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Directing

MA

Postgraduate degree

Key facts

Award
MA Directing
School
College of Liberal Arts
Campus or location
Newton Park
Course length
Full-time (one year); Part-time (two years).

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for our postgraduate courses vary. We are generally looking for a good honours degree or equivalent. Some courses also require an interview or the submission of a portfolio of work.

Please contact our admissions team for more information: admissions@bathspa.ac.uk.

A postgraduate directing course for directors of theatre and live performance.

  • Direct productions in our theatres on campus and in Bath.
  • Practical classes, seminars, and assistant directing with experienced practitioners and researchers.
  • Work with and direct a range of MA and BA Acting and Drama students.

MA Directing helps you build a portfolio of performance experiences as part of Bath Spa University’s diverse theatre productions. From developing small companies to managing large scale productions, and from classical to contemporary theatre, you’ll get a broad and advanced understanding of working in theatre today.

What you'll learn

Overview

You’ll explore approaches to directing both through seminars and practical work. Alongside this you’ll develop an advanced understanding of actor training.

We’ll be dedicated to your individual development. You’ll receive support through tutorials and will embark on your own production work.

Course structure

Trimester 1
The first production module supports directors and actors as they work on selected speeches and scenes while also collaborating on larger productions. Weekly research seminars bring together history and current practice of directing along with advancing research skills needed for directors.

Trimester 2
The second production module provides an opportunity to create original work, working either with your own chosen cast or with a university or professional production.

Additionally, you’ll take a Professional Collaboration module that provides both tools and experience to work with a wide range of artists.

Trimester 3
You can choose to undertake a more traditional written dissertation, a performance based dissertation or a mixture of the two. You might direct a production, lead workshops, or research into areas relating to directing as part of your dissertation.

You can choose to work on your dissertation on-campus or by distance learning. You’ll benefit from one-to-one tutorials which can take place in person or online.

How will I be assessed?

Assessments could include performances, essays, literature reviews, written documentation of work, presentations, portfolios, leading workshops, written evaluations, rehearsal and practice blogs, written dissertations, practical dissertation projects, and critical play reviews.

How will I be taught?

The degree is delivered through a variety of workshops, lectures, seminars, master classes, off-site visits, performance and production work, and through the Virtual Learning Environment, Minerva. We get professional actors and directors in to work with you; we have ever-expanding list of lecturers, specialists, artists and guest scholars.

The Master’s is taught in the evenings in three hour workshops. If you’re looking for a more flexible learning option, we also offer part-time and distance learning modes.

Opportunities

Field trips

You’ll have the opportunity to see a lot of theatre, as well as visit museums and theatres. Previous destinations have included Bath, Bristol, Stratford upon Avon and London. Other field trips may give you the chance to work with professional theatre groups and actors; we’ve previously rented studios in London for this purpose.

Some trips are subsidised, however, you may have to contribute to fund travel and tickets.

Intensive training at The Globe

We currently give all students the opportunity to take part in a two week residency at Shakespeare's Globe. You’ll benefit from intensive, full-time training, leading to a production on the Globe’s stage.

 

Distance learning

If you’re unable to come to us, we offer a distance learning route. We’ll support you with tutorials and our Virtual Learning Environment, Minerva. You’ll also have access to our library’s vast range of online databases and materials.

You’ll share your performances with us by video, and we’ll encourage you to visit us on campus. We’ll also give you advice and support, helping you to find resources to support your training in your local area

Combat certification

You’ll have the opportunity to gain an accreditation in combat. We provide the training but you’ll have to pay a small fee to gain this certification.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

You’ll have access to performance studios and spaces such as the University Theatre at Newton Park, Burdall’s Yard in central Bath, and Corsham Court. We also have links with the Theatre Royal Bath, the Rondo Theatre, The Egg, The Ustinov, the Tobacco Factory, Circomedia, The Scoop @More London, and the Salisbury Playhouse.

As a student you'll also be able to take advantage of our:

Resources

As an MA Directing student, you’ll be able to hire out equipment using SISO, Bath Spa University’s free equipment loan service.

Fees

UK and EU students full time

Course fees
2017/18 entry £7,000
2018/19 entry Published Jan 2018
2019/20 entry Published Jan 2019

UK and EU students part time

Fees shown below are for part time study over two years, although some courses may be available over longer periods.

2017/18 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £3,500
Year 2 Published Jan 2018

2018/19 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2018
Year 2 Published Jan 2019

2019/20 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2019
Year 2 Published Jan 2020

International students full time

Course fees
2017/18 entry £13,500
2018/19 entry Published Jan 2018
2019/20 entry Published Jan 2019

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

MA Directing is for theatre and live performance directors at all stages of their career, with a desire to work in or currently working in live performance. New and early career directors learn and develop skills to enhance their creative vision, artistic judgement, and leadership.

All students develop those skills, through evaluation and reflection on their own practice; expanding their artistic and market awareness by gaining insights into innovative artistic practices through a multidisciplinary approach.

How do I apply?

Ready to apply? Click the 'apply now' button in the centre of this page.

Need more guidance? Head to our how to apply webpages.

Admissions service: +44 (0)1225 876 180
Email: admissions@bathspa.ac.uk
Course leader: r.apfelbaum@bathspa.ac.uk

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