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Accredited study programs II. Master’s degree

Study field 2.2.4 Dramatic Art

Mode of study: full-time

Study program: Acting

The aim of Master’s degree study program in Acting is to encourage students to deliver autonomous creative artistic performance. The graduates shall be able to differentiate between work of art, artistic performance and spectator, identify their approach to studying in intercultural context, foster interpersonal competences concerning team work, acquire wide range of creative and practical skills, search for and discover references, new perspectives and artistic methods, interpretative and implementation methods, develop ability for international artistic cooperation and research.

The study program courses at Master’s Degree in Acting focus more on practical matters. Students do not follow only classic text-based acting methods but also attend courses focused on actor’s work in front of videocamera, in dubbing or on the radio. During their Master’s degree study and course on Preparation and realization of graduate project, students have an opportunity to work with a professional director, who guides them through the process of staging in professional theatre. Thus students acquire practical skills and get ready for professional experience. The course on One Actor Theatre allows students to acquire individual approach in actor’s work. Students build their stage character within the genre of monodrama. They are competent in character building, employing synthesis of all acting means of expression. This results in a complex monodrama performance, which becomes part of the theatre repertoire at the Academy of Arts.

In the second year of study, students become part of staging process within the course on Theatre Practice – One Actor Theatre. This process starts with selection of appropriate dramatic text, its analysis and staging in space with the use of all staging means available. By repeating their monodrama performance, students learn more about individual approach to acting.

The course on Film and television cooperation of director and actor provides students with knowledge of acting in film and television. On the basis of individual exercises, students shall acquire fundamental principles of performing in front of television camera.

The aim of course on Preparation and realisation of theatre performance is to prepare and make graduate theatre performance, inviting second grade master’s degree students from the Department of Acting at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts. Students will also benefit from professional supervision during building of stage character. Furthermore, students gain experience in theatre (incorporating other theatrical components while preparation: scenography, choreography, costumes, music, sound etc.) and professional acting techniques required for theatre performance production in professional environment.

These competences and knowledge makes up to 78 % of ECTS credits in the framework of both grades of the Master’s Degree program.

Study program: Theatre Dramaturgy and Direction

The organization of studies at the Master's degree program in Theatre Dramaturgy and Direction is based on the assumption that a graduate of a bachelor degree is knowledgeable, and practically ready to develop his/her individual creative dispositions. The focus of teaching is therefore theoretical and practical - oriented towards stimulating creative ambitions and mastering the role of dramaturg and director as a leader of the production team.

Concerning the need to closely link the preparation of dramaturgists and directors, the Faculty’s board decided to create a joint masters study program in which the common subjects of the curriculum and subjects of the specialization are equally represented. Their architecture is complementary, so the study program directly establishes conditions for collaboration of students oriented to direction with students who are profiling as dramaturgists. The joint result of their work is a performance created in cooperation with students of acting.

Since the aim of the Master's degree is to provide graduate with theoretical knowledge and knowledge of the creation process, the study plan requires students to attend compulsory courses on Theory of Theatre, Performance analysis, Drama-Theatre-Society and Theatre Production and Cultural Policies. All these courses focus on theatre production as implicit part of cultural life in society. By completing these subjects, student acquires the ability of autonomous creative, analytical and critical thinking on the basis of developed talent prerequisites, and becomes familiar with many forms of contemporary theatre. Thus he or she acquires prerequisites for their own artistic work.

Developing of one’s own creativity is synchronic with the cultivation of student's practical skills and abilities. The study plan assumes that the graduate of the two-year Master's program will be fully prepared for practice and thus will be able to consciously differentiate the relationship between work of art, artistic performance and spectators, search for new interpretations and experiment with artistic practices. Through the subject The team preparation of the performance project, the main aspect of the study at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts is strengthened – that is, awareness and application of the collective method of creating the production, and continuous students’ self-reflection of the creative process in Creative theatre seminar.

The core topics of the study program:

  • structural analysis and creative application of interpretations of dramatic text
  • devising dramaturgical and director’s concepts,
  • realization of ideas on stage
  • contemporary trends in methodology of creative techniques in specificities of dramatic arts,
  • artistic performance.

 These competences and knowledge make up to 73% of ECTS credits in the framework of both grades of the Master’s degree program.

Study field 2.2.5 Film and multimedia

Mode of study: full-time

Study program: Film and television direction and screenwriting

The content of the study program Film and Television Direction and Screenwriting at the Master's degree can be understood as continuation and expansion of the bachelor's study in terms of theoretical and practical acquisition of knowledge, methods and procedures, genres and styles of audiovisual culture as a whole. The content at the master's degree is more versatile than the bachelor's degree, and is based on individual creativity and realization of the author's works of art. Students are able to understand and analyze specificity of the film narrative and its individual components when realizing literary script for feature film and medium-sized documentary film. It allows them to compare different types of narration in terms of dramaturgical-aesthetic assumptions as well as in terms of their focus on the future artwork. Educating students puts emphasis on individuality and creativity of the student. At the same time, students are addressed with specificities of the current trends in cinematography and new genres of film narration.

List of core topics and alternative units of the curriculum

Specification of knowledge and competences:

  • artistic interpretation of the world and its transfer to the field of film and multimedia
  • creative response to stimuli and issues of various art disciplines and social practices
  • devising of mental concepts and verbally or otherwise fixated audiovisual projects
  • mastering technical and technological means, which are applied in production process,
  • exploring the context of one’s own production from the perspective of contemporary tendencies and trends in cinematography, audio vision and other fields of multimedia,
  • study of cultural and theoretical aspects of art production and its social impact

The knowledge and competences concerning the core topics are formulated within the courses, which make up to 3/5 of study program Film and television direction and Screenwriting.

Students at the Master’s Degree program acquire theoretical and practical knowledge based on current state of development in film and multimedia. The program aims at developing their creative skills for application in practice as a film or multimedia author, or for postgradual studies in one of the doctoral  degrees.

The core of the study program comprises compulsory subjects in general knowledge of art study program and optional subjects at the Department of Documentary Production and Department of Screenwriting.

Subjects of the study program at the Master’s Degree are categorized as follows:

General knowledge subjects of the study program and specialized subjects (Film theory, Seminar on critic and analysis, Audiovisual project, Film direction – theory and practice, Television – mass media environment, Management and production

Profile subjects on art education focus on individual production, resulting in a master’s degree art project. The main focus of subjects is to motivate students to cooperate with their pedagogue, and/or colleagues in solving assigned tasks with contribution of everyone involved. (Performance practice – screenplay of feature film, Performance practice – realisation of documentary film, Creative Workshop, Radio production, Diploma seminar, Dubbing – editing texts, Social addictions and film, Direction of documentary film and Dramaturgical seminar. Students are obliged to choose at least three subjects from the list of Profile subjects on art education – corresponding to their artistic preferences.

Optional subjects depending on theri availability in the academic year (student is welcome to enroll in courses of other departments).

At the Master’s degree, students have the opportunity to broaden their knowledge of contemporary and world film, multimedia art, and forms of their distribution and perception from relevant perspectives as well as knowledge of artistic processes, methods and theoretical assumptions in film production and multimedia work of art and its reflection in the light of latest findings.

The graduate of the Master’s degree program in Film and television direction and screenwriting is prepared for practical experience as an autonomous author in film and multimedia, advertising and PR, investigative journalism and/or mass media communication. After completing additional qualification degree, graduate is qualified for teaching of subjects at elementary or secondary art schools.