The BA Performance undergraduate degree teaches students to be both actors and makers of work, exploring the most innovative ways of creating performance through British Sign Language and English. During your three years here you will benefit from the distinctive environment of RCS and study a rich blend of performance modules.
This course is designed around the learning and teaching needs of deaf performers and is the only course of its kind in Europe. The programme has been developed in association with Solar Bear Theatre Company with input from a range of theatre, education and deaf professionals. We aim to enrich the talent pool within the UK, whilst making training available to deaf artists.
The working languages of the programme are British Sign Language (BSL) and spoken English. You will have fully-qualified BSL interpreters in class, on stage and in rehearsal.
The small class size ensures you will have the opportunity to work closely with our teaching staff and visiting professionals. You will also benefit from our many collaborative and professional partnerships including Solar Bear, National Theatre of Scotland and Scottish Opera. You will develop skills in acting, movement, dance, signing on stage, improvisation and puppetry as well as explore highly visual and physical performance styles. We will teach you the skills you need to prepare you for a career in film, television, theatre and more.
What are we looking for?
We are looking for students of all ages who have commitment to work as a performer. We want to find talented individuals who show potential, which we can develop. You should be keen, curious and ready to work.
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The course will be delivered by D/deaf and hearing tutors and will be fully supported by a dedicated team of BSL/English interpreters.
This is a foundation year where you learn skills in different modules.
You study acting – exploring character and situation from text. This work is supported and developed through the Register and Text module. In this module, you learn to develop your signing and vocal skills. Script to Screen classes develop your understanding of acting for camera. Devising classes teach you how to make theatre based on your own experiences. You will create original performance using your own unique skills.
Movement classes develop an understanding of how you use your bosy in an expressive and creative manner. Visual theatre classes explore a range of performance ideas from a deaf perspective.
This is a project-based year where you apply your skills in public performance. The first performance is script-based and allows you to develop your acting skills through a full rehearsal and production process.
The Outreach module gives students the opportunity to create and deliver workshops to schools and community groups.
The On The Verge festival is a chance to create and perform your own piece of devised work.
In Script to Screen, you learn to generate and write ideas for short films to be made in your final year.
Second year is also the beginning of Professional Preparation classes which start to get you thinking about working in the industry after graduation.
In your final year, you will put the two strands of acting and performance making together. The curriculum includes three public performances, one of which will be a touring co-production with an indistry partner and also a professional showcase to agents and casting directors. You will use your skills to create innovative performances across our two working languages. Also, students’ short films are developed, filmed and screened.
We also encourage students to work professionally where invited to do so. You will continue to develop your professional practice, employability and business skills so that, when you graduate, you are well equipped to manage your career as a professional performer.
The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland is in the World Top 10 for performing arts education 2016, 2017 and 2018 (QS World Rankings)
- The only degree of its kind in Europe
- Jenny Sealey MBE is the programme patron
- Excellent staff-student ratio
- Small class sizes means more personalised support
- Opportunities for artistic collaboration with students from across the different artistic disciplines in RCS
- Industry showcases in both Glasgow and London
- Unrivalled professional connections including National Theatre of Scotland, Glasgow Film Theatre, Solar Bear, BBC, and Playwrights’ Studio Scotland
- Interpreters and communication support. There will be interpreters provided in every class
Claire Lamont – Head of BA Performance in British Sign Language and English
Mark Stevenson – Lecturer (Acting)
Ramesh Meyyappan – Lecturer (Visual Theatre)
Melanie Drake – Lecturer (Register and Text)
Rita McDade – Lecturer (Register and Text)
Tim Licata – Lecturer (Movement)
Visiting Artists and Masterclasses
- Jenny Sealey
- Mark Murphy
- Paula Garfield
- Davey Anderson
- Ann Marie Di Mambro
- Lesley Adam
- Viv Adam
- Michael Duke
- Gemma Fairlie
- Gavin Glover
- Lewis Hetherington
- Krazy Kat Theatre Co
- Alan McKendrick
- Chisato Minamimura
- Lee Saczak
- Al Seed
- Solene Weinachter
Our Renfrew Street building is iconic in Glasgow city centre. Here you’ll find five professional performing arts venues, recording studios, a Student IT Suite, the Digital Training Unit, the Whittaker Library and a host of drama rehearsal rooms.
