What is the Taster Weekend?
These online weekend courses will provide an introduction to the BA Performance in BSL and English degree programme at the RCS.
Through a series of informal discussions and activities you will get an insight into what studying full-time with us might be like.
It is a relaxed opportunity to (virtually) meet the team who teach on the degree course and to make contact with other deaf performers – all from the comfort of your own home.
What will the Taster Weekend involve?
Each session will be led by a member of the BA Performance staff team who will talk to you about what they teach and share different ideas and exercises.
These may include:
- Visual Theatre session led by theatre maker Ramesh Meyyappan
- Performance with Lecturer in Acting Mark Stevenson
- Register and Text with Lecturer in Translation Rita McDade
- Devising with Course Leader Claire Lamont
There will also be an opportunity to meet current BA Performance students and graduates of the programme to get the ‘lowdown’ on what the course is like from a student perspective.
Who is it for?
If you aged 16 or older; identify as deaf, Deaf or Hard of Hearing and are interested in performance, one of these Taster Weekends is for you.
If you are wanting to continue to learn and develop performance skills at home, this course can help. You may also be interested in the BA Performance in BSL and English Audition Preparation course.
How do I book the course?
Use the links below to book the weekend you want to take part in. The same course is running on both weekends so you only need to sign up for one of them:
Click here to book for 31 October – 1 November 2020
Click here to book for 5 – 6 December 2020
Please see How Does an Online Course Work? section for information about how the course will run and what you need to do in advance.
Please read our Pre-HE OnlineTeaching Policy before signing up for a course – click here for BSL version and transcript. When booking the course you will be asked to agree that you have read and understood this policy.
If you have any questions in advance of booking, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like to talk to someone in BSL about the Taster Week, you can email Claire Lamont to organize a skype/zoom call. Her email is email@example.com
How does an online course work?
The course will run through Microsoft Teams and the ‘live’ online sessions via Zoom. In advance of the course you will be added to a class group within MS Teams. The links/password for each Zoom session will be posted with the chat function of this group. This will also be used as a place for discussion, sharing of materials and of course work.
We recognise that studying online is not the same as being in the building with us but we are excited to be able to welcome people from far and wide and see some new faces.
The course will run Saturday and Sunday between 11am – 4pm.
The morning group session runs from 11am – 1pm. This will be discussion and activities led by one of the staff team with all participants.
There will be a second session between 2 and 4pm which may be led by a different staff team member or you will have an opportunity to meet students and graduates of the course.
Most of our staff are fluent in BSL, and a number are themselves Deaf. Before the course you will be asked about your communication preferences and we will provide a BSL interpreter if required.
What do I need to take part?
As this course is all delivered online you will need access to a device such as a desktop computer, laptop or tablet which allows you to access the internet with a screen large enough to see the group members during online sessions.
You will need internet connection which is fast enough to take part in video sessions on Zoom.
You will need pen/pencil and paper/notebook to make notes.
It would be useful to have a space you can use where you can work without interruptions.