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Directing degrees abroad

Directing programs equip students with the theoretical understanding, technical competencies, and professional skills needed to pursue an exciting career in filmmaking, theater production, or media.

You’ll undergo extensive practical training in directing duties and logistics, actor management, production leadership, and equipment handling. You’ll get to grips with several genres and styles of directing, trace the history of theater and movie production, and have the opportunity to stage and direct your own masterpiece.

Studying overseas allows you to appreciate the truly global-scale of the media, movie, and theater industries. Learning about the demands, quirks, and expectations of different audiences will help you to become a culturally-sensitive and internationally-respected director. Not only will the magical experiences inform your work, but they’ll also help you to grow in confidence and character.

Directing program structure

Across much of the world, undergraduate degrees in directing are offered as three-year BA programs. However, students traveling to the US or Canada for their degree will probably pursue a bachelor of fine arts (BFA). BFAs last at least four years and include fewer liberal arts classes in favor of more professional and specialist modules.

If you’re keen to spend some more time mastering your craft, you might enroll in an MA or master of fine arts (MFA) degree. MA programs typically require one year of full-time study, whereas MFAs normally last between 21 and 24 months. To succeed on either type of program you’ll need to narrow your focus on a specialist strand or genre of directing.

It’s possible to study a PhD in directing, but it’s important to remember that doctoral programs are research-based and include very few, if any, practical classes. It usually takes between three and six years to complete a PhD.

As a directing student, your schedule will include a mixture of theoretical and practical classes. You’ll spend time in lectures, seminars, workshops, performances, and tutorials. Although the delivery and content of every university program will vary, most will cover these fundamentals:

  • Directing actors
  • Directing across genres
  • Directing and developing story
  • Fundamentals of acting
  • Stage movement
  • Theater history
  • Scene and costume design
  • Production processes
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Directing study abroad programs

What are the top directing undergraduate programs abroad?

  • Pace University (in partnership with Kaplan International)Directing - BA

    • 4 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Sep, Jan
    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Subject area
    Directing
    Location
    New York City, USA
    Next start date
    January 2025 +1 more
    Annual tuition fee
    51,382USD
  • DePaul UniversityFilm and Television: Directing - BFA

    • 4 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Sep
    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Subject area
    Television, Film, Directing
    Location
    Chicago, USA
    Next start date
    September 2025
    Annual tuition fee
    43,665USD
  • Falmouth UniversityFashion Styling and Art Direction - BA (Hons)

    • 3 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Sep
    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Subject area
    Directing
    Location
    Falmouth, UK
    Next start date
    September 2025
    Annual tuition fee
    17,950GBP
  • Colorado Mesa UniversityTheatre Arts: Acting and Directing - BFA

    • 4 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Jan, Aug
    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Subject area
    Directing, Acting
    Location
    Grand Junction, USA
    Next start date
    January 2025 +1 more
    Annual tuition fee
    26,048USD
  • Berkeley City CollegeVideo Arts Level II: Directing & Producing - Cert

    • 1 year
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Jan
    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Subject area
    Directing
    Location
    Berkeley , USA
    Next start date
    January 2025
    Annual tuition fee
    10,740USD

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What are the top directing postgraduate programs abroad?

  • Bath Spa UniversityPerformance: Directing - MA

    • 1 year
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Jan, Sep
    Program type
    Master's
    Subject area
    Directing
    Location
    Bath, UK
    Next start date
    January 2025 +1 more
    Annual tuition fee
    17,065GBP
  • Pace University (in partnership with Kaplan International)Actors Studio Drama School: Acting, Directing, and Playwriting - MFA

    • 2 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Sep, Jan
    Program type
    Master's
    Subject area
    Playwriting, Directing, Acting
    Location
    New York City, USA
    Next start date
    January 2025 +1 more
    Annual tuition fee
    47,000USD
  • Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced LearningAdvertising: Art Direction - PGCert

    • 1 year
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Sep
    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Subject area
    Advertising, Directing
    Location
    Toronto, Canada
    Next start date
    September 2025
    Annual tuition fee
    19,169CAD

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Future directing careers

As a directing graduate, you’ll have built an impressive portfolio of original work and professional experience. Your directing expertise, leadership qualities, and eye for detail will make you a stand-out candidate for many jobs in the creative industries.

Here’s a taste of some of the career opportunities available to you:

  • Director
  • Actor
  • Producer
  • Stage manager
  • Production designer
  • Casting agent
  • Film/video editor
  • Camera operator

It’s notoriously difficult to get a break in the film or theater industries, but participating in some relevant work experience will certainly shine the spotlight on your applications. Your university’s careers service can help you ask media outlets, filmmakers, and theater companies about placement opportunities.

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