MA Directing for Stage and Screen

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Start Date(s)




UCAS points will be updated soon

September 2024

  • Full time, 1 year
  • Part time, 2 years
  • On campus
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Start Date(s)




UCAS points will be updated soon

September 2024

  • Full time, 2 years
  • Part time, 4 years
  • On campus

Fees and Funding

Here's the fees and funding information for each year of this course

September 2024




Full time, 1 year
Per year.
Part time, 2 years
Per 30 credit module.
MFA, 2 years (full time)
Year 1 fees: £10,200 (180 credits). Year 2 fees: £6,800 (120 credits).
Full time, 1 year
Per year.
MFA, 2 years (full time)
Year 1 fees: £15,420 (180 credits). Year 2 fees: £10,280 (120 credits).




  • Core Modules

    Director and the Text

    This module will introduce you to a range of skills required in order to direct a piece of theatre in line with professional standards and rehearsal techniques.

    The module aims to enable you:

    • To understand how a scene functions and the director’s role in realising the scene into performance
    • To work collaboratively with a sense of company complicité
    • To encourage the interpretation of texts, ideas, and emotions through voice and body
    • To create and sustain an improvised rehearsal or performance
    • To understand the role of the director in the dramaturgical process
    • To understand the relationship between the director and other creative professionals in the performance process
    • To understand mise-en-scene
    • To read a lighting plan
    • To facilitate the use of the body in a free, safe and flexible manner
    • To facilitate an awareness of space
    • To understand the necessity of a warm up

    Narrative Cinema

    • To explore a variety of approaches to narrative filmmaking in different historical moments and cultural contexts.
    • To develop knowledge and skills to producing scripts for narrative film production.
    • To develop production skills relevant to developing and producing short narrative films.
    • To develop directorial skills in working with actors in the production of narrative films.
    • To interrogate theories of the production of meanings in moving image, and establish a working knowledge of dominant discourses.
    • To establish a working knowledge of the main genres, tendencies, and conventions of narrative cinema, and to develop a critical understanding of the role of independent filmmakers.
    • To develop film & video production skills in HD camera, lighting, sound, production management, crew dynamics and post-production software.

    MFA Professional Platform

    This module aims to facilitate students in creating and undertaking a professional platform for their creative work. Students will have supervised industry projects or placements related to their creative practice. Students will:

    • engage with the creative industries in a professional context related to their work.
    • create individual professional engagement plans with their supervisor and programme leader in order to meet the learning outcomes described in this module.

    Creative Practice

    As part of the final year in an MA/MFA pathway, this module is a supervised, independent, student-driven creative practice module, which offers students an extraordinary opportunity to develop their creative practice in depth and to complete a professional-standard, full-length creative output in their discipline. Students from a range of practice-based programmes will create individual practice-based research plans with their supervisor and programme leader in order to meet the learning outcomes described in this module. Students develop their own working practices with supervision by their named programme supervisor in order to explore and advance their projects and reflective components.


    This module will:

    • Offer individual students the opportunity to critically develop his or her own work in the context of a rigorous but supportive intellectual climate.
    • Encourage students to identify and explore those key contextual issues relevant to their artistic practice.
    • Guide students to critically evaluate their work and that of their peers in the context of contemporary professional artistic practice.
    • Enable students to achieve the highest possible standards in their work, so that MFA graduates have the confidence, maturity and intellectual and interpersonal skills necessary to function as successful creative practitioners.


    The module aims to:

    • Enable students to work with a significant level of autonomy in the production of a practice-based project
    • Enable students to produce a body of work that demonstrates a resolution of practice and critical understanding
    • Prepare students for the public presentation of work in collaboration with their peers and professionals in the field.
    • Allow students to confidently contextualise their own work within the parameters of contemporary art practices.
    • Further develop the ability to identify and formulate new critical insights into established practice
    • Further encourage informed critical reflection upon the relations between the student’s own practice and current issues within their discipline.


    Students are expected to demonstrate independence and 'ownership' in relation to their learning experience. In this focused environment each student learns how to organise and structure their working patterns in order to prepare themselves - both intellectually and practically - for the life of a professional practitioner in their chosen area. Each student, in conjunction with the programme team, will develop an individual learning plan and contract, which will stipulate the specific content of the creative practice involved in meeting the learning outcomes of the module.


    Performance Platform

    The aims of the module are to:

    • Provide you with the opportunity to pursue self-initiated work, which demonstrates a critical understanding of the approaches, practices and knowledge acquired earlier in the course.
    • Develop an advanced understanding of research methodology and project management for production-based work.
    • Provide you with the opportunity to develop production work to a high creative and technical standard.
    • Produce a written component that is based on critical reflection.
    Optional Modules

    The Moving Image

    This module aims to provides you with a range of research methods and skills necessary for undertaking media production-based work as part of your MA degree and be able to function in the media industries environment of the 21st century, with transferable skills and adaptability.

    The module aims to assist and encourage conceptual and technical experimentation and research work which maps the subject matter and the formal strategies to be employed, in the production of innovative source materials.

    The central concept of this module is the relationship between realistic limitations and imaginative innovation: limitation is seen not negatively, but as the dynamic contour of the release of creative energy, enabling artistic and aesthetic invention.



    This module introduces students to the script in a variety of forms. It explores the script’s function as a technical document, written by and for professionals. It discusses the various elements that scripts for different media require.

    Students will produce a portfolio of work in which they will apply the concepts and techniques introduced in the module to various scriptwriting styles. They will hone their critical skills through analyses of a variety of readings, as well as editorial input into the work of other students. They will also increase their own self-reflexivity through a written analysis of their voice and creative process.

    The skills introduced in this module will be developed in PA5030: Script Development in the second term.


    Mental Wealth: Practitioners and Praxis

    This module will provide you with the opportunity to develop an innovative practice as research methodology based on a strand of applied theatre research and to pursue self-initiated research based on an area of your choice leading to an outward-facing project. You will also produce and learn about the following: 

    • Digital profiles 
    • Artist / practitioner statements 
    • Funding 
    • Producing 
    • Running a theatre company
    • Community/audience engagement 




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The teaching team includes qualified academics, practitioners and industry experts as guest speakers. Full details of the academics will be provided in the student handbook and module guides.