The Directing Course


We believe that Directing is one of the most complicated and fascinating of all the arts.  To learn how to direct requires dedication but is also very rewarding.  

At the Academy 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 course will begin in the second year of study.  The final fourth year of the Directors Course, is a non fee paying year during which the student director produces and directs their final graduation production.


During the first four terms at the Academy you will study acting only. Following that, we will assess how your artistic talent develops by, among other things, looking how you cope with all the aspects of producing an increasingly complex set of exercises.


As well as the subjects of the Acting course, some of the classes the student directors will learn include:

  • Principles of directing
  • Directing (beginning with a 10-second exercise and ending in a full-length play by the end of the course, see page 29)
  • Sound
  • Lighting
  • Design
  • Stage management
  • Administration
  • Health and safety
  • Introduction to opera and musical directing
  • History of costume and stage design
  • History of art & music
  • History of theatre

2nd and 3rd Year

You will have to carry out most of the rehearsals for your directing exercises in your own time. You have to be fit enough to attend at least 99% of the time in your first year. If you miss anything more, you won’t be able to catch up. On the directing course you will have to spend five to ten times more time on homework.

Throughout the second and third years of the directing module you will develop the skills of back stage work, stage management, lighting, sound, assistant directing and stage design. You will also learn the importance of Health & Safety in your profession.

Another feature of the directing course is being, in your final year, trainee vice-principal of the Academy on a rota with other students on the course. We will teach you computing and IT skills as well as basic administration and accounting.

4th Year

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.


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Entry Requirements

You can only join this course by auditioning for an acting course.


Applications to the Directing course can be made at the same time as your application for the Acting programme.  As the Directing course commences at the start of the second year of the acting course, you may also apply for the directing course during the first year of your study.

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Fees and Dates

TERM DATES FOR 2015/16 (these are the same as the acting programme)

Term 1:  21 September –  December 2015 / 12 Weeks
Half-Term: October –  October

Term 2: 5 January – 20 March 2016 / 10 Weeks
Half-Term:  –  February

Term 3: March – June 2016 / 11 Wks
Half Term:  May

Term 4:  June – Sept 2015 / 10 Wks


For UK/EU students: £480 Per Term
For Non-EU students: £480 Per Term

Further Information


There is no UK government funding available for the directing course. Students must be self-financing.


Students train for a minimum of 35 hours per week and all classes are compulsory.

The Kogan Academy reserves the right to alter the advertised courses and course content.