of the world.

Student Life A note from the Students Union The Students Union is an integral part of Academy life. From student representation within the RSAMD and at a national level, we will help you make the most of your time here. By studying at the Academy, we all hope to fulfil promising and long-lasting careers. So finding a life balance where you have time for study, friends, work and other activities is an important consideration. Through regular social events, various societies and sports clubs, and through welfare, campaigns and support we hope to make your time at the RSAMD a rich and diverse experience. Liberty House The Academy aims to offer all first-year students a place in our hall of residence, Liberty House, in the centre of Glasgow and within easy walking distance of the Academy. Liberty House provides comfortable city centre living; accommodation consists of highly secure, en-suite study bedrooms sharing well-equipped kitchen and dining areas. The Academy is able to offer advice to students seeking

accommodation in the private sector and subscribes to PAD, a database of properties available for let in the city. This database is operated by the University of Glasgow and may be accessed at Contact for further information. Welfare and Support At the Academy the wellbeing of students is of great importance. The Welfare and International Student Advisor, Academy Counsellor and Disability Advisor, Equality and Diversity Officer and established support services ensure that individual concerns about any aspect of student welfare, whether physical or mental health issues or practical welfare matters, can be addressed sensitively and effectively. The Academy is committed to promoting equality in all its activities and aims to provide a work, learning, research and teaching environment free from discrimination and unfair treatment. The role of the Academy Equality and Diversity Officer is to ensure that these commitments are fulfilled and to provide a confidential source of advice, guidance and support to staff and students.

Students with Disabilities The Academy welcomes applications from people with disabilities, and offers support at audition and interview. Following matriculation, a Learning Agreement is drawn up outlining the support provided. An Effective Learning Tutor is available to help with study support. The Academy endeavours to ensure that halls of residence/ accommodation have access for students with disabilities. The Academy has accessible lifts, toilets and car parking as well as induction loops in lecture theatres and networked software in the IT suite. For more information on support visit academy/study/student-support where you can download the RSAMDs booklet Information for Disabled Students and Applicants. This is also available from in hard copy or audio versions. If you would like to discuss a potential application, please contact the Academys Counsellor and Disability Advisor, Jane Balmforth on +44 (0)141 270 8282 or email

Student Tom Poulson, Performance Masterclass with BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra


School of Music
The School of Music provides a conservatoire education of excellence in an environment which is cosmopolitan, dynamic, and supportively challenging. Classes in enterprise and business skills are an integral part of the music curriculum and help prepare students for professional life.

The BMus, MMus, BEd, and BA Scottish Music programmes are large enough in scope to provide a diverse and challenging education, but small enough in student numbers to ensure a great deal of personal attention from staff. At all times emphasis is on the student as an individual; whether students are composers or performers, researchers, community musicians or aspiring educators, each will follow an individually-designed pathway through the programme. All students on the BMus and MMus programmes have the benefit of a weekly 90-minute Principal Study lesson, unique amongst UK conservatoires. Additionally students are able to study subsidiary and related instruments. Solo and ensemble performance opportunities are numerous and students have the opportunity to share the stage with their peers and additionally to perform with distinguished professionals. The Academy has a significant number of mentoring and apprentice schemes and students have continuous contact with the profession throughout their programme. A recent Memorandum of Understanding signed with the BBC will provide further opportunities for extensive professional collaboration.

Collaboration is also integral to the Scottish Music Department and students benefit significantly from its close professional relationships; a wide range of performance opportunities are available, including professional tours. The Bachelor of Education (Music) programme leads to professional registration as a classroom teacher with the General Teaching Council of Scotland. It is delivered in collaboration with the University of Glasgow and students are fully matriculated at both institutions. Students are able to study abroad through the Academys Erasmus exchange partnerships with over 30 other European conservatoires and staff and students regularly visit the Academy from other international institutions. The School of Music enjoys excellent facilities and is equipped to the highest professional standards. Places are in high demand with students applying from throughout the UK and across the globe. Entrance auditions normally take place in November each year - see page 62 for application details. Dean of Music Havilland Willshire GRNCM ARNCM (Teacher) ARNCM (Performer) ARNCM (Accompaniment)

Performance opportunities include: A lunchtime concert series. Various solo, ensemble and orchestral concerts throughout the year. Three operas each academic year. Masterclasses with staff members, visiting professionals and International Fellows. Performance classes and chamber music/ensemble classes/choral activities. Tours and festivals, including Plug, the Academys annual festival of new music, and Celtic Connections.

The Academy boasts ensembles of every shape and size. From period performance to contemporary music, from classical to jazz, with specialist ensembles in strings, wind, brass and percussion, every style and period of music is catered for. The provision for chamber music is among the best of its kind in Europe, with the many and varied groups receiving specialist coaching from internationally renowned teachers on a regular basis. Orchestral activity ranges from chamber and opera orchestras to full-sized symphony orchestras and the repertoire covered is diverse and extensive, ranging from the classical and romantic masters to cuttingedge contemporary music.

Professional Collaborations The Academy operates prestigious and innovative training, mentoring, apprenticeship, performance and side-by-side schemes with a range of organisations including: Royal Scottish National Orchestra BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra BBC Radio Scotland BBC Scotland Scottish Opera Scottish Ballet Scottish Chamber Orchestra Scottish Ensemble Philharmonia Orchestra Glyndebourne Festival Opera Bayreuth Festival Opera Independent Opera at Sadlers Wells British Youth Opera Britten Pears School for Advanced Studies Celtic Connections National Piping Centre Scottish National Jazz Orchestra Scottish National Wind Orchestra Red Note Dunedin Consort


Brodsky Quartet, International Fellows


Staff Contact with the profession is an integral strand for all students. Students benefit from working with staff members who are active as professional performers, conductors, teachers or composers, as well as a wide range of part-time and visiting tutors from the national orchestras and ensembles. In addition students enjoy a comprehensive programme of masterclasses and workshops, with visiting professionals and distinguished teachers from all over the world. Through the appointment of International Fellows the Academy offers even more varied learning opportunities. These world-renowned performers visit regularly to provide masterclasses, workshops and performances.

Current International Fellows (2010) include: Brodsky Quartet Chamber Music The Brodskys are at the forefront of the chamber music scene. Their love and mastery of the traditional string quartet repertoire is evident from their highly acclaimed performances and recordings, and they are also known for their pioneering work with a diverse range of performing artists including Elvis Costello, Anne Sofie von Otter and Bjrk. Their many collaborations with distinguished composers, including John Tavener, Witold Lutoslawski, Peter Sculthorpe, Django Bates, Sally Beamish, Dave Brubeck and Peter Maxwell Davies, have given them an unrivalled opportunity to influence and inspire some of the newest work for string quartet. Ilya Gringolts Violin Ilya Gringolts was the 1998 winner of the Premio Paganini International Violin Competition and was selected by the BBC for their New Generation Artists Scheme. He is in great demand as a soloist, an awardwinning recording artist, and has a continued commitment to music education.

Christopher Lamb Percussion Hailed as a dynamic and versatile performer, Chris Lamb joined the New York Philharmonic as Principal Percussionist in 1985. He has designed his own line of concert snare drumsticks and is frequently consulted on instrument design concepts by leading equipment manufacturers. A former member of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and the Buffalo Philharmonic, he is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, a staff member of the Manhattan School of Music, and was the recipient of a Fulbright Scholar Award. Thomas Martin Double Bass Tom Martin studied double bass in America under Harold Roberts, Oscar Zimmerman and Roger Scott. He has held front desk positions with the Buffalo Philharmonic and Israel Philharmonic Orchestras and Principal positions with lOrchestre Symphonique de Montral, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, the English Chamber Orchestra, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and latterly, the London Symphony Orchestra.

Masterclass with Pavel Steidl

Malcolm Martineau Accompaniment Malcolm Martineau is recognised as one of the leading accompanists of his generation and has worked with many of the worlds greatest singers including Sir Thomas Allen, Dame Janet Baker, Barbara Bonney, Ian Bostridge, Dame Felicity Lott and Anne Murray. He has presented his own series at St Johns Smith Square, Wigmore Hall and the Edinburgh International Festival. He is in demand as a performer all over the world and has made numerous recordings. Lorna McGhee Flute Lorna McGhee was formerly co-Principal Flute of the BBC Symphony Orchestra. She has performed as guest principal with many orchestras, including the London Symphony, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, and Pittsburgh Symphony. As a soloist, Lorna has given concerto performances with the London Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in the UK and Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, Toronto Philharmonia, and Victoria Symphony in Canada. As a chamber musician and recitalist, she has performed throughout Europe and North America, and is regularly featured in chamber music festivals.

Steven Osborne Piano Steven Osborne is a renowned pianist who has played in many of the worlds prestigious venues including Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Wigmore Hall and Carnegie Hall. He performs concertos with major orchestras including the Philharmonia and London Philharmonic Orchestras and makes regular appearances at the Proms as well as recording extensively. Lawrence Power Viola Since making his debut as soloist with the Philharmonia in London, Lawrence Power has appeared frequently in the UK and abroad, as soloist with many leading orchestras. He is committed to expanding the viola repertoire and has given the world premieres of many pieces written for him. In addition to his solo career he is much in demand as a chamber musician being violist in both the Nash Ensemble and the Leopold String Trio. Donald Runnicles Conducting Donald Runnicles is Chief Conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and General Music Director of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, as well as Music Director of the Grand Teton Music Festival, and Principal Guest Conductor of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

He was the Music Director and Principal Conductor of the San Francisco Opera until 2009. Donald Runnicles has ongoing musical relationships with some of the finest orchestras and opera companies in the US and Europe. He appears annually at both the BBC London Proms and the Edinburgh Festival. Pavel Steidl Guitar Pavel Steidl was born in the Czech Republic. Since he won rst prize at the Radio France International Competition in Paris in 1982, he has become one of the most widely celebrated soloists of his generation. Pavel Steidl is well-known for his highly expressive performances of rare 19th century guitar music on authentic instruments.



Alumni Our graduates go on to fulfil varied careers equipped with the range of skills they need to succeed in their own areas of interest. Some pursue successful careers playing for major orchestras, or singing on the worlds great operatic stages. Others are equally successful as teachers, business leaders and inspirers of new generations of music students. Our alumni network is growing and graduates from all over the world regularly keep in touch and often come back to share their experiences or act as mentors for current students.

Programmes Pre-Entry Programme (subject to approval) For students who have received the offer of a place, but do not have an IELTS score of at least 6.0, and students of a high musical standard who wish to develop their skills before applying. The Academy expects all international undergraduate and postgraduate students to have achieved an IELTS score of at least 6.0 prior to matriculation. However, the Academy has an arrangement with the University of Glasgow to help students who have not achieved that score. An applicant who has received an offer of a place at the Academy, but has not achieved the required IELTS score, would be able to enrol on the pre-entry course, provided that an IELTS score of 4.0 or more had already been achieved. This would be with a view to achieving the IELTS score of 6.0 and then matriculating at the Academy the following year on their original degree programme. The pre-entry course comprises of English language classes at the University and instrument and music classes at the Academy.

