Theatre Science

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Students of Theatre Studies are required to have a profound interest in the performing arts as well as a talent for creative research and academic work in the field of theatre studies. The aim of the study programme is to gain the skill of theoretical reflection on both contemporary and historical forms of theatre on a professional level. The study programme focuses on developing independent critical thinking about art, especially in the field of theatre and performative arts, reflecting on the art form, as well as the formation of knowledge of the rules of drama and theatre. In this sense, the goal of the study programme becomes a deeper understanding of the theory and history of theatre in a broader context.

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After successfully completing his/her studies the graduate is able to:

  • define the creative methods of tackling practical problems in the field of theatre studies while using expert knowledge and basic methods of theatre studies
  • recognize and professionally interpret the basic theoretical and methodological concepts of theatre studies
  • identify, locate, and organize information related to a certain problem
  • effectively use a common professional vocabulary
  • demonstrate a knowledge of facts from Czech and world theatre history
  • demonstrate a knowledge of basic theories and critical-analytical methods of interpretation and evaluation of performance production
  • specify the basic spectrum of resources and typology of theatre studies
  • specify the possibilities, conditions, and uses of theories, concepts, and research methods of performative arts
  • propose and discuss aesthetic judgments in the field of theatre studies, based on the understanding of the research material as well as on historiographical and methodological knowledge
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Graduates can find employment especially in creative and critical-analytical activities in the arts with a focus on theatre in its various forms. Graduates are prepared to work in various research institutions, museums, archives, theatre archives, and theatres, and in the press, radio, and television. Graduates are qualified to work in public relations in both the public and private spheres, as well as in the administration of culture and art, in the administration of cultural policy and cultural industries, or as dramaturgs or journalists with a focus on arts and culture, editorial work, criticism in art and culture, and the management of culture and art. Graduates may work in the media or in the institutions focusing on the performing arts and on the preservation and promotion of cultural heritage.

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The standard duration of the study programme is six semesters. Type A/required courses form the basis of the courses professionally profiling the field. Students choose type B/selective courses according to their interests and their future professional orientation. Students choose type C/elective courses from the current offer of type C/elective courses within the field or from the offer of other disciplines. All students are also obliged to attend common type A/required courses. In order to be allowed to sit the final state examination, students are obliged to earn a total of 180 credits for type A/required, type B/selective, and type C/elective courses when enrolled in the single-subject study programme; 95 credits when enrolled in the double-subject study programme and writing a thesis at the department of Theatre Studies; 85 credits when enrolled in the double-subject study programme and writing a non-diploma thesis. A student of the single-subject study programme, who is required to earn 180 credits, earns a total of 52 credits for type A/required courses, 84 credits for type B/selective courses, 30 credits for the thesis and courses related to the writing of the thesis, 4 credits for type C/elective courses from the current offer of type C/elective courses within the field or from the offer of other disciplines, and 10 credits for common type A/required courses. A student of the double-subject study programme, who is required to earn 95 credits, gains a total of 47 credits for type A/required courses, 21 credits for type B/selective courses, 30 credits for the final thesis and courses related to writing the thesis, and 5 credits for common type A/required courses. A student of the double-subject study programme, who is required to earn 85 credits, gains a total of 47 credits for type A/required courses, 34 credits for type B/selective courses, 2 credits for the final thesis and courses related to writing the thesis, and 5 credits for common type A/required courses. During the course of their studies, students should follow the study catalogue valid for their year of matriculation. The study catalogues for the individual years of matriculation are available at the Faculty of Arts or the Department of Theatre Studies websites.

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To complete the study programme, it is necessary to successfully pass the final state examination. The final state examination consists of written and oral exams and the defence of the Bachelor’s thesis, alternatively of the submission of the non-diploma thesis (non-diploma theses are not to be defended). A student of the Bachelor’s diploma programme receives reviews from the supervisor and the opponent prior to the exam and prepares a written or oral defence. The written part of the exam includes analyses of two plays from two categories – world drama and Czech drama - from the list available on the website of the Department of Theatre Studies. The oral part is to be taken before the committee and consists of three groups of questions: 1) history of Czech theatre; 2) history of world theatre; and 3) theory of theatre and drama. The topics of these questions can be found on the department’s website. The defence of the thesis is a part of the final exam for the diploma study programme. The length of the thesis is 70,000 characters of the core text. For the non-diploma study programme, submitting a non-diploma thesis of 27,000 characters is required. The oral and written parts of the Bachelor’s exam and the defence of the thesis are evaluated by two separate marks. The three areas of the oral final state examination, together with the written part of the exam, are evaluated by one final mark.

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After completion of the Bachelor’s degree study programme, it is possible to continue further studies in the Master’s degree study programme of Theatre Studies or a related discipline (after satisfying the admission requirements).

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Field of study specifications

Field of Study: Theatre Science
Abbreviation: DV
Code: 8104R005
Type: Bachelor's degree programme
Degree: Bc.
Accreditation: to 31/12/2024
Programme: B8109 B-OT General Theory and History of Arts and Culture
Faculty of Arts
Field of study guaranteed by:
Faculty of Arts
Field guarantor:
doc. Mgr. Šárka Havlíčková Kysová, Ph.D.

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