Undergraduate Course

BA Acting


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BA Acting


The details
Acting (International)
October 2024
3 years
East15 (Loughton) Campus

East 15 Acting School's BA Acting (International) course provides a complete preparation for careers in acting, tailored specifically for international students.

Built on the methodologies that have helped establish East 15 as one of the most internationally respected drama training institutions in Europe, BA Acting (International) combines core actor training techniques with the skills required to create and produce bold, international work.

The course develops your talent, imagination and skill, so that you graduate as a knowledgeable, professional actor with a creative approach, solid process, and the unique experience of belonging to an international performance community formed through artistic collaboration during your time at East 15.

Due to the unique focus of BA Acting (International), EU and International students are encouraged to apply for BA Acting (International).

This course is taught at our picturesque Loughton Campus which is located on the edge of East London and is just a short 30 minutes by underground train from the heart of the capital's West End theatre district.

View more undergraduate courses from East 15 Acting School, including further Actor training programs as well as behind the scenes courses in Creative Producing and Stage & Production Management.

Why we're great.
  • International cohort of students from across the world.
  • Intensive skill training by leading UK and international faculty.
  • Industry-ready intensive actor training by leading practitioners.

Our expert staff

Our training is by professionals and for professionals, allowing our graduates to work successfully across the globe.

Our international, outstanding teaching faculty is made up of professionals from all areas of live and recorded performance.

Learn more about our staff here.

Specialist facilities

Our Loughton Campus is perfectly located, providing access to both the rich, cultural diversity of London and an attractive and peaceful setting in which to study.

We are just a five-minute walk from London Underground station, Debden, where you can travel in only thirty minutes to Central London, West End theatres and mainline train stations including the Eurostar.

We have three sites at our Loughton Campus – Hatfields, Roding House and Unit Four. Hatfields is a beautiful Georgian dower house, set in five acres of lawns with orchards, flowerbeds and a small lake, providing an idyllic atmosphere for study, relaxation and performance.

Just a short walk from Hatfields is Roding House, a £1.3 million facility containing 10 rehearsal rooms, a green room/café, a sound recording studio and a video editing suite, and our costume department.

Next to Roding House, Unit Four is a £1.5 million facility which is home to the Stage & Production Management department. The Unit contains a large workshop, paint shop, prop shop, prop storage facilities and teaching spaces.

Our on-site Corbett Theatre is named in honour of Harry H Corbett, a key member of Joan Littlewood's Theatre Workshop and early benefactor of East 15. It is used extensively for student productions and is a practical training hub for our BA Stage and Production Management students.

The building is a medieval tithe barn that was dismantled and transported to Hatfields in the 1960s. These unusual origins create a unique performance space with a special atmosphere. Renovated to include full technical facilities, tiered seating for 130 people and fitted dressing rooms, the theatre provides an excellent resource for public productions, while the adjacent Bar and Café provides a social meeting point for students and staff.

Your future

Graduates of East 15's BA Acting (International) course regularly appear in stage, film, TV and radio productions throughout the world including; Stranger Things (Netflix), Killing Eve (BBC America), Skam (Denmark), Kentän laidalla (Finland), Vrata do Vrata (Serbia) and many more. Our graduates are currently working professionally in the UK, USA, Lithuania, Greece, Netherlands, Norway, China, Canada, Poland, Sweden, Denmark and Portugal.

Entry requirements

Clearing entry requirements

We currently have places available in Clearing across a range of our courses with most offers at BBC-CCD (112 – 88 UCAS tariff points) or equivalent.  We consider each application individually and requirements may be lower for our courses with a foundation year, so please get in touch if your grades are below those outlined here.

English language requirements

If you do not require a student visa to study in the UK then we will assess your English language proficiency/ability at your interview or audition.

English language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English: IELTS 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each component, or specified score in another equivalent test that we accept.

Details of English language requirements, including component scores, and the tests we accept for applicants who require a Student visa (excluding Nationals of Majority English Speaking Countries) can be found here

If we accept the English component of an international qualification it will be included in the academic levels listed above for the relevant countries.

English language shelf-life

Most English language qualifications have a validity period of 5 years. The validity period of Pearson Test of English, TOEFL and CBSE or CISCE English is 2 years.

If you require a Student visa to study in the UK please see our immigration webpages for the latest Home Office guidance on English language qualifications.

Pre-sessional English courses

If you do not meet our IELTS requirements then you may be able to complete a pre-sessional English pathway that enables you to start your course without retaking IELTS.