Performance opportunities may be available, depending upon needs and aptitudes of individual students. The length of the course will vary incrementally depending upon IELTS score on entry but should not exceed one year. Additionally, the pre-entry course may be of interest to prospective students who wish to develop their English language skills alongside their music education with a view to applying to the Academy (or to some other conservatoire) in the future although entry to further study would be dependent upon the outcome of an application considered through the normal process i.e. for the Academy via CUKAS. Students on the pre-entry course would be students of both the University of Glasgow and the Academy and enjoy the benefits of both institutions. Further information, including fee information, is available from


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Patrick Doyle Yvie Burnett Karen Cargill Carlos Duarte Judith Howarth Janis Kelly Finlay MacDonald Rory Boyle Lisa Milne Paul Rissmann


Undergraduate Programmes Bachelor of Music (with Honours) 4 years, full time The BMus is aimed at performers (classical and jazz) and composers of outstanding potential. The programme is strongly practical in focus and vocational in purpose. Its structure and content are flexibly designed to allow students to develop the full range of their abilities and pursue their musical interests and aspirations to a high level, with a view to postgraduate study or professional employment as performers, composers, teachers, or in other portfolio careers in the music profession. Students receive a 90 minute weekly lesson in their Principal Study and all students have the opportunity of taking a Second Study (e.g. piano for a violinist), and most are able to take a Related Study (e.g. piccolo for a flautist) for 30 minutes a week. Alongside the Principal Study, students participate in core performance/composition activities as well as modules in Creative and Contextual Studies (Music in History, Style in Performance, Aural Skills, Analysis, etc) and

Techniques of Teaching. Entrepreneurship and the development of professionalism are integral aspects of the programmes Career and Enterprise Skills modules. Bachelor of Education (Music) (with Honours) 4 years, full time The BEd is taught in collaboration with the Faculty of Education, University of Glasgow (one of the worlds top 100 universities, Times Higher Education-QS World University Rankings 2009) and is accredited by the General Teaching Council for Scotland. Graduates are qualified to teach in Scotland, but many have gone on to teach around the world as GTCS standards are widely-recognised internationally. It is the only music degree programme which offers a teaching qualification with integrated school experience throughout all four years of study. The Honours programme, which leads to an award of the RSAMD, is designed for students wishing to become classroom teachers of music in schools. Successful completion leads to an award of the degree together with a Teaching Qualification (Secondary Education). The programme has three strands (Music Studies,

Education Studies and School Experience), which run in parallel throughout all four years. Within Music Studies, and in keeping with current and projected needs in schools, students pursue a Principal Performance Study throughout the programme, as well as developing skills in keyboard playing and voice, and other creative and contextual subjects. There are also opportunities for students to participate in RSAMD ensembles and choirs. Bachelor of Arts (Scottish Music) (with Honours) Bachelor of Arts (Scottish Music Piping) (with Honours) 4 years, full time For more information, see page 28 See page 18 onwards for Departments in the School of Music.


Masterclass with the BBC SSO and Donald Runnicles, as part of the RSAMDs unique collaboration with the BBC.


Postgraduate Programmes Head of Postgraduate Programmes and Research Stephen Broad MA DPhil Master of Music (MMus) The Academy offers a flexible range of postgraduate programmes, designed to offer high-level training that will be a springboard to a professional career or further study. The programmes are aimed at graduates from conservatoires and universities or at individuals of equivalent standard with related professional experience. Programmes are flexible, with full- and part-time study options from 2010 students can opt for a full-time intensive one-year programme, a fulltime two-year programme, or a part-time programme lasting up to three years. Studies in Performance (including all string, woodwind and brass instruments, and in guitar, timpani and percussion, piano solo, piano ensemble, piano repetiteur, harpsichord and concert singing), Scottish Music, Opera, Jazz, Composition, Conducting, Advanced Accompaniment, Repetiteur and Pianist for Dance

are available, as are other options including Research Preparation for those intending to continue to doctoral level studies. All of the Academys taught postgraduate programmes offer exit awards of Postgraduate Certificates, Postgraduate Diploma and Masters degrees, depending on the duration of study, allowing students to progress seamlessly through a range of options depending on individual need, ability and aspiration. Dance Accompaniment The Academys postgraduate dance accompaniment programme is unique in the education sector. Run in conjunction with Scottish Ballet, it offers training in accompanying a class, score reduction, improvisation and dance repertoire. Keyboard and Collaborative Piano Department, see page 18 Conducting Postgraduate Conducting concentrates on the technique and craft of conducting through a comprehensive experiencebased programme, working with the Academy Orchestras, Opera School and various ensembles. Numbers are strictly limited to

allow for maximum performance opportunities. In addition, the Academy supports a prestigious annual Conducting Fellowship, the recipient of which not only works with many of our in house orchestras and ensembles, but also acts as Assistant to International Conducting Fellow Donald Runnicles during his time at the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Tuition is delivered in two weekly conducting classes, in addition to a weekly session with the Academy Repertoire Orchestra, each of which is coached by an impressive list of visiting conducting consultants, including Donald Runnicles, Ilan Volkov, Stphane Denve, Garry Walker, James Lowe and David Danzmayr. The RSAMDs conducting students also benefit hugely from several collaborations with professional organisations such as Scottish Opera and the Royal Scottish National and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestras. Programme Co-ordinators Bryan Allen and Timothy Dean Conducting Tutor Alasdair Mitchell PhD International Fellow Donald Runnicles

Opera The MMus (Opera) forms the first part of intensive high level training for the operatic stage, which is concluded with Master of Opera (MOpera). Weekly individual singing lessons are given high priority, with language classes and specialist coaching in the singing of Italian, German, French, and Russian. There are three opera productions each year, and singers on the programme are often involved in these, as well as other performances, workshop presentations and masterclasses. Vocal Performance Department see page 22 Master of Opera (MOpera) MOpera is only available to students who have completed MMus (Opera) or equivalent operatic study elsewhere. The programme is orientated towards fully-fledged operatic performance; participants can expect to have two significant roles in the three public productions which are staged in Glasgow and Edinburgh each year, with professional guest directors and conductors. There are close contacts with Scottish Opera, involving a constant flow of staff coaching and working with Academy

singers. Each year there is one production accompanied by the Orchestra of Scottish Opera in two major theatres in Glasgow and Edinburgh. The Emerging Artists programme offers selected Academy singers at the beginning of their careers a salaried position and wide experience with the company. Vocal Performance Department see page 22 Composition Postgraduate Composition programmes build on the Academys highly successful composition and contemporary music activities. Students have weekly Composition tutorials, with a range of supporting tutorials available, including analysis, orchestration, electroacoustic composition, music aesthetics and conducting. Students are also given the opportunity to work on school and community projects, and to hear their works rehearsed and performed by students on the performance programmes as well as by professional musicians. Composition Department see page 27

MMus in Historically Informed Performance Practice Programme Leader Professor John Butt FBA FRSE This programme is delivered in partnership with the University of Glasgow. Directed by distinguished musician and scholar, John Butt, it combines a rigorous research orientation with equally demanding practical activity, supporting individual development as a performer. The design of each students curriculum will be negotiated at the start of the programme; students will undertake research training in seminars and tutorials at the University of Glasgow and will work as an ensemble with John Butt and visiting specialists at the Academy. Practical work includes coaching and side-by-side performances with the Dunedin Consort in professional settings. Applications are welcomed from students in any appropriate instrumental discipline. Students will be registered at the University of Glasgow and applicants should apply directly to the +44 (0) 141 330 4515 Research Degrees see page 58


Masterclass with Steven Osborne


Keyboard and Collaborative Piano Head of Department Aaron Shorr BMus MMus DipRAM ARAM International Fellows Steven Osborne Malcolm Martineau Within the Keyboard and Collaborative Piano Department, all students receive a 90-minute lesson per week and 30 lessons per year. Additionally, there are six hours of performance classes per week in the main concert venues, dedicated to solo or chamber music. Elective coursework options include chamber music, baroque ensemble, contemporary ensemble, organ/harpsichord seminars, keyboard literature, Alexander Technique, piano technique and improvisation. The department offers first rate performance and practice facilities; piano students are assured daily practice time on the Academys high quality, new fleet of Steinway and Yamaha grand pianos and a generous free loan system also operates to provide students with free upright pianos during the academic year, ensuring the best possible environment for unhindered development.

Orchestral piano and contemporary ensembles also feature strongly throughout the year and the Academys historic and reproduction instrument collection, including a newly refurbished Erard Grand from 1850, allows students to explore core repertoire in their appropriate historical context. There is a busy programme of masterclasses and celebrity recitals; distinguished artists visiting the Academy recently for recitals and classes include Jean-Philippe Collard, Marc-Andr Hamelin, Leslie Howard, Roy Howat, Martino Tirimo, Yevgeny Sudbin, Alexander Korsantia, Louis Lorte, Mikhail Rudy, Alexander Melnikov and Gergely Boganyi. The core of the department is its distinguished team of teachers, whom also enjoy active performing and recording careers, and bring a wealth of experience and sensitivity to student development. The department is proud of the achievements of its past and present students, many of whom have won prizes at national and international competitions, including the top prizes at the St Petersburg International Piano Competition.

The RSAMD provides both a tremendously supportive atmosphere and exciting challenges. There are many different opportunities to develop as a musician, whether through accompanying, chamber music, teaching or masterclasses, and the flexibility of the course means that you can focus on whichever aspects you choose. Anne MacGregor, Student

I am really enjoying my time here at the RSAMD. Coming from China I was pleased to see so many other overseas students and I love the international environment here Im meeting so many people from all over the world. The Academy provides many opportunities to see concerts and take part in masterclasses and the teaching is excellent. Anna Yang, Student

Ilya Gringolts, International Fellow

Strings Head of Department Peter Lissauer LTCL MMus International Fellows Brodsky Quartet Ilya Gringolts Lawrence Power Tom Martin Pavel Steidl The String Department is one of the most dynamic in the UK. The departments size (80-100 players) means that students are offered a diverse range of opportunities and, together with generous levels of staffing, each student is afforded high levels of individual attention. The weekly 90-minute tuition on a principal instrument is backed up by performance classes; historical performance practice, orchestral experience in symphony, chamber and opera orchestras take place alongside the increasingly active chamber music programme with its emphasis on ensemble, communication, rehearsal and performance skills. Side-by-side projects and apprenticeships with all the major orchestras and ensembles in Scotland allow students to gain valuable professional experience.

