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How to apply

Within this section of our website you will find key information and guidance about how to apply to East 15 Acting School. It is incredibly important that you read this information carefully before submitting an application to us, so please take some time to familiarise yourself with this key information and, should you have any questions, please e-mail: e15adms@essex.ac.uk.

East 15 student production

There is no upper age limit for applicants to any programme, however, applicants will need to be over the age of 16 and hold academic qualifications equivalent to the entry requirements for your chosen course or provide evidence of your suitability for study.

To begin with you will need to complete a UCAS application (where you only need to select one of our courses) and then a direct application online (within which you can apply for up to five of our undergraduate programmes if you wish). With the exception of BA Stage & Production Management applicants, you will also need to pay our non-refundable audition fee of £55 prior to making your application online. You can pay this fee here and access Terms & Conditions for Auditions here.

To apply through UCAS you will need the following information:

Institution name  Essex

Institution code  E70

Loughton Campus (campus code L)

BA Acting ESSEX E70 W411 BA/A

BA Acting (International) ESSEX E70 W83A

BA Acting and Contemporary Theatre ESSEX E70 W441 BA/ACTh

BA Stage and Production Management ESSEX E70 DKAS

Cert HE Theatre Arts ESSEX E70 W410 CertHE/Act

Southend Campus (campus code S)

BA Acting and Community Theatre ESSEX E70 W496 BA/CTh

BA Acting and Stage Combat ESSEX E70 W412 BA/ASC

BA Physical Theatre ESSEX E70 W494 BA/PTh

BA World Performance ESSEX E70 W495 BA/WP

Cert HE Theatre Arts ESSEX E70 W410 CertHE/Act

Terms & Conditions for our Admissions Process can be accessed here.

The application and admissions process

All applicants are required to attend an audition or interview (unless based outside the UK, in which case please note that we offer overseas auditions in around 10 countries each year or will accept online audition materials). We strongly recommend that you read the information provided on our website about how to prepare for your audition.

Following submission of your direct application to East 15 you will be contacted by our Admissions Team to advise you of your audition or interview date (alternatively, if you are an overseas applicant, and have submitted audition materials electronically, we will acknowledge receipt of these). We run a number of audition days throughout the year and recommend strongly that you read audition guidance and the Terms & Conditions for Audition.

Once you have received your audition/interview date, all further correspondence from the school will be via email. Please ensure that you check your inbox regularly (we also recommend that you check junk/spam folders just in case your email provider filters our emails).

You won’t receive any feedback on the day of your audition/interview, however, you should expect to hear from us via email as soon as possible. Please note: due to an unprecedented number of applicants at the present time, we are experiencing some delay in delivering responses. The outcome of your audition will initially be communicated as one of the three outcomes below:-

Recommendation to Offer This means that we intend to offer you a place on one of your chosen courses or a programme our Heads of Course feel is a more appropriate option. Any recommended offer is subject to checks undertaken by the University of Essex, conditions and provisions of all required supporting evidence/documentation.
Wait List This means that you will be rejected through UCAS, but we will keep you on our Wait List in case a place becomes available on an appropriate course. There is no guarantee, but a number of applicants are made offers from our Wait List each year.
Unsuccessful This means that you have not been successful at audition and we are not able to offer you a place. You should not be put off by this outcome as our courses are incredibly competitive. You are also very welcome to audition for us again in the future.

If you receive a ‘recommendation to offer’ you should respond to it within two weeks, indicating whether or not you are interested in the course that is recommended.

Your formal offer will arrive soon afterwards (this may take up to a fortnight). The formal offer, which will arrive via email, includes an offer letter, agreement and links to additional information for overseas applicants. You will also receive correspondence from the University of Essex confirming your offer.

Please note, successful applicants must submit a response through UCAS (accepting as your firm choice or declining the offer in extremely important). You must also return our agreement and a refundable £300 course deposit (refunds subject to terms and conditions) by the stipulated deadline to secure your place. Terms & Conditions for the course deposit will be made available to applicants who receive an offer from the school.

Preparing for auditions

The only undergraduate course that does not require an audition is BA Stage & Production Management. Applicants to all other courses are expected to audition in person or, for overseas applicants only, submit online materials.

Audition days and interviews generally take place at the campus where the course is based and run from December through to June. The audition day consists of a general address, followed by a warm up and the presentation of audition speeches. Audition groups generally receive feedback and suggestions during the audition. Each course recalls some students for a specific workshop during the second half of the day.

