The MA Directing course will aim to provide students with practical work relevant skills, with teaching delivered by industry professional tutors.
The role of the Director demands a range of inventive, technical and leadership skills in the realisation of film and small screen content. The MA Directing course is an intensive practical course that will add depth to the students’ techniques and knowledge, whilst allowing them to regularly produce filmed content with the guidance of industry professional tutors and staff.
This MA course is designed to give students a comprehensive grasp of what would be expected of a multi-faceted Director in today’s industry, from managing the technical team, casting and guiding actors and delivering content within their own distinctive vision. Students will be challenged and guided through workshops and on-set training to develop a distinctive directing style.
Additional topics covered include the life and work of a director, fundamentals of dramaturgy, the role of improvisation, script analysis and preparation, a survey of directing techniques, breaking down scripts, scene analysis, and the role of the creative team.
MA Directing is delivered over three phases. These phases act as key learning blocks, equipping students with the skills they will require to work within today's screen content industries. See below for information on each of the 3 phases of this course.
Phase 1 starts with the 'Induction Lab', which is a practical and comprehensive exploration of core filmmaking skills, industry knowledge and creative practice.
By the end of this training, students will have developed their essential technical skills and conceptual understanding of screen content.
This is followed by Directing Boot Camp, which covers the key creative and technical skills that anchor the director's craft and provide the foundation to more advanced techniques and the ability to carve out their own distinctive voices as a director.
Phase 2 begins with the 'Advanced techniques of directing actors' module, which exposes students to a range of directing approaches through workshops in director's preparation, breaking down scripts, working with actors and improvisation.
Students then move on to the 'Visual Language of Cinema' module. Here students complete an Intermediate Film where they will be responsible for scheduling, shooting editing and crewing the film.
The final module in this phase is 'Director's Craft and Creative Collaboration'. This focuses on the director's collaborative role across the creative industries.
The final phase of MA Directing consists of the Master's Project.
This is a self-directed module requiring each student to work under the guidance of a faculty advisor and demonstrate the necessary skill-set required as a director to deliver creative filmed content for a specific media platform.
Projects can cover a range of formats and genres including, but not limited to, a short fiction narrative, experimental film, documentary, TV pilot or web series.
Course fees includes:
Tuition, production equipment and support, first aid and health & safety training, production and postproduction facilities, access to industry masterclasses and networking, and an average of 15 hours a week contact time.
How to Apply:
We accept applications and offer places on a rolling basis throughout the year. As our MA programmes are competitive we encourage you to apply as far ahead of your intended start date as possible.
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