ITV Studios launches drama school bursary

Drama school bursary launched in memory of the late Tony Warren, creator of Coronation Street.

ITV Studios is the production arm of ITV, creating our most watched and most loved programmes. In honour of and in line with the wishes of the late Tony Warren MBE, the creator of the longest running continuing drama Coronation Street, ITV Studios have just launched the Tony Warren dramatic arts student bursary for the academic year of 2018/19.

A professional actor before he became a writer, Tony was always a champion of local talent and acutely aware of just how difficult it was for disadvantaged young people to make their first steps into training and the acting profession. His contribution to ground-breaking British television and creative writing helped put Greater Manchester on the cultural map. This bursary will not only foster acting talent from the North West of England, but it will also help those from disadvantaged backgrounds support themselves financially throughout their three year acting course.

ITV Studios are offering this bursary with a number of impressive partner drama schools and regional academies, who are all recognised industry leaders:

The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA)
The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (LAMDA)
The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (RWCMD)
The Manchester School of Theatre, part of the Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU)

With their extensive links to Manchester and the North West of England, these drama schools and regional academies are the ideal partners for this scheme. They will be key to discovering, encouraging and supporting the hidden acting talent from this region; from the initial pre-admission audition stages, to the bursary selection process and eventually during the bursary recipient’s full-time acting course.

If you’re interested in applying, or wish to find out more, here are the details:

About the Bursary Award:

There is ­one bursary available to one recipient for the academic year 2018/19.

The ITV Studios bursary committee will award a bursary of up to a maximum £45,000, which shall be split equally across the successful recipient’s 3-year course of study at the chosen drama school or regional academies (i.e. in equal tranches of a maximum of £15,000 per academic year).

The bursary shall cover all tuition fees for the recipient and contribute toward the recipient’s living expenses across his/her 3-year course of study.

The £45,000 (maximum) award will be managed by the awarding drama school or regional academy for the duration of the bursary recipient’s 3-year course of study. Details of how the bursary monies will be paid to the successful recipient across the 3-year course will be confirmed to the bursary recipient by the drama school directly at the relevant time prior to the start of the academic year.

Key Stages:

Following the pre-admission auditions and/or selection process, prospective students who (i) are awarded and successfully accept a guaranteed place at any of the above drama schools or regional academies, and who (ii) meet the bursary scheme’s eligibility criteria (listed below), will be invited by their respective drama school or regional academy to apply for The Tony Warren Bursary.

Each drama school or regional academy will then nominate a maximum of three eligible students to be considered as a candidate by the ITV Studios bursary committee. Nominated students then audition in front of and are interviewed by the committee for a chance to be selected as the bursary recipient for the academic year 2018/19.

In order to apply, candidates must:

  • Be offered and accept a guaranteed place at the drama school or regional academy and be enrolled on the first year of a new full-time bachelor’s degree programme at the relevant drama school in the 2018/19 academic year (not distance learning);
  • be from the North West of England;
  • demonstrate financial need. A candidate’s household income should indicate that the candidate is eligible for means tested support from Student Finance with household income of up to and including £25,000 (NB: to be considered for financial assistance, candidates must have (i) clearly indicated this on their UCAS or drama school/ regional academy application forms of their wish to do so and  (ii) completed an income assessment through Student Finance as early as possible to be assessed for the correct level of financial support by the respective drama school/regional academy); and
  • demonstrate a commitment to the candidate’s course of study.

NB: Candidates who have applied or are also applying for academic or maintenance student
loans are also eligible for consideration for this bursary.

How to Apply

Full details of how to apply for the bursary will be confirmed by the candidate’s drama school or regional academy once the candidate has accepted a place of study at that drama school or regional academy.

Please note that applications made directly to ITV Studios will not be considered.