Get Into: Production (Ayr)

 GET INTO: PRODUCTION (AYR) 

Open Day for 16+ and Twilight Session for Teachers

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Think the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland is just about acting and music? Think again!

Come and find out about our incredibly versatile and hands-on undergraduate Production ProgrammesThere are two available streams: Production Arts and Design and Production Technology and Management.

Production is a vital part of any live event. Our aim is to train young people for a wide range of careers across theatre, TV, film, music concerts, live events and beyond.

Did you know? 

  • Woodwork can lead to a career in Set Construction
  • Art & Design can lead to working as a Scenic Artist or Prop Maker
  • Fashion and Textiles can lead to being a Costume Maker
  • Physics and Computing can lead to careers in Lighting, Sound and Theatre Technology

Find out the pathways from school and college to the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Explore our training. Take part in taster workshops. Meet our staff and students.

Event information:

Twilight Tour for
Teachers, Lecturers, DYW
Venue: The Gaiety, Ayr
Wednesday 14 September
4.30pm – 6.30pm

Open Day for those
aged 16+
Venue: The Gaiety, Ayr
Wednesday 5 October
9:45am – 11:45am

Register your interest by clicking the button below:

 Get In Touch 

If you require any further information or have any questions, email: fairaccesshello@rcs.ac.uk

Apply Now To Become A Fair Access Ambassador!

 FAIR ACCESS AMBASSADOR PROGRAMME 

September 2022 through to Summer 2023

⭐️ Applications are now open for our Fair Access Ambassador programme ⭐️

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 What is Fair Access? 

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland is an inclusive and diverse environment. We want to encourage as many people as possible, regardless of their background, to get involved with the performing and production arts. The Fair Access department at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland run two programmes – Transitions and WACI – alongside our Fair Access Outreach and Partnership programme. 📽 Watch more here.

 The work of Fair Access Ambassadors 

Our Ambassadors work alongside our staff to help promote and provide information on opportunities around entering into the performing and production arts and our Fair Access activities and events within their local schools and communities. In return, our Ambassadors gain experience within the arts sector, working with people, and developing teamwork and communication skills alongside bespoke training opportunities.

 About you! 

The Ambassador programme is aimed at those aged 16+ who are passionate about the performing and production arts. You will meet the WACI eligibility criteria or be a current Transitions studentChecking your emails regularly, having good knowledge in social media, clear communication skills and being comfortable in social situations are an advantage.

 When will I need to be available? 

Aside from normal Ambassador activities, you will be available to attend our Ambassador meetings either at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland or via Zoom:

▪️ Residential Weekend: 2 – 4 September
▪️ Meetings: 20 Nov 22, 18 Feb 23 and 17 Jun 23.

 Sounds good, where / how do I sign up? 

Our application form will ask you to fill in your personal details and write a short response to the following questions:

▪️ Why are the arts important?
▪️ How would you promote the arts within your community to young people?
▪️ Why and how would you commit to being a Fair Access Ambassador?

*Alternatively, you can attach a short video (2-3 mins) that answers the questions above.


 Completing you application 

To complete your application we ask that you provide a reference from someone you know who is involved in the arts. This can be a teacher, tutor, community practitioner etc.


Get in touch 

If you require further information or have any questions, get in touch with the team at: fairaccesshello@rcs.ac.uk

Bridging Programme: Scenic Art

 BRIDGING PROGRAMME: SCENIC ART 

Start Date: September 2022

Do you enjoy art but think it’s not a proper job – think again! If you’re interested in art and in studying at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, join our Fair Access Bridging Programme in Scenic Art. 

For those with skills in art/design, either from school, or as a hobby or as part of a community project, this is a practical part-time course that will teach you all about scenic art. There will be a mixture of 1:1 sessions, group work and practical hands-on RCS Production workshops.

This course is aimed at those aged 16+, with a passion for art who are either living in an SIMD1 postcode area or are care experienced or estranged or black, indigenous or person of colour. 

Register your interest by clicking the button below:

 Get In Touch 

If you require any further information or have any questions, email: fairaccesshello@rcs.ac.uk

Get Into: Musical Theatre

 GET INTO: MUSICAL THEATRE 

Start Date: September 2022

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Do you love watching musicals? Have an interest in singing, acting or dancing? Would you like to ‘get into’ Musical Theatre but not sure where to start?

If yes, these weekly sessions in Musical Theatre could be perfect for you! You don’t need prior experience and the sessions are free for those taking part.

Aimed at those aged 14+, the ‘Get Into: Musical Theatre’ programme will build on your interests and experiences. You will develop your confidence in acting, singing, dancing and musicianship, creating a skill set all relevant to Musical Theatre.

