Imagine a world where the performing arts didn't exist. A world in which your favourite play, or musical, or film was simply no more - what a wonderless world it would be.

At QMU we understand how important the performing arts are to our collective wellbeing. They enrich our lives, give voice to our stories, and embody our cultures and values.

For fifty years successive staff at QMU have worked to ensure that a future in the performing arts is open to anyone. We are as committed to this now as we were in 1971 when the Edinburgh College of Speech and Drama was incorporated into Queen Margaret College.

Studying the performing arts should not be something that only a small minority have the resources to pursue. The stories we tell on stage and screen should be of, by and for all of us. As I write this, the performing arts are one of the sectors hardest hit by the global pandemic.

But the pandemic has also highlighted how endlessly resilient and creative the passionate people who work in this field are.

"I recognise that very same passion, resilience and creativity in our students and it fills me with hope and excitement for what they will create in the future. I know that the performing arts will thrive again, and I am confident that QMU will continue to be at the forefront of its success."
Professor David Stevenson, Acting Dean of Arts, Social Sciences and Management, and Class of 2016

Throughout 2021 we will be celebrating the success of all our performing arts graduates. I encourage you to get in touch with your performing arts graduate story

Professor David Stevenson, Acting Dean of Arts, Social Sciences and Management, and Class of 2016.