Literature, Drama and Creative Writing

MA THEATRE DIRECTING: TEXT AND PRODUCTION

Key details 

MA THEATRE DIRECTING: TEXT AND PRODUCTION

Start Year
2023
Attendance
Full Time
Award
Degree of Master of Arts
Duration (years)
1

Assessment for Year 1

You’ll be assessed through coursework (which could be an essay or a directorial or scriptwriting project) and creative project results. The balance of assessment by written and practical coursework is 50/50 on average, depending on your modules. 

For the practical core module, Text and Production: Scenework, in the autumn semester, you’ll be assessed through coursework and a written critical reflective essay. Each part will earn 50% of the module marks. The practical directing is with second year undergraduate actors in scenework throughout the module. 

Research and Methodology requires attendance and participation in visiting workshops and seminars, but only one submission; a proposition for your dissertation project, which forms the basis for an ongoing discussion throughout the year. 

The dissertation usually is completed by the middle of October of your second year. This develops your own interests in greater depth in concentrated study on a topic of your choice, as approved by the Course Director or other authorised person. Several versions of this exist, the most popular of which is the dissertation/production, which is a maximum of 90 minutes’ length public performance, with responsibility for all elements of stagecraft, technical and artistic direction taken by the student director and supervised by the module leader. Following the production and viva, the student will produce a 3500-word critical-reflective essay as a commentary on the aims, research and rehearsal experience of the production. The work will be attended where possible by the External Examiner, who will take part in a viva meeting following the submission. 

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Assessment for Year 1

You’ll be assessed through coursework (which could be an essay or a directorial or scriptwriting project) and creative project results. The balance of assessment by written and practical coursework is 50/50 on average, depending on your modules. 

For the practical core module, Text and Production: Scenework, in the autumn semester, you’ll be assessed through coursework and a written critical reflective essay. Each part will earn 50% of the module marks. The practical directing is with second year undergraduate actors in scenework throughout the module. 

Research and Methodology requires attendance and participation in visiting workshops and seminars, but only one submission; a proposition for your dissertation project, which forms the basis for an ongoing discussion throughout the year. 

The dissertation usually is completed by the middle of October of your second year. This develops your own interests in greater depth in concentrated study on a topic of your choice, as approved by the Course Director or other authorised person. Several versions of this exist, the most popular of which is the dissertation/production, which is a maximum of 90 minutes’ length public performance, with responsibility for all elements of stagecraft, technical and artistic direction taken by the student director and supervised by the module leader. Following the production and viva, the student will produce a 3500-word critical-reflective essay as a commentary on the aims, research and rehearsal experience of the production. The work will be attended where possible by the External Examiner, who will take part in a viva meeting following the submission. 

Clearing and Admissions Live Chat   
Register interest   
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Important Information

Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring and review of modules. Where this activity leads to significant change to a programme and modules, the University will endeavour to consult with affected students. The University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff. Availability of optional modules may be restricted owing to timetabling, lack of demand, or limited places. Where this is the case, you will be asked to make alternative module choices and you will be supported during this process.

Entry Requirements

Degree classification

Bachelors (Hons) degree - 2.2 or equivalent, or demonstrable theatre experience

Degree subject

Any subject

Additional entry requirements

As part of the admissions process, applicants will need to provide a 2000  word essay (in English). It can be something that is written specifically for this application or  an essay that you have written for another purpose (eg, your undergraduate degree). Your essay should demonstrate your ability to engage analytically, your familiarity with the conventions of academic writing, and your ability at writing in English.

Students for whom english is a foreign language

We welcome applications from students whose first language is not English. To ensure such students benefit from postgraduate study, we require evidence of proficiency in English. Our usual entry requirements are as follows:

  • IELTS: 7.0 (minimum 6.0 in each section and 7.0 in writing)

  • PTE (Pearson): 76 (minimum 64 in each section and 76 in writing)

Test dates should be within two years of the course start date.

Other tests, including Cambridge English exams and the Trinity Integrated Skills in English are also accepted by the university. The full list of accepted tests can be found here: Accepted English Language Tests

INTO UEA also run pre-sessional courses which can be taken prior to the start of your course. For further information and to see if you qualify please contact intopre-sessional@uea.ac.uk

Interviews

Promising candidates will be invited for an interview.  If you are living overseas, the interview may be undertaken by telephone or preferably by Skype at a mutually convenient time. 

Successful candidates will either be offered a place for the forthcoming academic year or a place for the following academic year (if it is felt that more time is needed to develop as a director). Once the forthcoming year is full candidates will be added to a reserve list with a guaranteed place for the following academic year if space does not become available.

Unsuccessful candidates are welcome to re-apply, though not within the same academic year. 

Intakes

This course is open to UK, EU and International applicants. The annual intake for this course is in September each year.

Course Reference Number: 6884538

Fees and Funding

Tuition fees for the Academic Year 2023/24 are: 

  • UK Students: £9,500 (full time) 

  • International Students: £19,800 (full time)

We estimate living expenses at £1,023 per month. 

Further Information on tuition fees can be found here

 

Scholarships and Bursaries 

The University of East Anglia offers a range of Scholarships; please click the link for eligibility, details of how to apply and closing dates. 

Course related costs

Please see Additional Course Fees for details of course-related costs.
Course Reference Number: 6884538

How to Apply

Applications for Postgraduate Taught programmes at the University of East Anglia should be made directly to the University.

To apply please use our online application form

Please note that places are limited on this course,  so please apply early to avoid any disappointment.  

FURTHER INFORMATION

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances prior to applying please do contact us:

Postgraduate Admissions Office
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515
Email: admissions@uea.ac.uk

International candidates are also encouraged to access the International Students section of our website.

Course Reference Number: 6884538
Key details
Attendance
Full Time
Award
Degree of Master of Arts
Duration (years)
1
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