Register your interest by clicking the button below:

 Get In Touch 

If you require any further information or have any questions, email: fairaccesshello@rcs.ac.uk

Production Arts CLPD for Secondary Teachers

 PRODUCTION ARTS CLPD FOR SECONDARY TEACHERS 

Events throughout May 2022

Do you teach expressive arts? Need support in delivering production-focused skills for Nat 5 or Higher? Book onto our exciting CLPD sessions, delivered throughout May, aimed at developing your production arts skills.


Session 1: Lighting

When: 12 May, 4 – 6pm
Where: All Saints, 299 Ryehill Road, Glasgow G21 3EN

From a creative point of view, explore what makes an effective lighting design, how to achieve effective lighting with different types of equipment and how to use lights and equipment correctly.  Led by Dave Evans, RCS Lighting Tutor. 


Session 2: Set Design

When: 19 May, 4 – 6:30pm
Where: RCS Wallace Studios, 210 Garscube Road, Glasgow G4 9RR

Introducing the design and production process including basic ground plans, elevations, models and scene changes.  Consider how to transform a space with a limited budget and lots of imagination. You’ll also be given the opportunity to explore the Design facilities at Wallace Studios. Led by Robin Peoples, Lecturer in Design at RCS.  


Session 3: Costume

When: 26 May, 4 – 6pm (+ 6 – 7pm)
Where: RCS Wallace Studios, 210 Garscube Road, Glasgow G4 9RR

Introducing the costume design process, including costume drawings, costume plots and garment lists.  Explore how to adapt everyday clothes into theatrical costumes on a budget.  Also, from 6pm -7pm you can explore the Costume facilities at Wallace Studios and see design and lighting come together in practice within a performance space at RCS Renfrew Street. Led by Robin Peoples, Lecturer in Design at RCS.  


Session 4: Make-Up

When: 31 May, 4 – 6pm
Where: Rosshall Academy, 131 Crookston Road, Glasgow G52 3PD

Discover how to design and apply character makeup, supplementing the use of theatrical makeup with high street-bought cosmetics to achieve particular effects. Understand what to be aware of in terms of using makeup tools and materials safely and hygienically.  Led by Debbie Montgomery, Freelance Make-Up Artist.


 

To secure your place on any of the workshops available, please follow the booking link below:


 Get In Touch 

If you require any further information or have any questions, get in touch with Louise Brown at: l.brown5@rcs.ac.uk

In partnership with Glasgow City Council’s CREATE.

Pathways Into The Creative Industries

 WORKSHOPS FOR SCHOOLS 

Available to eligible Secondary Schools until June 2022

WACI and Transitions are offering fun practical workshops that will give pupils an insight into the creative industries and how we can help them in taking the next steps.

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Available for S3-S6 pupils, we are reaching out to our WACI schools and beyond. Open to pupils interested in Drama, Art and Design, Music, Dance, Media, Filmmaking, Production, Engineering, Woodwork and Carpentry, Sound, Electronics and more!

Sessions explore: 

  • What are the creative industries?  
  • What jobs do people actually do?  
  • How can you train to do this? 
  • What free training pathways can we offer to eligible pupils at RCS?

These sessions complement your activity in Developing the Young Workforce. 

 Get In Touch 

If you require any further information, have any questions or want to book your workshop, get in touch with Louise Brown at: l.brown5@rcs.ac.uk

48 Hour Film Challenge

 48 HOUR FILM CHALLENGE 

Make a Movie in Just 48 Hours, 2 & 3 April

Fair Access has organised a jam-packed weekend of opportunities to learn about sound and film production. You’ll also be able to find out about the many exciting careers to be had in the creative industries.
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📸: Brian Hartley

When: Sat 2 and Sun 3 April 2022, 10am – 4pm
Where: The Gaiety Theatre, Ayr
Cost: Free
For people aged: 14 – 18

Clap a Clapperboard • Shout Action • Get behind the Camera • Act • Story Board Animate • Write, Document or Tell a Story • Make Noise • Dive in with Hydroponic  Mics • Operate a Boom Pole • Edit • Produce

Try Everything or Try Just One Thing
Absolute Beginners & Beyond Welcome



Hands-on experience combining your tech; your phone, your tablet, your iPad with industry standards: Canon, Sennheiser, Adobe, Ableton, Moog, Soma, Rycote, Røde and Push.

Make a Drama Documentary
An Animation Underscore with Sound FX & Music
Make a Movie in just 48 Hours

 Contact Fair Access 

If you require any further information or have any questions, get in touch with Fair Access at: fairaccesshello@rcs.ac.uk

Announcing: Come and Try Online Festival 2022

 COME & TRY ONLINE FESTIVAL 

Short Courses, Masterclasses and In Conversations, 5 – 15 April

WACI are delighted to announce that applications for our Come and Try Online Festival are now open! 

