The Directing Course - The School of the Science of Acting The Directing Course - The School of the Science of Acting

The Directing Course


Directing is one of the most complicated and fascinating of all the arts.  Our Directing Course is groundbreaking and unique in preparing a student for a lifetime in the profession; it is the most thorough directing training you will find in the world (see our guarantee).

A director must thoroughly understand everything that an actor needs to about what characters are and how they are formed. At the School we also think that the director must first thoroughly understand the creative process of the actor, and learn to act well. This is why the Directing course runs alongside the Acting programme, and your specific directing studies will begin in the second year of study.

From the second year you will receive classes in Directing, History of Directing, History of Art, Stage Design, Lighting, Music in Theatre and many more. Under tutor supervision and with detailed feedback, you will direct a sequence of pieces over two years, increasing in length and complexity (including short story adaptations, Chekhov, Shakespeare, Musical, Opera and several others).

The final, fourth year of the Directors Course, is when the student director produces and directs their final graduation production.

You will find the course fascinating and challenging, and under the guidance of our tutors, you will become the best director you can possibly be.

The course has been running for 25 years, is taught by experienced professionals with wide and continuing experience in the industry, and is accredited by the British Accreditation Council.

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Course Information

1st Year

During the first year at the School you will study acting only.

2nd & 3rd Year

In the second and third years, you will develop your artistic talent through producing an increasingly complex set of exercises, while also studying subjects such as lighting & sound, stage design, History of Theatre, Art & Music, Administration and many others.

You will direct pieces from include wide variety of genres, and including short plays, self-adaptations of short stories and fairy tales, Modern text, Chekhov, Shakespeare, Musicals and Opera.

4th Year

The last year of study for a director is dedicated to directing a full length, fully produced stage play. Directing and organising a full-scale production is the ultimate directing exercise at the Academy. It includes choosing a play, designing, casting, budgeting, publicity, lighting, applying for a license, supervising public performances, taking and giving notes, and so on.

Fees and Dates

Price£580 per term (for 3 terms) in addition to acting course fees for years 2, 3 & 4.


Teaching year – official start date 1st October 2018

Term 1 – 1st October 2018 – 21st December 2018

half term – 8th November 2018 – 11th November 2018
Christmas Holidays – 22nd December 2018 – 6th January 2019

Term 2 – 7th January 2019 – 22nd March 2019

half term – dates tbc
Easter Holidays – 23rd March 2019 – 7th April 2019

Term 3 – 8th April 2019 – 21st June 2019

half term – dates tbc
Summer Holiday – 22nd June 2019 – 30th June 2019

Term 4 – 1st July 2019 – 20th September 2019

half term – dates tbc

(Teaching year – official end date – 31.07.19)

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