UK dominates top 10 in latest QS World Rankings for Performing Arts

23 March 2023
By Ellie Palmer
There are a few place changes among the latest rankings


Music conservatoires and performing arts schools based in the UK have dominated the top 10 of the latest QS World University Rankings for Performing Arts.

London dominated the top three with Royal College of Music maintaining its position at No 1 and the Royal Academy of Music jumping up four places to No 3.

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama both dropped just the one place, ranking at No 6 and No 7 respectively. 

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The remaining top ten features the Paris National Conservatory of Music and Dance (2), the Vienna University of Music and Performing Arts (4), the Juilliard School (5), Curtis Institute of Music (8), Norwegian Academy of Music (9), and the Moscow State Conservatory (10).

One of the surprises from the new world rankings is Juilliard's fall. From 2016 to 2021, the New York-based school dominated top spot but has since seen itself fall down the pecking order.

On the flip side, Paris has experienced a relatively sharp rise since 2020. Placing 17th that year, the school now finds itself way up in 2nd.

View the full ranking list here.