Two Doncaster flagship institutions, Doncaster College and University Centre (DCUC) and Cast, today announced that they are partnering to host the town’s first Higher Education Drama and Performing Arts courses.

Following the closure of the college’s High Melton campus, Cast is to host full time students within its operational theatre spaces and meeting rooms with a plan for growth in both courses and student body over the next few years. 

The partnership will include a resource for training, mentorship and artistic opportunities and will see the academic team works alongside Cast’s to deliver a robust and practical qualification in the arts.

Students from across the borough will benefit from a unique learning experience in a nationally renowned state-of-the-art theatre, and learn by working alongside professionals and the academic team.  This joint endeavor also enables students to take part in workshops with visiting artists and access talent development opportunities throughout the year.

Deborah Rees, Cast’s Director comments:

‘We’re really passionate about supporting local young people entering the first stages of a professional arts career. This building belongs to the people of Doncaster and it’s great to be able to offer this opportunity for high quality learning. The arts have a huge role to play in Doncaster’s ambitious future and we are thrilled to partner with DCUC to work together in educating and training the future local arts workforce.

This announcement follows the opening of Doncaster’s National College for High Speed Rail this September, and along with plans to create a University Technical College (UTC) in the town, this partnership is a welcome addition to Doncaster’s education landscape to help bridge local skills gaps.

Anne Tyrrell Doncaster College and University Centre Chief Executive comments:

‘Performing Arts at University College Doncaster has never been so exciting. This partnership between Cast and DCUC will grow over time to keep pace with the creative and cultural opportunities opening up in the town over the next few years.’