Postgraduate Course

MA/MFA Theatre Directing

East 15 Acting School

Course Options
  • MAFull-timeSeptember12 monthsGBP 10250
  • MFAFull-timeSeptember20 monthsGBP 8 Year One
  • MAModularSeptember2 - 5 years
  • MFAModularSeptember2 - 5 yearsGBP 8450
Course Information

About MA/MFA Theatre Directing

This is a unique course designed specifically for students who already are or wish to become professional theatre directors. It is one of the most established directing courses in the U.K, with a mixture of workshops, projects and dialogues with visiting directors. MA/MFA Theatre Directing is open to students from around the world and students can also study individual modules, lasting approximately six weeks each. East 15 runs some modules overseas, most recently in Moscow, Thailand and Bali, involving specialist practical study in another cultural environment. Teaching is by a wide range of leading experienced directors and professional practitioners from the UK and overseas.

The MA runs for one year on a full-time basis and the MFA for 20 months. The MA/MFA is available part-time (maximum five years) and as short modules. Full-time students take four consecutive modules, followed by a three-month period of independent study at the end of which they present their dissertation or director’s workbook (MA) or take eight consecutive modules followed by a final production or written dissertation (MFA).

Part-time students can take any number of modules in a given term. Students will have the opportunity to select modules from a menu offered each academic year, from subjects including Shakespeare, Contemporary British Drama, Comedy, Musical Theatre and Opera, Physical Theatre, Techniques of Adaptation, Improvisation and Devising Techniques, Collaboration with Designers, The Artistic Director and Attachment (Assistant Director). Please note that not all modules are offered every year.

The MA/MFA in Theatre Directing at East 15; Is uniquely International Taught by leading industry professionals Modular in structure, giving students choice over which modules to take and when to take them A safe and encouraging environment to develop as a theatre artist Allows for regular collaboration with students from other courses at one of the UK's leading conservatoire

Applicant Information

MA/MFA Theatre Directing is open to applicants with a background in theatre directing or related fields and is specifically tailored to students seeking professional development in this area. It allows both intensive full-time study and part-time study with periods away for professional work.

The second year

MFA students take a second year in which they undertake a further selection of four modules and produce a written dissertation or practical directing project at one of East 15’s theatre spaces or a London theatre.

After East 15

Graduating students will direct professionally, function as artistic directors or teach directing in universities and conservatoires across the world.

Entry Requirements For This Course

Contact East 15 Acting School to find course entry requirements.

Postgraduate pathways and pre-masters at other institutions

If you do not meet the entry requirements for this course then consider one of these postgraduate preparation courses from another institution:

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