Theatre Directing (Text and Production) at University of East Anglia UEA - UCAS

University of East Anglia UEA

Degree level: Postgraduate
Awarded by: University of East Anglia

Theatre Directing (Text and Production) (Taught)

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Course summary

Overview Kick-start your directing or criticism career with one of the UK’s longest established Theatre Directing Master’s courses. You’ll learn from leaders in directing, actor-training, contemporary writing, adaptation and dramaturgy. In addition to faculty expertise, you’ll benefit from visiting professionals and theatre practitioners throughout the year, creating an unparalleled balance of philosophical, technical and practical learning. You’ll also have opportunities to take short placements and work-shadowing with regional and national companies and venues. UEA boasts a truly interdisciplinary approach, with the chance to collaborate with postgraduate students and tutors from more than one School. Whether you want to pursue a career as a theatre-maker or director, or continue in academic research, this course is for you. About This Course The MA Theatre Directing at UEA is one of the longest established in the UK. Each year we select only a very small number of Theatre Directing students – creating a close, collaborative environment. This is a highly intensive year’s work, balancing the advancement of your intellectual frames of reference for understanding modern theatre, with continual, hands-on opportunities to test and develop your practical skills. Collaboration with fellow students is key – and you’ll gain from working with undergraduate actors throughout the year. You’ll have the chance to study and interrogate the legacy of post-war British theatre, and pass exams qualifying you to climb the studio’s tallescope to change a lantern. You’ll encounter critical studies in contemporary theatre practice whilst working with acting students, to sharpen your directorial skills in workshops, scene classes and productions. Your optional studies include world-class modules in scriptwriting, theatre and radical dramaturgies, television and society, adaptation and interpretation. Exciting recent additions include optional modules in Contemporary World Theatre and Contemporary Theatre-Making, Production and Devising. You’ll showcase your development and learning through your final dissertation – which could take the form of a full production, a written research or creative project, or a bespoke combination of any of these. On graduating from this MA, you’ll be equipped with both the skills and the vocabulary to direct actors with confidence, and to bring conceptual creativity to your work in the technical and plastic elements of the stage. You’ll be ready to apply for assistant director positions in major companies and to go out and make work of your own for small and medium-scale venues, including a knowledge of funding processes and management. You’ll also be able to critically analyse written and performed work with insight into theatre methodologies and theatre-making practices. This makes you well-placed to move into an academic or journalistic career. Disclaimer Course details are subject to change. You should always confirm the details on the provider's website:


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Assessment method

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Entry requirements

Degree classification: Bachelors degree – 2.2 or equivalent   Degree subject: Literary or Humanities

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)7minimum 7.0 in Writing and 6 in other components

English Foreign Language: Applications from students whose first language is not English are welcome. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading):   Test dates should be within 2 years of the course start date. We also accept a number of other English language tests. Review our English Language Equivalencies for a list of qualifications that we may accept to meet this requirement.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9975* Whole course
England £9975* Whole course
Northern Ireland £9975* Whole course
Scotland £9975* Whole course
Wales £9975* Whole course
International £21200* Whole course

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

Additional fee information

Tuition fees are reviewed annually and subject to increase. Some fees are regulated by the UK government and will be changed in line with advice from them. For further information about additional costs for your course and information on fee status please see our website.

Sponsorship information

The School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing has a number of scholarships and bursaries available for Home, EU and Overseas students. Further details can be found on the School website.

Theatre Directing (Text and Production) at University of East Anglia UEA - UCAS