UCEN Manchester

Degree level: Postgraduate
Awarded by: Sheffield Hallam University

Directing (Theatre Directing) (Taught)

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Course summary

This course is for students looking to develop their creative talents as a Theatre Director. Students will discover new techniques, such as pedagogical approaches and theory for actor coaching, as well as develop an understanding of the wider aspects of being a creative, such as marketing, research, and production management. A unique aspect of this course is the industry mentorship model, whereby each term the student will be supervised by a different industry mentor. This will enable the student to achieve a high level of personal, as well as subject-specific, development throughout the MA; it will also facilitate the undertaking of specialist projects within the modules offered on the course. The course is broken down into three parts. 1. Approaches In the first trimester, students will focus on new skills and approaches, such as research methodologies, rehearsal techniques, marketing and production management. The students will contextualise these new skills within their own disciplines and areas of interest. This trimester therefore lays the foundation for future projects and ensures a thorough grounding and awareness of all aspects of production prior to engaging in practice. 2. Collaboration In the second trimester students have the opportunity to engage in their practice in a collaborative, supportive environment. In the module ‘Developing New Work’ students will also develop an understanding and appreciate of current critical debates surrounding theatre and the dramaturgical process. They will gain further insight into the craft of directing by undertaking an ‘assistant’ role on a live brief on one of our many undergraduate projects with a professional theatre director. 3. The Professional In the final trimester students will apply the knowledge and understanding learnt in the previous trimesters into one large-scale project, taking responsibility for all aspects from pre-production onwards. This will culminate students presenting their work under professional conditions to a public audience and invited industry audience. This will provide opportunities to network and garner footage and material for their future portfolios.

Course details


Rehearsal Techniques Marketing Research for Creatives Developing New Work Assistant Director Final Major Project (Directing for Theatre)

Assessment method

The teaching and assessment methods will vary throughout the course. They include the following: • Supervisor Observation of rehearsals and feedback sessions. • In-house placements and mentorship with senior practitioners within the team. • Traditional lectures where the lecturer provides students with a framework for reading and independent study. • Small group tutorials and seminars where key issues and artistic concepts can be explored and discussed in more depth. Students are expected to play a full part, and occasionally, to lead these discussions. • Professional workshops where students will diversify their craft in their chosen field. • Production meetings, where students will observe professional communication skills and gain an understanding of working theatre relationships. • Independent study based on directed reading from textbooks and academic journals.

How to apply

International applicants

Unfortunately UCEN Manchester is unable to accept applications from anybody requiring a student visa to study in the UK

Entry requirements

Level 6 qualification at a 2:2 or above in a relevant subject. Professional experience will be considered in the application process.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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Additional fee information

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Provider information

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UCEN Manchester
Ashton Old Road
M11 2WH

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UCEN Manchester Clearing

0161 674 7777

Additional information

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Directing (Theatre Directing) at UCEN Manchester - UCAS