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This five-day online taster week will provide an introduction to the BA Performance in BSL and English degree programme at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
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.
Find out more in the Course Outline.
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 organise a skype/zoom call – email@example.com
Every day will be led by a member of the staff team who will talk to you and other participants about what they teach and share different ideas and exercises.
These will include:
- Visual Theatre session led by Deaf theatre maker Ramesh Meyyappan
- Performance with Lecturer in Acting Mark Stevenson
- Register and Text with Deaf lecturer in Translation Rita McDade
- Devising with course leader Claire Lamont
- 1:1 ‘drop-in’ sessions for you to talk individually with tutors.
There will also be an opportunity to meet current students and graduates of the programme to get the ‘lowdown’ on what the course is like from a student perspective.
If you are aged 16 or older; identify as deaf, Deaf or Hard of Hearing and are interested in performance, this Taster Week is for you.
If you are wanting to continue to learn and develop performance skills at home, this course can help.
If you are thinking of applying to the BA Performance in BSL and English degree, this week will give you an invaluable understanding, a chance to ask questions and to meet the staff team.
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 (for example, like you would using Skype or Zoom) and to watch sections of film.
We won’t be asking you to print out any resources – you should be able to view them on your screen. 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.
If you have any questions in advance of booking, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We will be making use of online video-calling platforms Zoom. 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 from Monday – Friday 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.
Between 2 – 4pm, the tutor will be available for a chat about their own subject or any other questions you have.
Most of our staff are fluent in BSL, and a number are themselves Deaf. There will always be a Sign Language Interpreter present and we will make use of online captioning to ease communication when useful.
Please see Course Preparation for information about what you need to take part at home.
How will the summer schools be delivered?
Each summer school will be delivered using a mixture of live teaching sessions and structured activities for students to take part in from home.
All students will be added to a Microsoft Teams class group where course resources will be available, and the ‘chat’ function can be used to communicate with the tutor and group through text message.
The live group sessions will be delivered using Zoom which allows the group to see everyone who is taking part. Students may be put into discussion groups and tools such as ‘whiteboard’ or ‘screen share’ may be used to share visual information with students.
One-to-one instrumental lessons and individual feedback sessions will take place on Microsoft Teams, and will be scheduled in advance.
Each course varies in delivery style depending on the material being taught so please read all the information on the relevant webpages for accurate information.
What safety precautions are in place?
The MS Teams groups which host each summer school group are private and members will be added by the RCS Short Courses team. Please note, students’ emails will be visible to other group members.
When using Zoom to teach the live sessions, our teaching staff will be using RCS licensed accounts and all meeting links and passwords will be posted only on the MS Teams group page. Each meeting will have a unique password, and our staff will use the waiting room function to ‘admit’ students to the session.
You may find it useful to read our Online Teaching Policy for detailed information about security and safeguarding.
I am in a different time zone, can I still take part?
As long as you are able to take part in the live teaching sessions throughout the course, you are very welcome to join our summer schools from anywhere in the world. Please see the course webpage for information on when the live sessions are scheduled to take place – all times listed are UK time zone.
Can both of my children take part together?
We offer sibling discounts for summer schools – please contact us on email@example.com for more information. Depending on the course and age of your children, they may take part on the same or different devices.
Are there any resources that I will need in order to take part in the course?
The most important resources you will need are those that let you take part comfortably in the online activity. 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 (for example, like you would using Skype or Zoom) and to watch film footage.
We won’t be asking you to print out any resources – you should be able to view them on your screen – but there will be some written documents which you may want to print out if you are able to. You will need pen/pencil and paper/notebook.
You may also want to consider whether you have a space you can use where you can work without interruption. Please keep in mind that the other students taking part in the course will be able to see what’s behind you when you are online.
Please also check the ‘Preparing for the Course’ section within each summer school webpage for specific resources which you may need to take part.
What platforms of delivery are used?
A mixture of Microsoft Teams and Zoom will be used to deliver the summer schools. See ‘How will the online courses be delivered?’ for more information.
What happens if I miss a class?
We will not record the live teaching sessions, but if you miss one, your tutor will do their best to help you catch up and continue participating in the course. There will be sections of activity that you undertake at home with resources and support from your tutor during which you can find out what you have missed and prepare for the next live session.
Do I need to prepare anything for the course?
In order to get the most out of our online courses, we may ask students to do some preparatory work at home in the weeks leading up to the course, and you may have some extra activities to do in the evenings before your next day of study. This varies from course to course so please check the relevant webpages for the activity you are taking part in.
How much time will I/my child need to spend in front of a screen?
Our Online Teaching Policy states that children under the age of 13 must be accompanied by an adult at the beginning of a live teaching session. Once the class is up and running, the parent/carer should remain close by and on hand to be called back to speak to the tutor if required. Parents/carers will be asked to read and agree to the policy before signing up to the course.
All the courses are a mixture of online/offline sessions meaning that there will not be long periods of time spent in front of a screen. This varies for different summer schools, so please check the relevant course webpage which will have more information about the format of each day and how long will be spent online.