The level of teaching and playing is lifted to even higher levels by regular visits from International Fellows including Tom Martin, Ilya Gringolts, Pavel Steidl Lawrence Power and the Brodsky Quartet. Students also have the opportunity during their time at the Academy to take part in workshops and masterclasses with some of the worlds most renowned performers; recently these have included Barbara Wesphal, Johannes Goritzki, Andrew Manze and Jeff Bradetich. There is a lively guitar department, with classes in improvisation and fretboard, as well as lute, mandolin, 19th century guitar and bass guitar studies. An international guitar festival, The Big Guitar Weekend, takes place every year, allowing students to learn from and play with some of the worlds greats. Prizes won by students of the department recently include first prize at the Ivor Mairants Guitar Award, and second place at the Parkening International Guitar Competition.

It is almost five years since my first visit to the Guitar department of the RSAMD. I am always fascinated to see how the whole programme works, and delighted to hear the students making such progress. I think the idea of combining the work of staff members and visiting teachers is the best way of ensuring the students are inspired through learning. Pavel Steidl, International Fellow in Guitar



Student Nicholas Morris, Performance War and Peace



Vocal Performance Head of Department (to January 2011) Prof Christopher Underwood MA (Cantab) FRNCM Head of Opera Timothy Dean BA ATCL ARCM The Academys outstanding team of expert vocal teachers, working in close collaboration, have an excellent track record in helping singers to fulfil their potential. One-to-one singing lessons are the foundation of the programme and are allocated 90 minutes a week. There is a fundamental emphasis on responsibly releasing the true voice healthily and establishing a technique for a successful long career. Additionally there are classes in languages, movement, drama and Alexander Technique, as well as performance classes and specialised coaching. There is a programme of masterclasses given by distinguished names such as Karen Cargill, Siegfried Jerusalem Malcolm Martineau, Anne Murray, Christine Brewer, Jane Eaglen, Ian Storey, Dame Felicity Lott and Sir Thomas Allen.

The Academy has an extremely close working relationship with Scottish Opera, with frequent access to rehearsals, a successful shadowing scheme for senior students and Scottish Opera staff visiting to coach regularly. The Emerging Artists programme gives graduate singers, chosen by audition, a year of work with the company to launch their professional careers. Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Bayreuth Festival Opera, Independent Opera at Sadlers Wells, British Youth Opera and the Britten Pears School for Advanced Studies all audition annually at the RSAMD. Regular Erasmus exchanges of staff and students are in place, and there have been in the last few years major collaborations with the Conservatoires of St Petersburg and Rostov-onDon, the Norgesmusikhgskole in Oslo, the Universitt der Kunst, Berlin and the Komitas Conservatoire in Yerevan. Undergraduate students study Italian, German and French, Movement, Dance and Acting, the specialist repertoires of Lieder, French Mlodies, Oratorio and the Techniques of Teaching. The emphasis in the early years is on developing a secure technique,

with increasing opportunities to put this to practice in performance classes, which feed into the two recitals that contribute largely to the degree assessment in Year IV. Class sizes are usually no more than twelve. The postgraduate programmes take students from conservatoires and universities who wish to develop the foundations of their undergraduate studies towards a place in the profession. This can be via Diploma and Masters programmes in concert singing, leading to a portfolio career which is likely to include teaching and other activities, or via the Postgraduate Diploma in Opera Studies which functions as a foundation year for the MMus Opera and MOpera courses, which are essentially a two-year professional training. MOpera students can expect two significant roles in the three opera productions which take place each year.

A nation is defined by its culture and in Scotland we are incredibly lucky to have a hotbed of talent right on our doorstep. I am extremely proud of being a Scot who could train at home at a conservatoire that offers the very highest standard of teaching, performance and preparation for a life in the performing arts. The RSAMD is not only a cornerstone of artistic life in Scotland but also at an international level, with an impressive track record of producing exceptional graduates; it continues to provide training and expand horizons for future generations. Karen Cargill, Graduate, Mezzo-soprano


Tales of Hoffmann, Miranda Sinani


Woodwind Head of Department Heather Nicoll MA DRSAMD International Fellow Lorna McGhee The relatively small size of the Woodwind Department ensures an enormous and diverse range of performance opportunities; symphony, chamber and wind orchestra concerts, opera productions, wind ensembles and chamber groups are included in the spectrum of activities. The quality of the teaching and the variety of performing experience offer the musical challenges and inspiration for a students professional ambitions and the space to develop as an individual musician. Students receive training which is both intensive and unique with an unparalleled two hours of individual weekly tuition on their Principal and Related Study instrument, delivered by the departments staff members, including Principal players from the UKs leading orchestras, as well as leading specialists, all of whom are active at the highest professional level.

Students benefit from a wide range of weekly classes including orchestral, ensemble and solo repertoire, in contemporary and period performance, technique and performance classes. The atmosphere is both supportive and demanding. Frequent masterclasses are given by distinguished international musicians such as John Harle, Alexei Ogrintchouk, Ian Clarke, Maxence Larrieu, Antony Pay, Maurice Bourgue, Wissam Boustany, Thomas Indermuhle, Lorna McGhee, Andrew Marriner, Jacques Zoon, Simon Haram, Timothy Lines, Robin ONeill, John Anderson, and the Rascher Saxophone Quartet. Double-reed players benefit from their own practice space. This room also houses specialist reed-making equipment for use, and students receive regular reed-making classes throughout the year. All woodwind students are provided with a professional accompanist during their time here for recitals, performance classes, auditions, competitions and exams.

The Academy Monday at One lunchtime concert series provides woodwind students with further opportunities to perform alongside staff and visiting professionals, in a duo, chamber or ensemble capacity. The Academy Stevenson Winds Ensemble offers prestigious chamber performance opportunities, and all woodwind chamber groups are provided specialist coaching by a tutor of their own choice. Maintaining and evolving professional links ensure our students are highly equipped for the creative environment in which they will work. Innovative partnerships with the RSNO, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestra of Scottish Opera offer pioneering apprenticeship and side-by-side schemes and enviable concerto opportunities to our students. In addition, Glasgow offers excellent employment opportunities for woodwind players.

Brass Head of Department Bryan Allen BMus The Brass Department has a worldwide reputation for training leading musicians. The department has approximately 40 students; this is sufficient to service the larger activities such as the Academy Symphony Orchestra and opera, but small enough to give every student excellent performance opportunities. The department offers a highly personal and individual educational experience enabling the student to flourish at their own pace in a warm and friendly environment. The departments team of dedicated staff includes many of Britains finest brass players, with international reputations as soloists, orchestral and chamber musicians, led by one of the worlds most renowned trumpeters, John Wallace, Principal of the RSAMD. Students receive two hours of individual tuition a week (more than any other UK conservatoire) divided between Principal Study (trumpet, trombone, horn, tuba, euphonium or cornet), and various specialisms such as jazz, period performance (natural trumpet, natural horn, sackbut, cimbasso

and ophiclide) and Related Studies (piccolo trumpet, wagner tuba, alto trombone, CC tuba, etc). Brass students take part in symphony, wind, opera and chamber orchestras, and a diverse range of ensembles as well as weekly classes in orchestral repertoire, performance and technique. All of these ensembles regularly give concerts throughout Scotland, and recent tours have included China, Spain, Denmark, Russia, the Orkney and Faroe Islands. The Brass Department presents regular masterclasses from many of the worlds leading players and ensembles, with recent visitors including Radavan Vlatkovi, Hkan Hardenberger, Ole Edvard Antonsen, Alison Balsom, Christian Lindberg, Ian Bousfield, ystein Baadsvik, Canadian Brass, German Brass, Boston Brass, Spanish Brass and Fine Arts Brass.

Through the Academys masterclass scheme, I was given a perfect opportunity to perform in front of a public audience with the full BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and a professional conductor. The more I look back on my concerto masterclass, the more I realise how great it was and how important it will be to my future experiences. Everything was designed to make us feel as comfortable as possible, so that we could absorb every little detail. Principal players mentored us, coaching us on our concerto and how to work with a conductor and orchestra. The orchestra was amazing, bending to every nuance I made as if we had been rehearsing the piece for years. The performance came and went. I was so caught up in the performance that when I think back to exact moments in the piece my mind is a blur. The impression it has left on me, though, is immeasurable. With the concerto as a reference point, performances arent half as daunting. I feel truly lucky to have had this opportunity and feel future students will get an extremely valuable and amazing experience. Tom Poulson, Student



Timpani and Percussion Distinguished Fellow in Timpani and Percussion Kurt-Hans Goedicke Hon RAM International Fellow Christopher Lamb The mission of the Timpani and Percussion Department is to train students to the highest possible level of instrumental skill so that they will be first class, employable percussionists and timpanists in all the multi-faceted disciplines, allowing them to pursue careers as soloists, in percussion ensembles, orchestras and in teaching. The all important 90-minute one-to-one lessons are enhanced by regular ensemble classes and specialist tuition in Latin American, ethnic and kit disciplines and baroque timpani classes. The programme also includes specialist marimba tuition by the RSAMDs international Marimba Consultant, Jasmin Kolberg, and visits from International Fellow Chris Lamb, Principal Percussionist of the New York Philharmonic.

In recognition that the largest number of future employment opportunities for timpanists and percussionists are within orchestras, the core curriculum is based on the orchestral repertory. There are regular opportunities to perform with the Academy symphony, chamber and wind orchestras, Big Band, contemporary music ensembles and in the three operas staged every year. There is also a wellestablished tradition of solo performance in extended recitals with an emphasis on high-level professional presentation. Facilities are among the best in the world with a full inventory of highest quality instruments across the range. Dedicated space includes a soundproofed room, in addition to three large studios equipped with xylophone, vibraphone, marimba, timpani, tam tam, side drums, cymbals and stands. Percussion students participate in the side-by-side programmes run with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of Scottish Opera and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra with a range of associated performance opportunities. As a result students are often called on as extra

players for percussion sections, which strengthens employment opportunities upon graduation. International artists bring their experience to work with students in masterclasses. These have included Colin Currie, Birger Sulsbrck, Leigh Howard Stevens, Eric Sammut, David Searcy, Simon Carrington, Dame Evelyn Glennie, Rachel Bainbridge and Neil Percy.

Composition Head of Department Gordon McPherson BA DPhil Performances, by both student and visiting professional ensembles, workshops and discussion of student composition are at the core of both the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. The staff members of the Composition Department specialise in areas from philosophy and aesthetics to electroacoustic composition, world musics and performance, and the department has created a particular focus on contemporary music. The performance of new work is of paramount importance at the RSAMD and composers have worked with and have strong links with Red Note (the Academys Associate Contemporary Ensemble), the Hebrides Ensemble, the Paragon Ensemble, Psappha, the Fidelio Trio, the New Music Players, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Opera, the Scottish Flute Trio, Symposia, Icebreaker and other orchestras and ensembles.