Our audition process is very thorough, giving you the opportunity to demonstrate your full potential. The audition lasts from four to six hours and includes opportunities to ask questions and engage with staff and current students.

Candidates for all acting courses (this does not apply to BA Stage and Production Management) must prepare two contrasting speeches from:

-a Shakespearean or Jacobean play, lasting no more than one and a half minutes

-a contemporary (post 1950) play lasting no more than two minutes

For some of our courses, we also have additional audition/interview requirements:

BA Acting, BA Acting(International), BA Acting and Community Theatre, Certificate of Higher Education in Theatre Arts

Please prepare a third speech, lasting no more than two minutes, that contrasts well with the contemporary (post 1950) speech. Applicants may also take part in a group workshop.

BA Acting and Contemporary Theatre

Please prepare a third speech that is preferably something you have created (be it a piece of writing, music or visual art). Applicants may also take part in a group workshop.

BA Acting and Stage Combat, BA Physical Theatre

You may be asked to participate in a physical workshop in which your fitness and agility will be assessed.

BA World Performance

You are asked to participate in a workshop and discussion group.

BA Stage and Production Management

You are asked to attend an interview and technical aptitude workshop with members of our staff involved in technical theatre tuition. We ask you about your interests in theatre, relevant experience and reasons for applying. You should bring with you a portfolio of your work, demonstrating your experience in technical theatre and prepare a task which will be discussed.

Information for applicants from outside the UK

Overseas auditions

We audition internationally in around 10 countries each year, find out the dates, venues and availability of our auditions page.

Online auditions

If you live outside the UK, you may submit an audition via YouTube, Vimeo or an alternative digital platform if you cannot attend an audition at East 15.

All online audition materials must include the following:

-One speech from a Shakespearean or Jacobean play lasting not more than one and a half minutes

-One speech from a contemporary (post 1950) play lasting no more than two minutes

-The applicant looking directly at the camera and, without notes or a script, talking about themselves, their family, their school, their life and why they want to enter theatre, film, TV or radio

We recommend that you upload the video material referred to above to either YouTube, Vimeo or file sharing sites such as Dropbox. You will have the opportunity to provide the web address (URL) for this material within our online application form.

Information for applicants requiring a Tier 4 Visa:

Overseas applicants from outside the EEA are likely to require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK. If you think this applies to you, please note that you may be required to provide the following documentation:-

-Copy of you passport

-Transcripts of your highest level of qualification showing the grades achieved

-Proof that you have undertaken an English language test (for example, IELTS with a score of 6.0 overall and a 5.5 minimum in each component) if English is not your first language

-A reference recommending you for the course (this is normally completed through UCAS)

Further information about the documents you will need to provide will be sent to you by the Admissions Officer at the University of Essex after you have received your offer.

East 15 student production

There is no upper age limit for applicants to any programme, however, applicants will need to hold academic qualifications equivalent to the entry requirements for your chosen course or provide evidence of your suitability for study. To this end we will assess your experience (both academic and practical) and your potential for success. As part of your assessment , you will also need to undertake an audition (with the exception of applicants to MA/MFA Theatre Directing who are required to attend an interview in person or via Skype) that has an element of physical activity.

To apply for our postgraduate programmes, you will need to complete a direct application online. With the exception of MA/MFA Theatre Directing applicants, you will also need to pay our non-refundable audition fee of £55 prior to making your application online. You can pay this fee here and access Terms & Conditions for Auditions here.

Terms & Conditions for our Admissions Process can be accessed here.

 

The application and admissions process

All applicants are required to attend an audition or interview (unless based overseas, in which please note that we offer overseas auditions in around 10 countries each year or will accept online audition materials). We strongly recommend that you read the information provided on our website about how to prepare for your audition.

Following submission of your application online you will be contacted by East 15 Acting School to advise you of your audition or interview date (alternatively, if you are an overseas applicant, and have submitted audition materials electronically, we will acknowledge receipt of these). We run a number of audition days throughout the year and therefore the audition/interview date provided to you is non-negotiable.

Once you have received your audition/interview date, all further correspondence from the school will be via email. Please ensure that you check your inbox regularly (we also recommend that you check junk/spam folders just in case your email provider filters our emails).

