Audition and Interview Prep Workshops

WACI are delighted to offer a range of workshops in November and December for those who are thinking about applying to study at college, university or conservatoire:

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You’re eligible if you live in the West of Scotland are one of the following:

  • attending a FOCUS West School
  • living in an SiMD1 postcode
  • are Care Experienced or Estranged

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Watch Our Fair Access Expo Live Sessions!

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. 

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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)
  • direct links to our programme websites

Again, thanks to everyone from all the team!

Visit the Fair Access Expo microsite here:

🌐 rcs.ac.uk/fair-access-expo

Bookings Now Open: Fair Access Expo Online

WHEN: Sun 25 October 11am – 3:30pm

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.

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Booking Deadline: Fri 23 October

If you have any question please feel free to contact us by emailing: WACI@rcs.ac.uk

Bookings Now Open: Focus on Applications

WACI are thrilled to announce the first round of Focus on Applications Workshops for 2020/21 are now open for bookings.

If you’re thinking about applying to study one of the following types of courses:

at college, university or conservative, this workshop is for you!

Join us for our workshops that will help you in:  

  • Choosing the right course for you 
  • Application tips 
  • Starting your personal statement 

These sessions are for S5 & S6 pupils with a focus on applying via UCAS Conservatoires, as well as other creative courses at college and/or university.   

When: Mon 31 Aug + Mon 7 Sep 
Location: Online  

Booking Deadline: Thu 27 Aug

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WACI Lockdown Picks 8

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. 

Dance

A Visual History of Social Dance in 25 Moves

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.

Production

Punished Props

Punished props has over 600 tutorials on prop and costume making to explore and try out.

Music

Soundfly

Soundfly offers a range of both free and paid courses for a variety of contemporary musical topics for curious musicians. The topics are wide-ranging and key skills for today’s music maker.

Film

Let’s Make Films: Filmmaking on Mobile Devices

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.

Drama

Communities Task by Scottish Youth Theatre

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.

WACI Lockdown Picks 7

Welcome to another week of WACI‘s favourite Lockdown Picks. Each week we take you through some of the best online resources in dance, drama, music, film and production. 

Dance

Digital Stage

Digital Stage is a programme of full-length dance performances, films and workshops online, to keep you entertained and connected through dance while live stages are dark.

Production

The Colour Lab

The Colour Lab is a browser-based lighting lab. It is a great way to examine how colour mixes both on actors and on the floor from three directions. A great way to develop your lighting knowledge.

Music

Music Theory

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!

Film

Film Riot

Film Riot is a how-to, DIY website about filmmaking that acts as an on-demand film school. You can engage with Film Riot through its blog, tutorial videos or podcast!

Drama

Broadway Educators

This blog post from broadway educators is a great read for young actors. It has various tips on how to be prepared for rehearsals and auditions.

We hope you enjoy this selection and check back next week for more! 

WACI Lockdown Picks 6

Welcome to another week of WACI‘s favourite Lockdown Picks. Each week we take you through some of the best online resources in dance, drama, music, film and production. Enjoy!

Dance

Dance Magazine

The Dance Magazine has created this long list of online dance performances & rehearsal videos for all dance enthusiasts to delve into.

Production

Learn to Animate

You can use this online tutorial to create your own short stop motion film.

Music

Chrome Music Lab

This online resource uses experimental music tools to improve understanding of various musical concepts. This is so much fun to play with. 

Film

Moving Image Education

Moving Image Education is an online resource that is a way of developing literacy skills to be able to better discuss, analyse, criticise and understand moving image texts.

Drama

The NHB Playgroup

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! 

WACI Lockdown Picks 5

Welcome to another week of WACI‘s favourite Lockdown Picks. Each week we take you through some of the best online resources in dance, drama, music, film and production. Enjoy!

Dance

New Second Line

This is a short performance hosted by Ted Talks which is inspired by the events of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. TED Fellow Camille A. Brown choreographed “New Second Line,”  which is a celebration of the culture of New Orleans and the perseverance of Black people in the midst of devastation. It’s a truly beautiful performance which I’d encourage you to watch even if you aren’t a dancer.

Production

Projections On Stage

This is a four-part blog for all those interested in technical theatre. The series explores the technical side behind creating projections for theatre.

Music

Jess Gilliam Virtual Scratch Orchestra

The Virtual Scratch Orchestra is open to anybody of any ability, any instrument. Jess Gilliam has written parts specifically designed for beginner and advanced musicians. Jess is currently encouraging musicians to take part in in the second part of this project which is a cover of the Beatles classic ‘Let it Be’. 

Film

Into Film

This resource is created by the BFI and the National lottery and has a range of Film-focused activities for young people.

Drama

Vocal Warm-Up

This short vocal warm-up led by Jeannette Nelson offers young actors techniques to prepare their voice ahead of rehearsals and performances. Great for any aspiring actors!

We hope you enjoy this selection and check back next week for more! 

WACI Lockdown Picks 4

Another week past we have a selection of new WACI picks for you! Hand-picked by our team with the WACI seal of approval to keep you entertained and engaged with the performing and production arts whilst we’re on lockdown.

This week we have Becca also running through our picks:

Dance

Pop Up Space with Jasmin Vardimon

Jasmin offers a range of free online dance tutorials to keep you moving whilst we’re on lockdown! 

Production

Interview with Al Lugger

This short video was created by Audio Technology Magazine. Al Lugger, the Head of Sound for Les Miserables, describes what it’s like mixing for a large-scale musical.

Music

Sofar Sounds

Small concerts filmed all over the world in small and unusual places.

Film

Moviola: Coffee Break Film School

Moviola is a comprehensive filmmaking education resource. They have created a step by step short and sweet overview of the filmmaking process from screenwriting to lighting.

Drama

Evan Placey’s ‘Girl’s Like That’

Evan Placey’s ‘Girl’s like that’ is an online play that explores gender equality and the pressures on today’s digital generation.

We hope you enjoy this selection and check back next week for more! 

WACI Lockdown Picks 3

We’ve got our third week of WACI picks for you! Hand-picked by our team with the WACI seal of approval to keep you entertained and engaged with the performing and production arts whilst we’re on lockdown.

Dance

Dance Art Journal

Social media feed on Twitter collating dance-related activity and culture.

 

Production

How To Spray Paint A Portrait

A step by step video with Tragic O’Hara that takes you through the stages of how to spray paint large scale portraits​.

Music

Together At Home

Together at Home was a virtual concert series organised by Global Citizen and curated by singer Lady Gaga.

Film

Filmmaker IQ

This Youtube Channel provides a great overview for filmmakers, especially beginners. However, it goes in-depth enough that moderately experienced filmmakers can find real value in the content.

Drama

Boy’s Don’t

Paperdale productions ‘Boy’s Don’t’ explores insights into male experiences of growing up. From the playground to the classroom boys learn that displaying their feelings is a no-no. But what happens to emotion that can’t be let out, and who picks up the pieces?

We hope you enjoy this selection and check back next week for more!