Since 2007, the Academys annual new music festival Plug has premiered over two hundred new works and is a highlight of the year. Previous composers-in-residence have included Judith Weir and James MacMillan, and they have been joined by a growing number of composers who have discussed their work at the RSAMD, including, among others, Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Thomas Ades, Mark-Anthony Turnage, HK Gruber, Louis Andriessen, Jonathan Harvey and Lyell Cresswell.

The Department of Composition in the RSAMD, is certainly unique in the UK and possibly even the world. They are churning out good, individualistic, well-crafted music. Music to be played, not filed on a library shelf. Music to be heard and listened to. It is impossible to pass through the RSAMD and not feel the electric charge in the air. The atmosphere is charged with energy. The group energy is dynamic, almost kinetic and highly infectious, bubbling with an irresistible mix of enthusiasm and commitment. To walk through it is to walk in a state of wonder. Michael Tumelty, Arts Journalist



Jazz Artistic Director Tommy Smith DUniv DLitt (Hon) FRIAS The Jazz Department offers intensive and thorough training centred around one-to-one lessons in Principal Study, delivered by some of the best jazz musicians in Scotland. Specialist jazz pathways are created and led at undergraduate and postgraduate levels by the internationally celebrated jazz saxophonist Tommy Smith. Principal Study is available in saxophone, trumpet, trombone, drums, piano, bass, guitar and voice.

Students take a wide range of performance and specialist creative and contextual studies such as Jazz Ear Training, Jazz Chord Scales, Jazz Arranging, Jazz Ensembles, Music Business, Jazz History, Jazz Harmony, Jazz Improvisation, Jazz Piano, Notation, Jazz Composition, Personal Development and Creative Production Skills. The student cohort comprises a self-contained band which works intensively together and performs extensively both within the Academy and outside in Scotlands thriving professional jazz scene. Students benefit from individual specialist attention as well as being part of the multidisciplinary environment of the Academy, with one-to-one lessons and ensemble coaching being at the heart of a diverse range of activities covering every aspect of the skills required for todays jazz performer. The small and highly selective intake of jazz students enables each player to receive a highly intensive and individually tailored educational experience.

Scottish Music including Scottish Piping Artistic Director Prof Phil Cunningham Hon DUniv Hon DLitt MBE Head of Department Joshua Dickson PhD The Scottish Music Department offers the worlds only honours degree programme in Scottish Traditional Music. The Piping programme is run in collaboration with the National Piping Centre (, which is internationally recognised as a world leader in Highland Bagpipe teaching. Students concentrate on developing performance skills on their chosen instrument, and study related topics such as singing (in both Scots and Gaelic), groupwork, folklore, dance, business studies and Scotlands indigenous languages. Transcription and techniques of teaching are also important, and for pipers, there are classes in piping. There are electives that enable traditional musicians to apply for postgraduate courses for secondary school music teaching (providing they otherwise meet the entrance requirements).

Department staff members maintain elite worldwide status as performers, composers and scholars, and visiting artists and academics come from all over the world to work with students. In addition, Artistic Director Phil Cunningham, world-renowned traditional musician and composer, spends a great deal of time with students imparting invaluable vocational and artistic guidance. These sessions are focal points which draw together the many facets of repertoire and traditional skills in which students are immersed from day one. The department hosts weekly masterclasses by some of the greatest living performers and tradition-bearers, including Sheila Stewart, Sandy Brechin , Aidan ORourke, Alison Kinnaird, Douglas Lawrence, Angus Lyon, Roddy J MacLeod, Anne Lorne Gillies and more. Principal studies include accordion, Highland Bagpipe (taught in collaboration with the National Piping Centre, Glasgow), Scottish harp, fiddle, traditional cello, flute (Boehm or simple system), singing (Scots and/ or Gaelic), guitar, piano and pipe band snare drumming. Secondary studies include all of

the above, plus bodhran, banjo and other instruments subject to availability (Highland pipers may not offer bellows-blown pipes as a second study). The Scottish Music Department works closely with the National Piping Centre, Sabhal Mr Ostaig and the internationally famous Celtic Connections Festival in delivering a varied and vocationally robust experience for its students. There are many varied performance opportunities, including tours, recording and production of CDs, and appearances at high profile events, including Celtic Connections and frequent performances representing Scotland both in the UK and abroad. The programmes have an excellent track record of graduate employment upward of 90% and prepare students for a wide and varied range of careers in traditional music. Graduates have gone on to establish their own recording labels or other entrepreneurial ventures; to tour extensively around the world; to become noted composers, producers and broadcasters; and to earn teaching qualifications to become classroom teachers.

The best thing about studying at the Academy is the teaching staff, and the connections that come with them. Ive had the chance to study with some of the best pipers in the field such as Allan MacDonald, Roddy MacLeod, Gavin Stoddart, and Finlay MacDonald. Learning with them alongside other incredibly talented students has led to many connections in the music industry that will become essential for my career after graduating. Hazen Metro, Student




Students Olivia Knowles and Rhys Wadley, Performance The Seagull


School of Drama and Dance

The School of Drama and Dance is one of the UKs premiere schools and a dynamic, leading-edge place of training and development for emergent artists. Our portfolio is designed to offer students a comprehensive choice of degree programmes, in preparation for careers in performance and production, both live and mediated, and within the formal and informal education sectors. The School has a rapidly evolving international profile and aims to nurture and promote the development of artists of excellence, enabling them to pursue fruitful and meaningful careers across a range of specialisms in a national and international context. Preparing our students to work as professionals in the industry is of paramount importance and we do this not only through our teaching but also through the masterclasses we have with visiting artists, our International Fellows and importantly, through the excellent collaborations and partnerships we have with some of Scotlands and the rest of the UKs leading arts venues and companies.

We currently have working relationships with the National Theatre of Scotland, Scottish Ballet, the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre, the Citizens Theatre, Globe Education at Shakespeares Globe, Playwrights Studio, Scotland, Royal Lyceum Theatre Company, Vanishing Point, Dundee Rep, the Traverse Theatre, the Tron Theatre, the Arches, Tramway, New Moves International and many other organisations and individual artists. All of our students have enterprise and business modules as part of their programmes ensuring they are equipped with a fully-rounded skill set when they graduate. For many programmes mentoring schemes are in place, whereby recent alumni work with final-year students to help the transition from student to professional artist. Dean of Drama and Dance Hugh Hodgart BA (Hons) FRSA FRSAMD

Performance Opportunities All programmes are firmly rooted in the practice of making performance, and students work on a range of fully realised projects and productions in realworld contexts. Often these will be collaborations with professional companies, and will be performed in professional spaces. On other occasions they will be in-house productions, performed in one of the Academys excellent venues. As well as public performances at the Academy, in 2009/10 our students took part in performances at: Edinburgh Festival Fringe The Citizens Theatre, Glasgow Scottish Youth Theatre, Glasgow Hampstead Theatre, London Macphail Centre, Ullapool Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh Tron Theatre, Glasgow The Arches, Glasgow ran Mr, Glasgow Shakespeares Globe, London World Stage Design Exhibition, Korea Theatre Royal, York as well as projects based in the community.

Students from Technical and Production Arts work on a variety of Academy productions both in-house and externally, and while students from Digital Film and Television are less focused on performance, they frequently have the opportunity to be involved from a film production aspect, either pre-, during or post-production.


Masterclass with Nadine George


Centre for Voice in Performance Head of Research and Centre for Voice in Performance Ros Steen MA DSD IPA FRSAMD The Centre for Voice in Performance is the Academys national centre of excellence for the teaching, practice and research of Voice in Performance, established to advance our outstanding national and international reputation in this field. Its groundbreaking work is rooted in the technique of Nadine George (Voice Studio International), the Academys first International Fellow in Voice, adapted in response to professional performance contexts.

At the heart of the Centres work is the uniqueness of each individual human voice, the centrality of voice to performance and voices innovative integration into the theatre/performance making process itself. The Centres pioneering practice is now wellestablished in the current theatre voice context through significant partnerships with, amongst others, the National Theatre of Scotland, the Traverse Theatre, Dundee Rep Theatre and the Athanor Akademie of Germany. Staff from the Centre teach this unique vocal practice on the Schools undergraduate and postgraduate performance programmes and are also engaged in the research and development of the work in conjunction with professional actors, directors, movement specialists and contemporary performance practitioners, ensuring a conduit of innovative practice between training and the profession.

Alumni Our graduates go on to pursue a great variety of careers, including West End musical directors, Broadway performers, lighting technicians and stage managers in major venues, independent performers, teachers, actors in theatre, radio, film and television, contemporary performers, designers, company managers and film-makers.


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Alexandra Silber Alan Cumming Colin Morgan Robert Carlyle Shauna MacDonald Denis Lawson Laura Donnelly Richard Madden David McVicar Greg Wise James McAvoy David Tennant Maureen Beattie

The School of Drama and Dances Alumni include: James McAvoy, Alan Cumming, Colin Morgan, Robert Carlyle, Shauna MacDonald, Billy Boyd, Denis Lawson, John Hannah, David McVicar, David Tennant, Maureen Beattie, Emun Elliott, Richard Madden, Laura Donnelly, Christine Bottomley, Greg Wise, Liam Brennan, Daniela Nardini, Alexandra Silber, Andy Clark, Ruby Wax, James MacPherson, Colin McCredie and Nic Green.






Masterclass with cole Jacques Lecoq


Staff Staff in the School of Drama and Dance have extensive professional experience in all areas of performance, as actors, directors, devisors, movement directors, voice coaches, producers, theatre choreographers, musical directors, directors and more. The diverse range of staff expertise, and our excellent relationship with the screen and live performance industries, ensure that our training is contemporary and is constantly informed by dialogue with the professions which we serve.

Current International Fellows (2010) include: Nadine George Voice Nadine George has taught voice for over 30 years and is an international authority on this aspect of drama. Her unique technique uses the sung sound and links this directly to the body and text. Nadine is the founder of Voice Studio International, and runs workshops in London, Denmark, Sweden and Paris. Her methods are used by international actors, voice coaches and directors. cole Jacques Lecoq Theatre The International Theatre School of Jacques Lecoq was founded in Paris in 1956. It is world-renowned for its training of theatre artists; performers, writers and designers. Angela de Castro Clowning Angela de Castro is recognised as a master clown teacher, performer and director around the world. She has extensively toured her own shows as well as those with ground-breaking circus and theatre groups such as the awardwinning Slavas Snow Show.

International Fellows The appointment of worldrenowned International Fellows enhances the artistic and academic learning environment. They visit regularly to provide masterclasses, workshops and performances.

