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The Director and Directing: Dissertation


  • Credit value: 60 credits at Level 7
  • Assessment: a 15-minute presentation with 4000 words of supporting material, a Grants for the Arts or similar funding application to support your future artistic activity and development, and a 30-minute viva voce examination

Module description

On this unit you will gather together and synthesise the various learning experiences of the programme so as to deepen your understanding of the work of the director and to lay the foundations for your personal evolution as a professional theatre director.

Indicative content

  • Presentation and Communication Skills
  • Relating to the Actor
  • The Uses of Research for the Director
  • Relating to the Living Author
  • Relating to the Designer and Lighting Designer
  • Collaboration and Team-Working
  • Conceiving a Production
  • The Devising Process
  • Music and the Director
  • The Director and the Choreographer

Learning objectives

By the end of this unit, you will have:

  • an understanding of all the principal skills required by the professional theatre director
  • made a presentation to assessors (and others if relevant) that encapsulates your personal understanding of these skills
  • prepared written material related to the presentation that supports and sustains its argument and conclusions.