On MA Screen: Directing, you will begin with classes before moving onto projects. Throughout, you will be expected to work independently with self-directed research. You will work extensively with students on MA Screen: Acting, analysing acting skills and techniques including voice and movement.
On the course, you will work in the Stanislavskian tradition, although there are additional approaches. During your studies, you will be asked to draw on your own memories and observations. At the end of each element of the course, you will be required to write a reflective journal summary. This is a key example of the practice-driven nature of MA Screen: Directing. All aspects of the curriculum are intended to trigger a liberal sense of enquiry which promotes personal development as well your professional directing skills.
For your professional preparation, there is a range of sessions with industry professionals to advise you in transitioning from the College into work.
Unit 1: 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.
Unit 2: 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.
Unit 3: 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.
Mode of study
MA Screen: Directing is offered in full-time mode which runs for 45 weeks over 12 months. You will be expected to commit 40 hours per week to study, which includes teaching time and independent study.
Credit and award requirements
The course is credit-rated at 180 credits.
On successfully completing the course, you will gain a Master of Arts (MA degree).
Under the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications, an MA is Level 7. All units must be passed in order to achieve the MA but the classification of the award is derived from the mark for the final unit only.
If you are unable to continue on the course, a Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert) will normally be offered following the successful completion of 60 credits, or a Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip) following the successful completion of 120 credits.