• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
London, United Kingdom
The MA Directing is a four year integrated Masters course at the University of the Arts London (UAL) which equips you with the artistic and technical skills suitable for work or for further training in theatre, film, television and radio. Working closely with BA Acting, the course gives you a deep understanding of the acting process and a common language with performers.
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MA Directing at University of the Arts London (UAL) focuses on directing for both the theatre and recorded media (film, television and radio). It provides an in-depth study of the art of the actor so that future directors will have an organic understanding of the acting process and a common language with performers. Initially the directing course is integrated with MA Acting at Drama Centre London, but subsequently students focus more specifically on subjects related to directing.

MA Directing offers you developing opportunities to work with actors:
  • in the first place, by acting alongside them and observing actors at work
  • at more advanced stages, through undertaking increasingly complex assistant director functions
  • finally, by directing fellow students in a number of projects.


MA Directing aims to deepen your awareness of the profession in all its aspects, including the risks and uncertainties associated with the directing life. In addition to your education and training as an director, we offer education and training for life and work through our personal and professional development programmes.

Many ex-students of Drama Centre London have become successful actors and directors, or have become professionally involved in the wider creative worlds of theatre and the recorded media.

Graduates of the Directing Course at Drama Centre London include artistic Directors of the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatres of Greece, Iran, Israel and Portugal, as well as distinguished freelance directors in theatre, film and television. More recently, graduates of the BA Directing course went on to work for leading companies soon after graduation, including:
  • The Arcola Theatre, London and the Trafalgar Studios (West End)
  • The National Theatre Studio
  • The Burgtheater, Vienna
  • Cheek by Jowl Theatre Company
  • The Crucible Theatre, Sheffield
  • The Royal Shakespeare Company

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    360 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Course structure: 

  • In Year One as well as taking specialised classes in Directing theory and practice you will learn the essential skills of the actor through a series of practical classes in acting, voice, movement, movement psychology and ballet. 
  • In Year Two you will examine the role of the director as an author, and concentrate on the structures that sustain storytelling and not narrative performance.
  • In Year Three you develop your interpretative skills and control of your creative resources, through rehearsal exercises, radio drama recordings and film shoots.
  • In Year Four you will advance your thinking and practice through a series of complex academic and artistic challenges. You will develop key skills for the producing of your work including training in fundraising and marketing.

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements

Entry requirementsOne or a combination of the following accepted full level 3 qualifications:

  •   2 A Levels at grades C or above
  •   Pass in Foundation Diploma in Performance (Level 3 or 4) and 1 A Level at grade C or above
  •  Access to Higher Education Diploma
  • Or equivalent EU/International qualifications, such as International Baccalaureate Diploma

And three GCSE passes at grade 4 or above (grade A*-C).

Entry to this course will also be determined by interview and practical work.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    19930 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 19930 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for London

  • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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