Here you can find a short overview over the orientation of our bachelor’s degree course and our two master’s degree courses: an M.A. in Theatre Studies and an M.A. in Scenic Research.

Please notice that the courses for the degree studies at our department are all offered in German. A humanistic field like this requires a good knowledge of the German language (at least a B2). Partly for this reason, our Course Catalogue, detailed information about the structure of the bachelor’s and master’s degree courses, as well as the modules and the exam regulations are only in German. Although all our seminars and lectures are offered in German, we are trying to integrate more and more English and French texts into our seminars. In the future, we hope to offer summer schools and block seminars in English and/or French.

Bachelor’s Degree Course in Theatre Studies

The B.A. phase in Theatre Studies offers a basic scholarly education in the field. Our curriculum in Theatre Studies attempts to impart specialized knowledge, skills and methods while taking into consideration the requirements and changes in the range of professions. The goal is to enable the students to analyze in a critical manner the scholarly state of the field and to engage in communicative actions in a professional and a societal sense. The studies at this level are mainly oriented towards theory, analysis and critical theories in a historical perspective. A bachelor degree qualifies the students for entry level jobs in a diverse area of activities and professions in theatre, media, academic or other cultural facilities.

The bachelor program should ideally take six semesters (including the B.A. thesis and exams). It consists of two majors of equal value (here you can find the possible combinations with the Theatre Studies and courses in the obligatory Optional Area). A total of 180 credit points (based upon the stipulations of the department) is required to achieve the B.A. degree. > more information

Master’s Degree Course in Theatre Studies

The master’s degree course in Theatre Studies is built upon the basic academic education attained from the B.A. in Theatre Studies. It deepens and extends the specialized skills and methodologies of the academic field and makes it possible for the students to critically coordinate and propagate scholarly knowledge as well as to engage in communicative behavior in research, their future profession, and the broader society. One of the main focus points of an M.A. in Theatre Studies at our university is the theoretical and historically critical orientation. The goal is to prepare the students for a well-grounded comprehension and a problem oriented assessment of theatre and theatrical forms in the process of cultural (ex)change. Our master’s degree program introduces the students to the current status of research in theatre studies and to the corresponding artistic (discursive) positions in the entire range of (Western) contemporary scenic arts.

Our M.A. program is based upon the principle of „learning by research“ and a project oriented approach in order to motivate the students to develop independent research methods based upon the latest state of knowledge in the field. This conceptual framework should enable the students to carry out a self-initiated academic analysis, to autonomously choose and narrow down subject areas, to operationalize methods as well as to communicate (in a written or spoken manner) their personal insights and positions. The M.A. phase aims at mediating a comprehensive and differentiated knowledge of diverse subject matters, intellectual questions and the theoretical models of the field. In this sense, the students should learn how to formulate their own questions and to realize these in individualized (research) projects. Furthermore, they will learn how to lead an abstract theoretical discussion and how to evaluate diverse methodological paradigms as well as gaining a deeper comprehension of the historical development of the theater.

Ideally, the master’s program in Theatre Studies should take not more than four semesters (including the M.A. thesis and exams). There are two options for the Master’s Studies: to continue studying both previous subjects (from the B.A. program) or to switch to a single major for your Master’s, with supplementary courses in other freely chosen disciplines. > more information

Master’s Degree Course in Scenic Research

The M.A. program Scenic Research is an applied master degree course at our department. It undertakes the transformation of the scenic arts in perceptive, accompanying and productive manners and prepares the students for the professions of tomorrow’s theatre. The praxis of theatre making – of directing, producing, curating and organizing – becomes the subject matter as well as the medium of scenic research. As instructed by artists (whom we have invited) as well as practitioners from the sections of dramaturgy, production, technical fields, management, and the communication of art, students experiment with and reflect (in seminars) upon current procedures of directing, aesthetic strategies and organizational forms.

Scenic research is a consecutive one subject master’s degree course with a standard study period of four semesters. This course builds primarily upon the contents of the bachelor’s degree course Theatre Studies at the Ruhr University, Bochum. Nevertheless, we invite graduates of other disciplines to apply. Besides the academic degree (B.A. or similar) and appropriate experience in the theatre field, these studies in scenic research also require a hands-on artistic aptitude. We determine this in a relevant qualifying examination (for the application deadline check here). In order to intensify the exchange between the students and their lecturers as well as to enable direct connections with job relevant institutions, we can accept only ten applicants each year. To complete the master’s degree course Scenic Research, students can choose between a written thesis or their own artistic project. > more information