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.

We are currently only accepting applications for MA/MFA Theatre Directing. All other courses are now closed for 2020 entry. Applications for 2021 entry will open in October.

The details...

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.

Applications for MA Acting and MA/MFA Acting (International) are now closed. Applications for 2021 entry will open in October.

We are still accepting applications to MA/MFA Theatre Directing. Applicants do not need to submit an audition and will be invited to attend an interview in person or online once their application is received.

Follow the steps below to apply for our masters programmes:

Step 1

Step 2

  • Those applying only for MA/MFA Theatre Directing do not need to complete this step and should go straight to Step 3.

  • Prepare your online audition as you will need to include the url link(s) for your video(s) in your application. Full details on what to prepare are in the 'Online Auditions' section of this page. 

Step 3

  • Complete our Direct Application Form. ALL applicants for our audition courses should select Online Audition option in the Auditions section of the application form.

    Direct applicants for MA/MFA Theatre Directing only should choose the relevant option in the Audition section of the East 15 Application Form and include in their Personal Statement why they wish to study on the course they are applying for.

Step 4

  • Pay the audition fee. This applies to all applicants who are submitting online auditions.

    Applicants to MA/MFA Theatre Directing 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 submit an audition or interview. 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 contact by East 15 Admission who will acknowledge receipt of your application. We strongly recommend that you read the audition guidance and the Terms and Conditions for Audition (.pdf).

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 should expect to hear from us via email within two weeks of your application - at busy times, this may take longer. 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).