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Bath Spa University: Performance (Directing)

Institution Bath Spa University View institution profile
Department School of Music and Performing Arts
Telephone 01225 876180
Study type Taught


A postgraduate course for directors of theatre and live performance at all stages of their career. - Direct productions at our campus theatres and in Bath’s professional theatres and venues.

  • Get the chance to be an assistant director to an experienced director who is already working in the industry.

  • Practical classes and seminars give you the professional skills and knowledge to facilitate safe, creative spaces.

MA Performance (Directing) is designed to help you build a portfolio of skills and experience across diverse theatre productions. From developing theatre companies to managing large-scale productions, and from classical to contemporary theatre, you’ll get a broad and advanced understanding of working in theatre today.

We’ll encourage you to work to professional standards on ambitious projects designed for public audiences. You’ll get the chance to direct your own productions and collaborate with professionals, especially at our student-led festival, SparkFest, which we run in partnership with Bath Festivals, and as part of our in-house company, Bath Spa Productions.

You have the opportunity to spend time as assistant director at one of many venues in Bath. You’ll encounter lots of opportunities to use your skills – for example, you could run a series of workshops for young people, or create your own full-scale production.

You’ll pick up new, transferable skills that you can take into a range of careers, such as how to train people, lead a team, work with professional actors, musicians, designers and technicians, and of course, direct for the theatre.


Bath Spa University

Bath Spa University is about more than studying. It’s about getting stuck in: thinking, making and doing. About bumping into friends on campus, embracing challenges and genuinely caring. We push boundaries and ourselves. If that sounds good to you, you’ll fit in well.

Why Bath Spa?

Excellent Reputation
Our origins date back to 1852 and the original Bath School of Art, so we've built our reputation on more than 160 years of tradition and success. We're growing steadily too, with exciting courses and areas of research. 

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