Acting, Dance, Film, Television

In addition to the joy of taking on other roles and inspiring people, the field of study also includes the willingness to be in the limelight, or behind the scenes to work as camera operator or director.

The study field at a glance

Theater, film or television or drama studies qualify for leading positions in theater, film and television as well as general cultural life.

Actors embody various roles through the use of language, facial expressions and gestures on stage or in film and television; usually this happens within an ensemble and instructed by director.

Musical performers combine singing, dance and performance art. For this they should have an educated singing voice, pronounced musicality, acting skills and a good physical constitution.
Stage dancers perform classical and modern dance roles, e.g. in ballet and musical productions.

The task of choreographers is to develop and interpret dance productions. Dancing talent, artistic sensitivity, the ability to express and work on oneself, physical resilience and physical fitness are important prerequisites.

Students of theater studies deal with all manifestations of theater, such as drama, music, dramaturgy, stage technology, theater, audience behavior or criticism.

Director's degree programs aim at the scenic realization of (speech / music) theater, film, television or radio plays.

Make-up artists develop and implement mask design concepts in close team work with the director and the set designer. Among other things, scientific and practical basic knowledge will be imparted, as well as mask making or wig design.

Students of theatre pedagogy enable people of all ages to actively access the world of theater, impart knowledge about the theater and guide them to artistic self-expression.

Offered courses

  • Drama classes take place at music and theater academies, universities or private drama schools.

  • Stage dancers are trained at conservatoires, or at private ballet schools. For stage dancing or musical performers, no specific formal education is required, however early childhood dance classes are presupposed.

  • Theatre pedagogy can be studied as part of teacher training courses. Sometimes it is offered in a combined bachelor's degree program.

The study programs may be named: Screenplay, Drama, Theater, Cinematography, Camera, Motion Pictures, Cinema and Television Film, Television Production, Directing, Dance, Scenic Arts, Theater and Media, Theater, Film and Media Studies.

Contents of the course

Drama/ Acting/ Dancing: Body and voice, dancing, vocal and speech training, ensemble work, presentation and play for stage / film / TV, stage and contract law, history, dramaturgy and aesthetics in representation, performing under practical conditions through workshop and plays, music theory for dancers, body work, dance technique, international dance forms.

Theater, film and television studies: theater history, basics of writing for film, television and theater, historical context, aesthetics and theory as well as conditions of origin and effect, classical and modern film theories, film history, and television theories.

Theater, film and TV design studies: Screenwriting, stage technology, stage design, lighting, introduction to video technology, costume design, dramaturgy, directing, acting / movement, development of a theater or film character, make-up design, style and costume design, special effects, camera and editing technique, auditory design, image design, studio production, organization and management.

Admission criteria & study application

Admission in this area requires the passing of an aptitude test (exception theater, TV and drama studies at universities). If there is an outstanding artistic talent, the A-Level (school leaving certificate) is not required.

Possible careers after graduation

Graduates of stage classes, choreography, musical, drama, directing and makeup studies work at public and private theaters, at touring theaters and independent theater groups, sometimes also for film and television.

Graduates of theatre pedagogy can be found at theaters and various educational institutions such as nursery school s and schools.

Theater, film and television scientists work at theaters and opera houses, primarily as dramaturges or in public relations (as freelancer or employed). In film studios, television and radio companies they are active in many functions, e.g. as dramaturges, editors, lecturers, producers, in the media research, etc. Further fields are libraries and archives, at universities, academies and (art) colleges, in adult education institutions, art associations, public or private cultural administrations, publishers, newspapers and magazines, also as freelance journalists.