Taught course

Drama Directing

Bristol Old Vic Theatre School · Bristol Old Vic Theatre School

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Entry requirements

Applicants would normally be expected to have an honours degree in a related subject area and it is essential that they have proven professional experience in one or more capacities within the entertainment industry. This could be in directing fringe productions, working as a performer or in stage management.

Months of entry


Course content

The Drama Directing MA has been specially designed to equip students with high-level skills and knowledge to work professionally as a drama director.

You will gain experience of production preparation and rehearsal techniques, including dramaturgy and collaborating with designers and other key creatives. The course will build your knowledge, skills and confidence through workshops, classes and projects. You will develop your practice of assistant directing and directing through your own workshop productions of a new script written by one of the School’s MA Drama Writing students.

There is a ‘permeable membrane’ between the Theatre School and the industry, so you will have the opportunity to learn from and work with high calibre professional practitioners as part of your training.

A key feature of the course is that it integrates with other drama disciplines. As a result, supported by experienced staff you will be working alongside writing, acting, design and technical students.

The School follows industry practice within its learning environment. You will be learning the protocols and processes involved in drama production by taking part in realised productions staged in professional theatre venues. You will be taught by School staff and experienced visiting industry professionals. The same approach is taken in the rehearsal room: you will be mentored as an assistant director by a professional director, learning within a structure that reproduces industry practice. You will learn by observation, by doing and from being steeped in the environment.

You will develop a sophisticated understanding of the process of acting and of acting methodologies and techniques, enabling you to work confidently and appropriately with actors in different styles and genres and will have experienced the technical demands of mounting a theatre production. You will also have a thorough working knowledge of working with writers, designers, lighting designers, costume makers and stage-managers.

You will graduate as a thoughtful, reflective and creative practitioner who is capable of making imaginative leaps and be an excellent collaborator, able to articulate ideas inspirationally and be sensitive to the values and creative contributions of others.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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