We’ve spent £14 million on a brand new campus building. It’s a purpose-built, state of-the-art development that is one of the most modern facilities in the UK. It includes a library, IT suites, mock law court, engineering and science labs, cafe and lots of individual and group study spaces. Next to us is Scarborough’s new leisure village. The complex includes an Olympic legacy swimming pool, sports hall, fitness suite, all weather pitches and the new Scarborough Athletic football ground.
This course has been developed and is taught by practising professionals and industry experts. Our academics bring a wealth of expertise to the classroom with many continuing to undertake research and other projects alongside teaching, meaning our students gain a well-rounded and relevant teaching experience.
Throughout your studies, you will find that the course is underpinned with practical elements. During the course, you will have the opportunity to audition for casting directors and take part in shows in front of industry figures.
The Stephen Joseph Theatre (SJT) is a professional producing theatre, was Britain’s first theatre in the round, and has premiered over 80 of the plays of acclaimed playwright Sir Alan Ayckbourn.
In this unique partnership, CU Scarborough students will work with SJT professionals at points throughout the programme - including mentoring, observation of professional rehearsals, and participation onstage in a professionally-directed piece for theatre.
Students completing the course will leave with a full suite of skills, experiences and contacts that will allow them to be fully industry-ready.
Meet our staff
Paul Elsam is the Course Director and Lead Tutor for the Acting course.
Paul trained at Manchester Polytechnic’s School of Theatre and following graduation worked widely as an actor. Television, radio and film credits include BAFTA-nominated work, while stage performances (regional, touring, theatre-in-education, and West End) include Olivier-nominated work. A founding acting tutor at ALRA North drama school, he has written and delivered workshops for professional actors at the Actors Centre in London, and is an Associate Director of troublehouse theatre in Manchester.