Auditions

TAKE NOTE! Applications for courses are now open. Government guidelines mean that we have revised the audition process. You can find everything you need to know below.

Auditions for all our HE courses are now open.  The ongoing and ever changing restrictions due to Covid-19 mean that we have revised the audition process for each of them.  You can find an overview of each process below, just click on the + next to your chosen course.

The first thing that you need to do is create an account.  Once you have done this, we will send you an audition pack containing everything you need to know to apply.  Just click on the button below.

Advice on what to prepare for your self-tapes is included in the information for each course below.
BA/Level 6 Diploma - Acting

The ongoing and ever changing restrictions due to Covid-19 mean that we have established a new audition process for all BA (Hons) Acting applicants.

All 1st round auditions will be virtual. You will need to film yourself performing two audition speeches, which you then upload as one video and submit for assessment by our audition panel.

Audition information:

Please prepare two speeches, each no more than two minutes long.

One should be from a modern play written after 1980, and the other from a classical play using heightened language.  This could be Shakespeare, but we also welcome classical pieces from across the Globe.  Both pieces should be within your acting age and should be performed in English.  Ideally, you should choose contrasting speeches to demonstrate your ability to play different characters. We encourage you to use your natural or heritage voice.

You can film your speeches on your phone or however is most convenient for you. We are not looking for ‘production value’, we simply wish to see you perform to the best of your ability.

Both speeches must be submitted together on one video.

The audition panel will review your video and, if successful, you will be invited to attend a 2nd Round audition.  We hope to hold 2nd Round auditions at ArtsEd, timing will therefore be guided by government restrictions.  2nd Round auditions will be virtual if necessary.  We aim to get back to you with the panel’s decision within four weeks of the video audition deadline.

For more information about what to prepare and FAQ’s visit our Self-Tape Advice for Acting Auditionees page.

VIDEO AUDITION DEADLINE: 28 February 2021

Should you have any further questions, please contact the HE Registrar on dbumpstead@artsed.co.uk

All BA (Hons) and Diploma auditionees will also be considered for the full-time Foundation Course.

BA/Level 6 Diploma - Musical Theatre

The ongoing and ever changing restrictions due to Covid-19 mean that we have established a new audition process for all  BA Musical Theatre applicants.  All 1st round auditions will be virtual.  You will need to film your audition pieces and submit them as one video for assessment by our audition panel.  The requirements are:

Singing:

You will need to perform and film two musical theatre songs.

One should be a ‘legit’ ballad written no later than 1965 (e.g. ‘If I Loved You’ from Carousel), and the other should provide a contrast and be something you enjoy singing.

You should prepare and perform a section from each of the two songs, each lasting no longer than one minute.

Please avoid songs which demand an extreme ‘character’ voice, such as ‘Adelaide’s Lament’ (Guys and Dolls) or ‘My Girlfriend Who Lives in Canada’ (Avenue Q). We need to hear YOUR voice.

If you are invited to attend the 2nd Round, you may be asked to perform the same two songs in full.

Dance:

You are also required to perform and film two separate dance routines (one technical and one performance). Full instructions will be provided in a supporting instruction video in the audition pack.  You need to create an account so that we can send this to you, just click on the Apply Now button.

You can film your audition on your phone or whatever is easiest for you. We are not looking for ‘production value’, we simply wish to see you perform to the best of your ability. We are also aware that some candidates will have limited space at home, and have created the two dance routines with this in mind.

For more information about what to prepare and FAQ’s visit our Self-Tape Advice for Musical Theatre Auditionees page. Alternatively, you can watch our audition FAQ’s video:

 

Should you have any questions regarding the audition process, please feel free to contact the HE Registrar at dbumpstead@artsed.co.uk

Video Audition Deadline: 31 January 2021.

MA - Acting

The ongoing and ever changing restrictions due to Covid-19 mean that we have established a new audition process for all MA Acting applicants.

