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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Creative Arts & Design

  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    Full-Time: 1 Year, Part-Time: 2 Years

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees

    UK/EU (2018 entry): £7,195, NON-EU: £13,900
    Fees are subject to change see website for full information.

  • Last Updated

    04 September 2018

Course content

This postgraduate directing course is for directors of theatre and live performance. You will be given the opportunity to direct productions in our theatres on campus and in Bath, whilst also working with a range of the MA and BA Acting and Drama students.

Our MA Directing programme helps you build a portfolio of performance experiences as part of Bath Spa University’s diverse theatre productions. From developing small companies, to managing large scale productions, and from classical to contemporary theatre, you’ll get a broad and advanced understanding of working in theatre today.

You’ll explore approaches to directing both through seminars and practical work. Alongside this you’ll develop an advanced understanding of actor training. We’ll be dedicated to your individual development. You’ll receive support through tutorials and will embark on your own production work.


In the first trimester, the production module will support you as both director and actor as you work on selected speeches and scenes while also collaborating on larger productions. You will also conduct a small research project and learn about MA level research methods.

In the second trimester, the second production modules gives you the opportunity to create original work, working either with your own chosen cast or with a university or professional production. You will also undertake projects in professional engagement, with opportunities to work with professional actors and directors.

In the third trimester, you can choose to undertake a more traditional written dissertation, a performance based dissertation or a mixture of the two. You might direct a production, lead workshops, or research into areas relating to directing as part of your dissertation.

For more information on course structure and modules please refer to our website.


The degree is delivered through a variety of workshops, lectures, seminars, master classes, off-site visits, performance and production work, and through the Virtual Learning Environment, Minerva. We get professional actors and directors in to work with you; we have ever-expanding list of lecturers, specialists, artists and guest scholars.


Assessments could include performances, essays, literature reviews, written documentation of work, presentations, portfolios, leading workshops, written evaluations, rehearsal and practice blogs, written dissertations, practical dissertation projects, and critical play reviews.

For more information on teaching and assessment methods, please go to the Course Webpage.


We currently give all students the opportunity to take part in a two week residency at Shakespeare's Globe. You’ll benefit from intensive, full-time training, leading to a production on the Globe’s stage.

You’ll have the opportunity to see a lot of theatre, as well as visit museums and theatres. Previous destinations have included Bath, Bristol, Stratford-upon-Avon and London. Other field trips may give you the chance to work with professional theatre groups and actors; we’ve previously rented studios in London for this purpose.

For more information on opportunities, please go to our website.

Visit the MA Directing page on the Bath Spa University website for more details!





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