Taught course

Contemporary Directing Practice

Institution
Rose Bruford College · Rose Bruford College
Qualifications
MAMFA

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Entry requirements

First degree in theatre, acting or related fields; or equivalent and relevant professional/life experience.

Admission by audition/workshop and interview.

Please apply first and then we will send you details of our auditions.

Months of entry

October

Course content

Duration: 13 months (MA) or 2 years (MFA)

Location: Lewisham Postgraduate Centre, London

Term Start: October 2021 Please apply by: 1st June 2021

Why choose this course?

  • Unique experiential programme of mastering directing techniques, tools and psycho-physical vocabulary, and developing the director’s individual voice and vision
  • Intensive advanced practice-based vocational theatre director-training one-year MA course, with the MFA expanding into Directing for Camera and building your practice research and development for the stage
  • Rigorous practical investigation of working with classical drama and new writing, devised, physical and immersive theatre (MA), as well as writing and directing for camera (MFA)
  • A playground for personal and professional growth, and experimentation under the mentorship and instruction from established artists; professional encounters, talks and seminars with leading British and international theatre-makers
  • Development of a professional network of creative relationships
  • Rose Bruford College provides a unique opportunity of being part of the creative student community, offering access to vast College resources in support of collaborations with students and practitioners from other courses and disciplines both at the School of Performance and the School of Design Management and Technical Arts

MA Contemporary Devising Practice course content

It is comprised of four taught modules over the course of three consecutive terms followed by an Independent Research Project that results in a resourced practical project presentation documented in the Director’s Workbook.

List of Modules (All modules are compulsory)*

Module 1: Embodying the Space
Part 1: A foundation in wide-ranging mind-body skills and techniques, rooting directors in the language of improvised, devised, collaborative and immersive story-telling.
Part 2: Creating and directing a Devised Piece and an Adaptation Project

Module 2: Framing the Space
This module expands the director’s awareness and language of Visual and Spatial Storytelling, Visual and Musical Composition, and introduces approaches to Director –Designer creative collaboration.

Module 3: The Director's Journey: the core module that underpins the programme as a whole. It is taught in two parts:
- Dialogue with the Playwright - Director Preparation from page to stage
- Director’s Lab - a practical part of the course, comprised of numerous independent scene-study workshops, a practical exploration of Director-Actor interaction, etc.


Module 4: Professional Directing Practice - an inter-programme directing project, drawing on the additional skills of performers, designers and stage technicians both from the School of Performance (European Theatre Arts Programme) and the School of Design Management and Theatre Arts.

Module 5: Independent Research Project
The final module facilitates the creation of an original piece of work; it is a practical articulation of your practice. The module is designed as the culmination of the programme as a whole, with the view to implementing the working methodologies and practices that have been assimilated and acquired.

MFA Contemporary Directing Practice (Directing for Stage and Screen) Course Content

The MFA Contemporary Directing Practice is a two-year vocational director-training programme for those wanting an advanced practice-based training alongside rigorous academic study at postgraduate level to underpin and develop their work as directors for stage and screen.

Year One
Modules in Year One are shared modules with MA Contemporary Directing Practice. There are four taught modules over the course of three consecutive terms:

Module 1: Embodying the Space
Part 1: A foundation in wide-ranging mind-body skills and techniques, rooting directors in the language of improvised, devised, collaborative and immersive story-telling.
Part 2: Creating and directing a Devised Piece and an Adaptation Project

Module 2: Framing the Space
This module expands the director’s awareness and language of Visual and Spatial Storytelling, Visual and Musical Composition, and introduces approaches to Director –Designer creative collaboration.

Module 3: The Director’s Journey
The Director's Journey: the core module that underpins the programme as a whole. It is taught in two parts:
Dialogue with the Playwright - Director Preparation from page to stage
Director’s Lab - a practical part of the course, comprised of numerous independent scene-study workshops, a practical exploration of Director-Actor interaction, etc.

Module 4: Professional Directing Practice - an inter-programme directing project, drawing on the additional skills of performers, designers and stage technicians both from the School of Performance (European Theatre Arts Programme) and the School of Design Management and Theatre Arts.

Year Two
It is comprised of three taught modules over the course of two consecutive terms, followed by the Independent Professional Directing Project, resulting in a project presentation between July and September, documented in the Director’s Workbook.

Module 5: Independent Professional Directing Project

- IPDP Part 1: One-Act Play (September – October 2022) A fully-realised production of a One-Act Play, chosen by the director.

- IPDP Part 2: Final Independent Production (July – September 2023)

Building on IPDP Part 1, the final Independent Professional Directing Project facilitates the creation of an original piece of work. It is a creative articulation of your practice honed over the two years.

Module 6: Professional Placement & Introduction to New Writing
-Professional Placement is an ongoing strand within the module and is undertaken over an extended period of six to eight weeks

-Working on a New Writing Project

Module 7: Directing for Camera
The module offers diverse 10-week film training. It is a combination of introductory lectures, workshops and film directing practice that culminates in students writing, directing, shooting and editing an 8-10 min short film.

Fees for October 2021 entry:

MA

UK and Republic of Ireland student fee: £15,000

International student fee: £22,000

MFA

UK and Republic of Ireland student fee: £34,000 (£17,000/year)

International student fee: £40,000 (£20,000/year)

Information for international students

Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance is London’s International Drama School. We welcome students from around the world for both BA and MA/MFA degree study in performance, design, management and technical arts and short-term courses, summer schools and foundation diplomas. We use theatre training to help build global communities and relationships. We have links throughout the world in Europe, The Americas and Asia.

We currently host students from over 45 different countries. We are training future graduates who will see the world stage as their future workplace. We are interested not only in welcoming international students and practitioners to our Sidcup campus and Central London locations but also working worldwide with partner institutions on student and staff exchanges, collaborative projects and wider research initiatives.

Please click here to read our International Student Guide.

We run webinars with virtual campus tours for prospective international students, please click here to register for one.

Fees and funding

UK students
See programme description.
International students
See programme description.

The Department for Business Innovation and Skills provide a loan for eligible UK/EU students of up to £11,222 per student for postgraduate Masters study. Please click here for more information.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    13 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • MFA
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Name
The Student Recruitment Team
Email
studentrecruitment@bruford.ac.uk
Phone
02083082600