Undergraduate Programmes BA Acting BA (Hons) Contemporary Performance Practice BA Musical Theatre BA Digital Film and Television BA Modern Ballet BA Technical and Production Arts


Postgraduate Programmes MA Classical and Contemporary Text (Acting) MA Classical and Contemporary Text (Directing) MA Musical Theatre (Performance) MA Musical Theatre (Musical Directing) MA Arts in Social Contexts

Research Degrees See page 58


BA Acting Accredited by the National Council for Drama Training Three years, full-time Associate Head of Performance (Acting) Joyce Deans BA (Hons) DDA DipMMth (Lecoq) This vocational degree is aimed at highly motivated performers of outstanding ability who wish to make their career as professional actors in theatre, film, television and all other areas of the creative industries. At the heart of the programme is the systematic teaching of classical and contemporary approaches to acting, including in-depth work based on Stanislavski, Lecoq and others. Students are supported by an extensive programme of voice, movement and singing studies and the course offers a substantial amount of Acting for Media. Workshops covering a range of activities including devising for actors and the role of the actor in an educational context, are also essential elements. We actively encourage our students to consider themselves to be professional actors in training, thereby taking full responsibility for their own

development and beginning to build their professional practice and profile well before graduation. To assist this, class numbers and cast sizes are kept small to ensure that all students can receive individual attention when necessary. This programme is well-known to the profession and many potential employers attend performances throughout the year including the Audition Showcase in Glasgow and Londons West End. Students hone their skills in the Academys impressive and varied range of performance venues, as well as appearing in a range of professional contexts. These have included mainstage productions at the Tron, the Arches, the Traverse Theatre, Dundee Rep, the Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh and co-productions with the Citizens Theatre, Glasgow and York Theatre Royal. Recent production tours have included Germany and Russia. As part of their Professional Practice module final-year acting students work with a number of top directors, casting directors, actors and agents all of whom are available to give careers advice. In addition each final-year actor has a working actor as a

professional mentor. Mentors to date have included Billy Boyd, Alan Cumming, David Tennant and Colin McCredie. Guest professional actors and directors and other specialists teach regularly on the course. Recent workshops and masterclasses have been given by Richard Attenborough, Kevin Spacey, Robert Carlyle, Adrian Howells, James McAvoy, Simon Callow, David Tennant, Alan Cumming, Richard Wilson, Neve McKintosh and Robbie Coltrane, as well as a wide range of directors, writers, agents, casting directors and producers.

If I had to pick my most memorable day at the Academy so far, Id have to choose the day spent with Lord Richard Attenborough and James McAvoy. What a privilege to listen to people who are successes in the industry, and in Lord Attenboroughs case, an utter legend. Sometimes you have to give yourself a pat on the back for choosing to come to the Academy. Well done me. Nicola Daley, Student


Thanks to the way the Academy is changing with the times and accommodating a whole range of new artistic disciplines, there are young people flocking from all over the world to stand alongside their Scots peers and making the RSAMD and Scotland the truly international and artistic home of the future. Alan Cumming, Actor, Graduate


BA (Hons) Contemporary Performance Practice Original Works Four years, full-time Associate Head of Performance (Contemporary Performance Practice) Robert Walton BA (Hons) MSc This practical performance degree is for students who are keen to innovate, and for aspiring theatre-makers who wish to make work collaboratively that has something to say about the world in which we live. Staffed by practising artists, this innovative and challenging degree places collaborative practices and interdisciplinary approaches at its heart. This broad-based approach values the belief that the contemporary artist specialises in the realisation of ideas rather than the pursuit of specialism. Students explore the disciplines of performance, installation, movement, research and documentation in various forms and combinations, with hybrid and emerging art forms using image, action, sound and text to create new performance works and to develop as independent artists. Graduates follow a variety of careers; they set up their own

companies, work as solo artists in the live arts sector, direct or perform in devised, community or educational theatre, and work as freelance drama workers for theatre companies or community organisations. With further specialised study, graduates have also become drama teachers and drama specialists in settings such as prisons and healthcare organisations. Links to professional creative artists are a key part of this programme. We work with a number of companies, festivals and venues including New Moves International, the National Theatre of Scotland, the Arches, Tramway, New Work Network and TiPP (Theatre in Prisons and Probation Research and Development Centre). Recent workshops, talks and masterclasses have been given by Ron Athey (US), Anne Bean (UK), Goat Island (US), Gbor Goda (Hungary), Guillermo Gmez-Pea (Mexico/US), Georg Hobmeier (Austria), Adrian Howells (UK), Richard Layzell (UK), Lone Twin (UK), Jamie McMuray (US), Alastair MacLennan (Ireland), Lies Pauwells (Belguim), Geraldine Pilgrim (UK), Anne Seagrave (Poland), Grace Surman (UK) as well as a wide range of performers, educationalists, directors, producers and academics.

I feel fortunate in that I have received an excellent education, and I am absolutely sure that my experience over the four years of my BA honours degree has had a profound effect on my work as and artist and how I live my life. Nic Green, Performance Artist, Graduate


My time on the CPP programme has been an incredible journey. The amazing tutors and visiting artists create an environment in which I feel I learn with my heart, head and hands. It is inspiring to be surrounded by both students and staff who are so passionate about what they do and who are politicised and active in their art making. This course has given me so many rich opportunities. I have been constantly challenged, encouraged and nurtured during my time on this course, and it has allowed me to understand how I can translate my politics and ethics into the art I make and the way in which I make it. Sarah Hopfinger, Student


BA Musical Theatre Three years, full-time Associate Head of Performance (Musical Theatre) Andrew Panton MDra Building on the success of our MA Programme, this three-year degree was introduced in 2009 and is aimed at performers who can demonstrate exceptional acting, singing and dance ability and who wish to pursue a career in Musical Theatre. The programme trains students in all the essential elements of the Musical Theatre art form, including one-to-one singing lessons, acting techniques, ballet, jazz and contemporary dance. As part of our focus on training the truly multidisciplinary artist, it is desirable for applicants to have a second instrument in addition to voice and demonstrate musicianship at point of audition. Limited to 18 places, this exceptional programme allows the individual skills and personal development of those in the class to be nurtured and enhanced through personalised teaching and mentoring. As a collaborative programme, students receive high contact hours with specialist staff members in acting, dance and music. Connections to

the industry are also a vital component of the programme and students benefit from masterclasses and workshops from a range of leading industry practitioners. RSAMD President, Sir Cameron Mackintosh, maintains a special interest in our Musical Theatre programmes and the continued growth of the Academys reputation as one of Europes leading conservatoires. With the superb facilities of the Academys theatres and collaboration with the School of Music, this is a very special opportunity to obtain an outstanding, relevant and practical Musical Theatre training for those who wish to make Musical Theatre their chosen career. Industry interface is key to the student progression from training to employment. Recent masterclasses and visitors include: Andy Barnes (Creative Producer, Perfect Pitch development network); Simon Beck (Musical Director, Rocky Horror Show/ West Side Story); James Brining (Artistic Director, Dundee Rep); Hilary Brooks (Musical Supervisor, Sunshine on Leith); Mark Collins (Jersey Boys); Stephen Crockett (David Grindrod Casting

Associates); Alan Cumming; Jonathan Gill (Musical Director, Sound of Music); Trevor Jackson (Associate Producer, Cameron Mackintosh); Gillyanne Kayes (author of Singing and The Actor and Successful Singing Auditions); Nadine George; Matthew Malthouse (Matthew Bournes Edward Scissorhands); Stephen Oremus (Musical Supervisor Wicked/9 to 5 ); Jeremy Raison and Guy Hollands (Artistic Directors, Citizens Theatre, Glasgow); Matt Ryan (Freelance Director); Laurie Sansom (Artistic Director, Royal & Derngate Theatres, Northampton); Robert Scott (Musical Supervisor, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang); Andrew Wade; Peter Woolard (Associate Musical Director, Wicked ). The first students from the BA programme will graduate in 2012. Recent graduates from our MA programme have appeared in the West End, ( Avenue Q; Wicked; Fiddler on the Roof; High School Musical; Oliver; Too Close to the Sun), on National Tours (Never Forget; The Wedding Singer; Laughter in the Rain; Evita; Scrooge; Zorro) and at regional theatres including the Citizens Theatre, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Royal & Derngate and Octagon Theatre.

The Academys defining feature is the individual attention paid to each student. You are not just a number; you are a recognised important person. I found the Academy very welcoming. The staff are hugely encouraging and are some of the most experienced, knowledgeable teachers I have ever had. So far my journey as a BA Musical Theatre student has been both challenging and enjoyable. Zoe Halliday, Student



BA Digital Film and Television  Three years, full-time Head of Production Technology Adam McIlwaine MA Dip Com The BA Digital Film and Television programme combines theoretical classes and high level technical training to develop students creative skills and to offer a solid grounding in the film and TV industries, based upon significant industry contact and specialist delivery. The programme is based around the belief that all roles within film and television are creative and that these creative practitioners have a key role to play in the realisation of new and exciting programme ideas and film projects in the future. Throughout the three years students gain an understanding of all the creative and technical aspects of content creation over a diverse number of platforms and broadcast formats including film and television, advertising, mobile technology and the web. Technical training and idea development have an equal weighting throughout with a 50/50 split between the two practices and students benefit from the conservatoire context

by having access to actors, musicians, production designers and performance directors. The programme was the first in Scotland to use the RED ONE Digital Cinema Camera. Our graduates now leave fully proficient on the RED ONE and its post-production workflow. Core staff numbers are kept deliberately low and with its low student numbers (there are only 12 students per year accepted on the programme) the focus is placed on students developing relationships with practitioners, broadcasters and independent production companies, sharing ideas and spending time in the industry. The success of recent short films has established the DFTV programme as a dynamic, creative deliverer of undergraduate film and broadcast training. With input from many top industry practitioners from film and television this programme has achieved prominence in the developing film and television landscape in Scotland and the UK. Students work in a professional capacity on short-form production and are mentored by industry practitioners who also deliver workshops in areas such as

cinematography, direction and production management. Recent guests have included Oscar-winning director Richard Attenborough, actor James McAvoy, producer Andrea Calderwood, and John Yorke, Controller of BBC Drama Production and New Talent. In the six years the programme has been running, students have had short films featured at many worldwide festivals including London, Berlin, Jaipur, Glasgow and Edinburgh, won BAFTAs, Royal Television Society Awards, and gone on to win the Leopards of Tomorrow awards at the Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland, been listed in the Screen International Stars of Tomorrow profile and attend the National Film and Television School studying directing, cinematography, screenwriting and producing, and one of our graduates is now being fast-tracked towards his first feature film.

