It provides an opportunity to develop your directing practice through an active engagement with critical thinking so that you will have the tools to become an independent creative artist in the industry.
The diversity of our student intake is our course’s strength. It’s open to those with professional as well as academic experience.
As well as taking part in master classes by visiting professional artists, you will learn from and work with staff who are both academics and professional practitioners with industry knowledge.
You will study a broad range of approaches to performance-making from traditional text-based work to intercultural and digital performance and contemporary devising.
We teach you at our brand new performing arts building in Stratford with its industry-standard studios and theatre production spaces. Beyond the university, you will also have the opportunity to show your work in professional venues.
Your future career
The work you will be doing with theatre professionals and the constructive help and advice you will receive from professional actors throughout your Theatre Directing course, offered by University of East London, is all geared towards helping you establish yourself in the industry.
Your final degree show will act as your showcase to attract agents and develop your professional networks.
By having your own mentor in the last six months of your course, you will not only gain important insight and advice about the technical aspects of acting but you will receive invaluable help in developing important contacts.
Because our Staging Performance module is mentored by a theatre company, this could also open doors to performing your own work. It certainly has for previous students.
We believe our course helps nurture independent-minded, creative individuals – people like Tom Drayton, who graduated in 2014, has set up his own theatre company and is also busy with freelance work, including running workshops for children.
He produced the first ever free production of Sondheim's Sweeney Todd on the Edinburgh Fringe and, during his UEL studies, he directed and produced the acclaimed Twentysomething: a reading list, which focused on the plight of recent arts graduates following the economic recession.
More informationVisit official programme website
- Director Training
- Performance Laboratory
- Staging Performance
- Research Methods
- 12 months
- 24 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Deadline passed, International
DisciplinesManagement, Organisation & Leadership Theatre & Dance View 174 other Masters in Theatre & Dance in United Kingdom
- Minimum 2.1 Honours in Theatre/Performance studies or related subject
- We would normally expect you to have Grade C in GCSE English and Maths. All suitable applicants are required to attend an interview.
International13200 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 13200 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
EU/EEA8820 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 8820 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
Part-time UK/EU: £1,470 per 30 credit module
£10,000 to fund your Masters Programme under the Postgraduate Loans (PGL) scheme
Postgraduate Loans (PGL)
The Postgraduate Loan (PGL) provide non means-tested loans of up to £10,000 to taught and research masters students. It will be paid to students as a contribution towards tuition fees, living costs and other course costs.
Applications are made directly through Student Finance England
Whether you qualify depends on:
- if you’ve studied on a postgraduate course before
- your course
- your age
- your nationality or residency status
Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.
Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.
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