48 months
51978 USD/year
51978 USD/year
Tuition fee
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As one of the few undergraduate directing programs in the United States, the Directing program from Pace University connects you with the industry like no other. Based in New York, with a semester abroad, directing students train with some of the best professionals in the creation of new work.

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Theory and Practice

As part of the International Performance Ensemble (I.P.E.), the training process is project-oriented and gives you the possibility of collaborating closely with fellow students, actors, designers, playwrights, dramaturges, and technicians.

You will develop a distinctive voice and perspective through hands-on experience for work in both commercial and not-for-profit theater as well as creating and touring with projects around the world.

Students spend their fifth semester at the Institute of the Arts Barcelona in Sitges, Spain. You will complete Pace University academic requirements while training in European-based methods.

Add Opportunities

The Directing program from Pace University is a selective and one-of-kind program that develops a student’s skills in directing existing texts and creating devised work while being grounded in an interdisciplinary liberal arts foundation. As part of the International Performance Ensemble (I.P.E.), training is project-oriented and provides you multiple opportunities to collaborate closely with actors, designers, stage managers, and technicians. Students in the BA Directing major are mentored in fundamental principles of the director's role in the life of a production from analysis and concept through rehearsal techniques and realization. You will take classes in directing, acting, movement, theater history, script analysis, stage management, and much more. 

Directors are encouraged to experiment with directing as an interdisciplinary form through a multiplicity of styles, genres, spaces, and technologies. In your fifth semester, you will study abroad at the Institute of the Arts Barcelona (IAB) in Sitges, Spain. While at IAB, students complete their academic requirements while training in conservatory classes in European theater methods and directorial approaches. Over the four years, BA Directing students develop a distinctive voice and vision through hands-on exploration of craft and process. 

The senior year concentrates on each student’s artistic goals in order to create a successful and fulfilling career. The culminating Directing Spotlight is an opportunity to present work to a select panel of industry professionals who give individualized artistic feedback and guidance.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Acting 
  • Movement 
  • Performance Ensemble
  • Script Analysis for BA Actor and Director
  • Directing for BA Director
  • World Theater

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


128 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Application & Fee
  • Identification
  • Letters of Recommendation - Two letters of recommendation from a teacher or counselor who knows you well and can attest to your academic potential and personal characteristics.  
  • A Written Essay/Personal Statement - One essay/personal statement, approximately 250-650 words in length, which will assist the Admission Committee in reviewing your application. The essay/personal statement you submit must consist solely of your own original work. 
  • Official Test Scores - Official test scores and other educational materials must be sent directly from the testing authority or institution.
  • Official Transcripts - Official transcripts, diplomas, and leaving examination scores from secondary and post-secondary schools (in English). 

Tuition Fee

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    51978 USD/year
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  • National

    51978 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 51978 USD per year during 48 months.

Living costs for New York City

1819 - 3968 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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