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Course structure

Foundation stage:

Stage 1 of the course covers the first four semesters, when students engage in fundamental studies of shape, colour, space and light in both natural and artificial settings. These are essentially linked to capturing the human figure and chiselling out creative depth. The basics of expression in drawing and painting and of compositional questions are practised both on a two-dimensional surface and in three-dimensional models. Spatial exercises around objects are explored in the Lab Theatre with the aid of lighting. The foundation stage also includes nude drawing, artistic anatomy, the essentials of architecture and typography, and an introduction to basic virtual technologies, backed by seminars and lectures in theatre studies, art history and philosophy. The technical essentials focus on displaying space and physical form on the stage. Content research and its translation are inspired by the observation of everyday life and the historical study of art, theatre and costume. Dramatic works, short stories and carefully defined themes provide a basis for devising spatial strategies, character studies, scenographic sketches, costume designs, models, tests with materials and workshop specifications. Craft skills are fostered with the aid of theatre technology, technical drawing and CAD applications, and work on video and lighting design.  

Advanced stage:

During the advanced stage, students explore their own paths to independent stage and costume design. Plays, musical theatre and themed improvisation provide the springboard for developing an artistic approach to space and the human form (semester themes). The steps in this process reflect those commonly found in theatre practice. Once a semester, student designs are used to generate mock-ups for a technical rehearsal in the Academy’s own Lab Theatre. Alongside group work, one-to-one tutorials are an important teaching component. During this stage artistic practice is flanked by theoretical teaching in theatre studies, dramatic composition (dramaturgy), philosophy and art history. This study programme is complemented by presentations and talks from guest academics and well-known artists and performers. The Academy’s own Lab Theatre, with its excellent technical resources, provides a venue for students to carry out their own projects: ->The five-year course culminates in a personal research phase lasting two semesters, when students submit two pieces of practical work, which may take the form of conceptual blueprints for a notional or real production of a musical, play or dance performance, or else of a relevant media project. In addition, they hand in a written dissertation on a theatre-related topic, which may derive from detailed analysis of technical skills they have been cultivating or be based on a theme of their own choice.



Cooperations have been established with - amongst others:

Institut del Teatre Barcelona + Universidad de Castilla-la Mancha Cuenca (Spanien)

Akademi for Szenekunst Fredrikstad (Norwegen) ENGLISH-SPEAKING COURSE

Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs ENSAD Paris (Frankreich)

Academy of Performing Arts DAMU Prag (Tschechien)

Accademia di Belle Arti Roma + Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera Milano (Italien)

Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University Istanbul (Türkei)

University of the Arts London (England)

Akademie der Bildenden Künste Wien (Österreich)


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