About Shift

Our Story

SHIFT is a unique collaborative training programme for led by The Glasgow School of Art (GSA), the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS) and Queen Margaret University Edinburgh (QMU). In 2024, we are delighted to also welcome students and graduates from other participating Universities from across Scotland.

SHIFT was originally created in 2019 to support the business skills development and transition of our Arts and Creative industries students and new graduates out of Higher Education.

Working in collaboration with the Creative Entrepreneurs Club, and a dynamic team of creative practitioners, facilitators, founders and sole-traders, SHIFT aims to equip participants with the tools, the plans, the contacts, and the skills they need for a life working in the arts and creative industries.

Partnership & Collaboration

Who Are SHIFT?

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS) is a global leader in performing arts education, specialising in music, drama, dance, production, film and education and based in Glasgow, Scotland. Established in 1847, Scotland’s national conservatoire is consistently ranked in the top ten of the QS World University Rankings.

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The Glasgow School of Art is internationally recognised as one of Europe's leading higher education institutions for education and research in the visual creative disciplines. It comprises five Schools, of Fine Art, Design, Simulation & Visualisation, Innovation, and the Mackintosh School of Architecture.

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Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh is long recognised for its work in  creativity and culture, bringing together media, cultural arts management, public relations, events and performing arts.

Our  approach is to challenge conventional assumptions and to encourage our students to embrace a variety of aesthetic practices and build collaborative partnerships that will feed the industry of tomorrow.

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We are delighted to also welcome students and graduates from: University of Stirling, University of Glasgow, University of Aberdeen, Abertay University, University of the Highlands and Islands, and the University of Edinburgh (Edinburgh College of Art). For any enquiries from these institutions, please contact Stephanie at keadmin@rcs.ac.uk.