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3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree

About this program

Acting BA

East 15 Acting School’s BA Acting course develops your individual talent, imagination and skill so that you graduate as a creative, proactive and collaborative practitioner ready for a career in the performance arts industries.

From the start of your course you are introduced to the basic methods and theories of acting, particularly the work of Konstantin Stanislavsky, Sanford Meisner and Rudolf Laban, working in small groups with our professionally experienced staff.

In the first and second year, through a step-by-step process you will advance your knowledge and versatility as an actor. In your final year, you will concentrate on professional development adapting your skills to work with a range of visiting directors and other industry professionals.

Our training in acting is about exploration. You will experience a wide range of rehearsal techniques - learning technical skills and applying them to many diverse acting challenges. You will leave as a knowledgeable, professional actor with a creative approach and a solid process.

Admission requirements

UK entry requirements

Applicants will need to successfully complete a physical workshop audition and should also have, or expect to have:

A-levels: CDD, or the equivalent in UCAS tariff points, to include 2 full A Levels


IB: 25 points or three Higher Level certificates with 433.

We are also happy to consider a combination of separate IB Diploma Programmes at both Higher and Standard Level. Exact offer levels will vary depending on the range of subjects being taken at higher and standard level, and the course applied for. Please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for more information.

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.

English language requirements

If you do not require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK then we will assess your English language proficiency/ability at your interview or audition.

If your first language is not English and you are an international student that requires a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK then you will need IELTS 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each component.

For more information about admission requirements, please contact the school or the inquiries team.

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Program content

Year 1

  • Introduction to Acting Theory, Methods and Practice, and Development From Self to
  • Character
  • Verbatim Theatre and Contemporary Scene Study
  • Actor and Text
  • Improvised Living History
  • Voice I
  • Movement I
  • Music and Singing I
  • Contextual Studies I

Year 2

  • Extension of Acting Methodology
  • Acting Techniques and Styles
  • Shakespeare and Elizabethan Verse Drama
  • Voice II
  • Movement II
  • Music and Singing II
  • Contextual Studies II

Final Year

  • Production - Text and Technique
  • Notions of Realism
  • Screen and Radio
  • Final Productions
  • Voice, Movement, Music and Singing
  • Contextual Studies III
  • Professional Preparation and Audition Technique


Tuition fee for the academic year 2020-21

  • Home/UK fee: £9,250
  • International fee: £16,850

Career paths

Graduates of BA Acting regularly appear in stage, film, TV and radio productions throughout the world. Recent graduates have gone on to work with major companies such as the National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company, Shakespeare’s Globe, Manchester Royal Exchange, BBC, ITV and in the West End. Students are consistently successful in the BBC Radio Drama Carleton Hobbs competition, which results in a professional contract. They have also been consistent winners of both The John Gielgud and The Laurence Olivier Bursaries. For the past ten years, BA Acting students have represented East 15 at the Globe Theatre’s Sam Wanamaker Festival.

East 15’s BA Acting graduates are known, and often cast, for their boldness, versatility and professional commitment as actors.

About this institute

University of Essex

We’re a university where curiosity prevails, and where exploring new ways of thinking and pushing boundaries, isn’t just encouraged, it’s expected.  We’re proud to be Gold rated in the Teaching Excellence Framework 2017 and ranked in the top 30 in...

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Contact info

University of Essex

Wivenhoe Park
CO4 3SQ Colchester


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