Undergraduate Course

BA Acting

BA Acting

Overview

The details
Acting
W411
September 2019
Full-time
3 years
East15 (Loughton) Campus

BA Acting provides a thorough and complete preparation for the professional actor. We transform and enhance the individual talents of our students by developing the imagination, voice and body, so that you graduate ready for professional life on the stage, screen and all areas of performance.

From the start of your course you are introduced to the basic methods and theories of acting, particularly the work of Konstantin Stanislavsky and Rudolf Laban, working in small groups with our professionally experienced staff.

This step-by-step process continues throughout your course as you expand your range and versatility, and culminates in the final professional preparation year, when you work with visiting directors to perform fully mounted productions to public audiences and industry.

Why we're great.
  • Focus on Stanislavsky and Laban techniques in addition to acting for screen.
  • West End industry showcase.
  • Intensive skill training by leading UK and international faculty.

Your future

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)

Entry requirements

UK entry requirements

Successful audition, plus
A-levels: CDD, or the equivalent in UCAS tariff points, to include 2 full A Levels

BTEC Extended Diploma: MMP (in relevant subject)

International & EU entry requirements

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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English language requirements

English language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English: IELTS 6.0 overall. Different requirements apply for second year entry, and specified component grades are also required for applicants who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.

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

If you are an international student requiring a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK 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 pathway that enables you to start your course without retaking IELTS.

Structure

Example structure

We offer dynamic and unique course 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.

Teaching

Year 1

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:

  • Develop skills in observation and self-assessment
  • Create individual character studies
  • Learn to re-create through reflection, research and improvisation
  • Understand how to act and react to emotional upheaval through a wide variety of texts

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.

Year 2

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:

  • Adapt to the demands of different projects and directors
  • Take responsibility for your own creative work
  • Experience a range of challenging roles, from nineteenth-century naturalism to the textual and psychological complexity of Shakespeare, as well as Brechtian cabaret and Commedia dell’Arte
  • Develop your skills for television, film and radio acting
Final year

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:

  • Audition technique
  • CV and letter writing
  • Tax and self-employment
  • Marketing and promoting yourself as an actor

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.

Fees and funding

Home/EU fee

£9,250

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

International fee

£15,750

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.

Home and EU fee information

International fee information

What's next

Open Days

We don’t currently offer Open Days for this course but if you would like more information, then please email us at east15@essex.ac.uk.

Applying

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.


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Auditioning

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. You’ll need to prepare three pieces of around two minutes each; one classic, one contemporary (post-1950), and one that contrasts well with the contemporary speech. You may also be asked to take part in a group workshop.

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.

Loughton Campus

Visit Loughton Campus

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.

Exhibitions

Our staff travel the world to speak to people about the courses on offer at Essex. Take a look at our list of exhibition dates to see if we’ll be near you in the future.

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