The Academy is an exciting and inspiring place to develop skills as an artist. When you love all aspects of art and performance its great to study in a building that holds musicians, dancers, filmmakers, singers and actors. There is an exciting atmosphere in the Academy every day, people are always busy working on projects and collaborating with one another. We explore every aspect of film-making. We are lucky to also have extra invaluable classes led by industry professionals, and the perfect balance of cinema theory and practical film-making classes. Compared to many other film courses we are very ideasbased, constantly encouraged to try new things and challenge ourselves, and always given a lot of support in all our projects. Charlotte Carden, Student

What I love most about the Academy is the number of opportunities available. Our class had key roles in Showlight, a lighting convention hosted by BBC Scotland. We were able to speak to industry professionals, including a major Director of Photography. Ive worked on many multi-camera shoots and short films; I have been taught by many visiting lecturers who are all working in the industry, some of whom are Commissioning Editors and screenwriters. I find it refreshing to see how willing they are to teach us which is almost as much as we are willing to be taught! I dont think any of this would happen on any other film course. When I arrived at the Academy I didnt think I would fit in, but I quickly found this not to be true. Everyone is approachable; the lecturers, students and the support staff. Ive loved being in a class where we have all developed into industry professionals. Paul Forest, Student



BA Technical and Production Arts Accredited by the National Council for Drama Training Three years, full-time Head of Production Ros Maddison BA The BA Technical and Production Arts is a practical industryrelevant programme. Students are provided with the knowledge, skills and practical understanding required to realise their potential as independent artists, designers, managers or technicians. The work is highly vocational and the focus is on developing the individual skills of the person in the way that is most suitable to their own needs. Students select one of three specialisms. Design; Applied Arts and Construction; or Management and Technology. Students receive extensive experience and focused training in their chosen specialism along with all of the complementary skills to make them rounded practitioners. Applicants must select which specialism they wish to follow at the point of interview. Key specialisms: Design including Set and Costume Design and Lighting Design

The Design specialism provides potential scenographers with the conceptual skills and practical knowledge required to begin their careers. Applied Arts and Construction including Set Construction, Costume Construction, Prop Construction and Scenic Art Students interested in a more hands-on construction or artsbased career can focus on the workshop elements which go into realising a production. Management and Technology including Stage and Production Management, Stage Technology and Production Lighting and Sound This area focuses on the production-based roles in the performance process. We are one of the few educational institutions in the world offering automation training endorsed by Stage Technologies. At the Academy there is a full production programme in support of the range of performances, from fully-staged plays, operas, pantomime and musical theatre to modern dance and experimental contemporary performance. There is also the opportunity to work in film. Opportunities also

exist to work on productions at venues outside the Academy including the Theatre Royal, the Citizens Theatre and the Arches in Glasgow, as well as the Edinburgh Festival Theatre and the Macphail Centre, Ullapool. We regularly collaborate with companies throughout Scotland including the National Theatre of Scotland, Scottish Opera, Scottish Ballet, the Ambassadors Theatre Group, the Citizens Theatre, Festival Theatre Edinburgh and the National Review of Live Art (NRLA). We also work closely with Just FX (we are the only programme in the UK offering a five-day advanced pyrotechnics training through Just FX and the Association of Stage Pyrotechnicians) and Stage Technologies, who work closely with us on our Automated flying training provision, which is also unique. The RSAMD accredits the Theatre Technicians Awards of the Association of British Theatre Technicians. Workshops and masterclasses with a number of distinguished practitioners from different disciplines are integrated into the curriculum. Visitors in recent years have included Francis Reid (External Examiner); Mark Ager (Stage Technology); Lincoln

Parkhouse (Pyrotechnics, Just FX); Pamela Howard, (Scenographer); Laurie Dennett, (Set and Costume Designer); Bridget Kimak, (Set and Costume Designer); Ian Heggie, Writer (Script Analysis); Diane Wilmot (Production Manager, National Theatre); Chris McDougall (Technical Director, Citizens Theatre); Christina Guillaumier; Helen Gorton, (Opera Stage Manager); Kevin Murray (Technical Stage Manager, National Theatre of Scotland); Ben Owens (Film Scenic Artist). Our standards are rooted to professional practice, which is why our graduates continue to enjoy the broadest range of career opportunities available.

For those who are willing to take full advantage of the brilliant facilities and grasp each opportunity with 100% commitment, there is an endless amount of knowledge available. I arrived at the Academy with very limited experiences in theatre and left three years on completely prepared to begin my career in the professional world. I would do it all over again in an instant. Emma McKie, Graduate

I couldnt have made it this far without the support I received from the staff. What I really love about the Academy is the fact that we get to work with professional directors and designers from the industry. And the opportunity of working in other theatres on a professional level is such an amazing experience. Puleng Mabuya, Student

The best thing about the Academy is the professional and realistic setting in which we are trained. Come graduation, I know I will be fully ready to confidently work in a professional environment. No tools, ways of working, types of materials or technical terms will be a stranger to me because my time at the Academy has prepared me for the real working world. When I arrived at the Academy I realised straight away that I had became part of a collaborative community, where every person is welcomed with open arms. Glasgow has the perfect balance of everything you would look for in a place that you were going to spend the next few years of your life. I wouldnt have chosen to study anywhere else. Ayden Millar, Student


The RSAMD provided me with a valuable experience of different skills and techniques which in turn gave me the confidence to work across varying styles in my professional life. It invigorated my sense of what was possible and what could be achieved. Niall Black, Graduate, Technical Director, National Theatre of Scotland


Student Hattie Archer



BA Modern Ballet Three years, full-time Artistic Director Paul Tyers The BA Modern Ballet degree is delivered in partnership between the Academy and Scottish Ballet. The programme has been carefully designed to equip young dancers with the skills required in the modern ballet companies of today. The training is classically based and complemented by a strong contemporary dance strand, allowing students to develop as technically accomplished, versatile dancers. Students are able to enter the degree programme at the age of 16, in recognition of the particular physical demands of professional classical training.

The programme has a unique ethos, rooted in the physicality of the training programme, which aims to create intelligent dancers with a distinctive movement style and individuality. This is in-line with the artistic vision of Scottish Ballet, which provides close artistic direction throughout the three years. The structure of the training allows students to attain the uniformity required for the performance of classical ballet, whilst retaining a strong individuality. This sense of individuality is nurtured through the diverse range of repertoire studied, encouraging students to expand their artistic horizons and focus on the style of dance most suitable to their individual talents and interests. At all stages in the programme, the physical and academic elements of dance are combined to ensure graduates have a clear understanding of their dance heritage and the ability to contextualise the dance work they are performing, giving them a uniquely individual appreciation of the choreography.

The opportunities for artistic collaborations across the RSAMD provide another unique strand to the course and are essential in further enhancing the breadth of the training, taking students beyond focusing solely on dance. In addition, the collaboration opportunities expand students horizons and ultimately increase their employability in the short and longer term. By the final year, this approach will have provided students with a strong sense of their own strengths and they will be given individual guidance and support in the pursuit of employment. Staff members, led by Paul Tyers (Deputy Artistic Director, Scottish Ballet), all have professional performing and teaching experience and a close working relationship with Scottish Ballet. Training consists of predominantly practical classes with approximately 30 hours of contact time in the dance studio every week. Classes include classical ballet, contemporary, pointework, pas de deux, choreography, gyrokinesis, virtuosity, repertoire, pilates and contextual studies.

The Academy is a safe haven for artists and creators to find exploration and collaboration, developing their technique and personal practice. The Academy is producing the next generation of artists, vital to our communitys evolution and sustainment. The Academys relatively small student body and campus creates a welcoming environment immediately. The students and staff at RSAMD are very friendly; I think the Principal knew my name within the first or second week. The staff are wonderful; they are all so knowledgeable because they have lived it, having danced and worked professionally. They have a deep understanding of technique, how to communicate effectively with students to help fulfil their maximum capabilities, and dance as an industry. Robyn Gerbaz, Student

The Academy has enabled me to pursue my passion. Dancing has always given me the impression that I can fly, and the Academy has given me the space to spread my wings! Its amazing to be around so many talented people actors, musicians, singers, technical production arts students. Its always inspiring to see what everyone else is achieving in the Academy, and makes me feel so lucky that Ive got the opportunity to study here. The teachers are so supportive and push you in your field. Theres never a day that goes by where I feel like I havent learnt something new. I couldnt think of a better place to study. Sophie Ammann, Student


The RSAMD is unique in its high commitment to the individual to encourage and help them realise their individual strengths to create a versatile thinking performer. Diane Loosmore, Dancer and Choreographer, Scottish Ballet


MA Classical and Contemporary Text (Acting) or (Directing) One year (45 weeks) full-time Associate Head of Performance (Classical and Contemporary Text) Mark Saunders BA The MA Classical and Contemporary Text (Acting) or (Directing) is a practical and vocational one year of study for emerging artists intending to work professionally. All aspects of the programme are focused on enabling the student to develop his or her professional practice as an individual artist, and to establish a network of professional contacts to promote the further development of their career on or before graduation. This ground-breaking programme is delivered in collaboration with Globe Education at Shakespeares Globe, and Playwrights Studio, Scotland with support from the Tron Theatre in Glasgow, the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh and the National Theatre of Scotland. It is structured around two contrasting genre-based strands: new writing and classical text, and a unifying strand of professional practice. The directing students and the acting students work alongside each other.

The course aims to have a balance between practice and reflection, in order to encourage the creative, thinking practitioner. The classical text strand allows students to engage with Greek Tragedy, 19th century Realism, and Elizabethan and Jacobean masterpieces by Shakespeare and others. To underpin this, students spend a month of intensive study at Shakespeares Globe on Londons South Bank; this provides the foundation for staging a Shakespeare play in the Spring term in Glasgow. For the contemporary strand, student actors and directors work with professional writers, directors, actors and dramaturgists in developing newly-commissioned texts from established writers and taking them from conception to platform production at the Tron, Glasgow, the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh and Hampstead Theatre, London. Commissioned playwrights have included Linda McLean, Douglas Maxwell, David Harrower, Chris Hannan, Peter Arnott and Nicola McCartney.

As well as the core curriculum performances of Shakespeare and platform performances of new writing pieces, there are classroom/workshop presentations, as well as opportunities to try out new, original material written or devised by the students themselves. During the year each student has a professional mentor and a placement. In addition to this, they are given the opportunity to pursue a practical exploration of performance connected to their own research and future aspirations. Guest practitioners have included Ben Harrison (Gridiron), Matt Lenton (Vanishing Point), Guy Hollands (Citizens Theatre), Mike Alfreds, Lu Kemp, John Kazek, Nadine George, Anna-Helena McLean, Patrick Dromgoole, Faroque Khan, Adrian Howells, Liam Brennan and Alexandra Silber.