You won’t receive any feedback on the day of your audition/interview, however, you should expect to hear from us via email within one week. The outcome of your audition will initially be communicated as one of the three options below:-

Recommendation to Offer This means that we intend to offer you a place on one of your chosen courses or a programme our Heads of Course feel is a more appropriate option. Any recommended offer is subject to checks undertaken by the University of Essex, conditions and provisions of all required supporting evidence/documentation.
Wait List This means that we will keep you on our Wait List in case a place becomes available on an appropriate course. There is no guarantee, but a number of applicants are made offers from our Wait List each year.
Unsuccessful This means that you have not been successful at audition and we are not able to offer you a place. You should not be put off by this outcome as our courses are incredibly competitive. You are also very welcome to audition for us again in the future.

If you receive a ‘recommendation to offer’ you should respond to it within 7 days, indicating whether or not you are interested in the course that is recommended.

Your formal offer will arrive soon afterwards (this may take up to a fortnight). The formal offer, which will arrive via email, includes an offer letter, agreement and links to additional information for overseas applicants. You will also receive correspondence from the University of Essex confirming your offer.

Please note, successful applicants must submit a response to the University (accepting or declining the offer). You must also return our agreement and a refundable £300 course deposit (refunds subject to terms and conditions) by the stipulated deadline to secure your place. Terms & Conditions for the Course Deposit will be made available to applicants who receive an offer from the school.

Preparing for auditions

The only postgraduate courses that do not require audition are MA/MFA Theatre Directing. All applicants to all other courses are expected to audition in person or, for overseas applicants only, submit online materials.

Audition days and interviews take place at our Loughton campus between December and June. The audition day consists of a general address, followed by a warm up and the presentation of audition speeches. Audition groups generally receive feedback and suggestions during the audition. Each course recalls some students for a specific workshop during the second half of the day.

Our audition process is very thorough, giving you the opportunity to demonstrate your full potential. The audition lasts from four to six hours and includes opportunities to ask questions and engage with staff and current students.

Candidates for acting courses must prepare two contrasting speeches from:

-a Shakespearean or Jacobean play, lasting no more than one and a half minutes

-a contemporary (post 1950) play lasting no more than two minutes

MA/MFA Theatre Directing

You are assessed on the basis of your written application, although you will be called for interview or given a telephone or Skype interview.

Information for overseas applicants

If you live outside the UK, you may submit an audition via YouTube, Vimeo or an alternative digital platform if you cannot attend an audition at East 15.

All online audition materials must include the following:

-One speech from a Shakespearean or Jacobean play lasting not more than one and a half minutes

-One speech from a contemporary (post 1950) play lasting no more than two minutes

-The applicant looking directly at the camera and, without notes or a script, talking about themselves, their family, their school, their life and why they want to enter theatre, film, TV or radio

We recommend that you upload the video material referred to above to either YouTube, Vimeo or file sharing sites such as Dropbox. You will have the opportunity to provide the web address (URL) for this material within our online application form.

Applicants for MA/MFA Acting that are unable to attend an interview in person can also request to be interviewed via Skype and should select ‘Option 2’ in the Auditions section of the online application form.

Overseas auditions

We also audition and interview internationally in around 10 countries each year, find out the dates, venues and availability of our auditions page.

Information applicants requiring a Tier 4 Visa:

Overseas applicants from outside the EU are likely to require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK. If you think this applies to you, please note that you may be required to provide the following documentation:-

-Copy of you passport

-A personal statement which states clearly why you wish to study at East 15 Acting School

-A reference which is dated, signed and on headed paper (or sent from an academic email account)

-Colour copies of your degree transcripts (or your highest level of qualification)

-Proof that you have undertaken an English language test (for example, IELTS with a score of 6.0 overall and a 5.5 minimum in each component) if English is not your first language

All evidence can generally be submitted as scanned images via email.

You will also be required to pay 33% of your first year tuition fee OR will need to have gained financial support from an authorised sponsor (for example US Federal Loans).

Further information about the documents you will need to provide will be sent to you by the Admissions Officer at the University of Essex after you have received your offer.

 

East 15’s Summer Courses run at the Loughton Campus. They are aimed at student actors (aged 17 and upwards), teachers and experienced performers wishing to extend their talents and explore new ways of approaching characterisation using the methodology of the School’s full-time programmes.

All summer courses are extended from five to six days a week for 2017

PLUS there are savings to be made should you book for more than one week.