Entry requirements

Successful audition or video audition, plus a first degree of upper second class standard or equivalent (GPA 3.0) or suitable previous life, professional or academic experience. IELTS 6.0 overall with a minimum component score of 5.5

Months of entry


Course content

Our MA Acting is accredited by the National Council for Drama Training and should interest you if you wish to become a professional actor. You may already have a degree, or you may have established yourself in other professions and now seek to change towards that of a professional actor. If you are a professional actor and want to understand more about your technique, extend your range and gain academic recognition, then our MA Acting would also help.

We conclude this course with a showcase held in a major West End venue, to which we invite agents, casting directors, film, television and theatre directors and other industry professionals. On graduation, you are qualified as an actor and have an understanding of how to create your own work, including how to form companies and gain funding.

Our East 15 Acting School has trained actors, directors, producers and theatre technicians for stage, TV, film and radio for almost 50 years. Our dedicated approach to teaching and support was reflected in our ninth placing in the UK in the 2012 National Student Survey.

Our work is base do Joan Littlewood's famed Theatre Workshop but we are international in our outlook, regarding ourselves as a bridge between the best of British and worldwide performance traditions. We are also a member of the leading group of UK conservatoires, the Conference of Drama Schools, with many of our courses accredited by the National Council for Drama Training (NCDT).

Information for international students

University of Essex recognised by US Department of Education, students eligible for Federal Stafford Loan; University code 00868700.

Fees and funding

We offer many funding opportunities to support talented postgraduates, ranging from research council studentships and University scholarships to awards funded by charities and other external organisations. For more information, visit our website at: www.essex.ac.uk

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


full time
20 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Professional practice100

Course contact details

East 15 Acting School
01206 872719