All 1st round auditions will be virtual. You will need to film yourself performing two audition speeches, which you then upload as one video and submit for assessment by our audition panel.

Speeches – Please record both of the following:

  • One Classical speech (Shakespeare and his contemporaries): This should be no longer than 2 minutes. It can be free of gender. Please present the speech in your own voice, the voice you speak in every day. Keep the speech as age appropriate to you as possible. Use material that excites you, and that you are passionate about.
  • Contemporary speech (from a play published in the last 10 years): This should be no longer than 2 minutes. It can be free of gender. Please present the speech in your own voice, the voice you speak in every day. Keep the speech as age appropriate to you as possible. Use material that excites you, and that you are passionate about.

Filming

  • You don’t need specialist equipment for this. A phone, computer, iPad etc. are all acceptable. We’re looking at content, not production quality.
  • Make sure that the camera is as steady as possible, so if possible avoid holding it as you record.
  • Try and find a neutral background for the taping, and a space that is as private and quiet as possible.
  • Try and use a natural light source, but either way make sure that the light source is behind or to the side of the camera.
  • You can be standing or sitting, but make sure you shoot from the mid-torso up.
  • When delivering your speeches, shift your eye-line to just off camera, as though you’re speaking to someone sat next to it. At all other times look straight down the lens.
  • Present your work as you would at in person audition, please don’t feel the need to turn in a “camera” audition.
  • At the end of your recording please tell us a little about why you chose the pieces that you did, and about your reasons for wanting to study MA Acting at ArtsEd.

After being uploaded, your filmed performance will be reviewed by the audition panel within four weeks and, if successful, you will then be invited to attend a ‘face to face’ 2nd Round audition at ArtsEd (if Government COVID advisements allow).

For more information about what to prepare and FAQ’s visit our Self-Tape Advice for Acting Auditionees page.

VIDEO AUDITION DEADLINE: 28 February 2021

Should you have any questions regarding the audition process, please contact the HE Registrar at dbumpstead@artsed.co.uk

Full-time Foundation - Acting

The ongoing and ever changing restrictions due to Covid-19 mean that we have established a new audition process for all BA (Hons) Acting applicants.

All 1st round auditions will be virtual. You will need to film yourself performing two audition speeches, which you then upload as one video and submit for assessment by our audition panel.

Audition information:

Please prepare two speeches, each no more than two minutes long.

One should be from a modern play written after 1980, and the other from a classical play using heightened language.  This could be Shakespeare, but we also welcome classical pieces from across the Globe.  Both pieces should be within your acting age and should be performed in English.  Ideally, you should choose contrasting speeches to demonstrate your ability to play different characters. We encourage you to use your natural or heritage voice.

You can film your speeches on your phone or however is most convenient for you. We are not looking for ‘production value’, we simply wish to see you perform to the best of your ability.

Both speeches must be submitted together on one video.

The audition panel will review your video and, if successful, you will be invited to attend a 2nd Round audition.  We hope to hold 2nd Round auditions at ArtsEd, timing will therefore be guided by government restrictions.  2nd Round auditions will be virtual if necessary.  We aim to get back to you with the panel’s decision within four weeks of the video audition deadline.

For more information about what to prepare and FAQ’s visit our Self-Tape Advice for Acting Auditionees page.

VIDEO AUDITION DEADLINE: 28 February 2021

Should you have any further questions, please contact the HE Registrar on dbumpstead@artsed.co.uk

 

 

 

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Full-time Foundation - Musical Theatre

The ongoing and ever changing restrictions due to Covid-19 mean that we have established a new audition process for all  BA Musical Theatre applicants.  All 1st round auditions will be virtual.  You will need to film your audition pieces and submit them as one video for assessment by our audition panel.  The requirements are:

Singing:

You will need to perform and film two musical theatre songs.

One should be a ‘legit’ ballad written no later than 1965 (e.g. ‘If I Loved You’ from Carousel), and the other should provide a contrast and be something you enjoy singing.

