15 months
Study mode
Tuition fee (entire course)
Foreign students
USD 29,503
AUD 41,000
Other costs
Other costs apply

About this course

The Master of Fine Arts (Directing) course is a practice-based course that aims to provide emerging theatre and film directors with an opportunity to develop their directing skills and be influenced by current theories and research.

The purpose of the Master of Fine Arts (Directing) is to assist highly talented early career practitioners to master the Directing process through education and training in the culture and language of the theatre, the components of production, the interpretation of text, and the communication techniques required to engage with the contemporary audience. The course places strong emphasis on the collaborative role of the director in the theatrical production process, and challenges students to create and express their own vision in the context of international performance practice.

This course provides students with the opportunity to analyse the theoretical underpinnings of the director’s craft and combine knowledge, skills and techniques across many platforms of theatre productions and film. The directing technique that underpins the course builds on Stanislavski’s Active Analysis and contemporary theories of visuality. Other approaches are studied during the year as students formulate their own personal directing methodology.

Particular emphasis is placed on the director’s methods of communication with actors, designers, stage managers playwrights and other creative team members. Students will direct a short play in a public season, as well as undertaking a research project reflecting an aspect of their practice.


Entry Requirements

We select applicants who demonstrate commitment, capacity and willingness to advance their practice by:

  1. Working creatively
  2. Collaborating as part of a creative team
  3. Demonstrating a range of relevant skills and technical abilities
  4. Providing evidence of intellectual enquiry and reflection within their work
  5. Communicating clearly 
  • All applicants applying for the graduate courses at NIDA must have completed an undergraduate degree (in any area) or have at least five years relevant experience in a related area.

English Language Requirement:

  • English language proficiency equivalent to an overall band score of 7.0 or 8.0 IELTS, depending on the course.