Acting, Dance, Film, Television

In this field of study, in addition to the joy of slipping into other roles and inspiring people, what also counts is the willingness to be in the spotlight, to operate the camera or to “pull the strings” behind the scenes.

The field of study at a glance

Studying theater, film and television studies prepares you for managerial positions in theatre, film and television as well as in general cultural life.

Through the use of language, facial expressions and gestures on stage or in film and television, actors embody different roles laid out in text and direction; This usually happens within an ensemble.

Musical actors combine singing, dancing and acting in their art. To do this, in addition to a capable singing voice and pronounced musicality, they should have acting skills and a good physical constitution.

Stage dancers create classical and modern dance roles, e.g. in ballet and musical productions.

The task of the choreographers is to develop and edit dance productions. Dance talent, artistic sensitivity, expressive and creative ability, physical resilience and fitness are important prerequisites for this.

Theater scholars deal with all forms of theater, such as acting, music, dramaturgy, stage technology, theater construction, audience behavior and criticism.

Directing courses teach the scenic implementation of theater, film, television or radio plays.

Make-up artists develop and implement their own mask concepts in dialogue with the direction and equipment. For this purpose, basic scientific and practical knowledge is imparted, as well as mask making and wig design.

Theater educators enable people of all ages to have active access to the world of theater, impart knowledge about theater and guide them in artistic self-expression.

Course offered

  • Training to become an actor takes place at music and theater colleges, as well as at state or private acting schools.

  • Stage dancers are trained at music colleges and, in the non-university sector, at state or private ballet schools. There is no specific legal requirement for training to become a stage dancer or musical actor Formal educational qualifications are required, although early dance training is required.

  • Theater education can be studied as a bachelor's degree course or as part of teacher training courses. The subject is sometimes offered in the form of combined bachelor's degree programs.

The courses in this field of study include: screenplay, dramaturgy, puppet theater, cinematography, camera, animation, motion pictures, cinema and television film, television production, directing, dance, theater, film and media studies.

Contents of the course

Performing arts: Basics of instrumental means such as body and voice, dancing, speaking, ensemble work, basics of representation and acting for stage/film/TV, stage and contract law, history, dramaturgy and aesthetics in the media of representation, acting under practical conditions Workshop productions and performances, music teaching for dancers, body work, dance technique, international dance forms

Theater, film and television studies: theater history, basics of text production for film, television and theater, examination of history, aesthetics and theory as well as conditions of creation and effect, classic and modern film theories, film history, television theories

Design courses: script writing, stage technology, stage design, lighting, introduction to video technology, costume studies, dramaturgy, directing, acting/movement, development of a theater or film character, mask design, style and costume studies, special effects, camera and editing technology, auditory Design, applied image design, studio production, organization and management.

Admission criteria & application for study

Admission to courses in this area requires, in addition to the university entrance qualification, passing an aptitude test (exception: theater, film and television studies at universities). If someone has exceptional artistic talent, proof of a university entrance qualification can be waived.

Career opportunities after graduation

Graduates of the stage dance, choreography, musical, acting, directing and make-up design courses work in public and private theaters, in touring theaters and independent theater groups, and sometimes also for film and television.

Theater educators can be found at theaters and various educational institutions such as kindergartens and schools.

Theater, film and television scholars work (freelance or employed) at theaters and opera houses primarily as dramaturgs or in the area of public relations. They work in many functions at film studios, television and radio companies, e.g. as dramaturgs, editors, proofreaders, producers, in media impact research, as freelance publicists, etc. Others Fields of activity can be found in libraries and archives, at universities, academies and (art) colleges, in adult education institutions, art associations, in public or private cultural administrations, at publishers, newspapers and magazines.