- Drama Production
Bristol Old Vic Theatre School has opted into the TEF and received a Gold award.
The Drama Directing MA has been specially designed to equip students with high-level skills and knowledge to work professionally as a drama director. You will gain experience of production preparation and rehearsal techniques, including dramaturgy and collaborating with designers and other key creatives. The course will build your knowledge, skills and confidence through workshops, classes and projects. You will develop your practice of assistant directing and directing through your own workshop productions of a new script written by one of the School’s MA Drama Writing students. There is a ‘permeable membrane’ between the Theatre School and the industry, so you will have the opportunity to learn from and work with high calibre professional practitioners as part of your training. A key feature of the course is that it integrates with other drama disciplines. As a result, supported by experienced staff you will be working alongside writing, acting, design and technical students. The School follows industry practice within its learning environment. You will be learning the protocols and processes involved in drama production by taking part in realised productions staged in professional theatre venues. You will be taught by School staff and experienced visiting industry professionals. The same approach is taken in the rehearsal room: you will be mentored as an assistant director by a professional director, learning within a structure that reproduces industry practice. You will learn by observation, by doing and from being steeped in the environment. You will develop a sophisticated understanding of the process of acting and of acting methodologies and techniques, enabling you to work confidently and appropriately with actors in different styles and genres and will have experienced the technical demands of mounting a theatre production. You will also have a thorough working knowledge of working with writers, designers, lighting designers, costume makers and stage-managers. You will graduate as a thoughtful, reflective and creative practitioner who is capable of making imaginative leaps and be an excellent collaborator, able to articulate ideas inspirationally and be sensitive to the values and creative contributions of others. Initial shortlisting is based on the information you provide in your application and as part of the selection process, you may also be required to complete a short questionnaire. Shortlisted applicants are invited to Bristol for an interview, normally with two members of the interviewing team. If successful, you may be required to attend a second-round (recall) audition.
During the application and audition process, you must select which instrument(s) you wish to specialise in for the duration of your course. On this course, you can choose from the following options:
Only one instrument is studied. It may be possible to study a further instrument formatively, but this will not contribute towards the qualification.
For all courses, you must select at least one specialism from the 'primary' list. For those studying primary/secondary pathways, two instruments may be selected – one from the 'primary' list and one from the 'secondary' list. Joint pathway students may select any two instruments from either list.
All modules are compulsory. Module number: UAMN8Y-45-M Module name: Scenic Painting Theory and Techniques (45 Credits) Module number: UAMN93-45 Module name: Applied Scenic Art (45 Credits) Module number: UAMN94-45-M Module name: Scenic Art Department Management (45 Credits) Module number: UAMN95-45-M Module name: Industry Engagement/Exhibition (45 Credits) Total 180 credits
There is continuous assessment of your drama directing skills, knowledge and understanding. All modules are assessed by coursework (meaning there are no exams). You will receive extensive feedback – written and oral – from teaching staff and visiting industry professionals. On the first module, The Director’s Toolkit, you will be assessed on two projects. The first is the Collaborative Project completed with an MA Performance Design student, involving a fifteen-minute presentation by you. The second element is a Notional Project: a forty-minute presentation to an industry panel of material in preparation for a theoretical production of a play. On the Assistant Directing module you will be assessed on the execution of the role of an assistant director on a theatre production, film or audio drama. You will also produce a detailed self-reflective journal relating to the production and your role as assistant director. The Directing Theatre module will be assessed from your choice of play through to its performance. Aspects of this will include artistic flair and judgement, use of the space, working with the cast and your leadership and management of the creative process. You will produce a critical reflection of the above. For Preparation for Employment for Directors you will produce a portfolio which will include critical reflection on your production experience as an assistant or lead director, a contacts database from your research into the industry, your own self-promotion material and a personal career plan. You are assessed on a pass or fail basis (meaning that degrees are undifferentiated).
*If you are an international applicant, or you are applying for a postgraduate course, or are choosing certain assessment locations, the 'on time' deadline may be later in the year - please contact the conservatoire directly.
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
The following entry points are available for this course:
Applicants would normally be expected to have an honours degree in a related subject area and it is essential that they have proven professional experience in one or more capacities within the entertainment industry. This could be in directing fringe productions, working as a performer or in stage management. Applicants should also have a clear understanding of theatre and individual creative ambitions. If English is not your first language, you will need to demonstrate English language proficiency through a relevant qualification, such as the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), which can also be used to satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) requirements. For MA Drama Directing, an overall score of 7.0 is normally required, with a minimum of 7.0 in each component of reading, writing, listening and speaking. All applicants will normally be interviewed by two members of staff. Recall interviews will include the Head of Course.
If English is not your first language, you will need to demonstrate English language proficiency through a relevant qualification, such as the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), which can also be used to satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) requirements. For MA Drama Directing, an overall score of 7.0 is normally required, with a minimum of 7.0 in each component of reading, writing, listening and speaking.
In the event of a successful assessment, applicants may be invited for a further interview prior to being made an offer.
Remote assessment recordings may be accepted in the event that you cannot attend an assessment in person.
|Location||On-time Fee||Late Fee|
|Online interview||No fee charged|
|Location||On-time Fee||Late Fee|
|Online interview||No fee charged|
Initial shortlisting is based on the information you provide in your application and as part of the selection process, you may also be required to complete a short questionnaire. Shortlisted applicants are invited to Bristol for an interview, normally with two members of the interviewing team. If successful, you may be required to attend a second-round (recall) audition.
|Northern Ireland||£11400||Whole course|
|Channel Islands||£11400||Whole course|
|Republic of Ireland||£11400||Whole course|