DRAMATURGY

The study of theatre in all of its forms and expressions.

 

Introduction

This programme is only offered in Danish.

As a student on the Bachelor’s degree programme in dramaturgy, you work with scenography, acting, directing and producing theatre, from concept to performance. You learn the craft of dramatic composition, and you work with all aspects of theatre both practically and analytically.

Studying on the dramaturgy programme

Courses on the dramaturgy programme are based on practical exercises, lectures and classroom instruction, where you give presentations, participate in discussions and work with your study group. A great deal of the programme takes the form of practical training in the theatres at Kasernen at Aarhus University. This is where you will work with the various aspects of theatre practice together with your fellow students.

An indispensable go-between

On the dramaturgy programme, you learn how to act as a go-between linking authors, actors, directors and audiences. You work with elements such as text, space, light and sound to understand how to make them work together as a seamless whole. You work with performance, scenography, and roles, and you learn how these different elements combine in how an individual performance communicates with an audience.

Theatre history and dramatists

The programme curriculum gives you insight into the works of Danish and international dramatists. You learn about the history of European theatre and the traditions of the stage, from the earliest dramas to contemporary performance. You study theatre production from amateur theatre, avant garde theatre and street theatre to the largest professional productions.

Career opportunities

With a Bachelor’s degree in dramaturgy, you will be qualified for admission to a variety of different Master’s degree programmes. For example the Master's degree in dramaturgy, which can prepare you for a career as a dramaturgist in theatre, radio TV or film. You can also work as a drama teacher or with the administration of cultural institutions.

Admission requirements

Admission area number: 22215

To be eligible for admission to this degree programme, you must fulfil the following requirements:

qualifying examination as well as the following specific admission requirements (A, B and C refers to the subject level in the Danish upper secondary school with A being the highest level possible):

  • Danish A
  • English B
  • History B or History of Ideas B or Contemporary History B
  • An additional language at A level (or B level in case of an advanced language).

 

If there are any subjects you have not completed at the required level, you can take them as supplementary courses or as a summer supplementary course (conditional Admission).

The admission requirements must be met and documented by 5 July in the year of application unless you apply for conditional admission.

Quota 2

Like quota 1 applicants, quota 2 applicants must have passed a qualifying examination, and they must also fulfil the specific admission requirements above.

Quota 2 applicants are individually evaluated on the basis of:

  1. a grade average calculated on the basis of the particularly relevant subjects (Quota 2 subjects), listed below
  2. other particularly relevant documented qualifications.

Read more about Aarhus University's quota 2 criteria.

 

Quota 2 subjects:

  • Danish A
  • English B
  • History B or History of Ideas B or Contemporary History B

Programme structure

The courses on the dramaturgy programme give you a theoretical and practical approach to the world of theatre. You learn about the history of theatre as well as the cultural position of theatre in society. Using theories and methods taught on the programme, you learn to analyse and evaluate dramatic texts and performances. You gain insight into the various processes and working methods of the theatre, and you have an opportunity to create your own theatrical production.

Academic regulations

In the academic regulations, you can read more about the content of the individual course, the structure of the degree programme and the demands the programme places on you as a student. You can also read about the types of exams and the exam requirements.

The diagram below shows you how the programme is structured. You can click on the different courses to read the course descriptions.


 

Student life

Academic life on the dramaturgy programme

At lectures, your teacher review the assigned reading, and in seminars, your year group is divided up into smaller classes, which gives you a chance to engage in discussion with your fellow students. You will also be part of a study group where you will prepare presentations and work on projects together. 

Here is an example of a typical week in the first semester of the BA programme in dramaturgy. As you can see, you spend a lot of your time preparing for lectures and classroom lessons. This is why dramaturgy is a full-time degree programme, even though you don’t necessarily have scheduled classes every day. This means that you will also learn how to plan your time wisely during your studies.

