MA Opera Directing

MA Opera Directing

Course Overview

  • Fully mentored programme, tailored to each individual’s specific skills and experience
  • Training in acting methodologies, rehearsal techniques, principal singing languages and movement
  • Exploration of different operatic forms, styles and conventions
  • Collaborating across the various creative disciplines involved in operatic productions
  • Investigation of artistic relationships, including the design process and the conductor’s role
  • Involvement with a range of operatic productions and projects
  • Directing in-house opera scenes projects
  • Observation of professional practice, both in RWCMD and at Welsh National Opera
  • Fully-negotiated industry placement in a professional UK opera company, focusing on the role of staff director and associated areas of expertise


Course Structure

Please note that, while the information below reflects the programme offered to date, it may be subject to amendment and change in future years. Students are always consulted on such change and details are made available to applicants holding offers.

In order to progress through the course, students normally have to pass all modules and achieve 180 credits.

  • Module Information
    Module Credits
    The Opera Professional 20
    Research Project 40
    Directing Skills 1 40
    Directing Skills 2 40
    Industry Practice 40



Entry Requirements

Entry is by interview, and candidates should be able to demonstrate significant experience of and engagement with the opera/theatre world. Professionals already working in these areas, but seeking to enhance their skills, are encouraged to apply. Minimum entry requirements usually include a 2:1 degree in music or an equivalent qualification, although the College is able to consider applications from people without formal qualifications if they have an exceptional level of ability, practical experience, and a good understanding of the opera profession.


International Applicants

All applicants are required to demonstrate the highest levels of communication skills in spoken English. This will be assessed at interview.


Tuition Fees for 2023-2024

Course Duration Students from the UK, Republic of Ireland, Channel Islands, and Isle of Man Overseas Students
14 months full time £12,140 *  £23,860 * 

* This is the full amount.

Further information on the funding available towards the cost of tuition fees.


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