We’re excited to announce that bookings for our upcoming Fair Access Expo are now open!!!
Come along and join us on Thursday 4th November for open discussions around Widening Access to the Arts.
We are delighted that the wonderful screen actor Julie Hesmondhalgh will be opening the Expo, sharing her passion for the arts and its power to transform lives and communities. We will also be sharing stories and flagging up opportunities for people interested in a career in Dance, Drama, Music, Film, Production, Theatre and the Performing Arts.
This year, the main discussions that you can take part in are:
Young People as Champions of Widening Access to the Arts A group of young people will come together to share their experience of choosing the arts as a pathway. We’ll delve into what it’s been like and how they see themselves moving forward.
Where Theatre Meets Film In this discussion we will hear from theatre-makers and filmmakers and people who do both – we will explore the many varied opportunities that are available in Film and theatre and how both practical and creative disciplines can straddle both art forms.
Being Working Class in The Arts A career in the arts is not always celebrated as a life choice or even as an option at all – in this panel we will hear from a panel of speakers from working-class communities who have forged creative careers, often against the odds.
Attention all teachers and community groups:
If you would like to make a day of it and are able to host the event streamed live into your classroom/space, we have goodies!!! Register your interest in hosting a live stream of the Fair Access Expo to your young folks and we will send you through a box of goodies to give out on the day. Request your pack in Question 4 of the form by telling us roughly how many young people you are hoping will attend. The event will run from 12noon – 3pm.
Are you a young person of colour who lives in Scotland? Aged 13 – 18?
Interested in writing, telling stories, or making theatre or film of your own?
Writer/director Raisah Ahmed will lead this new digital workshop to explore how to come up with new ideas and tell stories, whatever your medium – and you’ll get to put your new skills into practice and make a piece of work of your own.
Through a series of Zoom workshops and conversations, you’ll get to work with other like-minded young people and learn all about storytelling from an experienced artist while work on your own project.
Whether you’ve already got loads of experience or you want to try something for the first time, this project is a great way to get your creativity flowing and make something to share.
Workshops will take place every Wednesday evening, 5 – 7pm, from 20 October – 8 December *Rescheduled Dates* over Zoom. These Zooms will be closed sessions specifically for people of colour.
Please let us know if you have any access requirements.
Raisah is a Scottish Asian Muslim Writer/Director, based in Glasgow, working across television and film. She is currently developing a WWI feature Half-Moon Camp with Film4 and Producer Zorana Piggott. Writing credits include several CBeebies shows and BBC The Social phone-drama Control. Alumni of EIFF Talent Lab 2014, Raisah’s first writer/director commissioned short Meet Me By The Water premiered at EIFF 2016, before screening on BBC Scotland’s Next Big Thing. She has directed on BBC3’s The Break III and CBBC’s Sparks.
Taking place throughout the summer school holidays these courses offer an opportunity for you to try something new, develop your existing experience and/or gain a more in-depth understanding in a variety of art forms.
Available Summer Schools
There are a variety of summer schools to choose from in:
The Fair Access Team would like to extend a warm thanks to everyone who virtually attended our recent Fair Access Expo.
It was a bit different this year – however, the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. We’re glad so many of you found it useful. For those who couldn’t make it along on the day, our microsite contains a recording of the live sessions ready to watch back.
Have you ever wanted to know more about Fair Access at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, including information on the Transitions and WACI Programmes? Are looking for advice in studying or working in the performing arts?
Why not head over to our microsite now to watch back our live sessions:
Meet The Teams, Transitions and WACI
Industry Interview, with Laura Waddell and Graeme Smilie
Student Life, a showcase and Q&A (Content Warning! Swearing)
You can also:
watch pre-recorded videos from students and professionals
hear from the Assistant Principal and Fair Access Manager at RCS
watch our Fair Access Virtual Band perform
find links to information on UCAS and UCAS Conservatoires,
links to funding information from the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS)
WHERE: Online via Zoom (Participants will be sent information via email)
We know how daunting it can be pursuing a career in the creative industries, especially when no one you know has done it before. The Fair Access Expo offers an opportunity for you and your family or carers to receive support and advice about the educational and professional journey you are about to embark on.
Meet the WACI and Transitions teams
Hear from those in the Creative Industries
Hear from our current students
Get involved in our interactive workshop
If you are a Transitions students or WACI pupil, you with your family, friends or carers are warmly invited to our Fair Access Expo. All members of your household are encouraged to join in!
This is event is free to attend but booking is essential.
Booking Now Closed
Booking Deadline: Fri 23 October
If you have any question please feel free to contact us by emailing: WACI@rcs.ac.uk
Welcome to the final week of WACI‘s favourite Lockdown Picks. Each week we’ve taken you through some of the best online resources in dance, drama, music, film and production. We hope you have found these helpful and enjoyable.
Why do we dance? African-American social dances started as a way for enslaved Africans to keep cultural traditions alive and retain a sense of inner freedom. They remain an affirmation of identity and independence. In this electric demonstration, packed with live performances, choreographer, educator and TED Fellow Camille A. Brown explores what happens when communities let loose and express themselves by dancing together.
Have you ever wanted to make a short film but didn’t know where to start or think that you would have to buy expensive equipment to produce great video content? WACI‘s exciting online resource is a great place to learn how to create professional-quality videos with your mobile devices. We show you how to plan, create, edit and upload your videos.
Every Saturday, Scottish Youth Theatre share creative tasks that can be done in your own home on your own or with friends and family members digitally. These simple weekly tasks will run for the duration of isolation and quarantine with the aim to keep your devising and theatre-making skills flourishing.
That’s it for now as we start to prepare for the new school year. All our Lockdown Picks can be found in our News blog for you to search through. We’d love to hear what ones you have tried. Pop us a message or tag us on our social media profiles. Stay safe. Love Team WACI.
Musictheory.net is a great website that offers visualised resources for musicians ranging in skill level from beginner to advanced. Some of the lesson topics cover rhythm, scales, intervals, chords, and chord progressions. A great theory resource even if you just want a refresher!
Theatres may be closed right now, but The NHB Playgroup is OPEN – you can join NHB to discover and discuss fantastic contemporary drama by today’s most exciting writers, available to read completely for free!
We hope you enjoy this selection and check back next week for more!