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17 Masters Programs in Directing

A master’s degree is a much-pursued goal for those seeking to build their academic background and career opportunities. Students can achieve a higher level of expertise in a narrower field of study than in their undergraduate programs. Earning a master’s degree demonstrates advanced knowledge and skills that employers value. Fine arts students looking for the next step in their career… Read more

A master’s degree is a much-pursued goal for those seeking to build their academic background and career opportunities. Students can achieve a higher level of expertise in a narrower field of study than in their undergraduate programs. Earning a master’s degree demonstrates advanced knowledge and skills that employers value.

Fine arts students looking for the next step in their career may ask: what is a Master in Directing? This program aims to develop in students the perspective of a creative leader in the arts. Fundamental courses build on academic theories of storytelling through performance and practical understanding of collaborating with other artists, and over the course of the program students are likely to work on their own directing projects. The curriculum may focus on directing in either theatre, TV or film.

Students working towards a Master in Directing can develop leadership skills, vital in any field but especially as a director. They may also hone their abilities in analyzing and interpreting texts and conveying story and meaning through a unified aesthetic.

Obtaining a Master in Directing typically involves two to three years of academic and practical work. The tuition costs for the courses taken varies between schools, and aspiring students should make sure to research this when deciding on a school.

Whether a play, movie or TV show, a director is needed to manage the project. A Master in Directing, along with other formal education and training, establishes credentials for aspiring directors to stand out. The director’s role involves consulting with and mediating between producers, writers, actors and other workers, creating a unified direction under which everyone performs at their best. Directors in video media also oversee production to oversee cameramen and actors and judge whether a scene’s take makes the cut.

Many schools around the world provide programs towards earning a Master in Directing, with online classes being a useful option for students. To find out more, search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance
London, United Kingdom

The MA/MFA International Theatre Practice and Performance aims to inspire the theatre and performance artists of tomorrow and appeal to those committed to the creation of thei ... +

The MA/MFA International Theatre Practice and Performance aims to inspire the theatre and performance artists of tomorrow and appeal to those committed to the creation of their own work – whether as actors, directors or writers for the stage. The journey of the programme covers all three areas. -
Master
Full-time
13 - 36 months
English
Oct 2021
Campus
 
Accademia Costume & Moda
Milan, Italy

The Master in Creative Direction for the Performing Arts is aimed at graduates and/or professionals wishing to experience a professional curriculum based on the development of ... +

The Master in Creative Direction for the Performing Arts is aimed at graduates and/or professionals wishing to experience a professional curriculum based on the development of the creative potential of an artist, a festival, a record label. This also includes strategic management skills of a cultural production center, innovative and creative development of the performing entertainment sector in its broadest sense. The program provides a broad and global vision of the cultural, artistic, and creative industry in Italy and internationally, with particular reference to the performing arts: music, theatre, and dance. The objective of the Master is the preparation of a new generation of professionals experienced in the management and creation of the visual identity of musicians, actors, dancers, and performers, as well as of brands, and of the reputation of cultural organizations (theatres, festivals, reviews), artistic agencies, record companies, and production companies. -
Master
Full-time
English
Nov 2021
Campus
 
ESCAC - Escuela superior de Cinema y Audivisuales de catalunya
Barcelona, Spain

The Master in Cinematographic Direction offers you the artistic and technical knowledge of the cinematographic direction necessary for any audiovisual work.

The Master in Cinematographic Direction offers you the artistic and technical knowledge of the cinematographic direction necessary for any audiovisual work. -
Master
Full-time
9 months
Spanish
Campus
 

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National Film and Television School
Beaconsfield, United Kingdom

This unique two-year course is designed to equip you with the skills to write, direct and animate award-winning films.

This unique two-year course is designed to equip you with the skills to write, direct and animate award-winning films. -
MA
Full-time
2 years
English
Campus
 
FAMU Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague
Prague, Czech Republic

The film directing degree program is built on the system of mentor-led workshops providing small groups of students (six or less) intensive guidance on how to transform a crea ... +

The film directing degree program is built on the system of mentor-led workshops providing small groups of students (six or less) intensive guidance on how to transform a creative idea into a fully realized film. -
Master
Full-time
Campus
 
University of Missouri Kansas City
Kansas City, USA

The acting program is a three-year, minimum 60-credit-hour professional actor-training program interacting with the Kansas City Repertory Theatre, a professional Equity League ... +

The acting program is a three-year, minimum 60-credit-hour professional actor-training program interacting with the Kansas City Repertory Theatre, a professional Equity League of Resident Theatres (LORT) B Theatre. -
Master
English
Campus
 
