Theatre Studies

Theatre is the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being. (Thorton Wilder)

Degree programme specification

The aim of the Bachelor studies is to make students familiar with the history of Czech and world theatre, staging practices and theories describing typical features, and rules of different theatrical genres and ways of researching into theatre and drama. In the undergraduate study programme, students are instructed in understanding that the primary function of theatre is not only to entertain, but also reflect on the nature of human existence in various contexts. A piece of theatre and/or drama is, thus, a unique and involved commentary on human reality in an aestheticized, yet no less telling, form.

The Bachelor study programme is targeted at those who are interested in understanding historical and socio-cultural processes through the medium of theatre and drama, assessing its aesthetic aspects, developing their analytical skills, and learning to formulate their opinions in writing and discussions with fellow students and teachers. Students are supposed to be interested in current theatre and drama, critical thinking about these phenomena, and development of their verbal and writing skills.

The major research interests of the Department of Theatre Studies is Czech and world theatre history, theatricality of non-theatrical phenomena, current Czech and world drama and staging techniques, translating for theatre, and theatre criticism.

Faculty Faculty of Arts
Type of study bachelor's
Mode full-time
Standard length of studies 3 years
Language of instruction czech
Results of entrance exams from previous years here

Graduate destination

The undergraduate gains not only the adequate professional knowledge and skills, but also other practical general skills usable in any other field of Humanities, as well as in personal life. These include the ability of working with different kinds of texts and assessing them critically, academic and journalistic writing skills, general knowledge of Czech and world history and culture, understanding of current socio-political issues, the capacity of deep and complex thinking analysis of various phenomena. In case the students seek employment in theatre filed, they are instructed to continue in Master, potentially even PhD programme in Theatre History and Theory. Graduates can find employment in numerous cultural fields, namely theatre and cultural journalism, editor in different types of publishing houses, theatre management, archives and museums, PR positions in cultural institutions, management of theatre festivals, promotion of theatre and drama, and in the academia.

Study options

Single-subject studies

Combined studies

Further studies

The undergraduate (when meeting the requirements for admission) can continue their studies in any of the follow-up Master programmes, preferably in Humanities or Social Sciences. Students are advised to combine, even at the undergraduate level, the Theatre History and Theory study programme with another one (e.g. Czech Language and Literature, foreign language, Art History, Philosophy, etc.), thus widening the scope of their knowledge, as well as theoretical and methodological background, and consequently the possibility of future employment.

Further information

More information about programme, research and other activities of the department are avaliable on web:

http://divadlo.phil.muni.cz/

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