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Curriculum – Modules – Application & Admission

Theater Studies as a major can be studied in combination with a 60-credit minor or two 30-credit minors. As a 60-credit minor, Theater Studies is combined with a 90-credit major.

The Theater Studies program consists of an introductory phase and an advanced phase, as well as the General Professional Skills program (ABV).

If studied as a major, the program concludes with a bachelor’s thesis: students independently work on a topic of their choice in order to gain a deeper and more differentiated understanding of a spezialized area of study.

The General Professional Skills program consists of an internship and the following skills areas: foreign languages, working and writing in the humanities, information and media literary, gender and diversity competences, organizational and management skills, personal and social communication skills, as well as study-related further qualifications providing additional practical knowledge and skills. The aims, contents, and curriculum of the General Professional Skills program are governed by the degree program-specific Regulations.


General Professional Skills Program and Examination Regulations.

The curriculum and structure of the program are governed by the Theater Studies Degree Program and Examination Regulations. The regulations contain detailed descriptions of the contents and qualification goals of each individual module, as well as a sample curriculum. In addition, they define the examination requirements of each module and list the credit points for each module or course as well as the workload in hours for the entire course of study.

The B.A. in Theater Studies comprises three kinds of modules that offer different methodological and thematic concentrations depending on your study phase (introductory phase, advanced phase):

Contemporary Theater
The Contemporary Theater modules deal with manifestations and aesthetic trends in contemporary theater. Students become conversant with concepts, methods, and issues in performance analysis.

Theater History
The Theater History modules impart knowledge about historical manifestations of and developments in theater and theatrical phenomena. Students become conversant with different approches to historiographic work.

Theory and Aesthetics
The Theory and Aesthetics modules provide an understanding of theories and aesthetics of theater, as well as cultural studies and philosophical theories. Students learn how to read and analyze texts critically, to contexualize the various theories historically and apply them to theatrical phenomena.

Theater/Arts/Media (advanced phase)
During the advanced phase, the methological range expands to also include theatrical and performative phenomena that can be seen not only on the stage but also in various cultural areas, other arts, and media. Here, cultural history meets art studies meets media theory.

General Information on Modules and Credit Points (CPs)

The application and admission procedure is centrally organized by Freie Universität Berlin.

The degree program is a limited admission program.

For more information on application deadlines etc., visit: Application and Admission

Please also see the information on Transferring between Higher Education Institutions in Higher Semesters.