Undergraduate Course

BA Physical Theatre

BA Physical Theatre

Overview

The details
Physical Theatre
W494
October 2019
Full-time
3 years
Southend Campus

Our BA Physical Theatre explores a world of physical and visual performance beyond traditional theatre. We combine dynamic and exciting devised and ensemble work, including circus, mime, mask and puppetry, alongside a typical British drama school training and modern European methodologies.

You acquire a wide skills base by experiencing areas such as aerial circus, devised storytelling, mask, mime, puppetry and clowning. This is underpinned by a core training in acting, voice, singing and movement, enabling you to create challenging new shows and to re-imagine traditional pieces for public performance.

Why we're great.
  • Intensive acting training.
  • Aerial and mask work in specialist facilities.
  • Opportunity to develop individual and ensemble performances.

“I believe the training in physical theatre gives a deeper awareness and understanding for any actor. I am very privileged to be in this course at East 15 with the most supportive staff and classmates, which made studying overseas feel like home.”

Deborah Hoon, BA Physical Theatre

Entry requirements

UK entry requirements

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

BTEC Extended Diploma: MMP (in relevant subject).

For Acting and Community Theatre, please note that a satisfactory enhanced DBS check will be required prior to starting any placement(s) for this course. This will be organised by the University.

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 developing the basic skills that you will use throughout your career. Alongside a foundation classes in voice, movement and singing, you explore:

  • acting and improvisation
  • neutral mask and expressive mask
  • poor theatre
  • Bouffon
  • acrobatics
  • devised storytelling

Many modules culminate in performances among your peers and your practical classes are supported by contextual and historical study.

Year 2

Your second year continues with core work in acting, voice, movement and singing, while you engage with skilled and technically demanding areas of physical theatre, including:

  • aerial circus
  • object theatre and puppetry
  • Commedia dell’ Arte
  • melodrama
  • biomechanics

You perform two major classroom projects each term.

Final year

Your third year concentrates on professional performance and career preparation. Alongside core classes, this includes:

  • work with industry professionals on full productions in our state of the art theatre
  • acting in front of the camera
  • meet with industry professionals from major companies for employment talks and workshops
  • present a showcase to an audience of invited industry professionals, including agents, casting directors and major theatre companies

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

Our events are a great way to find out more about studying at Essex. We run a number of Open Days throughout the year which enable you to discover what our campus has to offer. You have the chance to:

  • tour our campus and accommodation
  • find out answers to your questions about our courses, student finance, graduate employability, student support and more
  • meet our students and staff

Check out our Visit Us pages to find out more information about booking onto one of our events. And if the dates aren’t suitable for you, feel free to book a campus tour here.

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 an audition, where you’ll meet some of our staff and sample our teaching. You’ll need to prepare two pieces of around two minutes each; one classic and one contemporary. In addition, you may be asked to take part in a physical workshop in which your fitness and agility will be assessed.

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.

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