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First deaf Performing Arts Degree graduation

First cohort graduates from Royal Conservatoire today. Photo: Julie Howden, RCS

5 Jul 2018

The first cohort of the BA Performance in British Sign Language (BSL) and English programme graduate from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland today.

The degree, made possible by SFC funding, is the first of its kind in the UK and was developed in partnership with Solar Bear, a theatre company specialising in drama and training for young deaf performers.

The partnership was formed through SFC funded Innovation Voucher’s programme, which saw Solar Bear work with the Royal Conservatoire to create a 10-week pilot deaf theatre short course. This led to the creation of a full short course and summer school programme and the development of the BA degree.

The majority of the class of 2018, who are all deaf or hard of hearing, have secured jobs or agents to go to post-graduation.

SFC board member Maggie Kinloch said, “Today is a very special moment for these graduates and their friends and families. They can be very proud of what they have achieved.”

Photo: Robbie McFadzean“As a former deputy principal of the Royal Conservatoire and chair of the SFC’s Access and Inclusion Committee, I am very pleased to see the first cohort of this pioneering degree graduate.”

“I wish them all the best for the future, and look forward to seeing many more deaf or hard of hearing students come through this course, and others across all of Scotland’s colleges and universities as we work with them to support the Scottish Government’s National Plan for British Sign Language.”

For highlights from the graduation, follow www.twitter.com/rcstweets.

For more information about the course, see the BA Performance in BSL and English programme.