Contemporary Directing Practice MA/MFA

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About this course

Duration

13 months MA, 2 years MFA

Term Start

Now recruiting for October 2021 start

Location
Lewisham Postgraduate Centre, London 

Entry Requirements 
First degree in theatre, acting or related fields; or equivalent and relevant professional/life experience.

Admission by audition/workshop and interview.


Why choose this course?

  • Unique experiential programme of mastering directing techniques, tools and psycho-physical vocabulary, and developing the director’s individual voice and vision
  • Intensive advanced practice-based vocational theatre director-training one-year MA course, with the MFA expanding into Directing for Camera and building your practice research and development for the stage
  • Rigorous practical investigation of working with classical drama and new writing, devised, physical and immersive theatre (MA), as well as writing and directing for camera (MFA)
  • A playground for personal and professional growth, and experimentation under the mentorship and instruction from established artists; professional encounters, talks and seminars with leading British and international theatre-makers
  • Development of a professional network of creative relationships
  • Rose Bruford College provides a unique opportunity of being part of the creative student community, offering access to vast College resources in support of collaborations with students and practitioners from other courses and disciplines both at the School of Performance and the School of Design Management and Technical Arts

Employability & Industry

Graduates will pursue professional careers in theatre, live arts, film, television and Higher Education


Fee and Application Information

How to Apply

2021 Interview Dates for Applicants
Please apply for this course first, and we will then contact you about your audition. 

International Auditions
We hold international interviews and auditions throughout the year. Please click here for the latest schedule and to register.

 

2021 Entry Fees

MA Option (13 months study)
UK/Republic of Ireland Student Fees - £15,000

International Student Fees - £22,000

 

MFA Option (2 years study)

UK/Republic of Ireland Student fees - £17,000 per year

International Student Fees -  £20,000 per year

 

Alumni Discount
A 5% alumni discount is available for Rose Bruford College BA (Hons) alumni undertaking a full time 13 months MA programme or the first year of an MFA programme.

Postgraduate Masters Loans
The Department for Business Innovation and Skills provide a loan for eligible UK/Republic of Ireland students of up to £11,222 if your course starts on or after 1 August 2020 per student for postgraduate Masters study. Click here for more information.

Webinar
We plan to hold a webinar about this new programme in January 2021, please contact studentrecruitment@bruford.ac.uk to register your interest.


Course content

Contemporary Practice: Directing for Stage and Screen

Live performance is at the moment, undergoing a significant change. A great variety of new forms, new technologies, new thinking about drama, theatre and performance, innovative approaches to story-telling (with growing budget limitations), call for a highly trained, versatile and imaginative professional director, able to generate ideas, unlock classical and new pieces of dramatic writing, breathe life into them and discover an urgent, contemporary, vital reason for putting them on in collaboration with writers, designers and actors.

The modern theatre director is required to go beyond their academic and intellectual understanding of text-based theatre and other forms of live performance. They require experience to navigate the psycho-physical (mind-body) approach to story-telling, be it linear or non-linear; be it psychological (situational), avant-garde, immersive, documentary, ludic or metaphysical. They require knowledge, understanding and experience to negotiate between a variety of disciplines. Cross-fertilisation between live and recorded media has become part and parcel of new and innovative story-telling. Theatre directors benefit from understanding the demands of video and film-making and exploring the possibilities of the cross-over between the two powerful ways of story-telling. The visual medium is even more vital now that live-streaming is becoming a factor in the new language of theatre.

The MA/ MFA Contemporary Directing Practice offers an experiential two-year programme of developing a vocabulary and finding your own voice and vision as a director while acquiring and honing a diverse variety of skills, techniques, tools and devices. The MA Programme is 13 months long, and the graduates qualify in October of Year Two with the presentation of their independent Research Project. MFA students commence their Year Two with a fully resourced production of a One-Act Play, followed by a Professional Placement Module and, notably, Directing for Camera (resulting in the writing and directing of a short film). MFA concludes with the Independent Professional Directing Project to be delivered by October 2023.

