Taught course

Acting (International)

University of Essex · East 15 Acting School

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

We have designed our unique MA Acting (International) for our international students, to offer the traditional acting skills, including voice, movement and singing, and approaches to rehearsal and public performances. You draw upon existing practice but this is supplemented with specific teaching that helps international students. We also include advanced practical acting skills and the study of Shakespeare and other classical traditions.

Our MA Acting (International) runs for 12 months. If you are a first-language student (USA, Canada, Australia etc) then you concentrate on accent/dialect and RP. If you are a second-language student, then you focus on accent, rhythm, stress and diction. Our graduates receive a comprehensive training, so can pursue careers in theatre and related professions in this increasingly global industry.

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.

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