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How to apply

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 apply you should follow the steps below:

  1. First complete a UCAS application. You need to only enter your first choice of course only as you will get the chance to add more course choices at the next stage. See below for the codes that you will need.
  2. Complete our Direct Application Form. You can apply for up to 5 courses on this one form.
  3. Pay the audition fee . This applies to all undergraduate course applicants (EXCEPT those for BA Stage and Production Management and BA Theatre Making and Producing) attending UK auditions or overseas applicants submitting online auditions. Please note that this fee is non-refundable.

Our full payment and admissions terms and conditions can be accessed by clicking here .

To apply complete your UCAS application you will need the following information:

Institution Name: Essex

Institution Code: E70

Campus Code: L for Loughton; S for Southend

Cert HE Theatre Arts   Campus Code: L or S  UCAS/PG Code: W410

BA Acting Campus Code: L  UCAS/PG Code: W411

BA Acting (International) Campus Code: L  UCAS/PG Code: W83

BA Acting and Contemporary Theatre Campus Code: L  UCAS/PG Code: W441

BA Stage and Production Management Campus Code: L  UCAS/PG Code: DKAS

BA Acting and Community Theatre Campus Code: S  UCAS/PG Code: W496

BA Acting and Stage Combat Campus Code: L  UCAS/PG Code: W412

BA Physical Theatre Campus Code: L  UCAS/PG Code: W494

BA Theatre Making and Producing Campus Code: L  UCAS/PG Code: W900

BA World Performance Campus Code: L  UCAS/PG Code: W495

Preparing for auditions

The only undergraduate courses that do not require an audition are BA Stage & Production Management and BA Theatre Making & Producing. Applicants to all other courses are expected to audition in person or, for overseas applicants only, submit online materials.

Auditions days and interviews generally take place at the campus where your first choice course is based and run from December through to June. The audition day starts with a general address to all applicants after which you will be allocated to a group and directed to a room for a warm up session. You will then be asked to perform your audition speeches in front of your group and at least two East 15 tutors. Some students may be re-called after lunch for a specific workshop.

You may receive direction and suggestions during the audition so you should listen closely to what you are being asked to do. You will also generally receive feedback during your audition – we do not give feedback after the event, only on 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 & Production Management or BA Theatre Making & Producing) 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.

BA Theatre Making and Producing

You must be successful at interview. We ask you about your interests in the Creative Industries, relevant experience and reasons for applying.

Overseas auditions

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

If you live outside the UK, and cannot attend a UK or overseas audition, you may submit an audition via YouTube, Vimeo or an alternative digital platform . Full details are on our Online Auditions page.

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.

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 within two weeks. The outcome of your audition/interview will initially be communicated as one of the four outcomes below:-

Provisional Offer This means that, provided the application is authorised by the University of Essex (no information is missing, incomplete etc.), the forthcoming offer will be for one of the applicant’s chosen courses or a programme that our Heads of Course feel is a more appropriate option
Official Conditional Offer This means that the application has been authorised by the University of Essex and contains the conditions of the offer. It also includes important information and deadlines that must be read and adhered to.
Wait List This means that applicant will be held on our Wait List in case a place becomes available on an appropriate course. There is no guarantee of an offer. Applicants to undergraduate programmes will see a ‘rejection’ on UCAS – notwithstanding this, East 15 will hold them on the Wait List and bring the applicant back through UCAS if a place becomes available.
Unsuccessful This means that the applicant has not been successful at audition and we are not able to offer a place.

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

Your Official Conditional Offer will arrive soon afterwards (this may take up to a fortnight). The offer, which will arrive via email, includes the conditions of our offer and important response deadline information. You will also receive correspondence from the University of Essex confirming your offer, stating their conditions and instructions on what you need to do next .

Please note, successful applicants must submit a response to the University (accepting or declining the offer). You must also return our Admissions Agreement (link contained within your offer letter) and a refundable £300 course deposit (refunds subject to Terms and Conditions for Course Deposit  by the stipulated deadline to secure your place.

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. You can apply here:

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

You can access Terms & Conditions for Auditions here.

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

 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 two weeks. The outcome of your audition will initially be communicated as one of the four outcomes below:-

 

Provisional Offer This means that, provided the application is authorised by the University of Essex (no information is missing, incomplete etc.), the forthcoming offer will be for one of the applicant’s chosen courses or a programme that our Heads of Course feel is a more appropriate option.
Official Conditional Offer This means that the application has been authorised by the University of Essex and contains the conditions of the offer. It also includes important information and deadlines that must be read and adhered to.
Wait List This means that applicant will be held on our Wait List in case a place becomes available on an appropriate course. There is no guarantee of an offer. Applicants to undergraduate programmes will see a ‘rejection’ on UCAS – notwithstanding this, East 15 will hold them on the Wait List and bring the applicant back through UCAS if a place becomes available.
Unsuccessful This means that the applicant has not been successful at audition and we are not able to offer a place.

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

Your Official Conditional Offer will arrive soon afterwards (this may take up to a fortnight). The offer, which will arrive via email, includes the conditions of our offer and important response deadline information. You will also receive correspondence from the University of Essex confirming your offer, stating their conditions and instructions on what you need to do next .

Please note, successful applicants must submit a response to the University (accepting or declining the offer). You must also return our Admissions Agreement (link contained within your offer letter) and a refundable £300 course deposit (refunds subject to Terms and Conditions for Course Deposit  by the stipulated deadline to secure your place.

 

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.