The course has been simply fantastic and I have had an amazing journey of discovery and play alongside my peers. I have had the opportunity to be an assistant director on three Shakespeare productions in both the UK and abroad; to lead an ensemble through an experimental process of deconstructing Ibsens classical text Hedda Gabler into the direction of a contemporary performance response and finally, the unbelievable opportunity to develop and direct the platform production of The Fever Dream: Southside a new work by distinguished Scottish playwright Douglas Maxwell. I have undoubtedly grown in my ability and aspirations due to my experiences. Amanda Gaughan, Director, Graduate

Every aspect of the course took me to a new level as an actor, particularly the time at Shakespeares Globe in London. The course exposed me to a number of different schools of thought regarding all aspects of acting. It aims to ensure that each individual finds their own path and therefore I felt free and encouraged to be confident in my choices and most importantly to trust myself. It also helped me to find, or re-find creative aspects of myself that had lain dormant for years. I would highly recommend the course to anyone. You will surprise yourself. Hayley Miller, Actor, Graduate



MA Musical Theatre (Performance) or (Musical Directing) One year (45 weeks) full-time Associate Head of Performance (Musical Theatre) Andrew Panton MDra Performance This one year intensive Masters Degree trains advanced performers for a professional career in Musical Theatre. The programme focuses equally on acting, singing, and dance, with the emphasis on training imaginative, creative and versatile artists. Musical Directing Designed in discussion with a range of musical directors and musical theatre professionals throughout Britain and the US, this programme focuses on keyboard skills, conducting techniques, scoring and arranging, and knowledge of the voice. The role of the Musical Theatre MD is constantly evolving, and we stay in touch with current trends through our industry secondments and professional contacts. In recent years, our students have been mentored by Nick Finlow, Stephen Oremus and Robert Scott.

Both pathways collaborate throughout the year on creative projects. We believe that by treating our students as a company, we can produce a professional atmosphere in which to develop and create. Projects include a Big Band concert series, self-devised solo cabarets, new musical development, a season at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and industry showcases in Glasgow and at a West End theatre. RSAMD President, Sir Cameron Mackintosh, maintains a special interest in our Musical Theatre programmes and the continued growth of the Academys reputation as one of Europes leading conservatoires. The programme collaborates with Perfect Pitch New Musical Development and was recently awarded the Richard Rodgers Award for developmental work on the new musical Rocket Science. Industry interface is key to the student progression from training to employment. Recent masterclasses and visitors include: Andy Barnes (Creative Producer, Perfect Pitch development network); Simon Beck (Musical Director, Rocky Horror Show/

West Side Story); James Brining (Artistic Director, Dundee Rep); Hilary Brooks (Musical Supervisor, Sunshine on Leith); Mark Collins (Jersey Boys); Stephen Crockett (David Grindrod Casting Associates); Alan Cumming; Jonathan Gill (Musical Director, Sound of Music); Trevor Jackson (Associate Producer, Cameron Mackintosh); Gillyanne Kayes (author of Singing and The Actor and Successful Singing Auditions); Nadine George; Matthew Malthouse (Matthew Bournes Edward Scissorhands); Stephen Oremus (Musical Supervisor Wicked/9 to 5); Jeremy Raison and Guy Hollands (Artistic Directors, Citizens Theatre, Glasgow); Matt Ryan (Freelance Director); Laurie Sansom (Artistic Director, Royal & Derngate Theatres, Northampton); Robert Scott (Musical Supervisor, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang); Andrew Wade; Peter Woolard (Associate Musical Director, Wicked ). MA Musical Theatre performance graduates have appeared in the West End ( Avenue Q; Wicked; Fiddler on the Roof; High School Musical; Oliver; Too Close to the Sun), on National Tours (Never Forget; The Wedding Singer; Laughter in the Rain; Evita; Scrooge; Zorro) and at regional theatres including:

the Citizens Theatre, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Royal & Derngate and Octagon Theatre. Our recently launched MA Musical Theatre Directing pathway has led to two graduates entering the profession as Assistant Musical Director Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (National Tour) and Musical Supervisor/Co-composer From Up Here (Trafalgar Studios). For a limited period there are full scholarships on offer for the MA Musical Theatre (Musical Directing) Programme. Please contact Andrew Panton for full details, +44 (0) 141 270 8323

Whats really special is that you get to work with some of the top people in the industry. Its life changing, enlightening, inspiring. Alyson Lindsay, Graduate



MA Arts in Social Contexts One year (45 weeks), fulltime or up to a maximum of four years part-time study Head of Performance Pedagogy Deborah Richardson-Webb MA BEd (Hons) This programme is aimed at educators, directors, devisers, animateurs, playwrights, performers, dancers, choreographers and technical and production arts practitioners, with a firm commitment to socially engaged practice and who wish to enhance their professional development. Rooted in practical project work where the student is expected to operate as a creative artist, the aims of the MA Arts in Social Contexts Programme are to develop a students skills in critical analysis and academic research, and to provide opportunities for them to apply these skills in the practical application and study of aesthetic practice as a social act. The programme seeks to create a multi-disciplinary learning community in which the student is supported towards developing an informed and socially-engaged working practice coupled with an understanding of new ways

of analysing and critiquing their ongoing involvement in the arts. Students will have the opportunity to develop advanced and systematic understandings of their field of study supported with practical skills in research methods while at the same time maintaining and enhancing their own professional arts practices. The programme is designed to incorporate a students ongoing professional work and is structured around intensive periods of study comprising block weeks, evening and weekend sessions. Applicants should be either:  A practising professional arts worker or practising artist with training to first degree level or equivalent; or  A practising arts worker without any formal qualifications but with demonstrable and significant, professional experience in the field; or  A Youth Theatre Leader, social worker, youth leader or educator wishing to extend their arts practice within an existing working context.

This course changed my life. Having always been one of lifes followers, I am now a leader. I have started my own business and enjoy tackling new challenges. My confidence and self esteem have grown enormously and I now feel that at last I am in control of my future. Amanda Beveridge, Graduate

MLitt in Managing in the Creative Industries Director of Academic Development Celia Duffy MMus BMus LTCL This Masters degree introduces students to the creative industries and their distinct challenges. Organised around six core modules examining the creative and commercial impetus that fuels these areas, the programme provides the foundations for a career within the creative industries. It gives students both a framework for understanding the sector and their own position within it. The programme combines intensive teaching methods of seminars, case studies, workshops and guest speakers drawn from across the cultural and creative industries, with a large element of selfdirected work, either individually or in teams. It thus provides breadth, while allowing students to build up a dedicated area of expertise. The MLitt is delivered through a consortium of the University of St Andrews School of Management; Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design at the University of Dundee; the University of Abertay and the RSAMD.

A summer dissertation project with one of the institute partners or based on a summer course at the Tisch School of the Arts in New York allows students to specialise in a chosen field. The multi-disciplinary course is truly international and multicultural in scope and outlook. Applicants should apply directly to the University of St Andrews. Telephone +44 (0) 1334 461 969



Research Degrees

The Academy is also working on the introduction of a Doctor of Performing Arts which will focus on professional practice at the highest level. In the 2008 UK-wide Research Assessment Exercise, 85% of the Academys staff research in Music was assessed to be of international quality and 40% was assessed at either world-leading or internationally-excellent level. Research themes which we support at doctoral level include:  Performance; style and interpretation in performance; analysis and contextual investigation.  Musical composition for live, electro-acoustic and mixed media.  Ethnomusicology, particularly in Scottish music.  The processes and methodologies of developing new performance work (music/ drama), including collaborative and devised performance.  Methodologies of specialist performance training, including the use of IT.

Potential applicants are advised to read the Guide to Applicants and discuss their proposals informally with the research contacts in the Schools before applying. For enquiries in music, please contact See also and

PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) and MPhil (Master of Philosophy) PhD three years full-time; six years part-time MPhil two years full-time; four years part-time Music Stephen Broad Drama Ros Steen

The RSAMD is at the forefront of development in research in creative practice and takes an imaginative and innovative approach towards research processes and outcomes in the performing arts. PhD and MPhil degrees undertaken at the RSAMD are validated and awarded by the University of St Andrews and research students have access to the facilities of both institutions.

Student Exchange and Study Abroad

EEA and students have the opportunity to apply to study at our partner institutions as part of their programme. Applications are also welcomed from students from our partner institutions to study at the RSAMD.

For further information about the Erasmus and Exchange programmes, please contact Jill Carberry, Welfare and International Student Advisor at or by calling +44 (0)141 270 8281


We believe in providing students with the best environment for learning, and as part of that, offer a number of opportunities for students to study abroad as part of their programme. As many of our students go on to have international careers, it can be a rich and rewarding experience which has lifelong rewards. Erasmus The RSAMD is a recognised institution in the European Union Socrates Erasmus programme, and as such has a number of links with institutions throughout Europe and the EEA which incorporate student exchange programmes. Erasmus exchanges give RSAMD students the opportunity to study overseas as part of their programme and enables students from our partner institutions to study at the RSAMD. Exchange programmes The RSAMD also has links with institutions outside Europe and

Being part of the Erasmus exchange programme allowed me to experience a new and exciting environment and culture. I have always wanted to travel and this was the perfect opportunity to do so, whilst continuing my studies and being surrounded by world class professors and musicians. RSAMD BMus student on her exchange experience at Hochschule fr Musik und Theater Hannover, Germany.

Ive found the exchange to be the right step in my life. I really appreciated the support at RSAMD. In my opinion it gave me all the information I needed. Ive learned a lot in my personal life as well as in the Academy. Student from Jancek Academy of Music and Performing Arts Brno, Czech Republic on her exchange experience at RSAMD.


Student Duk-Kyung Chang, Performance Masterclass with BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra



Information and How to Apply

Admissions Registrar: Suzanne Daly BA MA It is important to note that, whilst the information provided in this Prospectus is correct at the time of publication (April 2010), student finance arrangements may change, and therefore it is important that you confirm the current position when you need to know it. General Admissions Information for the School of Music All applications to the School of Music must be made through the Conservatoires UK Admissions Service (CUKAS) online admissions service, website at telephone number +44 (0)871 468 0470. The application fee is currently 15 (in addition to the audition fee), which allows up to six choices of programme of study. The RSAMD institution code is R58.

Applicants should apply by 1 October 2010 for entry in Session 2011/12 and you are strongly advised to meet that deadline. However, CUKAS will continue to process applications after the closing date and forward them to the Academy, so late applications may still be considered. Please contact Academic Administration and Support for further advice about the applications process on +44 (0)141 270 8265 or by email to Auditions The main audition period normally takes place in November and all on-time applicants will be auditioned. Details of the specific programme audition periods are available on the CUKAS website. The audition fee per programme is currently 45 (on-time), 60 (late) and is required when making an application through CUKAS. Details of the Academys selection and audition requirements for each programme can be found in the relevant Guide for Applicants, which is available on the Academys website

General Admissions Information for the School of Drama and Dance Applications for all programmes offered by the School of Drama and Dance are made directly to the RSAMD and application packs are available to download from the Academys website www.rsamd. or by emailing or or by telephoning +44 (0)141 270 8265. The closing date for all undergraduate programmes is 15 January 2011. The closing date for postgraduate programmes is 31 May 2011. Late applications may be considered at the discretion of the School. An application fee is required and is non-refundable. The application fee per undergraduate or postgraduate programme is currently 45. Applicants are advised that members of the Conference of Drama Schools (CDS) exchange information relating to successful candidates.

