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Theatr (Cyfarwyddo) (MA)

This highly practical and intensive 1 year post graduate programme offers rigorous training in directing and provides frequent opportunities to practically explore the craft.   

UWTSD Cardiff offers a selection of postgraduate degrees that will provide the Students with a solid technique hand in hand with a broad understanding of the creative industries in Wales and beyond.

UWTSD Cardiff is a lively melting pot of the actors, singers, dancers and directors of the future. The courses’ work ethic is based on personal development, respect and collaboration. This stems from the support the students receive from the committed and professional staff.

Directing students will observe, participate and work with the students on other programmes to deepen their understanding of the acting process.

The main area of study will be how to establish and develop a connection between actors with the Meisner & Stanislavsky process, how to think in pictures in the imagined world, how to work with objectives and events in a psycho-physical process, how to encourage the performers' inspiration and creativity to create their best work.


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Contact Email: cbc@uwtsd.ac.uk
Contact Name: Eilir Owen Griffiths

Tuition Fees 2023/24:
Home: £7,800
Overseas: £15,000

Why choose this course?

  1. Practical driven course
  2. Located in Cardiff
  3. Assisting opportunities with freelance directors
  4. Directing a full length play with a professional technical crew
  5. Strong links with the industry in Wales and beyond
  6. Opportunities to shadow professional companies

What you will learn

Course Overview

The programme will also afford practical time for the student director to steadily hone the basic rudiments of directing with a series of studies, which will also enrich the performer’s experience of the subject with regular showings during the term.

The student director will work closely with directors and technical teams on Public Performances. They will also be encouraged to develop their own creative work during the course of the degree.

The possibilities of learning about the technical and stage management aspects of productions, marketing and booking tours as well as creating educational workshops will be deeply useful to prepare the student director for the industry and make them practically aware of all the essential roles that goes to producing a piece of professional theatre.

Module Topics

Alongside the main Directing modules the students also have the opportunity to choose from a collection of skill modules that can be of interest:

  • Instruction
  • Acting
  • Dance and Physical Theatre
  • Singing
  • Vocal Technique
  • Public Performances
  • Professional Development

Devising and Performing

  • Students will devise and perform a 30 minute theatre piece, as a group and individually.

Practical and Written Exams

  • Students will undergo both practical and written exams to test application of knowledge and understanding in theatrical theories.


  • Presentations normally take place at the end of a module, exhibition or performance, in order to measure a student’s performance against assessment criteria.

Process workbooks and Reflective Journaling

  • Students will document their process and practical work in a workbook which demonstrates their learning and individual pathway.

Professional Development Portfolio

  • The Professional Development Portfolio will include evidence of research, reflective writing and a collection of materials compiled over the duration of the student’s studies, including a list of the activities and events that they have been involved in and a range of professional documents.

Public and Classroom Performances

  • Students regularly have the opportunity to take part in performances/events throughout their degree, in which we can see growth and application of skills and knowledge.

Means of assessment will vary as per selected modules.

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Key Information


Professional artists from the creative industries teach on our degree, who are experts in their field. They can offer not only detailed and thorough information, but also personal experience, and insight into the performance industry as it stands today.

Programme Director and Senior Lecturer: Eilir Owen Griffiths
Theatre Lecturer: Elen Bowman
Dance Lecturer: Tori Johns
Administration Officer: Nia James

Visiting Artists:

  • Rhian Morgan (Voice)
  • Rhian Cronshaw (Voice)
  • Aled Pedrick (Acting)
  • Tonya Smith (Acting)
  • Eiry Thomas (Acting)
  • Angharad Lee (Acting)
  • Robbie Bowman (Acting)
  • John Quirk (Music Director)
  • David Laugharne (Singing)
  • Eiry Thomas (Acting)
  • Mali Tudno (Acting)
  • Steve Cassey (Acting)
  • Amy Guppy (Dance)
  • Alexa Garcia (Dance)
  • Morgan Thomas (Physical Theatre)
  • Luke Hereford (Director)
  • Sara Lloyd (Director)
  • David George Harrington (Music Director)
Entry Criteria

UK bachelor degree (minimum 2:1) or experience.

Student Quotes

“Studying in Cardiff has been fantastic. I’ve learnt new skills, as well as being able to get the opportunity to work on my own ideas. It’s given me the chance to meet and work with different people, I’ve made new connections, and it’s made me aware of the theatre industry in Wales.”

Kallum Weyman

Bursary / Scholarship Information

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Further Information

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