BA Acting provides a thorough and complete preparation for the professional actor on screen, stage and other media. We transform and enhance the individual talents of our students by developing the imagination, voice and body, so that you graduate as creative, proactive and collaborative practitioners ready for a career in the performance arts industries.
From the start of your course you are introduced to the basic methods and theories of acting, particularly the work of Konstantin Stanislavsky, Sanford Meisner and Rudolf Laban, working in small groups with our professionally experienced staff.
In the first and second year, through a step-by-step process you will advance your knowledge and versatility as an actor. In your final year, you will concentrate on professional development adapting your skills to work with a range of visiting directors and other industry professionals.
EU and International students are encouraged to apply for BA Acting (International) which provides a complete preparation for careers in acting tailored especially for international students.
Our graduates appear regularly in stage, film, TV and radio productions throughout the world, and are known and cast for their boldness, versatility and professional commitment as actors.
“Everyone here has something positive to offer and East 15 allows everyone, no matter who they are, to express themselves and contribute to their art. Throughout my time on the BA Acting course, I was pushed far beyond my comfort zones and asked to explore areas of myself I hadn’t been conscious of.”
Daniel Ezra, BA Acting (2013)
Successful audition, plus
A-levels: CDD, or the equivalent in UCAS tariff points, to include 2 full A Levels
IB: 25 points or three Higher Level certificates with 433.
We are also happy to consider a combination of separate IB Diploma Programmes at both Higher and Standard Level. Exact offer levels will vary depending on the range of subjects being taken at higher and standard level, and the course applied for. Please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for more information.
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 require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK then we will assess your English language proficiency/ability at your interview or audition.
If your first language is not English and you are an international student that requires a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK then you will need IELTS 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each component.
Other English language qualifications may be acceptable so please contact us for further details. If we accept the English component of an international qualification then it will be included in the information given about the academic levels listed above. Please note that date restrictions may apply to some English language qualifications.
Please see our immigration webpages for the latest Home Office guidance on English language qualifications.
If you do not meet our IELTS requirements then you may be able to complete a pre-sessional English course that enables you to start your course without retaking IELTS.
We offer dynamic and unique courses for actors, directors, 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.
Your first year focuses on introductory acting, voice, articulation, singing and movement. You explore your own individual creativity and responsiveness to other actors. During your first year you will:
Your first year culminates in a unique Living History Project, in which you research, identify with and experience the lives of others through different periods of conflict.
Your second year focuses on a variety of texts and acting styles while continuing to develop 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:
Your third year focuses on understanding the demands of professional performance industries before you graduate. You deliver a wide variety of plays to extend your performance repertoire as well as work with experienced industry professionals in recorded media. Productions enable you to develop advanced acting skills as well as to understand the research demands and commitment required for different roles, and place a strong emphasis on actor contribution within the ensemble.
In addition, specialised professional develop workshops help you understand the administrative aspects of your future profession, including:
You also undertake a showcase performance in a major West End theatre in London before an invited audience of influential agents, casting directors, film, TV and theatre directors.
£9,250Additional costs for materials and field trips of up to approximately £650 per academic year. Equipment lists are reviewed annually.
£16,050Additional costs for materials and field trips of up to approximately £650 per academic year. Equipment lists are reviewed annually.
Applications for our full-time undergraduate courses should be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Applications are online at: www.ucas.com. Full details on this process can be obtained from the UCAS website in the how to apply section.
Our UK students, and some of our EU and international students, who are still at school or college, can apply through their school. Your school will be able to check and then submit your completed application to UCAS. Our other international applicants (EU or worldwide) or independent applicants in the UK can also apply online through UCAS Apply.
The UCAS code for our University of Essex is ESSEX E70. The individual campus codes for our Loughton and Southend Campuses are ‘L’ and ‘S’ respectively.
You also need to complete and send us a completed East 15 application form, including a copy of your audition payment receipt so that we can arrange your audition.
For full details, please see the East 15 website.
Applicants to this course will need to book an audition. If you apply to us through UCAS we will send you information on how to do this. Alternatively, you can apply to East 15 directly. If you’re resident in the UK you’ll visit our campus to take part in the audition, where you’ll meet some of our staff and sample our teaching. Please see our website for more information about preparing for auditions.
Our staff travel the world auditioning applicants so if you’re not resident in the UK, it’s likely that we’ll be in a location near you at some point. This will be a one-to-one audition. If you still can’t make a physical audition, we are sometimes able to accept video auditions.
Offers for these courses will only be made after a successful audition.
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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