facebook MA Directing – Bath Spa University

Key facts

Award
MA Directing
School
College of Liberal 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: admissions@bathspa.ac.uk.

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

Overview

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 (below the main image on this page) for more information.

  • 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.

The course is taught in the evenings in three-hour workshops.

Opportunities

Field trips

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.

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.

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
2018/19 entry £7,195
2019/20 entry Published Jan 2019
2020/21 entry Published Jan 2020

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.

2018/19 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £3,600
Year 2 Published Jan 2019

2019/20 Entry

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

2020/21 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2020
Year 2 Published Jan 2021

International students full time

Course fees
2018/19 entry £13,900
2019/20 entry Published Jan 2019
2020/21 entry Published Jan 2020

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: Roger Apfelbaum
Email r.apfelbaum@bathspa.ac.uk

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