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Profile BA ATW

Associated to Hessian Theatre Academy

Concept of the BA study course "Applied Theater Studies"


The BA degree course is designed to build on theatrical-historical and theatrical-theoretical basics as well as imparting artistic technical basic competence, which enables independent artistic work onstage and in the studios. Our degree course is geared towards students who still often have a relatively non-directional interest in theatre, performance and life art and who only begin to focus on an individual area during their studies:- Literature, dance, music theatre, aesthetic theory, acoustic art, performance, video installations etc. Therefore, we enable a considerably wide range of teaching together with contributing disciplines.

The degree course consists of modules from Applied Theatre Studies as well as modules from the contributing disciplines, which include various language and cultural areas and philology, art history and music science, namely German language and literature studies, English language and literature studies, Romance studies, Slavonic studies, ancient culture, art history, music science and philosophy. The contributing discipline seminars, lectures and practical courses should enable broad orientation and impart a pool of inter-disciplinary expert knowledge. The Applied Theatre Studies seminars, lectures and practical courses deal with theory, aesthetics and semiotics of theatrical processes as well as with the relationship between theatre and the connected arts in the form of theoretical seminars and exercises as well as artistic projects mit historical and contemporary theatre forms.

The various activities provided by the guest professors complement these suggestions. The fact that the guest professors are not just international but also come from various disciplines, corresponds to our view of contemporary theatre, for which impulses come from the fine arts, music and dance, architecture, film and new media and for which the challenges of other cultural areas are existential. During the guest professors' artistic projects (from the areas of stage direction, choreography, performance arts, artistic writing etc.), the students get to know a variety of different artistic creative working processes and perspectives of theatre and connected arts through chosen established artists or also renowned people from the area of science. At the same time, they find a place here to develop and form their individual artistic approach. During practical coursess, students are also introduced to various professions pertaining to the theatre and to artistic techniques and mediums (e.g. stage technics, video editing, sound studio, body, acting, dance and voice training, set-building, light design, photography, press and publicity). The BA degree course also includes an internship at a theatre or in media.

The BA degree course is completed with the title „Bachelor of Arts“. It is an important goal of the degree course to train artists, who reflect upon their practical work theoretically and thoreticians, who develop their theories from practical dialogue.


Main classes


Due to the wide universe of discourse, which brings the performative arts from the end of the 19th century into focus, yet also follows historical connections, for example to the ancient world, to the renaissance or baroque, teaching is carried out according to the model of exemplary learning. Scientific research as well as artistic practice refer to exemplary learning and requires a large amount of independent competence.
The degree course consists of theatrical-scientific compulsory modules chosen from a range of modules as well as modules from contributing disciplines (German Language and Literature Studies, English Language and Literature Studies, Romance Studies, Slavonic Studies, Ancient Cultural Studies, Philosophy, Art History, Music Science). The theatre science modules are characterised by a close interlocking of artistic and scientific theatre practice and theatrical and practical exploration of theatrical forms, contents and questions.

In the theatre science modules, the students shall be introduced to the theoretical and practical basics of the subject in the seminars and practical courses and in theoretical seminars as well as artistic projects, will look into historical and contemporary theatre forms, theory, aesthetics and semiotics of theatrical processes as well as into the relationship of theatre with other arts (music, dance, film) and theatre with society.

During the artistic projects with the guest professors, the students become acquainted with various artistic and creative working processes and perspectives of theatre and connected arts and form their own artistic approach. During the practical courses, the students are introduced to various professions, pertaining to the theatre and also to artistic techniques and mediums.


Course details


The BA „Applied Theatre Studies“ degree course consists of 8 compulsory modules from theatre science, 3 compulsory modules from a range of modules from theatre science (ie. compulsory chosen modules), 5 modules from the contributing disciplines, a module from extra-curricular activities, as well as the thesis module (Total: 180 credit points).
Eight theatre science compulsory modules.

  • 2 foundation modules („Introduction to Applied Theatre Studies“, „Basics of Applied Theatre Studies“), which introduce Applied Theatre Science. They consist of two introductory lectures (Propädeutikum), two seminars of basic questioning and methods pertaining to theatre science, for example, „Performance Analysis“ and „Theatre-Historical Basic Terms“, as well as practical courses, which introduce students to the institute's technical facilities, for example, the sound studio and video editing.
  • 1 module „Theatre History and Historical Theatre Aesthetics “, which deals with historical theatre forms in seminars and a practical course.
  • 1 module „Theory and Theatre“, consisting of a seminar, which deepens theoretical questioning, and a practical course.
  • 2 modules „Contemporary Theatre Aesthetics and Performance“, in which contemporary theatrical forms and questioning are examined and tried out on a theoretical and artistically practical level and in seminars, artistic projects as well as practical courses.
  • 1 module „Cultural Management“, 2 seminars and a practical course, in which the students are introduced to the organisation and execution of cultural events. One of the seminars can be replaced with the organisation of a theatre festival.
  • 1 Internship module consists of an internship at a recognised cultural/artistic facility in order to gain professional knowledge and orientation.

Three compulsory chosen modules

In the compulsory chosen modules, certain thematic aspects (e.g. the relationship of the theatre to other arts) are deepened theoretically (seminars) and practically (artistic projects, practical courses). Four thematic, different theatre science compulsory chosen modules are offered, from which students choose and attend three modules. Within the compulsory chosen modules, the student chooses according to his/her interest and offer between the types of lesson, ie artistic project or seminar with an assignment. The following regulations apply for the choice of the three compulsory chosen modules and its seminars, lectures and practical courses:-

1. At least two modules must differ thematically. A module may be chosen twice.
2. At least one seminar must be completed with an assignment.
3. At least one artistic project must be completed. A further artistic project can be replaced by an own artistic piece of work.

  • 1 module „Theatre und Media“, examines the relationship between theatre and media, for example, film, video.
  • 1 module „Theatre and Music“, examines the relationship between theatre and music, for example, music theatre.
  • 1 module „Theatre and Dance“, deals with historical and contemporary forms of dance, with the relationship between theatre and dance, with body concepts in dance etc.
  • 1 module „Non-European Theatre“ deals with non-European forms of theatre, for example, Japanese No-Theatre.

All these modules consist of seminars or artistic projects as well as practical courses, which introduce students to the basic artistic techniques and mediums of the actual topic (eg. Camera work or dance training).

Five modules from participating disciplines

  • 1 module „German Literature Science“ consists of two seminars or one seminar and a lecture which take place at the Institute for German Language and Literature Studies“. Here, the students are introduced to basic literary texts and literature-scientific methods and they are given a view of German literature, eras and genres.

  • 2 modules „Theory and History of Drama“ and „Texts from World Literature“, which are part of the subjects at English Language and Literature Studies, Romance Studies, Slavonic Studies, Ancient Cultural Studies, and introduce students to the literature and culture of these language-speaking areas. At least three different cultural areas must be covered here. Each module consists of one seminar and another seminar or lecture.
  • 1 module „Art History for Applied Theatre Studies“, in which students are introduced to the eras, genres, mediums and theories of visual arts in a seminar as well as in seminars, lectures and practical courses pertaining to art history.
  • 1 module „Theory and History of Music“, which introduces students to the basics of music science, history, genres and contemporary music forms and sensitise students to musical qualities.


This module consists of the BA thesis.

Information on language requirements

Spezielle Ordnungen Bachelor ATW please klick here.