East 15 Acting School’s Advanced Professional Theatre Practice course is designed specifically for established professionals currently working or teaching in the performing arts. Our unique program allows you to continue to work on professional projects whilst integrating your professional practice and knowledge with academic and practical learning.
The degree is delivered through a combination of online study with intensive live workshops and uses your existing professional and teaching practice as a medium for development and exploration. This flexible approach means that you can live abroad or study with us alongside your personal or professional commitments whilst developing your practice as a theatre practitioner, teacher, director, designer, dancer or interdisciplinary artist with a specific interest in theatre and performance.
Applicants must either have an established professional profile (including formal or informal training) in live performance; i.e. actors and other performers, directors, designers, stage and production managers, or practitioners holding a Diploma from an accredited conservatoire or hold a BA degree and experience in a relevant field.
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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.
The blended learning approach used for this program is unique amongst courses taught at East 15 and will consist of 2x two-week teaching blocks in Terms 2 and 3 which will take place at our picturesque Loughton Campus.
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.
On completion of the MA Advanced Professional Theatre Practice program, you are recognised as a graduate of East 15 conservatoire training, equipped with the ability to build on your existing professional knowledge and further identify and develop your skills through research in a professional environment moving forward.
A 2:2 degree, or equivalent, in a relevant field such as acting, directing, dance, design, producing, performance or theatre and relevant professional experience;OR
An established professional profile (including formal or informal training) in live performance which may include: actors and other performers, directors, designers, stage and production managers;OR
Practitioners holding a Diploma in any subject from an accredited conservatoire (FDS membership) and relevant professional experience.
We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants studying in the EU and other countries. Get in touch with any questions you may have about the qualifications we accept. Remember to tell us about the qualifications you have already completed or are currently taking.
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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.
The University uses academic selection criteria to determine an applicant’s ability to successfully complete a course at the University of Essex. Where appropriate, we may ask for specific information relating to previous modules studied or work experience.
We offer dynamic and unique courses for actors, directors 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.
Following the impact of the pandemic, we made changes to our teaching and assessment to ensure our current students could continue with their studies uninterrupted and safely. These changes included courses being taught through blended delivery, normally including some face-to-face teaching, online provision, or a combination of both across the year.
The teaching and assessment methods listed show what is currently planned for 2021 entry; changes may be necessary if, by the beginning of this course, we need to adapt the way we’re delivering them due to the external environment, and to allow you to continue to receive the best education possible safely and seamlessly.
In the first term you will:
Based on ideas and processes explored in Term 1, this term will see you collaborate with your cohort to create and perform a short piece of original devised theatre or film.
Alternatively, you have the option to be assessed through a professional theatre project produced off-Campus, providing that you can submit documentary evidence.
In this term you will also consider the professional skills and knowledge you can offer as a teacher and facilitator and translate your own creative practice into engaging and effective learning sessions.
In your third term, you will apply a range of the knowledge, skills and approaches explored during taught modules to develop and present a substantial written or practical project.
£15,440EU students commencing their course in the 2021-22 academic year will be liable for the International fee.
Fees will increase for each academic year of study.
When you apply for one of our postgraduate courses, we will assess you on your experience (both academic and practical) and your potential for success.
Applicants to our MA Advanced Professional Theatre Practice course are considered on the basis of a written application, plus an established professional profile (including formal or informal training) in live performance, for example: actors and other performers, directors, designers, stage and production managers (or a related profession).
Candidates will also be invited for interview.
All MA students must complete the East 15 Direct Application Form..
For full details, please see the East 15 website.
You’ll be in intensive training at one of the most prestigious and internationally respected conservatoires in the country, gaining the skills and knowledge necessary to pursue a career in the performing arts. But fear not! It’s not all work and no play at East 15 Acting School in Loughton.
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