Please contact Academic Administration and Support if you would like any advice regarding any aspect of the admissions process on +44 (0)141 270 8265 or by email to or Auditions All on-time applicants are auditioned and/or interviewed and these auditions take place throughout the academic year. Details of selection and audition requirements for each programme may be found in the relevant Drama/Dance Guide for Applicants which is available on the Academys website academy/study/how-to-apply General Undergraduate Entry Requirements Minimum general entry requirements are: Passes in three subjects at Higher; or Passes in two subjects at Advanced Higher; or An appropriate Scottish Group award at Higher level; or Passes in two subjects at GCE Advanced Level (where appropriate, AS level results will be taken into account); or Recognised equivalences, including overseas qualifications.

General Postgraduate Entry Requirements Applicants will normally be graduates or diplomates who have already undertaken extensive study in the area of specialisation. General Undergraduate Entry Requirements for Dance Minimum general entry requirements are normally: Seven Standard Grades (Grade 13) or equivalent such as Intermediate 1 or 2; or Five GCSEs Grades A*C or equivalent; Knowledge of ballet vocabulary to a minimum of Intermediate level (or equivalent). Individual Programme Requirements Individual programmes may have specific entrance requirements please check the appropriate Guide for Applicants on the Academys website www.rsamd. for full details and if you wish to discuss the suitability of your qualifications/experience please contact Academic Administration and Support for further advice, or or

Non Standard Entry and the Accreditation of Prior Learning In exceptional cases, applicants may be admitted to a programme whose qualifications do not match (in terms of equivalence) or fall short of the normal entrance requirements described above, but who clearly satisfy the selection procedures and indicate that they have the capacity to pursue the programme. Mature Students The Academy welcomes applications from mature students, i.e. students over the age of 21 at entry to an undergraduate programme. Whilst the selection procedures will still be applied, consideration will be given to musical and other experience not normally expected in school-leavers, which is deemed to compensate for any lack of traditional entrance qualifications. Successful mature applicants, as all other applicants, must convince auditioning panels that they have the ability and potential to cope with the demands of the programme. Their progress, especially in the early stages of the programme, will be closely monitored and appropriate advice and help given.



Fees and Funding The following information applies only to UK and European Union-based students: The Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) will pay tuition fees for all eligible fulltime Scottish-based and other non-UK EU students, studying in Scotland, who are studying at degree level for the first time. Students should apply to SAAS for payment of tuition fees even if they are not applying for any other means of support. Students who have already received funding for an HND will not normally receive funding for the first year of a degree programme, but should be eligible for support for subsequent years. For further advice please contact the SAAS directly on 0845 111 1711 or visit the website England, Wales and Northern Ireland Students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland who intend to study in Scotland will be eligible for the same funding package that they would benefit from if they attended an institution in their home country. Significantly,

variable top-up fees have not been introduced in Scotland. Eligible students will be able to apply for a Student Loan for Fees to cover tuition fee costs. This means that they will not have to find the money before they start their programme or whilst they are studying, and the fees will be paid direct to the Academy, on their behalf. Students will repay these loans once they have left the Academy. Students who are normally based in England, Wales and Northern Ireland should apply to their local Education Authority or Education and Library Board. For further advice please visit the following: England Northern Ireland Wales

are eligible to apply for student loans. Applicants for loans should be made through the SAAS, Local Education Authority or Education and Library Board as appropriate. For further advice on student loans please visit the Student Loans Company website at Other Sources of Funding The various UK funding agencies provide a range of additional support to eligible undergraduate students in addition to the student loan. To confirm your personal situation, you should contact SAAS, your LEA or Education and Library Board as appropriate. The Academy also administers a Discretionary and Childcare Fund to which UK undergraduate and postgraduate students may apply. Postgraduate Student Allowances Scheme The Academy receives a small number of awards from SAAS for allocation to postgraduate Scottish and non-UK EU students. Further details of this scheme will be provided to nominated students and are available from the SAAS website at www.

Student Loans All UK undergraduate students who are under 50 and who meet the residence requirements

Scholarships The Academy is able to offer a number of entrance scholarships which are awarded as part of the audition/selection process on the basis of merit. There is no need to apply for scholarships as all applicants are considered. Advice The Academy offers advice regarding the payment of tuition fees or any other aspect of financing your studies. Please email studentfinance@rsamd. or telephone Academic Administration and Support on +44 (0)141 270 8265. Contact Information Student Awards Agency for Scotland 0845 111 1711 England Northern Ireland Wales

Tuition Fees UK and EU 2009/10 fees are given here for guidance only. Tuition fees are subject to an annual increase, broadly in line with inflation. UK/EU Student Fees per annum Undergraduate Courses 1820 Postgraduate Diploma in Music 4249 MMus (Performance/ Composition/Conducting) 5487 MMus by Credit Transfer Part-time 3218 MMus (Opera) 6300 MOpera 6300 MA Musical Theatre (Performance/Musical Directing) 9450 MA Arts in Social Contexts 4961 MA Classical and Contemporary Text (Acting/Directing) 9450 Postgraduate Research (Performance/Composition) 5487

Information for international applicants. As Scotlands international conservatoire, we welcome students from all over the world to join the multicultural, friendly and supportive environment offered by the Academy and each year students from around 45 countries come to study at the RSAMD. Please visit our website at to download a copy of the International Student Handbook. Auditions The RSAMD auditions students outside the United Kingdom at various locations, including China, North America, Korea and elsewhere. Audition dates will be posted on the Academys website when available. Applications to the School of Music should be made online at Applicants to the School of Drama should apply directly to the Academy (see page 62). If you are not able to audition in person, a recording, preferably a DVD, is acceptable. For advice contact or or



English Language Requirements If your first language is not English, you will be required to provide evidence of your language ability before you begin your studies. Level 6.0 of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) will be required of all entrants to the School of Music; Level 6.5 will be required for the School of Dramas BA (Technical and Production Arts) and the BA (Digital Film and Television), BA (Modern Ballet); Level 7.5 will be required for the BA (Acting), BA (Contemporary Performance Practice), BA (Musical Theatre) and all postgraduate programmes offered by the School of Drama. Other equivalent English Language qualifications will also be considered on application. Both pre-entry and term-time English language classes will be offered to those students who would benefit from them. See page 14 for the details of the Academy pre-entry course for programmes in the School of Music. Further information about arranging an English Language test can be found at

Immigration Advice New immigration procedures were introduced in March 2009 for entry to the UK. The Academys Welfare and International Student Advisor can provide up-to-date confidential advice to prospective and current students as well as recent graduates regarding immigration enquiries, such as working in the UK during or after your studies, extension of student leave to remain and invitations for visiting relatives. Applicants are also advised to refer to the UK Council for International Student Affairs ( and the UK Border Agency ( for the most up-to-date information.

MMus by Credit Transfer Part-time 6218 MMus (Opera) 14515 MOpera 14515 MA Musical Theatre (Performance/Musical Directing) 13123 MA Arts in Social Contexts 12074 MA Classical and Contemporary Text (Acting/Directing) 13123 Postgraduate Research (Performance/Composition) 12074 We would advise you to research, in your own country, any scholarship or funding opportunities in advance of starting your studies. For further advice and guidance please visit the British Council website There are a number of scholarships available for international students, which are awarded on merit at audition/ interview (see facing page). However, as funds are limited, we would advise that you ensure that you have considered all funding options open to you.

Fees and Funding Tuition Fees International 2009/10 fees are given here for guidance only. Tuition fees are subject to an annual increase, broadly in line with inflation. International Student Fees per annum Undergraduate courses 12074 Postgraduate Diploma in Music 12074 MMus (Performance/ Composition/Conducting) 12074

Non-UK undergraduate students who are EU (or EEA) nationals may be eligible for an award from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (www. International students should pay their annual fees in advance in Pounds Sterling although it is possible to pay these by instalments by a prior arrangement and for an additional fee. For students from the USA we are part of the Federal Loans Scheme. Students may be eligible for loans to assist in funding their studies in the UK and the application process is similar to applying for aid at a US institution. Students are required to apply for loans on an annual basis and can familiarise themselves with the loan programme by accessing the Student Financial Aid Handbook from the link at www.rsamd. For further information and general advice about financing your studies please email

Scholarships for Overseas Students Associated Board International Scholarships Every year the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music offers to overseas students one Undergraduate and one Postgraduate Scholarship in connection with, and on the recommendation of, each of the Royal Schools of Music. The Scholarships cover full fees and part maintenance for the duration of undergraduate programmes or for one (and possibly two) years in the case of postgraduate programmes. Only candidates who have attained, at the time of their application to one or more of the Royal Schools, a standard equivalent to a good pass at the Advanced Certificate of the Associated Board are likely to have a chance of success. Applicants at postgraduate level are expected to demonstrate more advanced technical and musical accomplishment. In addition to applying for a place at the RSAMD, candidates who wish to be considered for either of these Scholarships must also make direct application to the Associated Board.

Further information and application forms are available from: Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music 24 Portland Place London W1B 1LU Tel: +44 (0)20 7636 5400 Email: Website:


Chevening Scholarships Chevening Scholarships are prestigious awards which enable overseas students to study in the UK. The Scholarships enable talented graduates and young professionals to become familiar with the UK and to gain skills which will benefit their countries. Most Scholarships are for oneyear Masters programmes. Candidates for Chevening Scholarships are selected on merit and through open competition by British Embassies and High Commissions overseas, from which information regarding application procedures is available.


Sources of Further Information Further information regarding Chevening Scholarships and other aspects of studying in the UK is available from Other useful websites include the UK Council for International Student Affairs site at and the British Councils site at www. Scotlands Saltire Scholarships This scholarship opportunity is open to citizens of Canada, China, India or USA. The programme offers awards of 2000 each to put towards tuition fees for a full-time Masters programme at one of 18 institutions in Scotland, including the RSAMD. Up to 200 awards are made over the 18 participating higher education institutions. Further information is available at www.

Equal Opportunities Statement The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama welcomes a diverse population of staff and students. The Academy is committed to promoting equality in all its activities and aims to provide a performing, learning, teaching, working and research environment free from discrimination and unfair treatment. All endeavours will be made to grant equality of opportunity to applicants, staff and students regardless of gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnic origin, disability, marital status, age, religious belief, social or economic class and not to discriminate against them through the application of any unjustiable factor. The information contained in this prospectus can be made available in large print and on audio CD on request. A company limited by guarantee Reg No 4703 (Scotland) and a Charity registered in Scotland No SCO015855.

The RSAMD is a charity committed to the achievement of excellence in the performing arts. Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information in this publication at the time of going to press, the RSAMD wishes to stress that the programmes and other facilities detailed in this prospectus are reviewed regularly and thus the information given may be subject to alteration. The RSAMD reserves the right, without notice, to vary the content of its programmes or parts of a programme and to modify the facilities and arrangements for students. Applicants should check the up-to-date position when they need to know it. RSAMD 100 Renfrew Street Glasgow G2 3DB +44 (0)141 332 4101

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