All undergraduate directors are expected to attend all first year acting, voice and movement classes in order to learn the fundamentals of the performance techniques taught at the Drama Centre. These include script analysis, developing thought process, improvisation, dance theatre techniques for conveying thought and feeling through movement, video production (single camera and multi camera), naturalism and the Estill voice method.

In the following three years, directing students work as directors with the acting students on class work, specifically the preparation of weekly scenes and performance assignments for presentation in class. This introduces directors to different genres of film and theatre performance and as a consequence different approaches to rehearsal. Some of the genres covered are naturalism and realism for theatre and video, post-modern performance, comedy, classical theatre and music theatre.

Post-graduate directors devise a program based on previous experience and interest in consultation with staff.