A new drama school will be opening in the centre of Brighton and accepting its first students from September 2017.
The Brighton Institute for Contemporary Theatre Training will be the first of its kind in the city, offering a BA (Hons) degree in Acting and Performance.
Students will be trained in acting, dancing and singing. They will be prepared for life after drama school with courses in business and nutrition.
Like most undergraduate degrees in the UK, the three year course will cost £9,000 a year. Students will be eligible to have a portion of this covered by a loan from the government.
Bird Studios on New England Street will be home the school, and has already been extended to make room for the college. The studio already runs dance classes for adults and children.
Auditions will be held over a full day and candidates will need to prepare two songs, two monolouges and a solo dance piece.
A spokesperson for The Brighton Institute for Contemporary Theatre Training said: “We are an accredited degree course, and so we can open our doors to talent, not just people that can afford private vocational training.
“Our aim is to present the industry with individuals who are not only talented and professionally trained, but also well-equipped both physically and mentally to face the inevitable challenges they will encounter as they break into the business.
“This unique program therefore includes topics that are not generally seen on a performing arts training curriculum; physical fitness, professional development, business skills, self-assessment accountancy, entrepreneurial skills, money management, nutrition, time management, life coaching and well-being.
“We believe these skills will give students the confidence and help they need to face the rigours of employment in this competitive industry.”