Theater directors are, so to speak, like the decathletes among athletes since they have to be familiar with many different aspects of the theater. The Bachelor's degree program trains students in these skills, embracing both the classical literary forms of the performing arts as well as contemporary developments in the theater and related art forms. The program is designed to equip students with the requisite skills both for theoretical reflection and for the practical work of the theater. Relevance to practice and giving students an opportunity to stage their own production are key aspects of the program. As an interdisciplinary course, it integrates teaching units from other disciplines such as philosophy, art and social sciences. Together with students in the Acting and Performing Arts and Music Management programs of the HfMDK, Theater Directing students can attend the theoretical and practical courses offered jointly by the institutions that make up the Hessian Theater Academy (HTA) study network: the Master's program in Dramaturgy at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, the Stage Design program of the University of Design Offenbach and the Institute for Applied Theater Studies of the Justus Liebig University Gießen. Students may also spend part of their training at the theaters affiliated with the Hessian Theater Academy.
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Applicants for the Bachelor’s degree program in Theater Directing must provide evidence of a university entrance qualification (equivalent to the German Abitur) as stipulated by Section 54 Clause 2 of the Hessian Universities Act (HHG) of December 14, 2009, in the version from December 21, 2010. Applicants who do not have a university entrance qualification as stipulated by Section 54 Clause 4 Article 3 HHG can instead demonstrate their outstanding artistic talent by obtaining at least 19 of 25 possible points in the entrance examination . In the examination applicants should clearly document their interest in questions relating to art and culture and their gift for directing as well as demonstrating sufficient familiarity with another European language.
Prof. Hans-Ulrich Becker