 

MA Contemporary Directing Practice

The MA runs over an extended academic year of 13 months.

It is comprised of four taught modules over the course of three consecutive terms followed by an Independent Research Project that results in a resourced practical project presentation documented in the Director’s Workbook.

List of Modules (All modules are compulsory)*

Module 1: Embodying the Space
Part 1: A foundation in wide-ranging mind-body skills and techniques, rooting directors in the language of improvised, devised, collaborative and immersive story-telling.
Part 2: Creating and directing a Devised Piece and an Adaptation Project

Module 2: Framing the Space
This module expands the director’s awareness and language of Visual and Spatial Storytelling, Visual and Musical Composition, and introduces approaches to Director –Designer creative collaboration.

Module 3: The Director's Journey: the core module that underpins the programme as a whole. It is taught in two parts:
- Dialogue with the Playwright - Director Preparation from page to stage
- Director’s Lab - a practical part of the course, comprised of numerous independent scene-study workshops, a practical exploration of Director-Actor interaction, etc.

Module 4: Professional Directing Practice - an inter-programme directing project, drawing on the additional skills of performers, designers and stage technicians both from the School of Performance (European Theatre Arts Programme) and the School of Design Management and Theatre Arts.

Module 5:  Independent Research Project
The final module facilitates the creation of an original piece of work; it is a practical articulation of your practice. The module is designed as the culmination of the programme as a whole, with the view to implementing the working methodologies and practices that have been assimilated and acquired.

 

MFA Contemporary Directing Practice
Directing for Stage and Screen

The MFA Contemporary Directing Practice is a two-year vocational director-training programme for those wanting an advanced practice-based training alongside rigorous academic study at postgraduate level to underpin and develop their work as directors for stage and screen.

Year One
Modules in Year One are shared modules with MA Contemporary Directing Practice. There are four taught modules over the course of three consecutive terms:

Module 1: Embodying the Space
Part 1: A foundation in wide-ranging mind-body skills and techniques, rooting directors in the language of improvised, devised, collaborative and immersive story-telling.
Part 2: Creating and directing a Devised Piece and an Adaptation Project

Module 2: Framing the Space
This module expands the director’s awareness and language of Visual and Spatial Storytelling, Visual and Musical Composition, and introduces approaches to Director –Designer creative collaboration.

Module 3: The Director’s Journey
The Director's Journey: the core module that underpins the programme as a whole. It is taught in two parts:
Dialogue with the Playwright - Director Preparation from page to stage
Director’s Lab - a practical part of the course, comprised of numerous independent scene-study workshops, a practical exploration of Director-Actor interaction, etc.

Module 4: Professional Directing Practice - an inter-programme directing project, drawing on the additional skills of performers, designers and stage technicians both from the School of Performance (European Theatre Arts Programme) and the School of Design Management and Theatre Arts.

 

Year Two
It is comprised of three taught modules over the course of two consecutive terms, followed by the Independent Professional Directing Project, resulting in a project presentation between July and September, documented in the Director’s Workbook.

Module 5: Independent Professional Directing Project

            - IPDP Part 1: One-Act Play (September – October 2022)

              A fully-realised production of a One-Act Play, chosen by the director.

            - IPDP Part 2: Final Independent Production (July – September 2023)

Building on IPDP Part 1, the final Independent Professional Directing Project facilitates the creation of an original piece of work. It is a creative articulation of your practice honed over the two years.

Module 6: Professional Placement & Introduction to New Writing
              -Professional Placement is an ongoing strand within the module and is undertaken over an extended period of six to eight weeks

              -Working on a New Writing Project                          

Module 7: Directing for Camera
The module offers diverse 10-week film training. It is a combination of introductory lectures, workshops and film directing practice that culminates in students writing, directing, shooting and editing an 8-10 min short film.