Welcome to our pages for the Fair Access department here at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS).

Fair Access at RCS is about ensuring that people from all backgrounds have the opportunity to study in performing or production arts education. We are specifically funded to promote and provide fairer access to Higher Education. We prioritise working with people who are one or more of the following:

We provide a range of opportunities from taster sessions to more advanced activities in preparing for higher education courses, working with some of the best artists and teachers across the UK. 

The three main Fair Access initiatives here at RCS are:

  • The Fair Access Outreach programme, working closely with communities to provide open-access workshops and opportunities for people to engage in drama, dance, music, production and film.
  • Widening Access to the Creative Industries (WACI) which provides entry-level short courses, workshops, masterclasses and information and guidance for school pupils in the West of Scotland.
  • Transitions which is an auditioned programme for people with talent and potential to help them prepare for undergraduate study at RCS. Transitions is for all people across the whole of Scotland with no upper age limit.

We believe that the performing and production arts needs voices from different backgrounds. We need the whole of society to be reflected in our industries. 

If you’re not sure how we can help you, get in touch. You can also find out more about what we do below.

To get in touch:

Email the team at: fairaccesshello@rcs.ac.uk

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Fair Access

Behind The Scenes



” I remember being so inspired by an older Transitions flautist and seeing his success really did inspire me to push on to where I am today.”

– Molly Gribbon

About Transitions

Our activities focus on creative learning, designed to nurture your understanding of arts training at conservatoire level and to equip you with the transferable skills and qualities you need to excel as a student and beyond.

We offer a wide variety of funded opportunities including tuition, coaching, masterclasses, personal development and more.

To be eligible you need to:

  • have a passion for the performing and production arts
  • be aged 16+ (7+ if you are interested in Music or Dance, 15+ for Musical Theatre)
  • be one or more of the following:
  • living in a SIMD1 postcode and/or
  • care experienced
  • estranged from parents or carers
  • have not completed a college or university course

To find out more:

Visit our website at:  portal.rcs.ac.uk/transitions

Email the team at: transitions@rcs.ac.uk