You should prepare and perform a section from each of the two songs, each lasting no longer than one minute.

Please avoid songs which demand an extreme ‘character’ voice, such as ‘Adelaide’s Lament’ (Guys and Dolls) or ‘My Girlfriend Who Lives in Canada’ (Avenue Q). We need to hear YOUR voice.

If you are invited to attend the 2nd Round, you may be asked to perform the same two songs in full.

Dance:

You are also required to perform and film two separate dance routines (one technical and one performance). Full instructions will be provided in a supporting instruction video in the audition pack.  You need to create an account so that we can send this to you, just click on the Apply Now button.

You can film your audition on your phone or whatever is easiest for you. We are not looking for ‘production value’, we simply wish to see you perform to the best of your ability. We are also aware that some candidates will have limited space at home, and have created the two dance routines with this in mind.

For more information about what to prepare and FAQ’s visit our Self-Tape Advice for Musical Theatre Auditionees page.

Should you have any questions regarding the audition process, please feel free to contact the HE Registrar at dbumpstead@artsed.co.uk

Video Audition Deadline: 31 January 2021.

Part-time Foundation - Acting

As a result of the ongoing COVID-19 situation and the prospect of further restrictions in travel, auditions for the Part-Time Foundation Courses will take place between May and July. Requirements are as follows:

You will need to prepare and perform a speech from a modern play written after 1980, this should be no more than two minutes in duration. You will also need to prepare a speech from a classical play using heightened language (preferably Shakespeare) which should also be no more than two minutes long. These speeches should be contrasting in emotion and style.

There is only one round for the Part Time Foundation Courses and the audition fee is £25.00.

Once you have applied you will then be notified by email of your audition date in April or May. 

Application Deadline: 28 February 2021

Should you have any further questions regarding this, please contact the ArtsEd EXTRA at extra@artsed.co.uk

 

Part-time Foundation - Musical Theatre

As a result of the ongoing COVID-19 situation and the prospect of further restrictions in travel, auditions for the Part-Time Foundation Courses will take place between May and July. Requirements are as follows:

You will need to prepare and perform:

  • Two contrasting songs of your choice (one contemporary musical theatre song and one pre-1965 legit ballad)
  • Two monologues ( 1 Shakespeare and 1 Contemporary).
  • One short Jazz Dance Routine (max 2 minutes).

There is only one round for the Part Time Foundation Courses and the audition fee is £25.00.

Once you have applied you will then be notified by email within 4 weeks of your audition date which will take place in April or May. 

Application Deadline: 28 February 2021

Should you have any further questions regarding this, please contact the ArtsEd EXTRA at extra@artsed.co.uk

 

Students from Outside the UK

The school welcomes eligible candidates from across the globe. The working language of the training is English, so you must be able to show evidence at the audition of an excellent command of spoken and written English.

PLEASE NOTE: all prospective students coming to study in the UK on or after 1 January 2021 from the EU, EEA and Switzerland, will need to apply for a Student Visa (via the new points-based immigration system).  Applications must be made online at GOV.UK and students can apply up to six months before their course starts.

Accessibility

Although our building is fully accessible for public performances, at present many of the teaching areas are not easily accessible for disabled users. We are taking active steps to improve this with our new build, which you can learn more about here. If you are a disabled applicant and are successful at audition, we will do our best to meet your access requirements and, before offering you a place, we will discuss how we might best support you during your training. After discussion, if the school regretfully feels it cannot provide adequate support and therefore is unable to offer you a place, we will explain why and advise you on alternative opportunities.

ArtsEd Audition Fee Waiver Scheme

Audition Fee (Round 1) £15 / (Round 2) £30

ArtsEd is dedicated to widening participation within the arts and has set up an Audition Fee Waiver Scheme as a means of encouraging applications from talented candidates who are deterred from applying by financial barriers.

If you would like to talk about your eligibility for a waiver, please get in touch with David Bumpstead at dbumpstead@artsed.co.uk. Waivers are only available to UK residents.