Pending English language qualifications

You don’t need to achieve the required level before making your application, but it will be one of the conditions of your offer.

If you cannot find the qualification that you have achieved or are pending, then please email ugquery@essex.ac.uk.

Additional Notes

If you’re an international student, but do not meet the English language or academic requirements for direct admission to this degree, you could prepare and gain entry through a pathway course. Find out more about opportunities available to you at the University of Essex International College


Course structure

We offer dynamic and unique courses for actors, directors, producers, technical theatre specialists and students of theatre practice. Training at East 15 draws upon 50 years of tradition combined with a keen sense of the world of stage and screen today.

Our carefully selected modules will give you the chance to explore and develop your specialist training.

We understand that deciding where and what to study is a very important decision for you. We'll make all reasonable efforts to provide you with the courses, services and facilities as described on our website and in line with your contract with us. However, if we need to make material changes, for example due to significant disruption, we'll let our applicants and students know as soon as possible.

Components and modules explained


Components are the blocks of study that make up your course. A component may have a set module which you must study, or a number of modules from which you can choose.

Each component has a status and carries a certain number of credits towards your qualification.

Status What this means
You must take the set module for this component and you must pass. No failure can be permitted.
Core with Options
You can choose which module to study from the available options for this component but you must pass. No failure can be permitted.
You must take the set module for this component. There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the qualification if you fail.
Compulsory with Options
You can choose which module to study from the available options for this component. There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the qualification if you fail.
You can choose which module to study from the available options for this component. There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the qualification if you fail.

The modules that are available for you to choose for each component will depend on several factors, including which modules you have chosen for other components, which modules you have completed in previous years of your course, and which term the module is taught in.


Modules are the individual units of study for your course. Each module has its own set of learning outcomes and assessment criteria and also carries a certain number of credits.

In most cases you will study one module per component, but in some cases you may need to study more than one module. For example, a 30-credit component may comprise of either one 30-credit module, or two 15-credit modules, depending on the options available.

Modules may be taught at different times of the year and by a different department or school to the one your course is primarily based in. You can find this information from the module code. For example, the module code HR100-4-FY means:

HR 100  4  FY

The department or school the module will be taught by.

In this example, the module would be taught by the Department of History.

The module number. 

The UK academic level of the module.

A standard undergraduate course will comprise of level 4, 5 and 6 modules - increasing as you progress through the course.

A standard postgraduate taught course will comprise of level 7 modules.

A postgraduate research degree is a level 8 qualification.

The term the module will be taught in.

  • AU: Autumn term
  • SP: Spring term
  • SU: Summer term
  • FY: Full year 
  • AP: Autumn and Spring terms
  • PS: Spring and Summer terms
  • AS: Autumn and Summer terms


Introduction to Acting Theory, Methods and Practice, and Development From Self to Character

This core first year acting module provides an initial training in acting theory, method and practice based on the uniqueness of the individual and the ability to change, adapt, extend, perceive, accept and reject. Students move through self-study to look outside themselves, approaching firstly improvised situations and then scripted text in imaginative and collaborative ways. By the end of the course you will know how to start work on a play and will have begun collaborative text work. You are able to begin to create a character from a text and to start the process of creating the world of the play.

View Introduction to Acting Theory, Methods and Practice, and Development From Self to Character on our Module Directory


Verbatim Theatre and Contemporary Scene Study

For this core first year acting module students work in small groups to study scenes from a contemporary play, learning how to divide a scene into units of action, how to discover objectives for a character and use the text to discover information – about the play, its themes and characters. You workshop scenes in your groups, practising your learning from the early part of the course. By the end of this block of work you will be able to find a character’s through line and recreate work achieved during the rehearsal process.

View Verbatim Theatre and Contemporary Scene Study on our Module Directory


Actor and Text

This core first year acting module provides opportunities for students to apply the introductory learning of Introduction to Acting Theory, Method and Practice to more demanding textual and acting challenges. You continue to advance your actor training through a focussed approach to the theatre of a particular period. Work on this course will be informed by your learning on Contextual Studies. The work of this module progresses into second year when it informs and supports the acting/voice project in Acting Techniques and Styles.

View Actor and Text on our Module Directory


Improvised Living History

This core first year acting module provides you with opportunities to play out the life of a character under simulated rather than ‘staged’ conditions in order to understand more fully the true meaning of the character’s experience and emotional depths.

