Master of Theatre (Directing)

  • CRICOS code: 085432F

Course overview

  • 2 years full time
  • On Campus (Southbank)
  • Available to domestic and international students
  • Start Year Intake - February


Develop your potential for artistic leadership and knowledge of your practice as a director, artist, performance-maker, collaborator and researcher.

The Master of Theatre (Directing) focuses on developing the collaborative creative skills, reflective processes, leadership attributes and industry know how of directors for performance in the broadest sense of the term, including text-based theatre, new writing, devised work, live art and community and cultural development. It is closely interwoven with both the existing Master of Theatre (Writing) and Master of Theatre (Dramaturgy).

The course is built upon core principles of: intellectual rigour, commitment to craft, artistic inquiry and self-reflection, ethical practices, interdisciplinarity and artform innovation.

The program is delivered through lab-based workshops, seminars, lectures, self-directed exercises, tutorials, practical master classes, and national and international internships, taught by our internationally renown teachers.

During the course, students will experience a wide range of collaboration and leadership roles with students from disciplines within the VCA such as design, acting, production, playwriting, dramaturgy, musical composition, film and dance, as well as a range of creative encounters with local, national and international artists, organisations and communities. As such this course also provides a unique opportunity to develop creative partnerships that can lead to future collaborations in the profession.

Who is this course for?

The Master of Theatre (Directing) is designed for graduates and/or professionals in the creative arts industry, who are looking to pursue a career as a director, artistic leader, performance-maker, collaborator and/or researcher.