Scarborough’s Stephen Joseph Theatre has partnered with Coventry University to launch a BA acting degree.
The audition process for the course is entirely free, with the aim of attracting students from lower-income backgrounds.
Commencing in September 2019, the three-year course will train students in acting for stage, TV and radio as well as introducing them to various techniques including presenting, corporate role-play, vlogging and acting for gaming.
The course, which costs £7,350 a year, will mainly be based at Coventry University in Scarborough, but will include regular visits to the Stephen Joseph Theatre for masterclasses.
Students will receive mentoring from SJT staff in areas such as marketing, producing, fundraising, and technical and stage management.
In their third year, students will have the opportunity to audition for the SJT to be part of a professional acting company.
SJT artistic director Paul Robinson said: “There’s been much talk about making access to acting training more affordable, but we still see drama schools charging an average of £60/£70, and often more, for auditions.
“Our course will see the first round consist of self-taped audition speeches – on, for instance, a smartphone – allowing us to keep the audition process manageable, free and appropriate by employing the contemporary digital techniques that are becoming more and more a part of our standard industry practice.”
Kay Fraser, acting pro-vice-chancellor of Coventry University, said: “We want to train actors in the broadest possible skillset to market themselves as professionals and increase their chances of employment after they graduate.”
The first intake for the course will be around 20 students. Applications can be made via UCAS.