Taught course

Classical and Contemporary Text (Directing)

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland · School of Drama

Entry requirements

Entry by audition. Applicants will normally have an undergraduate degree in drama or associated subject but other degrees or relevant experience may be considered.

Months of entry


Course content

Term one

In the first term you’ll explore, create, and develop performance texts. If you’re a director, you’ll work with the actors, participating in the practical classes to get experience of voice, movement, and acting. If you’re an actor, you’ll learn about the processes of new writing and ensemble creation, as well as learning about how to get the most out of working collaboratively with directors and playwrights. You’ll explore approaches to realism by working through scenes by Chekhov. By the time you’re halfway through the term, both actors and directors will begin their journey into contemporary text, starting with exploring scenes from existing plays by commissioned playwrights. You’ll go on to look at how to develop new scripts.

Term two

In term two you will spend a month at the Globe Theatre, London, where you will be taught by Globe Education tutors. The month culminates with a performance on the Globe stage. You’ll then begin rehearsals of Shakespearean and Renaissance texts with professional directors. Directing students work as assistants in this process and acting students explore the rehearsal process within the structure of a professional production.

Term three

In your third term you’ll put on the performance of the Renaissance production. You’ll be undertaking your own research project, which will shape your practical work. You’ll have the opportunity to undertake a professional placement of your choice to further your research ideas.

Term four

In your last term you’ll rehearse the new writing pieces. This collaboration allows you a unique opportunity to develop new works in conjunction with professional playwrights. You’ll also have visits from industry professionals and talks from members of the profession including agents and directors. August sees the Edinburgh International Festival and Fringe, just a short journey from Glasgow. You’ll participate in specifically selected discussions and workshops, and be able to see productions from all over the world. Your year with us will finish with your first run performances of the new writing pieces in Glasgow and London.

Throughout the programme you’ll also learn more about business, entrepreneurship, and industry etiquette.

My most cherished experiences from the MACCT course relate to the movement work we undertook. Working with Shakespeare’s Globe professional movement coach Glynn MacDonald was a highlight. We also had the opportunity to work with Mark Saunders and Lucien McDonald on Lecoq and Laban techniques, participated in workshops with Angela DeCastro (clowning), Adrian Howells (physicality), and Faroque Khan (text through movement), and also had a chance to practice the Alexander technique. Utilizing these movement techniques has really enriched what I consider my “daily practice” and all of this continues to inform any initial character work I undertake.

Vanessa Coffey - MA CCT 2010

Information for international students

We welcome applications from international students. Auditions are held each year in USA and Canada as well as other selected locations. DVD auditions are welcomed from non UK students. Please see our website for further information on what to prepare or contact us directly.

Fees and funding

The Conservatoire can offer a number of entrance scholarships which are awarded as part of the audition process based on merit.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

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