Auditions

Applications for all our Full Time courses (BA, Foundation and MA) are now closed. However, you can still apply for our Part-Time Foundation courses until 30 April. You can find an overview of each process below, just click on the + next to your chosen course.

The remaining deadlines for applications for September 2021 entry are:

Part-Time Foundation: 30 April 2021

 

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 and 2nd 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.

Requirements:

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.

1st Round AUDITION DEADLINE: 28 February 2021

The audition panel will review your video and we aim to get back to you with their decision within four weeks of the deadline.

If successful, you will be recalled for a 2nd Round audition.  These auditions will also be virtual.  Full details of the format and what you will need to prepare will be provided in plenty of time for your chosen audition date.

For more information on how to prepare for the 1st Round visit Self-Tape Advice for Acting Auditionees.

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(Hons) Musical Theatre applicants.  All 1st and 2nd 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.

REQUIREMENTS: 

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. These auditions will also be virtual.

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.

You will find this and other essential information in your account, once your application has been confirmed. Just click on the Apply Now button to start the process.

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.

1st Round Audition Deadline: 28 February 2021

For more information about how to prepare, watch the video below and visit Self-Tape Advice for Musical Theatre Auditionees.

 

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

 

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 and 2nd 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.

1st Round AUDITION DEADLINE: 31 March 2021

The audition panel will review your video and we aim to get back to you with their decision within four weeks of the deadline.

If successful, you will be recalled for a 2nd Round audition. These auditions will also be virtual. Full details of the format and what you will need to prepare will be provided in plenty of time for your audition.

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

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 and 2nd 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.

1st Round AUDITION DEADLINE: 28 February 2021

The audition panel will review your video and we aim to get back to you with their decision within four weeks of the deadline.

If successful, you will be recalled for a 2nd Round audition.  We plan for these to be face-to-face in late spring. Full details of the format and what you will need to prepare will be provided in plenty of time for your audition.

For more information on how to prepare for the 1st Round visit Self-Tape Advice for Acting Auditionees.

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 and 2nd 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.

EQUIREMENTS: 

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. These auditions will also be virtual.

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.

You will find this and other essential information in your account, once your application has been confirmed. Just click on the Apply Now button to start the process.

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.

1st Round Audition Deadline: 28 February 2021

For more information about how to prepare, watch the video below and visit Self-Tape Advice for Musical Theatre Auditionees.

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

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 face-to-face between May and July. If for any reason this cannot happen we will change to a virtual format and accept video audition uploads.

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 £15.

Apply here.

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

Application Deadline: 30 April 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 face to face between May and July. If for any reason this cannot happen we will change to a virtual format and accept video audition uploads.

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)
  • You will participate in a dance class
  • If we change to virtual auditions we will require you to film one short Jazz Dance routine (max 2 minutes)

There is only one round for the Part Time Foundation Courses and the audition fee is £15

Apply here.

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

Application Deadline: 30 April 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 £15 Flat Fee

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. This scheme is for our Higher Education courses.

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.

Students from Outside the UK
PLEASE NOTE:  As of 1 January 2021, all prospective HE students from the EU, EEA and Switzerland will need to apply to the UK government for a Student Visa.  Applications must be made online at GOV.UK and students can apply up to six months before their course starts.   The cost of this Student Visa is £348, with an an additional healthcare surcharge of £624 per year.  The visa will be valid for up to five years for students aged 18+.  Further details can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/study-uk-student-visa