Taught course

Directing for Stage and Screen

University of East London · School of Arts and Digital Industries - ADI

Entry requirements

Minimum 2.1 Honours in theatre/performance studies or related subject.

We would normally expect you to have Grade C in GCSE English and Maths. Applicants will be expected to attend an audition and an interview.

Months of entry


Course content

Directing for Stage and Screen is for those who have a passion for directing for both the live theatre and for onscreen film and television as well those wishing to develop audio-visual elements for the live performance context.

We offer this course at both MA and MFA; the MA is one year and the MFA requires a second year of further study. Please choose which qualification you would like to apply for by selecting your choice at the apply button.

The programme will prepare you for entry into the moving image and theatre industries through the production of work which could be distributed via film festivals and / or theatrical performance. The programme will also act as a base for doctorial study, an academic career or professional work in theatre and film practice.

The focus of the practice-based training offered in the programme is intended to prepare you for work in the exciting and innovative moving image and theatre sectors through high-end technical instruction, development of professional performance and production methodologies, creative writing, performance praxis and stage craft, and an insight into the industry’s structures and business models.

You will also benefit from the programme’s wide networks in the theatre and moving image industry; you may also gain wider industrial film experience via Schema, UEL’s Student Production Unit. Schema coordinates a variety of film projects with external organisation and is a conduit for internships and work placements.

You will leave the programme with a substantial portfolio of work for both immediate production / screenings and as basis for fundraising for future productions. You will also have learnt a wide range of technical skills, in both production and post-production. You will leave having developed an innovative practice and an understanding of industry.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

For more information please check the website https://www.uel.ac.uk/about/about-uel/governance/policies-regulations-corporate-documents/student-policies/tuition-fee-policy

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Applicant Relations
+44 (0) 208 223 3333