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Theatre Pedagogy (MA)

Note: The Master in Theatre Pedagogy will be abolished and will not accept any new students from the winter semester 2019/20 onwards.
What is the degree programme about?

Theatre Pedagogy attaches great importance to training students to conduct research. It is an interdisciplinary degree programme which consists of the following three areas: cultural education, applied theatre pedagogy, and theatre studies. There is a close link between research and practice, and key topics in theatre pedagogy are explored from an interdisciplinary research perspective.

This degree programme is for students who want to learn academic and research methods to analyse and investigate aspects of theatre pedagogy. With this in mind, the degree programme considers current trends in practical fields of theatre pedagogy which, in addition to strong performance and aesthetic skills, also require skills in planning, structuring, development and evaluation, resulting in a demand for specialists with profound analytical skills.

Modules and degree programme structure

1st semester

  • Module I: Cultural education I: foundations of cultural education
  • Module II: Basics and context of theatre pedagogy
  • Module III: Theatre studies I: dimensions of the theatrical and performative

2nd semester

  • Module IV: Cultural education II: practical applications and forms of action
  • Module V: Applied theatre pedagogy research
  • Module VI: Theatre pedagogy II: cultures, functions and forms of perception in theatrical practice

3rd semester

  • Module VIIa: Reflection on theatre pedagogy practice
  • Module VIIb: Theatre pedagogy research practice

4th semester

  • Module X: Master's module
  • Writing the Master's thesis
  • Oral examination
  • Optional seminar on writing the Master's thesis

Potential challenges:

  • Depending on their previous degree, students may need to work independently to bring their basic knowledge of education and/or theatre studies up to the required level at the beginning of the degree programme.
  • Students must find their own work placements.

Frequently asked questions about the degree programme:

How much practical work is involved in the degree programme?

The degree programme is primarily an academic, research-oriented degree programme, although there are practical modules and projects in the third semester worth a total of 30 ECTS credits. Here students gain practical experience in theatre pedagogy outside the University, which they reflect upon and analyse on the basis of their own research questions.

Admission requirements

Theatre Pedagogy is open to graduates of Bachelor's degree programmes in theatre studies or education. Applicants with an equivalent degree or a degree in a related subject that includes at least 60 ECTS credits in theatre studies or education are also accepted.

Degree programme 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 programme: Winter Term
Language: German
Admission: No Admissions Restrictions
Early entrance programme: no
Part-time study: yes
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Theology