Theatre and Media Studies (MA)

The degree programme Theatre and Media Studies (MA) will be closed as of winter term 2020/21. Instead, the following Master degree programmes will be taught at FAU: Theater – Forschung – Vermittlung (MA) and Media Studies (MA).
What is the degree programme about?

Theatre and Media Studies has two programme specialisations:

  • Visuality/visual cultures
  • Theatrality/performative cultures

Visuality and visual cultures focuses mainly on media studies, while in theatrality/performative cultures the emphasis is on theatre studies. Both programme specialisations provide an introduction to the basic concepts and contexts in the chosen area and allow students to familiarise themselves with current research topics. Students must choose their programme specialisation at the beginning of the degree programme which will be explored in-depth over the course of their studies.

Both programme specialisations include a practical module in which students apply the theoretical skills that they have gained to a specific project, followed by a theoretical discussion on this application. Nevertheless, the degree programme is mostly research oriented.

What type of Bachelor's degree do I need?

In principle, all applicants with a Bachelor's degree in theatre studies, media studies, film studies or television studies are eligible for this degree programme. In certain cases, graduates of degree programmes in communication science, cultural studies, literary studies or art studies may be accepted. If you are interested in this degree programme and have a degree in a different subject or a degree from a different university in Germany or abroad, please contact the degree programme coordinator.

Modules and degree programme structure

1st semester

  • Module I: Dimensions of media and the visual (both programme specialisations)
  • Module II: Dimensions of the theatrical and performative (both programme specialisations)
  • Module III: Methods of analysis/comparative studies preparation course (in a different variation for each programme specialisation)

2nd semester:

  • Module IV: History and history models of visual media and theatre practices (both programme specialisations)
  • Module IVa: Cultures, functions and forms of perception in visual media (specialisation: visuality/visual cultures)
  • Module IVb: Culture, functions and forms of perceptions in theatrical practice (specialisation: theatrality/performative cultures)
  • Module V): compulsory elective module (both specialisations)

3rd semester:

  • Module VIIa: research module: Film/photo/images (specialisation: visuality/visual cultures)
  • Module VIIb: research module: Theatre/body/voice (specialisation: theatrality/performative cultures)
  • Module VIIIa: practical module Film/photo/images (specialisation: visuality/visual cultures)
  • Module VIIb: practical module: Theatre/body/voice (specialisation: theatrality/performative cultures)

4th semester

  • Module IXa: examination module: Film/photo/images (specialisation: visuality/visual cultures)
  • Module IXb: examination module: Theatre/body/voice (specialisation: theatrality/performative cultures)

All students take an elective module from another subject in the second semester. The purpose of this module is to broaden the scope of the Master's degree programme in terms of subjects and methodology. Most students take modules in our five partner subjects (art history, literary studies (intermedial and intercultural), sociology, theatre education, and media, ethics and religion). However, you can also choose modules from other subjects, as long as they are compatible with your study goals.

Admission requirements

1. You must have obtained at least 140 ECTS credits in your previous degree.

2. You must usually have a degree in theatre and/or media studies. In exceptional circumstances, graduates from other subjects may also be admitted if at least 60 credits of the minimum total of 140 ECTS credits in their previous degree were obtained in theatre or media studies.

3. You must have an average grade of at least 2.50 in your previous degree. If your average grade is between 2.51 and 3.00, you will be invited to an interview to determine whether the degree programme is suitable for you.

Degree program start date and application deadlines

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Degree type: Master of Arts (MA)
Type of study: Master
Location: Erlangen
Standard duration of study: 4 Semester
Start date of degree program: Winter Term
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Theology
Admission: Qualification assessment