Humanities scholars still have a hard time on the job market, because the imagination of many employers about their potential uses is low. But more and more generalists are in demand again today. So new opportunities for orchid subjects like theater scholars?
- Humanities - Everything and Nothing?
- Theater Studies: What is actually being studied?
- Theory instead of practice reference
- Where can theater studies be studied?
- Armor for the cultural sphere
- What will become of theater scholars?
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Humanities - Everything and Nothing?
When I started 1998 to study theater studies, the most frequently asked question to me was: what are you doing with it? Today, eleven years later, the most frequently asked question from the same people is: How did you come to the profession? Did not you study theater studies?
That sums up the problem of the course very well. Like most humanities, theater studies is all and nothing. Most important is still what you get out of it Study pulls out for themselves and, above all, through which internships and working student jobs one finally decides for one or the other career.
Theater Studies: What is actually being studied?
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First and foremost, however, the most important thing for anyone who thinks about pursuing this study path: the degree program is called Theater SCIENCE! Many, many to be precise, studiously ignore this word when enrolling and then get disappointed.
In my year alone, not even half of all first-semester students have passed the intermediate examination because they ultimately opted for a more practice-oriented course or a Vocational Training have decided. Anyone who believes that they can take acting courses, film practice, scenic internships or directing seminars while studying theater studies is wrong.
Theory instead of practice reference
It is true that such offers are available at the institutes as a kind of "practical goodness", but by no means make up the majority of the course. The focus at the institutes for theater studies is on imparting theoretical-analytical and historical-critical knowledge of theater.
The students deal with the history, analysis, methodology, theory and aesthetics of all theatrical disciplines. These include drama, music theater, dance, performance, puppet theater and children's and youth theater. As in my place of study in Munich most of the institutes also offer many film studies seminars. After the intermediate exam you finally have the opportunity to specialize in the preferred style of theater.
Where can theater studies be studied?
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In Germany, theater studies can currently be studied at the universities of Munich, Berlin (FU), Leipzig, Mainz, Lingen / Ems, Gießen and Bochum - mostly with a bachelor's or master's degree. Other universities offer mixed courses of study such as media and theater studies or focus on dance or music theater, for example. The contents conveyed are different at the institutes.
Therefore, before you decide on an institute, you should compare the offered seminars thoroughly and according to your interests decide. In any case, you can expect to have to or be allowed to read a large number of screenplays and plays from all eras. My tip: The practical seminars are very popular, so the motto here is anew every semester: be the fastest. Always worth it!
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From my vantage point, I can only say: Theater Studies was my dream degree. I have in addition to a wide range Deselect to history, Society, culture and Art the ability to work in a structured and independent manner over the last 500 years, fast analyze and write texts fluently. Which career path you choose after completing your studies depends a lot on your personal preferences.
The tools to gain a foothold in the cultural field will definitely be taught during your studies. Acting dramaturgy, film and series dramaturgy, theater education, theater and cultural criticism, press and public relations, publishing or arts and crafts offices are not uncommon. Since theater studies do not have a precise job description, the possibilities are manifold. Where you end up depends - as mentioned above - very much on the internships and student jobs that you do. Only by trying out while working in different branches of theater, film, television, publishing, etc. can you find out in the exclusion process, what fits and what does not.
What will become of theater scholars?
And that has finally become of my five dearest classmates: Journalist at the Süddeutschen, radio and voice actor, Employees at various film festivals, actors and employees at an artist agency. I started my own business right after graduating and now work as a freelance editor for various companies Online magazines, regularly organize fashion events with theatrical elements and am the CEO of a small publishing company.
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