University of East Anglia UEA

University of East Anglia UEA

Theatre Directing (Text and Production)

The founding principle of this programme is to establish a firm connection between the academic or critical study of dramatic texts and the director�s working with actors. We do this by, on the 1 hand, refusing to separate theatrical theory or literary reading from performance (the texts are scripts) and, on the other, by refusing to separate �performance art� or �physical� theatre from working in detail with texts, verse and language. We do not isolate theory from practice, but, often working in the Studio, search continually for the points of intersection between the verbal, emotional and the physical, both practically, and via the 2 concepts of speech acts and scenic structure.

Entry requirements

Good Honours degree at minimum 2.1 standard or equivalent required. All applicants who are not a British national and/or whose 1st language is not English will need to demonstrate a suitable level of English language proficiency. This is equivalent to an IELTS 7.0 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in all components and 7.0 in writing, although we do accept many other types of qualifications or tests. In accordance with the UK Border Agencies Tier 4 visa guidelines, we will also waive the English language requirement for applicants who meet the defined nationality test or who have completed a degree level course in 1 of the listed countries. For a full list of these, as well as the qualifications / tests that we will consider, please visit our website.

Course modules

Core modules: Text and Production: scene class; postmodernism in performance; the drama dissertation. Optional modules include: adaptation and interpretation; critical theories of the western self; plus other courses offered by the Faculty or Arts and Humanities.

Assessment methods

Modules are assessed by coursework, which may include presentations, performances, and/or essays. For the dissertation, students will pursue 1 of a number of personally chosen modes of practical research independently, culminating in either a written dissertation, a public production, or various combinations of the 2. The evidence of practical research must be the equivalent of the 15000 word written dissertation demanded by the other MA courses.

Sponsorship information

A range of scholarships and bursaries are available for UK, EU and international students; please see the website for full details.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 6,000 per Whole course (home fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 12,900 per Whole course (overseas fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 6,000 per Whole course (EU fees) 1 years
MA Part-time £ 6,000 per Whole course (home fees) 2 years
MA Part-time £ 12,900 per Whole course (overseas fees) 2 years
MA Part-time £ 6,000 per Whole course (EU fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of East Anglia Norwich NR4 7TJ East of England

Key information

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