Taught course

Screen: Directing, Writing - Drama Centre London

University of the Arts London - Central Saint Martins · Drama Centre London

Entry requirements

MA Screen: Directing, Writing entry requirements are: Degree or a Level 3 Diploma from a recognised professional drama or dance school (e.g. a member of Drama UK or The Council for Dance Education and Training); an Honours degree in a discipline outside performance plus demonstrable performance-related experience, either professionally or within an amateur or student context; or at least three years' professional experience as performer or director. English language requirement All classes are conducted in English. If English is not your first language, we strongly recommend you send us an English language test score together with your application to prove your level of proficiency. If you have booked a test or are awaiting your results, please clearly indicate this on your application form. When you have received your test score, please send it to us immediately. The standard English language requirement for entry is IELTS 7.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in any one paper, or equivalent. For further information visit the Language Centre website. Applicants who will need a Tier 4 General Student Visa should check the External English Tests page which provides important information about UK Border Agency (UKBA) requirements. International applicants The International Office at Central Saint Martins is your first point of contact for any questions you may have regarding courses, programmes, admissions, or who to contact in other parts of the University of the Arts London. Feel free to contact us if you're in London - we offer a special service to advise you on your chosen course. To make an appointment, please email us at least two weeks before your visit.

Directing, Writing

Months of entry


Course content

MA Screen: Directing, Writing lasts 45 weeks over 12 months and is structured as units - class-based to begin with, but increasingly project-geared over time. This postgraduate course is intensive. You'll be expected to commit 40 hours per week to classes, rehearsals and shoots, and to your own independent preparation and learning.

Students who come to MA Screen: Directing, Writing expect a focused experience with a high level of autonomous learning. The MA course's practical elements contribute to the intensity of the experience, sharpening your professional ability to deliver on time, on budget and at an appropriate level.

MA Screen: Directing, Writing has a small intake. It collaborates closely with MA Screen: Acting to give you a broader understanding of the needs of the actor. Because we believe empathy with acting and actors is an integral part of directing, the early part of the MA course in particular engages with the discipline of acting.

Traditionally, screen director training fails to address the challenges of working with performers. Our Directing Pathway confronts that challenge while developing your individual approach and creative voice. The pathway features a programme of acting skills, an extended programme of directing skills, two filmed drama projects, a devised project, and an extended programme of professional preparation.

The MA course culminates in a series of short film projects produced in collaboration with the student actors. Projects are screened for an invited industry audience that includes agents and casting directors.

Information for international students

Our International Office deals specifically with the needs of students from overseas. Tel +44 (0)20 7514 7027 / international-office@csm.arts.ac.uk

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration


full time
18 months

Course contact details

The Information Office
+44 (0)20 7514 7023
+44 (0)20 7514 7254