View Improvised Living History on our Module Directory


Voice I

This core full year module is one of the programme’s four skills modules. The work begins in Term One with an introduction to the anatomy of voice production. You will begin the work of acquiring good vocal habits through the use of basic vocal exercises. Techniques for direct communication with voice will be introduced. In Term Two you will develop the structures used by voice. You will work on improving articulation and explore accents and the voices of others. The work of the final term is on the vocal demands of acting, on developing clarity and power. By the end of the module you will have the ability to assess critically your own vocal capabilities and will have in place vocal exercises and a regime for future use.

View Voice I on our Module Directory


Movement I

This core full year module is one of the programme’s four skills modules. The work begins in Term One with an introduction to basic anatomy. You begin the work of developing suppleness and stamina. Techniques for the release of emotion in movement will be introduced. In Term Two you develop balance, co-ordinations and rhythm, linking movement and dance with acting. You learn a range of styles and carriage. The work of the final term covers preparation for physical demands and the extension of physical and dance vocabulary.

View Movement I on our Module Directory


Music and Singing I

This core full year module is one of the programme’s four skills modules.

View Music and Singing I on our Module Directory


Contextual Studies I

This core full year module is one of the programme’s four skills modules.

View Contextual Studies I on our Module Directory


Contextual Studies II

This module aims to encourage students to develop the ability to present, discuss and defend ideas in seminar and written contexts, consider how theatres reflect their own era, and gain an understanding of the relevance of commedia and other theatres to contemporary practice.

View Contextual Studies II on our Module Directory


Extension of Acting Methodology

Students will extend the work of EA211 to develop their performance technique and heighten awareness of the importance of relationships between characters. Texts chosen for this module will be based on the repertoire of Classic Naturalism and will include the work of Chekhov and other Russian dramatists. An important theme of the module is the conflict of old ideologies with the emerging new world.

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Devising and Theatre Making

This second year core module is for students on the BA Acting (International) course. Students will gain experience of a range of play-making techniques through three structured projects, spread over the three terms. Typically, students work on each project in preparation periods of three to four weeks, culminating in a presentation towards the end. Students will be given opportunities to understand processes and methods for creating performance involving dramaturgy, playwriting, devising, directing and creating performance for camera. Emphasis is placed on establishing a firm base for company or ensemble over the course of the year. Students are encouraged to contribute to the work of the ensemble beyond the limits of their own acting performance. Students will gain an understanding of the different roles and responsibilities in creating performance.

View Devising and Theatre Making on our Module Directory


Shakespeare and Elizabethan Verse Drama

The work of this module in term three tests the progress of students’ acting methodology, technique and ability to the full. Exploration is undertaken on the breadth and variety of writing during this expansive period in history, to appreciate why Shakespeare towers over his contemporaries. Working on a full play, students will experience the demands of speaking verse and prose with equal ease, dexterity and clarity. You will be encouraged to make strong character decisions and integrate technical skills fully into the life of a character. Practical project work will enable you to gain an understanding of the requirements of a technical team in preparation for the professional training of the final year. In this module you will be encouraged to sustain in a consistent way elements explored in previous modules, as well as integrating the technical aspects required by these physically and vocally demanding texts. You will be asked to show courage in taking risks within your character creation, and marry bold strokes with intricate detail. You will work to demonstrate well developed and truthfully expressed relationships, connecting in an organic way the emotional inner life of a character, with the external communication of that life to an audience. You will be expected to be in charge of your creative choices bringing ideas of your own to the director of the project, and to contribute fully to the company as a whole. You will gain a deeper understanding of verse, phrasing, colour and the breathing demands of extended thoughts and ideas within a complex structure, and learn to incorporate the heightened language into your personal thought process.

View Shakespeare and Elizabethan Verse Drama on our Module Directory


Voice II

In this module you will develop and apply the rigorous foundation work of first year and apply it to the more demanding dramatic texts being worked on in the second year Acting course. You will connect movement, voice and acting. You will begin exploring accents and dialects in more detail with a view to both acquiring accents and developing the skills and tools with which to work on accents throughout your career as an actor. You will begin to examine the vocal demands of different performance spaces, including outdoor performances, and develop your ability to give life to complex texts. The vocal demands of a range of performance styles, for example, Commedia dell’Arte, will be explored and students will be given opportunities to apply their vocal techniques to devised and text work of increasing complexity. The course is designed to prepare students for independence, to ensure that they enter their third year with voices of professional standard and the vocal training necessary to maintain them.

