BA (Hons) Directing – audition guidance and preparation

Please note all applicant interviews/auditions will now take place by Skype or Zoom. If you have already booked an interview or audition with us, please be assured we will be in contact to offer an alternative arrangement. Our Admissions Team is here to support you and answer any questions you may have. You can give us a call on +44 (0)1752 585858 or drop us an email at

Interview/audition information

In addition to the necessary University guidelines for applying, each applicant to the BA (Hons) Directing course will need to complete an interview via Skype and one of the following tasks:

1. Directing portfolio (submitted online): The first task you can choose to do in addition to your interview is submit a directing portfolio. If you have been in the directing business a while, you most likely have built up a directing portfolio that includes a directing CV, photographs/videos of your directing work, as well as a directing statement. Please keep in mind that, if you choose to do this task, you must include a CV, stills or video of your directing work, and a directing statement.

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2. Director’s idea book (submitted online): The second task is designed for those who do not have as much directing experience. You can choose to submit a directing ‘idea book’ for a certain play of your choosing. This idea book should include your vision for the play and images that inspire the production's design. The book should be in depth – what do you see? How does it look onstage? How do the characters look? Where do you take inspiration from? What does this play say to you? In this book, you should embed your directing statement. Approximately seven to ten pages (but can be longer if necessary).

3. Director’s pitch presentation (via Skype): The third task that you can choose to complete will be done via Skype after your interview – but does require preparatory work. After your Skype interview, you will do the above task (an ‘idea book’), but instead of presenting written ideas you will talk us through this ‘idea book’. Essentially, you are ‘pitching’ your play with your ideas about what you see on stage, design elements, and what your message for the play is. Again, the choice of play is completely up to you. The presentation should be 10–15 minutes in length.