Masters application information

Applying to East 15

Applying for a masters course

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 visit our FAQs page or e-mail us.

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How to apply

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 their chosen course or provide evidence of their 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 that has an element of physical activity.

Applicants to MA/MFA Theatre Directing do not need to attend an audition but are required to attend an interview in person or via Skype.

Follow the steps below to apply for our masters programmes:

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  • Pay the audition fee. This applies to all applicants attending a UK audition and non UK residents applicants who are submitting online auditions.

    Applicants to MA/MFA Theatre Directing do not need to pay the audition fee.

    Applicants attending an overseas audition do not need to pay the audition fee. Please note that this fee is non-refundable. See Terms and Conditions.

Information for applicants requiring a Tier 4 Visa

Overseas applicants from outside the European Economic Area 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:

  • A copy of your 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) recommending you for the course
  • 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 Office at the University of Essex as part of your formal offer. These documents are not required as part of your application and audition.

What's next?

All applicants are required to attend an audition or interview (unless based overseas, 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.

Applicants may only apply and audition once in each academic year.

Audition or interview date

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 recommend strongly that you read audition guidance and the Terms and Conditions for Audition (.pdf).

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:


Outcome  Meaning
 Provisional Offer

If we are able to offer the applicant a place at East 15, they will receive a provisional offer from East 15 Admissions. The 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. Provided the application is then authorised by the University of Essex Admissions Office (no information is missing, incomplete etc.) they will then receive an Formal Conditional Offer

 Official Conditional Offer Once the application has been authorised by the University of Essex Admissions Offices the applicant will receive, by email from the University of Essex, a Formal Conditional Offer. This will include important information on what they need to provide/achieve in order for their offer to be confirmed and the deadline by which they need to do this. All East 15 offers include the requirement to pay a £300 East 15 Course Deposit and return of a signed Admissions Agreement by the deadline stated in their formal offer.
 Wait List The 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.
 Unsuccessful This means that the applicant has not been successful at audition and we are not able to offer a place on any of our courses at East 15


Receiving an offer

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 Formal 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 Admissions Team either confirming your offer and the conditions and instructions on what you need to do next or requesting further information. It is important that you respond to any requests within the time-frame given as our offer may be withdrawn if we do not hear from you.

Please note, all successful applicants will receive a conditional offer that will include the requirement to pay a refundable £300 course deposit (refunds subject to Terms and Conditions for Course Deposit (.pdf) and return of a signed copy of our Admissions Agreement (link contained within your offer letter) by the deadline stated in your offer letter. All applicants must also submit a formal response to the University (accepting or declining the offer) through their MyEssex student portal (details of how to set this up are included in the offer letter).