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Movement II

The module consists of two units: Movement and Dance. The second year of Movement training is about deepening movement vocabulary and physical potential. You will learn to expand your range of physical choices in a variety of theatrical styles. Psycho-physical movement training becomes more specific and precise and this work continues alongside spontaneous body exploration. Alignment work is re-emphasised and applied to both acting challenges and movement improvisations. The movement unit of this module is intended to develop appropriate levels of physical, emotional and imaginative agility and stamina in students. It is designed to encourage students to develop good movement practices, empowering them to look after their bodies and to sustain body alignment. By the end of the module students will have developed a working technique for physical characterisation. The Dance unit is an investigation into dance historically and socially. You will look at the physical relationship between the economic and sociological climate of the day and its effects on dance style with the objective of integrating the investigation into an actor’s process. Your practical work will be supported by written documentation evidencing research into the place of dance in the relevant historical period.

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Music and Singing II

Students will expand their ability to interact musically and dramatically in small ensemble pieces usually sourced from musicals and popular styles. In the second term you will progress to the interpretation of more complex and demanding material and performance situations, including public performance and in the third term you will work on expanding your singing range and vocal agility. By the end of the module you will have a substantial knowledge of vocal technique and will have acquired an automatically present technique both to support the singing and safeguard the voice. You will have at your disposal a repertoire of songs of different tempi and styles that fall within your acting and singing range in preparation for your work in final year. Students are encouraged to continue to develop personal warm-up exercise routines.

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Development of Acting Methodology

This second year acting module takes place in the first term and continues the text and exploratory work developed at the end of Year 1. By the beginning of the second year students are expected to be sufficiently prepared to undertake textual evaluation and research as part of their performance preparation work. Through a variety of plays and projects the second year of training aims to develop and extend the methodologies learned in first year as well as integrating technical skills into rehearsal and performance with gradually increasing consistency.

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New Plays Project

This module builds on the creative writing work you have been doing in your second year Contextual Studies module. New plays are selected by the module tutors from your own self-authored work, to be staged in a production for an invited audience, usually in a studio performance or an external theatre venue. Through the process of staging the New Plays you are given opportunities to take on a range of roles and responsibilities, for example, of writer, actor and director, experiencing and learning the flexibility and versatility that characterises the professional contemporary theatre practitioner. You put into practice the taught acting skills you have developed during Years One and Two and test the boundaries of your own creativity by applying your skills to the interpretation of untried texts. The process of staging the productions provide students with experience of collaborating with writers and directors. By the end of the module you will have participated fully in creating and staging a piece of original, self-created work.

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Professional Preparation and Audition Technique

This module provides students with the necessary skills and preparation to launch their professional careers. Students will receive specific training in audition and interview technique, in marketing skills such as web design, CVs and letters of introduction and legal and financial issues affecting professional actors. Opportunities will be provided for workshops, meetings and lectures by and with industry professionals such as agents and casting directors, as well as with working actors and directors. Throughout the module students will be given practical assignments on which they will receive feedback from guest lecturers and industry professionals. This work is continued throughout Year Three.

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Notions of Realism

During this module you perform plays from a range of 20th century works to extend your performance repertoire and use of dialect. Plays are directed by visiting directors thus providing you with opportunities to experience contrasting production methods and new stimuli from outside professionals. The work of the module encourages you to adapt to production procedures beyond your experiences at East 15 Acting School.

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Screen and Radio

In Term One, you extend Year Two screen work on acting for the screen and will have experience of audition, casting and interview situations for TV, film and commercials. You will experience the pressures of creating a role for TV and film by performing in a Show-reel and experiencing a ‘shoot’ under conditions similar to those of the industry. By the end of the unit you will have an understanding of the basic problems of listening and reacting, hitting the mark, eye lines and continuity. In addition, you will understand the need to apply “units and objectives” to screen acting and the perception of the actor’s persona on camera. At the end of this unit a professionally produced show-reel will be uploaded to spotlight. In Term Two, you will produce your own show reel and undertake full responsibility for pre and post production work including: script selection and dramaturgy, location finding, filming, camera operation, sound recording, editing and uploading the finished work to Spotlight. To put into practice the widest possible range of students’ learning in the realisation of projects. You extend your Year Two work on acting for radio and on microphone in order to fully understand techniques required for the profession. You develop acting and vocal skills in radio performance, with specific reference to radio drama.

