Widening Access to the Creative Industries – affectionately known as WACI – is run by the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland on behalf of the FOCUS West schools programme. We offer a wide variety of fully-funded opportunities for those based in the West Coast of Scotland, supporting pupils in their journey to study the performing and production arts at college, university or conservatoire level.
What are the performing and production arts?
- Music: performance, teaching, sound production and business
- Dance: contemporary, street, jazz, ballet, hip hop
- Drama: acting, stage, screen and musical theatre
- Filmmaking: writing, editing, producing, directing, camera, sound operation
- Theatre Production: lighting, sound, set, props, costume, make-up artistry, stage management
What we offer
Activities that pupils can apply to take part in if interested in exploring a discipline. As part of our ‘Come & Try’ programme, these are based at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, via Zoom or an external venue, all outwith school hours:
- Short Courses
- Music, Film and Theatre Trips
- Fair Access Expo
- Summer School Scholarships
- Meet The Maker
Again at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland outwith school hours for those who are ready to take their study further as part of our ‘Getting Ready’ programme:
On this website, there is information regarding all of our activities, areas of study in the performance and production arts, information on routes of progression alongside career options and other valuable information.
Who can take part?
Pupils don’t have to be taking part in performance or production classes at school to take part. Sometimes schools don’t have the resources to offer classes such as Drama. And a love for woodwork, art or costume making is just as at home in the production arts. We provide a space for pupils to try things out and learn about areas that they might never have known existed.
All pupils need is enthusiasm and to be either:
Pupils are entitled to a 50% discount off the cost of any course in the Short Courses department at the Royal Conservatoire. Teachers are also eligible to a 25% discount for any short courses taken as part of their CPD.
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