Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

This degree offers a professionally recognised training for theatre directors. It is the result of a unique collaboration between Birkbeck and the National Council for Drama Training, Arts Council England, Equity and the Theatrical Management Association. The programme has been planned in close co'operation with a wide range of distinguished theatre practitioners. It equips students to develop careers as theatre directors in the UK, although some graduates successfully work abroad and in a range of media.

Course Modules

Year 1: 1 term is spent at a leading drama school, learning how actors are trained for today's theatre; intensive units will concentrate on the director's relationship with the designer and the writer, and offer a practical understanding of how theatre companies and pieces of work are funded and managed; year 2 enables you to develop your skills as a director through secondment to a theatre company (or companies). During the secondment you are given a number of opportunities to work as a director with actors and other appropriate collaborators in the creation of theatre pieces. In the final term of the degree, students reassemble as a group to acquire practical knowledge and skills that will enable them to begin their careers as independent artists.

Course Additional Entry

Either a minimum second'Class Honours degree from a UK university (or a directly comparable qualification from a non'UK university), together with some significant experience of professional or professional'level theatre; or an undergraduate' or postgraduate'level diploma from a recognised UK drama school (or a directly comparable qualification from a non'UK drama school), together with some significant experience of professional or professional'level theatre (normally 3 years); or extensive professional experience. If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, the requirement for this programme is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 7.5, with not less than 6.5 in each of the sub'tests and at least 7.0 in writing.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
2 years
Full Time
MFA £13,750  Academic year. First year overseas fees
2 years
Full Time
MFA £6,950  Academic year. First year home fees