Students across the country have the opportunity to win up to £2,500 by creating a short video or writing an essay on their experience of life at their conservatoire.
Posted Wed 4 February 2015 - 00:00

Students across the UK have the opportunity to win up to £2,500 by creating a short video or writing an essay on their experience of life at their conservatoire.  

UCAS Conservatoires’ Take the Spotlight competition is open to anyone currently studying at one of eight specialist music colleges.

The next generation of talented musicians and performers will be applying for courses through UCAS Conservatoires. Current students’ work, performances and stories will serve as inspiration to others, showing them what’s possible when committing to several years of intense study.

Entries will be marked on their originality and insight in to the conservatoire experience, as well as powerful expression and advocacy for studying at this high level.

Louise Evans, Head of Adviser Experience at UCAS said: “We want to see your passion for conservatoire life shine through in your entry.

“Compare your thoughts and feelings from your application journey to now, being in the midst of studying your course. This will help you convey the reality of studying performing arts at a high level.

“Sharing your experiences imaginatively will give future students real insight into the opportunities on offer.”

Video entries must last no longer than one minute and essays have a 3,500 character limit. Two winners (one essay writer and one video producer) will each receive £2,500. A runner-up in each category will win £1,000. Full details, as well as terms and conditions, can be found on the UCAS website.

The competition is open now, and closes at midnight on 16 March 2015.



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Entry is open to current and previous students of the following conservatoires:

  • Birmingham Conservatoire
  • Leeds College of Music
  • Royal Academy of Music
  • Royal College of Music
  • Royal Northern College of Music
  • Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
  • Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama
  • Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance

Entrants must produce either: (1) an original short video (maximum one minute long); or (2) an essay (maximum 3,500 characters including spaces) and upload it via the competition link on before the closing date. Each entrant may only enter once. 

About UCAS

UCAS, the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service, is a charity and the UK’s shared admissions service for higher education. We manage applications from over 700,000 applicants each year for full-time undergraduate courses at around 370 universities and colleges across the UK.

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