SUNDERLAND College is opening its new £22million development to more than 700 students.
Bede Campus has revamped its facilities, including a visual and performing art centre and a sport centre.
The sports building spans 30,000 sq ft and includes a multi-use sports hall, sports science performance lab, sports massage treatment areas, exercise studio and gym.
The building will also accommodate the college’s development centres for elite men and women footballers, rugby players, swimmers and coaches.
Dance, music and photography students will be among the many visual and performing arts students who will benefit from the amenities at the 50,000 sq ft arts academy.
The centre includes a theatre, film screening room, drama, dance, art and fashion and clothing studios, two industry standard recording studios, a music technology suite, photography studio, dark room and film processing facilities.
Anne Isherwood, principal of Sunderland College, said: “The buildings are really striking, and add a new dimension to Bede Campus.
“The original buildings are steeped in history, and people in Sunderland remember them with a great deal of affection, so it is really nice to see the space around that transformed, with the original buildings very much at the heart.”