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.
Acting is a choice, not just a dream.
EU and international students are encouraged to apply for BA Acting (International) which provides a complete preparation for careers in acting tailored specifically for international students.
This course is taught at our Loughton Campus.
View more undergraduate courses from East 15 Acting School, including further Actor training programs as well as behind the scenes courses in Creative Producing and Stage & Production Management.
Our expert staff
Our training is by professionals and for professionals, allowing our graduates to work successfully across the globe.
Our international, outstanding teaching faculty is made up of professionals from all areas of live and recorded performance.
Learn more about our staff here.
Our Loughton Campus is perfectly located, providing access to both the rich, cultural diversity of London and an attractive and peaceful setting in which to study.
We are just a five-minute walk from London Underground station, Debden, where you can travel in only thirty minutes to Central London, West End theatres and mainline train stations including the Eurostar.
We have three sites at our Loughton Campus – Hatfields, Roding House and Unit Four. Hatfields is a beautiful Georgian dower house, set in five acres of lawns with orchards, flowerbeds and a small lake, providing an idyllic atmosphere for study, relaxation and performance.
Just a short walk from Hatfields is Roding House, a £1.3 million facility containing 10 rehearsal rooms, a green room/café, a sound recording studio and a video editing suite, and our costume department.
Next to Roding House, Unit Four is a £1.5 million facility which is home to the Stage & Production Management department. The Unit contains a large workshop, paint shop, prop shop, prop storage facilities and teaching spaces.
Our on-site Corbett Theatre is named in honour of Harry H Corbett, a key member of Joan Littlewood’s Theatre Workshop and early benefactor of East 15. It is used extensively for student productions and is a practical training hub for our BA Stage and Production Management students.
The building is a medieval tithe barn that was dismantled and transported to Hatfields in the 1960s. These unusual origins create a unique performance space with a special atmosphere. Renovated to include full technical facilities, tiered seating for 130 people and fitted dressing rooms, the theatre provides an excellent resource for public productions, while the adjacent Bar and Café provides a social meeting point for students and staff.
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.
- Focus on Stanislavsky, Laban and Meisner techniques in addition to acting for screen.
- Industry showcase.
- Intensive skill training by leading UK and international faculty.
We offer dynamic and unique courses for actors, directors, producers, technical theatre specialists and students of theatre practice. Training at East 15 draws upon 50 years of tradition combined with a keen sense of the world of stage and screen today.
Our carefully selected modules will give you the chance to explore and develop your specialist training.
Teaching and learning disclaimer
Following the impact of the pandemic, we made changes to our teaching and assessment to ensure our current students could continue with their studies uninterrupted and safely. These changes included courses being taught through blended delivery, normally including some face-to-face teaching, online provision, or a combination of both across the year.
The teaching and assessment methods listed show what is currently approved for 2022 entry; changes may be necessary if, by the beginning of this course, we need to adapt the way we’re delivering them due to the external environment, and to allow you to continue to receive the best education possible safely and seamlessly.
In your first year, you will focus on acting, voice, singing, movement and contextual studies and explore your own creativity through work focussed on co-operation, responsiveness to others and the ensemble. In addition you will:
- Develop the skills required for objective self-assessment, recreating through observation, research and improvisation
- Concentrate on individual character study and work on larger community-based projects with an emphasis on psychological realism
The first year culminates in a unique, large-scale ‘Living History’ project, in which you study, understand and live the lives of others through periods of conflict.
Your second year is a journey of maturation as study moves from improvisation to text and from the examination of self to the exploration of character. We focus on:
- Technical skills such as movement, voice and singing which are integrated into the work, and you start to build characters independently
- Opportunities to take responsibility for your own creative work and adapt to the differing demands of project and director
- Multiple screen and radio projects throughout the year
- Specific focus on Contemporary British Playwrights, continuously updated to reflect relevant British culture
- Varying work from nineteenth century naturalism, to exploring the textual and psychological complexities of Shakespeare, plus learning to devise and break the fourth wall through projects such as Brecht, Cabaret and Commedia dell’Arte
Your final year focuses on understanding the demands of the professional performance industries before you graduate. You deliver a wide variety of plays to extend your performance repertoire, produce performance-tailored short films as well as work with experienced industry professionals in recorded media. Productions enable you to develop advanced acting skills as well as to understand the research demands and commitment required for different roles, and place a strong emphasis on actor contribution within the ensemble.
In addition, specialised professional development workshops help you understand the administrative aspects of your future profession, including:
- Audition technique
- CV and letter writing
- Tax and self-employment
- Marketing and promoting yourself as an actor
You also undertake an Industry Showcase for an invited audience of influential agents, casting directors, film, voiceover, TV and theatre directors. East 15 continually liaises with industry professionals to ensure the format for the event accords with the changing landscape of the industry.