MA THEATRE DIRECTING

Validated by University of East Anglia

MA THEATRE DIRECTING
Validated by University of East Anglia

One year (full-time)

Our MA in Theatre Directing is an intensive, practical course for prospective theatre directors.

Mountview’s Theatre Directing students have gone on to work for the UK’s leading theatre companies, in the West End and on Broadway. Graduates have a reputation for clarity, imaginative engagement and leadership and include Artistic Director of the Donmar Warehouse Michael Longhurst, Joe Murphy (Woyzeck Old Vic), Maria Aberg (Dr Faustus RSC, Little Shop of Horrors Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre) and Iqbal Khan (Antony and Cleopatra RSC)

Teaching is led by Peter James CBE, co-founder of Liverpool Everyman, former Artistic Director of Sheffield Theatres, Lyric Hammersmith and Principal Emeritus of LAMDA. Peter is supported by resident and freelance staff and leading professional theatre practitioners from various disciplines.

The core principle is to develop the unique voice of each student director.

The course takes place over 45 weeks split into three terms. It blends lectures, seminars and workshops with practical work as a director – both assisting professional directors and leading on film and theatre projects. What makes Mountview’s course stand out is that in the third term each student directs his or her own public showcase production, working with a producer, designer and a paid cast.

All modules are compulsory. There is continuous assessment and students have regular tutorials with the course leader throughout the course, supporting module elements and working towards their self-developed MA public directing project. This project is backed up with a written dissertation.

This course will run subject to re-approval by the University of East Anglia (UEA). This means the course is currently going through UEA’s process to confirm the course will lead to a UEA award.  Course re-approval will take place between May 2020 and June 2020 and is expected to be confirmed by July/August 2020.

Course Content

2019/20 Term Dates
Autumn term 
2 September – 6 December 2019
Spring term 6 January – 3 April 2020
Summer term 6 April – 25 July 2020
Writing up period 27 July – 4 September 2020

Modules

• The actor’s process

• Rehearsal  techniques (actor & text)

• Structure of dramatic writing

• Developing an approach

• Theatre history project

2019/20 Term Dates
Autumn term 
2 September – 6 December 2019
Spring term 6 January – 3 April 2020
Summer term 6 April – 25 July 2020
Writing up period 27 July – 4 September 2020

Modules

• Rehearsal techniques (devising)

• Working with movement

• Developing an approach

• Theatre history project

• Interpretation and realisation

• Collaborating with design & production

• Production planning & processes

• Public production one

• Dramaturgy project

2019/20 Term Dates
Autumn term 
2 September – 6 December 2019
Spring term 6 January – 3 April 2020
Summer term 6 April – 25 July 2020
Writing up period 27 July – 4 September 2020

Modules

• Rehearsal techniques (staging)

• Interpretation & realisation

• Collaborating with design & production

• Dramaturgy project

• Public production two

Fees

  • Application Fee
  • Free
  • 2020/21 UK/EU Students Course Fee
  • £14,280
  • 2020/21 International Students Course Fee
  • £17,510
  • Additional Costs (e.g. cultural trips)
  • £100
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Fees are subject to annual review. One term’s notice will be given of any increases.

Mountview works with all students to discuss funding options.

Funding and Scholarships

My time at Mountview was inspiring, challenging and empowering: I started the year with a very raw and uninformed passion for directing (that was, in reality, little more than an enthusiastic student hobby coupled with ambition) – and finished it well prepared to enter the profession...

Michael Longhurst - Mountview Alumnus (Artistic Director, Donmar Warehouse)

Entry requirements

Admission onto the course is by interview. Applicants must be aged 21 years or over at the start of the course. Students who do not hold an undergraduate degree will need to undertake an access assignment to establish suitability for undertaking the MA.

If an applicant’s first language is not English, and they have not been taught in English or studied to A Level standard in the UK, they will need to demonstrate an acceptable minimum level of competence through the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) (Band 6.5).

Mountview welcomes applications from people with disabilities and is keen to support all applicants to achieve their best. If applicants have any special requirements or access needs, these should be discussed with the course leader/administrator.

Mountview is committed to a comprehensive policy of equal opportunities for students in which individuals are selected and treated on the basis of their relevant merits and abilities. No applicant will receive less or more favourable treatment on grounds of sex, age, ethnic origin, disability, religion and marital/parental status or any comparable grounds.

Interview information

Candidates are invited to Mountview for an interview with the Head of Programme at which they discuss their previous experience, interests and influences. There is no application fee. Please be aware that due to the limited amount of places available, this course may become full before June 1st 2020 and in this event applications will close early. Please apply earlier to avoid disappointment.

 

Auditions and Interviews
2020 Prospectus