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Theatre Directing

Course overview

(MFA) Master of Fine Arts
Theatre Directing
Current
University of Essex
University of Essex
East 15 Acting School
East15 (Loughton) Campus
Masters
Full-time
None
MFA W42124
http://www.essex.ac.uk/students/exams-and-coursework/ppg/pgt/assess-rules.aspx
15/04/2017

External Examiners

Ms Jennifer Stephens

External Examiners provide an independent overview of our courses, offering their expertise and help towards our continual improvement of course content, teaching, learning, and assessment. External Examiners are normally academics from other higher education institutions, but may be from the industry, business or the profession as appropriate for the course. They comment on how well courses align with national standards, and on how well the teaching, learning and assessment methods allow students to develop and demonstrate the relevant knowledge and skills needed to achieve their awards. External Examiners who are responsible for awards are key members of Boards of Examiners. These boards make decisions about student progression within their course and about whether students can receive their final award.

eNROL, the module enrolment system, is now open until Monday 21 October 2019 8:59AM, for students wishing to make changes to their module options.

Key

Core You must take this module You must pass this module. No failure can be permitted.
Core with Options You can choose which module to study
Compulsory You must take this module There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the degree if you fail.
Compulsory with Options You can choose which module to study
Optional You can choose which module to study

Year 1 - 2019/20

Exit Award Status
Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits PG Diploma PG Certificate
01 Option(s) from list Optional 30 Optional Optional
02 Option(s) from list Optional 30 Optional Optional
03 Option(s) from list Optional 30 Optional Optional
04 Option(s) from list Optional 30 Optional Optional

Year 2 - 2020/21

Exit Award Status
Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits PG Diploma PG Certificate
01 EA446 or EA447 or EA448 Core with Options 60 Optional
02 Option(s) from list Optional 30 Optional Optional
03 Option(s) from list Optional 30 Optional Optional
04 Option(s) from list Optional 30 Optional Optional
05 Option(s) from list Optional 30 Optional Optional

Exit awards

A module is given one of the following statuses: 'core' – meaning it must be taken and passed; 'compulsory' – meaning it must be taken; or 'optional' – meaning that students can choose the module from a designated list. The rules of assessment may allow for limited condonement of fails in 'compulsory' or 'optional' modules, but 'core' modules cannot be failed. The status of the module may be different in any exit awards which are available for the course. Exam Boards will consider students' eligibility for an exit award if they fail the main award or do not complete their studies.

Programme aims

To encourage and enable students to:

Develop advanced skills in theatre directing.

Understand diverse or innovative approaches to directing.

Evaluate and use appropriate rehearsal processes.

Develop ability to work within complex or diverse groups.

Develop critical self-reflection and originality in theatre directing.

Learning outcomes and learning, teaching and assessment methods

On successful completion of the programme a graduate should demonstrate knowledge and skills as follows:

A: Knowledge and understanding

A1 Knowledge and understanding of the dynamic and emotional uses of theatre or other performance spaces
A2 Knowledge and understanding of character analysis and its application in casting of roles or performers
A3 Knowledge and understanding of relationships between theoretical and practical challenges for directors
A4 Knowledge and understanding of complex directing processes and techniques, eg the musical structure of performance, the building and resolution of tensions
A5 Knowledge and understanding of appropriate research methods to establish the historical material contexts from which dramatic work emerges
A6 Knowledge and understanding of autonomous professional production planning, preparation and implementation
Learning Methods: A1toA6 will be learnt in seminars, workshops and through written module log books.

Additionally, A2 to A4 will be learnt through master classes and observation and critical analysis of professional theatre rehearsals.
Assessment Methods: A1to A6 are assessed through written module log books, a 12,000 word dissertation or directors workbook and continuous assessment of contribution to practical sessions and seminars.

B: Intellectual and cognitive skills

B1 The ability to communicate interpretations in clear and dynamic language using advanced or innovative theatrical vocabulary
B2 The ability to translate complex theoretical models or intentions to practical application in performance
B3 The ability to synthesise diverse sources of knowledge to identify, interpret or implement theatrical solutions
B4 The ability to apply advanced critical self-knowledge and awareness of creative processes to develop original work
B5 The ability to understand, construct or communicate complex meanings through performance or other visual forms
B6 The ability to adapt diverse cultural approaches to directing processes or techniques
Learning Methods: B1 to B6 cognitive skills are learned through seminars, workshops and master classes and written module log books.
Assessment Methods: B1 to B6 are assessed by continuous assessment of contribution to practical sessions and seminars and a 12,000 word dissertation or directors workbook.

B1 and B3 skills are also assessed through module log books.

C: Practical skills

C1 Able to demonstrate and put into practice creative or original story telling using a range of advanced physical or verbal theatrical language
C2 Ability to facilitate communication between performers and audience using a range of advanced directing techniques
C3 Able to demonstrate and put into practice creative, original or innovative interpretation of diverse texts or original devised material
C4 Ability to self create or negotiate opportunities for production
Learning Methods: C1 to C4 will be learned through workshops, master classes and observation and critical analysis of professional theatre rehearsals.

In addition C1 and C3 to C4 will be learned through seminars and written module log books.
Assessment Methods: C1 to C4 Continuous assessment of contributions to practical sessions and seminars.

C3 to C4 are additionally assessed through logbooks and a 12,000 word dissertation or directors workbook.

D: Key skills

D1 The ability to present complex or original ideas or arguments in visual, oral or written form
D2 Ability to apply relevant IT resources to research, present or communicate original work
D3 Ability to propose creative, original solutions to complex directing problems
D4 Ability to direct ensembles and groups to interpret, devise or create original work
D5 Ability to apply appropriate research, analysis and critical self awareness to advance the creative possibilities of theatre directing
Learning Methods: D1 and D4 to D6 skills are learnt through seminars and workshops and written module logbooks.

D6 is learnt in addition through master classes and theatre rehearsal visits.
Assessment Methods: D1 and D4 to D6 Continuous assessment of contributions to practical sessions and seminars.

D1to D6 skills are all additionally assessed through logbooks and the 12,000 word dissertation or directors logbook.


Note

The University makes every effort to ensure that this information on its programme specification is accurate and up-to-date. Exceptionally it can be necessary to make changes, for example to courses, facilities or fees. Examples of such reasons might include a change of law or regulatory requirements, industrial action, lack of demand, departure of key personnel, change in government policy, or withdrawal/reduction of funding. Changes to courses may for example consist of variations to the content and method of delivery of programmes, courses and other services, to discontinue programmes, courses and other services and to merge or combine programmes or courses. The University will endeavour to keep such changes to a minimum, and will also keep students informed appropriately by updating our programme specifications.

The full Procedures, Rules and Regulations of the University governing how it operates are set out in the Charter, Statutes and Ordinances and in the University Regulations, Policy and Procedures.

Should you have any questions about programme specifications, please contact Course Records, Quality and Academic Development; email: crt@essex.ac.uk.