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MA Directing
Bath School of Music and Performing Arts
Campus or location
Newton Park
Course length
One year full-time or two years part-time.

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:

A postgraduate directing course for directors of theatre and live performance at all stages of their career.

  • 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


You’ll explore approaches to directing 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 one
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 two
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 three
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 areas relating to directing as part of your dissertation.

Course modules

This course includes or offers the following modules. Please check the programme document for more information on which modules are core, required or optional.

  • Research Methodologies and Context
  • Production One: Directing Actors
  • Professional Collaboration
  • Production Two: Directing a Company
  • Major Project.
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, masterclasses, 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.

To find out more about how we teach and how you'll learn, please read our Learning and Teaching Delivery Statement.



You’ll have the opportunity to visit museums and theatres and experience theatre perfomances.

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.

Adobe Creative Campus

Develop a wealth of indispensable digital skills that you can take into your future career. One of only three Adobe Creative Campuses in the UK, we provide all Bath Spa students with access to the full Adobe Creative Suite, giving you the tools to communicate creatively, whatever your course or chosen professional field.   

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, 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:


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


Please note: Students from the EU, EEA and Switzerland are not generally eligible for the UK (Home) fee status. Please refer to the international student rate. Irish citizens and those granted Settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme are eligible for UK (Home) fee status. There are also other circumstances where this may apply: See UKCISA for more information.

UK students full time
Course fees
2023/24 entry £8,430
2024/25 entry Published Jan 2024
2026/27 entry Published Jan 2025
UK students part time

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

2023/24 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £4,215
Year 2 £4,215

2024/25 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2024
Year 2 Published Jan 2025

2026/27 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2025
Year 2 Published Jan 2026
International students full time
Course fees
2023/24 entry £16,305
2024/25 entry Published Jan 2024
2026/27 entry Published Jan 2025

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.

Want to apply for this year? 

Many of our postgraduate courses have a limited number of student spaces. To avoid the disappointment of the course being full, we recommend that you apply now.

Late applications (generally those made after 31 July) will only be considered if places remain on the course.

Need more information or still have questions? Contact us to discuss your situation.

Course leader: Kerry Irvine

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