The Wallace Studios at Speirs Locks is a purpose-built facility where dance, drama and production students rehearse, create and perform. Following a £6.2 million extension in 2014, the Wallace Studios offer state-of-the-art teaching and rehearsing facilities fit for a 21st century conservatoire. First opened in 2014, the new rehearsal spaces at the Wallace Studios are large, ensemble drama rooms where students can complete fully-staged rehearsals before transferring to the main stage.
Performance students benefit from having access to rehearsal spaces across both RCS buildings.
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The goal of BA Performance in BSL/English, is to prepare you to be a working professional. Our first cohort of students will graduate in 2018, however the students have already been employed during their studies throughout the industry.
A short summary of some of the students’ recent work is listed here.
Ciaran Alexander Stewart
Ciaran has performed in:
- Dr Johnstone Goes to Scotland, written by James Runcie and directed by Marilyn Imrie as part of the Play, Pie & Pint series at Oran Mor and Traverse Theatre.
- Junkyard, written by Jack Thorne and directed by Jeremy Herrin. A play by Headlong Theatre Company which roured to Bristol Old Vic, Theatr Clywd, Rose Kingston.
- Tribes, written by Nina Raine and directed by Kate Hewitt. Performed in Sheffield Crucible.
Rehearsed reading Hell’s Teeth by Tim Barrow, Playwrights’ Studio Scotland
Bea also works with Solar Bear’s Youth Theatre programme.
Research and development of Macbeth with Deafinitely Theatre at the Royal Shakespeare Company
Denielle has also delivered workshops with Solar Bear
EJ has performed in:
- The House of Bernarda Alba, directed by Jenny Sealey and co-directed by Nickie Wildin at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester
- Block, directed by Toby Hulse at the Oxford Playhouse
Jamie has performed in:
- Scott Squad directed by Noddy Davidson, BBC
Moira Ross, Craig Andrew and Connor Bryson have been engaged professionally by NHS Glasgow in the delivery of workshops and performances throughout 2017.
Last Woman Left
Student experience: Moira Ross
Tuition fees for academic year 2020-21
- Scottish/EU Students – £1,820
- Rest of UK (RUK) Students – £9,250
- International (Non EU) – £17,685
The Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) will pay tuition fees for all eligible full-time Scottish-based and other non-UK undergraduate EU students, who are studying in Scotland at degree level for the first time. Students should apply to SAAS for payment of tuition fees even if they are not applying for any other means of support. Eligible students can also apply for student loans through SAAS . For further advice and to check eligibility contact SAAS directly on 0300 555 0505 or visit their website.
Rest of UK students
Students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland studying in Scotland will be eligible for the same funding/loan package that they would benefit from if they attended an institution in their home country. For further advice please visit student finance England , student financeWales , or student finance Northern Ireland as appropriate.
Students from outside the EU typically fund higher education by a variety of resources, depending on the home country. More specific information on funding options relevant to specific countries can be found on our International page.
Any potential student who auditions for a place at the Royal Conservatoire will automatically be considered for a scholarship. They are awarded on a combination of talent, potential and financial need. More information about Scholarships is available here.
Sources of external funding
For more information about alternative funding sources, including external scholarships and bursaries, please visit here.
The Conservatoire’s International and Student Experience team are available to advise and assist applicants and current students in respect of queries about funding your studies at the Conservatoire. Please email or telephone +44 (0)141 270 8281/ +44 (0)141 270 8223 for further information.
There are no academic entry requirements. All applicants will be asked to state if their first language is BSL or English as part of the application form. This will be evaluated further by the audition/interview panel. Applicants will be sent tasks before their audition/interview, with at least 3 weeks to prepare.