University of Washington

36 months
18978 USD/year
10588 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Directing program at the University of Washington School of Drama is a three year intensive, conservatory program designed to prepare students for successful entry into the professional theatre. 

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The faculty of the Professional Director Training Program seek directing students with demonstrated talent and clear potential for absorbing the skills required of a first rate theatre director. We look for students with an instinct for telling stories visually, who have a grasp of the actor's and designers' processes, who have a passion for ideas, language, visual art, music and a solid foundation in dramatic literature and theory; in short, we are looking for those who will become tomorrow's leading directors.

The Directing program at the University of Washington is based on the premise that the best training for directors is to direct under the guidance of several master teachers.

The classes and training include work in a range of types and styles of dramatic work including realistic, nonrealistic, classical and contemporary plays. The overall aim of the program is to provide students with the practical skills necessary to reveal, clearly and fully, the potential of any given text. By the time they finish their degree we expect them to be effective collaborators with actors and designers. We also strive to enable our students to expand their artistic ideas in a way that provides them with a basis for a life-long determination to fulfill and effectively reveal their artistic ideas.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Directing Seminar
  • Suzuki and Viewpoints
  • Acting Process
  • Design Studio
  • Clowning, Games, and Play
  • Yoga/Contact
  • Text Analysis

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS or TOEFL needed


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
120 (required)
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Directing application form and $60 fee - You may pay with check or money order, payable to UW School of Drama, or with credit card.. This fee is separate from that due to the Office of Graduate Admissions (see B below).
  • A current résumé of training and experience in your field.
  • A statement of purpose including educational and professional goals.
  • Three letters of recommendation. Each recommendation must state whether the letter is or is not available for review by the applicant. These may be sent directly to the School of Drama or included in your application.
  • One set of unofficial transcripts.
  • A directorial analysis of a play or opera 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    18978 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9489 USD per semester and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    10588 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5294 USD per semester and a duration of 36 months.


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