Screen - Directing

University of the Arts London (UAL)

12 months
22500 GBP/year
18400 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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A Drama Centre course at Central Saint Martins, the Screen - Directing programme from the University of the Arts London (UAL) trains you to inspire creative performance from actors on screen.


The Screen - Directing programme from the University of the Arts London (UAL) provides training for directors interested in character-led storytelling. The course will prepare you for work in film, television and related fields by bringing together the key skills required to produce high-quality, filmed drama. The course focuses on the importance of genre, casting and narrative. From storyboard to subtext, you will develop your own distinct artistic voice. 

As part of the Performance programme at Central Saint Martins, MA Screen: Directing offers the opportunity to collaborate with other courses and is delivered in close collaboration with MA Screen: Acting. On the course, you will develop an understanding of the director’s role as an accurate interpreter of scripts and how to tell stories through actors. Working with MA Screen: Acting, the course provides insight into acting methodologies and processes. This is designed to give you the necessary vocabulary and abilities to thrive in the industry.  

Alongside the technical demands of film-making, you will experience the acting process from both sides of the camera. With this training, you will develop the ability to understand and resolve acting problems. Integrating individual and group work, MA Screen: Directing promotes collaborative, joined-up thinking in the creative process of screen-based fiction. Teaching also encompasses a solid foundation in the skills needed to develop screenplays and work with screenwriters. 

The course maintains a balance between classes and projects, steadily increasing the level of independent learning. You will work on camera-related and screenwriting techniques, and study editing, text interpretation, sound creation and visual awareness. 

Why choose this course at Central Saint Martins

  • Collaboration: You will work closely with MA Screen: Acting students on camera-based projects throughout the course. Other recent collaborations include work with London College of Fashion, Trinity Laban and Wimbledon College of Art.
  • Visiting practitioners: These have included television directors Moira Armstrong and Richard Standeven; producers Greg Boardman, David Collier and Bernard Krichefski; cinematographers Paul Bond and Zillah Bowes; and screenwriters Danny Stack and John Wilsher.
  • From the reimagined to the original: Your work will include film and television scripts reworked for MA Screen: Acting students as well as original scripts, written in collaboration with MA Dramatic Writing students. Here, you will be encouraged to deal with current social and political themes.
  • Drama Centre: MA Screen: Directing originates from the unique approach and techniques developed by Drama Centre.

Careers and alumni

Our training equips you to work in drama realised on film, television and radio. Some MA Screen: Directing, Writing graduates have gone on to work on the stage. An impressive list of performers and a number of world-famous directors have emerged from courses at the Drama Centre London.

Alumni include Paul Bettany, Pierce Brosnan, Simon Callow, Frances de la Tour, Paola Dionisotti, Colin Firth, Tara Fitzgerald, Anastasia Hille, Geraldine James, Helen McCrory, Jack Shepherd, John Simm, Colin Tierney, Lambert Wilson, Penelope Wilton and many more.

Programme Structure

Acting and Directing Techniques 

  • This unit will allow you to develop your contextual, critical and research skills. You will be expected to work independently, and also with your peers in guided seminars and group discussions. 
The Skills of Film and Audio Production  
  • In Unit 2, you will work on acting, as well as directing and writing. The emphasis on the camera rather than a live audience will become increasingly apparent. You will collaborate with students on MA Screen: Acting and teaching will focus on the dynamics of working in a creative team.  
The Art of Film 
  • Unit 3 is project-based and will give you an opportunity to work with scripted material. You will produce short films based on sourced written material. You will direct the films, which will be workshopped with and acted by MA Screen: Acting students. As part of this unit, you will also be expected to study arts and business.   

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




180 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.

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).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • An honours degree in acting, drama, directing, theatre studies, dance or a relevant art and design discipline
  • Or an equivalent EU/international qualification.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    22500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 22500 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    18400 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18400 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.


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Screen - Directing
University of the Arts London (UAL)