The introductory phase and the advanced phase are consecutive phases. That means that in order to be able to enrol in courses of the advanced phase, you need to complete the relevant introductory phase module. Here’s an example: You can only participate in a seminar of the advanced “Theory and Aesthetics” module after having completed the introductory “Theory and Aesthetics” module (2011 Degree Program and Examination Regulations) or after having completed the “Introduction to Theater Theory” module (2022 Degree Program and Examination Regulations). In practice, it may happen that Campus Management does not list the introductory module as completed if there has been a delay in grade postings; if you have enrolled in the necessary courses and fulfilled the course requirements, you are able to enrol in the follow-up advanced module.
Access to a course’s Campus Management account is restricted to the course instructor. Please contact the course instructor and ask them to add the information. If you have any further problems or questions about Campus Management (registration/de-registration, exam results, grade information, using web functions, etc.), please check out the information on the Campus Management website – or contact the Campus Management/Info Service hotline by phone at 838-77770 or by email at email@example.com.
Grades or exam results that could not be entered into Campus Management for technical or other reasons need to be confirmed in writing by the course instructor. This “Papierschein” (course certificate), in combination with the complementary course, must be recognized by the BA advisor as part of a module certificate. (A module always comprises two courses – i.e., you can have the “Papierschein” for an advanced phase seminar recognized only if you have also enrolled in the accompanying lecture or methodology course/practice session.)
The form for the BaföG office is filled out by the BA advisor in your major – please bring the form to office hours in good time (please note that there may be irregular office hours when courses are not in session). At the Institute for Theater Studies, you need to have completed all introductory modules and earned an appropriate amount of advanced credits (2022 Degree Program and Examination Regulations) or advanced and specialization credits (2011 Degree Program and Examination Regulations) in order to receive this certificate.
The revised Degree Program and Examination Regulations for the B.A. in Theater Studies took effect in the 2022 summer semester. These revised regulations apply to all students who began their studies in or after the 2022/23 winter semester. The old regulations apply to all students who have started their studies before the 2022/23 winter semester and who have not applied to switch to the new regulations. You can find the various regulations here.
The Theater Studies modules are completed with a graded exam. An exception is the (ungraded) term paper or oral exam in the “Introduction to Theater Theory” module (2022 Degree Program and Examination Regulations). All grades will contribute to the final B.A. grade. Generally, the exam consists of a written term paper in the module-related seminar.
Students studying under the 2011 Degree Program and Examination Regulations in the advanced phase take an oral exam instead of writing a term paper; upon consultation with the course instructor, students studying Theater Studies as a major can choose to write three shorter papers rather than a term paper in one specialization module. Students studying under the 2022 Degree Program and Examination Regulations take an oral exam in the “Contemporary Theater” advanced module; in the “Current Tendencies in Contemporary Theater,” “Theater History: Forms, Structures, Practices,” “Theory and Aesthetics: Terms, Discouses, Contexts,” “Theater, Other Arts and Media” advanced module, they can choose between writing a term paper and taking an oral exam. The course instructors decide which exam can be taken.
An oral exam lasts approx. 20 minutes and generally takes place as a conversation with the course instructor and another faculty member when courses are no longer in session. The terms, dates and contents of the exam need to be discussed in due time with the course instructor.
In the case of students studying under the 2022 Degree Program and Examination Regulations, the course instructors determine whether the “Current Tendencies in Contemporary Theater,” “Theater History: Forms, Structures, Practices,” “Theory and Aesthetics: Terms, Discouses, Contexts” modules can be completed with a term paper or an oral exam. Students studying under the 2011 Degree Program and Examination Regulations can choose the advanced module in which they want to take an oral exam instead osf writing a term paper. The type of exam needs to be discussed with the course instructors in due time at the beginning of the semester.
Finishing Your Studies
You yourself choose the topic of your bachelor’s thesis in coordination with your supervisor. The topic can arise from a seminar, but also from your reading or attending a performance, or it can focus on an issue you have been mulling over for some time – in any event, you should choose a topic that interests you and that you will enjoy making the subject of your academic work (and that can be meaningfully addressed in approx. 25 pages). During a conversation with your supervisor, you should narrow down the topic, discuss the bibliography, and perhaps develop a first outline. The original topic may change during the conversation or during the work on the paper itself – that is perfectly okay as long as it happens in coordination with your supervisor.
Helpful information on matters related to the bachelor’s thesis can be found on the website of the fsi performativer wissenschaften.
The bachelor’s thesis is supervised by two faculty members (professors, junior professors or Privatdozent*innen) at the Institute for Theater Studies who are authorized to conduct exams. You need to contact them yourself. Ideally, you already know these faculty members from courses you have taken; however, you can also contact other faculty members to serve as supervisors. We recommend you introduce yourself to the person concerned during office hours and send a short exposé outlining your planned topic in advance. While the primary supervisor needs to be from the Institute for Theater Studies, it is possible to have a visiting professor or professor at another institute or department who is authorized to conduct exams serve as assistant supervisor, if this makes thematic sense.
In exceptional cases, faculty members at the Institute who are not authorized to conduct exams can serve as supervisor, provided they have a Ph.D. This too needs to be discussed with the person concerned and that person needs to apply for examination authorization in advance.
You need to register the bachelor’s thesis at the Examinations Office. To do so, you need to fill out the registration form available at the Examinations Office (preferably via email at firstname.lastname@example.org) and have it signed by both supervisors. Please submit the form to the Examinations Office, which will forward it to the Examination Board (when courses are in session, the Board meets every week; when courses are not in session, it meets approx. every two weeks). The Examination Board will confirm your registration in writing and inform you of the deadline to submit your thesis – this will be 10 weeks (2011 Degree Program and Examination Regulations) or 12 weeks (2022 Degree Program and Examination Regulations) after confirmation through the Board. The thesis then needs to be submitted at the Examinations Office no later than the deadline.
Yes. You do not have to wait until all grades and certificates are entered into Campus Management before registering your bachelor’s thesis. Since the thesis is completed alongside your studies, you can even attend and complete final courses in parallel. You should make sure, however, that you can concentrate on your bachelor’s thesis and that you have fulfilled all other requirements when submitting the thesis. You will only be able to receive a final diploma once all grades and exams have been fully entered into Campus Management.
No. Provided that you have successfully completed all mandatory courses of your degree program and have fulfilled all requirements, you do not have to re-register; you can submit the bachelor’s thesis even if you are no longer registered as a student. But please note: As soon as you are exmatriculated, you can no longer enrol in courses. Therefore please make sure that you have successfully completed all courses before deciding against re-registering