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Whether you’ve already got loads of experience or you want to try something for the first time, the Come and Try Online Festival is a great way to get your creativity flowing, work with experienced artists and meet other young people who are into the same things as you are. 

Taking place from 5 – 15 April, all of the workshops and Q&A sessions will take place on Zoom – and best of all, it’s all free!

 Programme of Events 

In Conversation
These sessions are for everyone:

Making Music on a Budget

Combating Barriers in the Arts

Balancing your Mental Health with your Artform

Short Courses
Open to secondary school-age pupils: 

Let’s Make a Scene

Let’s Make Music

Storytelling for Film 

Masterclasses
Open to secondary school-age pupils: 

Musical Theatre

Costume Design for Theatre

Devising Monologues 

Improvising and Accompanying in Music

Production for TV and Film


Button that takes you to registration formDeadline for booking: 29 March


 

 Priority Places 

Please note that priority places will be given to pupils who are in the West of Scotland that: 

However, the festival is also open to: 

 Contact Us 

If you require any further information or have any questions, get in touch with WACI at: waci@rcs.ac.uk

Join Our Fair Access Virtual Drama Group!

 FAIR ACCESS VIRTUAL DRAMA GROUP (FAVDG) 

Thursday Evenings, March 2022

If you have ever wanted to try out acting, directing or writing then the Fair Access Online Drama Group could be the place for you! 

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This group is about trying out new ideas, building performance skills, gaining confidence, and learning about all of the different elements that make great theatre happen. You will meet other young people from all over Scotland who are also interested in theatre and performance. It’s a chance to share your ideas, speak your mind, make connections, and create new work together.

Who can sign-up:

You’re invited to apply and join us for our virtual drama collaboration if you meet one of the following criteria:

When it will happen:

The workshops all take place at 5pm on the following dates:

  • Thursday 3 March
  • Thursday 10 of March
  • Thursday 17 March
  • Thursday 24 March

Please make sure you can attend all these dates before you sign up.


How to take part:

Sign up for the project via this online form
Deadline: 28 Feb


On the Sign-Up form you will be asked:

  • Contact information
  • About your experience/interest in drama

Don’t worry if you’re new to drama or you don’t have any acting experience. Knowing what level everyone is at is just helpful for us when we’re planning the sessions.

What will happen next:

Tom Arnott leading the project will organise 4 different online ‘meet-ups’. These meet-ups will be an opportunity to have conversations as a group, discuss and workshop ideas and ultimately decide what you’d like to create together.

About Tom:

Tom Fergus Arnott is a freelance facilitator, filmmaker, writer and performer based in Glasgow. Tom has recently worked on projects with Birds of Paradise Theatre Company, Citizens Theatre, and on Conference of the Birds (alongside the COP26 Conference).

 

Join Our Fair Access Virtual Band

 FAIR ACCESS VIRTUAL BAND (FAVB) 

Wednesday Evenings, March 2022

Do you sing or play an instrument? Want to meet like-minded young people? Get involved with the Fair Access Virtual Band!

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Who can sign-up:

You’re invited to apply and join us for another musical collaboration if you meet one of the following criteria:

When it will happen:

The workshops all take place at 5pm on the following dates:

  • Wednesday 2 March
  • Wednesday 9 of March
  • Wednesday 16 March
  • Wednesday 30 March

Please make sure you can attend all these dates before you sign up.


How to take part:

*ENROLMENT IN THIS ACTIVITY IS NOW CLOSED*
Deadline: 28 Feb


On the Sign-Up form you will be asked:

  • Your main instrument.
  • Your ability (beginner, intermediate and advanced) 
  • If you can comfortably sight-read or follow a chord chart.
  • If you have access to a device that will allow you to record a video with audio.

Don’t worry if you’re new to music or you’re not a confident sight-reader, everyone is welcome. Knowing what level everyone is at is just helpful for us when we’re pulling together the music.

What will happen next:

Owen Sinclair, the Musician leading the project will organise 4 different online ‘meet-ups’. These meet-ups will be an opportunity to have conversations as a band, discuss various musical genres, workshop ideas and ultimately decide what music you’d like to work on together.

Once we’ve decided what we’d like to record:

  • You will be sent a guide track accompanied by either a score, chord chart or lyrics. This will be suitable for your ability level and instrument.
  • There will be an online tutorial session
  • You will then record your video and send it in
  • All parts will be edited together to create a showcase of the Fair Access Virtual Band

About Owen:

Owen is a multi-instrumentalist, percussionist and singer who has been working in Scotland’s vibrant folk scene. You can check out some of his projects here: