Birkbeck, University of London
Either a minimum second-Class Honours degree from a UK university (or a directly comparable qualification from a non-UK university), together with some significant experience of professional or professional-level theatre; or an undergraduate- or postgraduate-level diploma from a recognised UK drama school (or a directly comparable qualification from a non-UK drama school), together with some significant experience of professional or professional-level theatre (normally 3 years); or extensive professional experience. If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, the requirement for this programme is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 7.5, with not less than 6.5 in each of the sub-tests and at least 7.0 in writing.
Year 1 enables you to acquire an informed experience, knowledge and understanding of the work of the professional director with key collaborators such as actors, writers and designers. You will also be introduced to the current structural and financial realities of working as directors in the industry. One term is spent at a leading drama school, learning how actors are trained for today's theatre. Intensive units with leading professionals, including members of the RSC's voice and movement departments, and leading practitioners such as Mike Leigh, Mike Alfreds, Vicki Mortimer and Simon Stephens, will concentrate on the director's relationship with the designer and the writer, and offer a practical understanding of how theatre companies and pieces of work are funded and managed.
Year 2 enables you to develop your skills as a director through secondment to a theatre company (or companies). During the secondment you are given a number of opportunities to work as a director with actors and other appropriate collaborators in the creation of theatre pieces. In the final term of the degree, students reassemble as a group to acquire practical knowledge and skills that will enable them to begin their careers as independent artists.
Collaborating theatre companies will be drawn from a group of committed organisations. This group currently includes: the Royal Exchange Manchester, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Sheffield Theatres, the Citizens Theatre Glasgow, Home Manchester, Birmingham Rep, the Lyric Theatre Hammersmith and Paines Plough.
Course Induction (MFA Theatre Directing): Unit A;
The Director and Directing: Dissertation;
The Director and Production: Dissertation;
The Director and the Actor: Unit B;
The Director and the Author: Unit D;
The Director and the Designer: Unit E;
The Director and the Industry: Unit F.
A combination of oral presentations with supporting material; practical exercises; the assessment of your practice as a director by peer and leading practitioners; and a final dissertation.
|Qualification||Study mode||Start month||Fee||Course duration|
|MFA||Full-time||October 2016||GBP 6,950 per Year 1 (EU)||2 years|
|MFA||Full-time||October 2016||GBP 6,950 per Year 1 (England)||2 years|
|MFA||Full-time||October 2016||GBP 13,750 per Year 1 (International)||2 years|
|MFA||Full-time||October 2016||GBP 6,950 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland)||2 years|
|MFA||Full-time||October 2016||GBP 6,950 per Year 1 (Scotland)||2 years|
|MFA||Full-time||October 2016||GBP 6,950 per Year 1 (Wales)||2 years|
|MFA||Full-time||September 2017||-||2 years|
|Campus name||Town||Postcode||Region||Main campus||Campus||Partner|
|Bloomsbury Campus||Bloomsbury||WC1E 7HX||South East|
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