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MA Screen: Directing, Writing - Drama Centre London

Course Description


This intensive course gives you a unique insight into an actors conservatoire training, giving the director the intellectual and artistic tools to better communicate and stimulate a creative performance from actors on film. Directing means working with performers and developing a methodology that balances the needs of the actor against the grinding pressure of the shooting process. This course equips and enables the director to find their own voice whilst developing the skills needed to balancing these difficult demands. During the course you will work closely with the acting cohort developing your directors voice and vision to tell story through narrative drama, focusing on an understanding on the importance of genre, casting and story telling with the actor.

Please note: recruitment to the Writing pathway is currently suspended.


This postgraduate course prepares you for work in film and television and related fields by bringing together the key artistic disciplines and skills needed to make high quality filmed drama. You will explore in detail Stanilavisky's unique scene study methodology which lies at the heart of Drama Centre’s conservatoire training. From storyboard to working on the subtext with the actors on set you will be enabled to develop your own distinct artistic voice.

At the heart of MA Screen: Directing, Writing is the growth of individual creativity, achieved through constant opportunities for working on camera-based projects with colleagues from other pathways. You will work on two filmed productions, in our film studio and on location. Supported by a professional producer, director of photography and editor. You will take an active part in a Mike Leigh type devising project where you will help shape the story's stimulated by the characters that the actors develop over nine weeks of intense rehearsal. You will understand the rhythm of a working film set and develop the confidence to use your own voice on future projects, confident in the knowledge that you know how to work creatively with actors. You will be given in depth preparation for the profession including interview technics and wide range of lectures from visiting professionals, such as agents, casting directors, working producers and directors.

Distinctive features of MA Screen: Directing, Writing are:

An insight into actors' conservatoire training

A performance-led approach to recorded drama

A company operating model

The acquisition of a deep understanding of the processes leading to the creation of high quality films

A quasi-professional learning model that prepares you for direct entry to the world of work

The realisation of new writing or adaptations through performance-led models

A focus on the technical aspects of production

A mentoring scheme connecting students with experienced professionals.


MA Screen: Directing, Writing lasts 45 weeks over 12 months and is structured as units - class-based to begin with, but increasingly project-geared over time. This postgraduate course is intensive. You'll be expected to commit 40 hours per week to classes, rehearsals and shoots, and to your own independent preparation and learning.

Visit the MA Screen: Directing, Writing - Drama Centre London page on the University of the Arts London website for more details!

Student Profiles

UAL Postgraduate Funding and Scholarships Schemes - 20+ Awards

University of the Arts London is pleased to offer a number of scholarships to those wishing to study at postgraduate level.
These awards are funded by generous private donations, company donations, philanthropic charities and University funds. The scholarships range from fee waivers to full support for a year or more.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Up to £25,000


To see whether you are eligible for one of our postgraduate scholarships, visit the UAL website by following the link below.

Application Procedure

To find out whether you are eligible for one of our postgraduate scholarships, or to see details of application procedures and application forms, visit the UAL website by following the link below.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Degree or a Level 3 Diploma from a recognised professional drama or dance school; OR an Honours degree in a discipline outside performance plus demonstrable performance-related experience, either professionally or within an amateur or student context; OR at least three years' professional experience as performer, director or writer. All classes are conducted in English. The standard English language requirement for entry is IELTS 7.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in any one paper, or equivalent.

Course Fees

£14,900. Home/EU, £18,000 International, alumni receive a £1,000 discount.

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