BA Acting (International) provides a complete preparation for careers in acting tailored especially for international students. We have a distinguished and internationally diverse teaching staff and our students come from over 40 countries. As one of the most respected drama schools in Europe, we take pride in transforming your individual talents and existing skills, so that you graduate ready for professional life on the stage, screen and beyond, wherever your career takes you.
From the start of your course you are introduced to basic methods and theories of acting, working in small groups with our experienced and committed staff. This step-by-step process continues throughout your time at East 15 as you expand your range and versatility, and culminates in your final professional preparation year, when you perform full-scale productions to public audiences and graduate with a professionally produced showreel.
As an international student, our course gives you unique and invaluable insights into British culture and its influence on the global stage. Our picturesque Loughton campus is located on the eastern outskirts of London and is just 30 minutes by underground train from the heart of the capital’s West End theatre district.
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.
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 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.
Your first year focuses on introductory acting, voice, articulation, singing and and movement. You explore your own creativity and responsiveness to other actors. During your first year you will:
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.
Your second year focuses on a variety of texts and acting style 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 the demands of professional performance before graduation and entry into the industry. You perform a wide variety of plays to extend your repertoire as well as work with experienced industry professionals in recorded media.
Productions develop advanced acting skills and give you an understanding of the commitment, research demands and actor contribution of different roles. Specialised professional development workshops help you to understand the managerial aspects of your future profession, including:
You also complete your own professionally produced showreel.
£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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