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Final Productions

The final term culminates in productions that are designed to identify, extend and consolidate your strengths as a professional actor. Plays are chosen to show students’ abilities to best advantage and to provide opportunities for full-scale ensemble work in public performance. The variety of selected plays extends your acquired knowledge and familiarises you with further aspects of drama and of playing to a varied public. Final productions may be chosen as a result of student feedback or at the suggestion of directors and will take into account the male/female profile of the ensemble. Productions include all the final year students in an ensemble work often including music and dance to enable talented students to show their versatility. Final productions are given a run of shows normally in the Corbett Theatre or Tristan Bates Theatre, London.

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Voice, Movement, Music and Singing

By the final year of the course you are considered to be a performer and an actor. The work of skills classes in Terms One and Two of the final year in this coremodule focuses on your professional development. Classes involve the preparation of your shows, audition pieces, preparation for the final Showcase performance and weekly classes to deal with any on-going problems and issues arising. You continue to develop and practice warm-ups and preparation for rehearsal and performance. The final year work allows you to establish patterns and pathways for creative well-being to follow throughout your working life.

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Contextual Studies III

This is final year module concentrates on contemporary theatre. Students are encouraged to reflect on their course experiences and training and to prepare themselves for further professional and cultural challenges after graduation. You will use the research and writing skills you have learned in years one and two to consider new ideas in greater depth and to develop the ability to express arguments through a process supported by relevant research and source materials. This process will culminate in the third term when you will present your Personal Development Journal.

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Year 1

Your first year focuses on introductory acting, voice, articulation, singing, movement and contextual studies. You explore your own creativity through co-operation, responsiveness to others and the ensemble. During your first year you will:

  • Work on objective self-assessment, development of observational skills and imagination, and re-creating through observation, research and improvisation
  • Understand how to act and react to emotional upheaval through a wide variety of texts

Your first year includes Verbatim Theatre and Contemporary Scene Study with a focus on British Plays of the 1950s-70s, and culminates in a major ‘Living History Project', in which you research, identify with and experience other people's lives through different periods of conflict.

Year 2

Your second year is a journey of maturation as the focus moves from improvisation to text, and from the examination of self to the exploration of character. We put emphasis on integrating vocal, movement and singing skills into a role and the opportunity to build your own characters independently is combined with honing these technical skills. During your second year you will:

  • Adapt to the differing demands of project and director and take responsibility for your own creative work
  • Explore the textual and psychological complexities of Shakespeare and Elizabethan Verse Drama
  • Develop acting skills required for film, television and radio work
  • Take responsibility for your own creative work
Year 3

Your final year focuses on the demands of professional performance before graduation and entry into the industry. Throughout the year you will:

  • Extend your performance repertoire through professional productions that demand research, advanced acting skills and full commitment
  • Devise, produce and perform work for our unique ‘IF' Festival. A multi-day event dedicated to original work by BA Acting (International) students which is live-streamed and open to industry guests
  • Work with industry professionals to further develop your skills in recorded media, resulting in footage for your own showreel
  • Learn from specialised, professional development workshops aimed at introducing you to the administrative aspects of your future profession: including audition technique, CV and letter writing, self-marketing and promotion
  • The year concludes with an Industry Showcase for an invited audience of influential agents, casting directors, film, voiceover, TV and theatre directors. East 15 continually liaises with industry professionals to ensure the format for the event accords with the changing landscape of the industry.

Fees and funding

Home/UK fee

£9,250 per year

Additional costs for materials and field trips of up to approximately £650 per academic year. Equipment lists are reviewed annually.

International fee

£20,500 per year

Additional costs for materials and field trips of up to approximately £650 per academic year. Equipment lists are reviewed annually.

Fees will increase for each academic year of study.

What's next

How to apply during Clearing

Once you’ve checked that we have the right course for you, applying couldn’t be simpler. Fill in our quick and easy Clearing application form with as much detail as you can. We’ll then take a look and get back to you with a decision.


We don’t interview all applicants during Clearing, however, we will only make offers for the following courses after a successful interview:

  • BA Multimedia Journalism
  • BSc Nursing (Adult)
  • BSc Nursing (Mental Health)
  • BA Social Work

The interview allows our academics to find out more about you, and in turn you’ll be able to ask us any questions you might have. Further details will be emailed to you if you are shortlisted for interview.

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