Monday:
11:00-14:00 Lecture: Theatre History I
14:00-18:00 Independent study

Tuesday:
9:00-14:00 Independent study
14:00-17:00 Lecture: Works 1 (Text)

Wednesday:
9:00-13:00 Study group
13:00-17:00 Independent study
17:00-19:00 Seminar: Theatre History 1

Thursday:
9:00-15:00 Independent study
15:00-17:00 Seminar: Works 1 (Text)

Friday:
9:00-12:00 Independent study
12:00-15:00 Study group
15:00 - 19:00 Friday bar

Physical surroundings

As a student on the dramaturgy programme, you will spend much of your time at Kasernen, a former barracks that was recently restored. Here, you’ll rub shoulders with students from related degree programmes, including comparative literature, art history, musicology and rhetoric.

Social life on the dramaturgy programme

There are a lot of social events for all of the degree programmes at Kasernen, which creates a unique interdisciplinary environment with a wide variety of associations and clubs for you to participate in:

Visir
The Kasernen student magazine is called Vizir, and it’s a forum for student from all of the degree programmes at Kasernen. Anything goes, and the magazine contains everything from poems and short stories to articles and essays. 

Fællesæstetisk Fredagsbar
The aesthetics degree programmes at Kasernen have a joint Friday bar where you can enjoy drinks, live music and the company of your fellow students every Friday. 

Peripeti
The Greek word ‘peripeteia’ refers to a turning point in a drama. Called ‘peripeti’ in Danish, this is also the name of a journal for studies in dramaturgy with a focus on theatrical performance.  

Fæstetik
Fællesæstetisk Festudvalg (Fæstetik) is a social committee that organises parties for the aesthetics degree programmes. 

Studying abroad

Doing a semester abroad is an excellent idea for students on the dramaturgy degree programme. Studying abroad allows you to improve your foreign language skills and learn another culture from the inside. During the last year of your BA programme, you can take advantage of one of the many exchange agreements between Aarhus University and partner universities all over the world. Get inspiration, guidance and travel lust here.

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Career

Job functions for MA/MSc grads

The diagram shows the kinds of jobs and job functions available to graduates of the corresponding MA/MSc programme, based on the 2013/14 AU employment survey.

As a dramaturgy graduate, your career options depend a lot on what you’ve chosen to focus on during your studies, along with your choice of supplementary subject and Master’s degree programme. 

Through the programme, you will become an expert in theatre history, and you will also learn the crafts of scenography, directing and production. You will gain a lot of experience in analysing how theatre productions achieve their effects, and you will become a good communicator, organiser and coordinator. During your studies, you will develop an understanding of the role of culture in society, and you will develop strong analytical skills through studying works of drama. 

Graduates of the BA programme in dramaturgy typically work as teachers, project manager or dramaturgists, either at theatres or at other cultural institutions. The programme can also lead to a career in communications, for example at an advertising agency. 

Supplementary subjects

In the last year of your BA programme in dramaturgy, you are required to take a supplementary subject. Examples of supplementary subjects other dramaturgy students have taken include: 

  • Supplementary subject in event culture
  • Scandinavian Language and Literature
  • Supplementary subject in journalistic communication 

Master’s degree programmes

Most graduates of the Bachelor’s programme in dramaturgy go on to take a Master’s degree. You should be aware that specific supplementary subjects can be a prerequisite for admission to some MA programmes. Here are some examples of the options available to graduates of the BA programme: 

  • The Master’s degree programme in dramaturgy, which is a continuation of the Bachelor’s degree programme. Through the programme, you extend your dramaturgical knowledge and skills while also learning a more independent and critical approach to the theories and methods you apply.
  • The Master’s degree programme in aesthetics and culture, where you learn to analyse the aesthetic dimensions of our culture and everyday life.
  • The Master’s degree programme in experience economy, where you learn to understand experiences as commodities and design experiences for users.
  • The Master’s degree programme in cognitive semiotics, which is an interdisciplinary programme that investigates how humans create meaning in language, science and art.
  • The Master’s degree programme in journalism (cand.public), which lets you continue building on your knowledge of dramaturgy while strengthening your journalistic skills.