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MFA Theatre Directing, Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #251 (WUR) ,
This is a unique professional course that has been designed specifically for those who already are or wish to become professional theatre directors.


MA/MFA Theatre Directing is open to students from around the world and students can also study individual modules, lasting approximately six weeks each. East 15 runs some modules overseas, most recently in Moscow, Thailand and Bali, involving specialist practical study in another cultural environment. Teaching is by a wide range of leading experienced directors and professional practitioners from the UK and overseas.

MA/MFA Theatre Directing is open to applicants with a background in theatre directing or related fields and is specifically tailored to those seeking professional development in this area. It allows both intensive full-time study and part-time study (for UK and EU students due to visa restrictions) with periods away for professional work.

Programme Structure

Year 1
  • Contemporary British Drama (optional)
  • Brecht and His Influences (optional)
  • The Techniques of Adaptation (optional)
  • Collaboration with Designers (optional)
  • Attachment (Assistant Director) (optional)
  • Directing in Drama Schools/Universities (optional)
  • The Artistic Director (optional)
  • Independent Directing Project (optional)
  • Theatre of the East (Field Study Option) (optional)
  • Shakespeare (optional)
  • Music Theatre (optional)
  • Stanislavskian Acting Methodology (optional)

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

Our applicants need to undertake a successful audition or video audition, plus have a first degree of Upper Second Class or suitable previous life and/or professional expertise.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    13800 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13800 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    12650 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12650 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.
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