Villanova University
Villanova, USA

The Graduate Theatre program at Villanova offers a distinct fusion of both academic work and practical experience. As a student, you will have the opportunity to expand your m ... +

The Graduate Theatre program at Villanova offers a distinct fusion of both academic work and practical experience. As a student, you will have the opportunity to expand your mind through rigorous academic courses, covering topics such as theatre history, dramaturgy, dramatic literature, theatre criticism and script analysis. -
MA
English
 
Columbia University School of the Arts
New York, USA

The mission of the Film MFA in Screenwriting/Directing is to rigorously train storytellers in film, television, and digital media. The course of study at our film school inclu ... +

The mission of the Film MFA in Screenwriting/Directing is to rigorously train storytellers in film, television, and digital media. The course of study at our film school includes two years of creative workshops and related courses, followed by one-to-two years of thesis and Research Arts work. Students are immersed in the principles and working methods of a variety of genres and dramatic forms. Through multiple exercises and short film and script projects (both short and feature-length), they are encouraged to explore their understanding of the medium, with the ultimate goal of establishing each student’s personal voice. -
Master
English
 
American Film Institute Conservatory AFI
Los Angeles, USA

AFI gives Directing Fellows the crucial time, space, and resources to craft their own distinct voice while guaranteeing them the opportunity to direct over the course of two y ... +

AFI gives Directing Fellows the crucial time, space, and resources to craft their own distinct voice while guaranteeing them the opportunity to direct over the course of two years. In a program that emphasizes visual language and collaboration, Fellows team with other disciplines to shoot three narrative films and produce a thesis film in their final year to create a polished directing portfolio. -
Master
English
Campus
 
MetFilm School Berlin
Berlin, Germany

Looking to build your future in the screen industries? Met Film School Berlin is the perfect place to turn your passion into practice. Working closely with leading industry pr ... +

Looking to build your future in the screen industries? Met Film School Berlin is the perfect place to turn your passion into practice. Working closely with leading industry professionals, we offer you a career-focused, cutting edge, practical learning experience. The MA Directing course equips you with a comprehensive skill set to work on all screen platforms – film, TV, commercials and online. During your studies, you’ll do a unique industry project that will give you experience working with external clients, not offered by any other film school in the world. -
MA
Full-time
English
Campus
 
MetFilm School London
London, United Kingdom +2 More

Looking to build your future in the screen industries? MetFilm School is the perfect place to turn your passion into practice. Working closely with leading industry profession ... +

Looking to build your future in the screen industries? MetFilm School is the perfect place to turn your passion into practice. Working closely with leading industry professionals, we offer you a career-focused, cutting edge, practical learning experience. The MA Directing course equips you with a comprehensive skill set to work on all screen platforms – film, TV, commercials and online. During your studies, you’ll do a unique industry project that will give you real-life experience with external clients, not offered by any other film school in the world. -
MA
Full-time
English
Campus
 
Campus Universitario Europeo
A Coruña, Spain +2 More

With CUE Professional Master in Filmmaking, we will endow our students a global and inclusive of all the processes that make up the eloboración of an audiovisual work, movies, ... +

With CUE Professional Master in Filmmaking, we will endow our students a global and inclusive of all the processes that make up the eloboración of an audiovisual work, movies, video clips, TV spots ... -
Master
Full-time
Part-time
6 months
Online
 
Ekaterinburg State Theatre Institute
Yekaterinburg, Russia

The Theater Directing program provides education for students with disabilities. The area of ​​professional activity of graduates includes staging performances in performing a ... +

The Theater Directing program provides education for students with disabilities. The area of ​​professional activity of graduates includes staging performances in performing arts organizations; leadership work in performing arts organizations; theater pedagogy. -
Master
Full-time
Part-time
5 - 6 years
Russian
Campus
 
ESCAC - Escuela superior de Cinema y Audivisuales de catalunya
Barcelona, Spain

The master’s degree provides students with the knowledge and techniques required to direct audiovisual works in any format. Students will learn about the director’s job and pe ... +

The master’s degree provides students with the knowledge and techniques required to direct audiovisual works in any format. Students will learn about the director’s job and perform this role and the ones of the other members of the direction department during the preproduction, shooting, and postproduction processes. -
Master
Full-time
English
Campus
 
ESCAC - Escuela superior de Cinema y Audivisuales de catalunya
Barcelona, Spain

The master in Storytelling for brands offers you the knowledge and techniques that will enable you to direct audiovisual works oriented to the commercial world in any format.

The master in Storytelling for brands offers you the knowledge and techniques that will enable you to direct audiovisual works oriented to the commercial world in any format. -
Master
Full-time
Spanish
31 Jan 2022
Campus