SUPPLEMENTARY SUBJECT IN DRAMATURGY

Introduction

Dramaturgy and theatre production

The subsidiary subject in dramaturgy at the University of Aarhus gives you a thorough introduction to theatre history and dramaturgical analysis. You learn to use two approaches to theatre. The first of these is theatre as a creative force that changes an idea into a theatrical concept – subsequently carried out in collaboration with others. The second is theatre as an interpreter that observes theatrical communication strategies and can apply them in other media, such as computer games and role-play.

 

Dramaturgy and learning

These approaches to dramaturgy provide you with an insight into the learning process. Learning is about sending, receiving, translating and exchanging knowledge with others in a time and space context. The communication in a learning process can thus be planned, processed and analysed using dramaturgical theory and methodology.

The subsidiary subject in dramaturgy teaches you to use a number of analytical tools that sharpen your perception of human interaction. This skill is extremely useful when teaching dramaturgy at upper secondary school and in other educational and learning contexts, including the business community.

 

From within and without

The subsidiary subject in dramaturgy – as applied in a teaching context – aims at providing an introduction to theatre and stage art with a particular emphasis on didactics. Because of this emphasis on giving you the required tools to plan, implement and reflect on didactic processes, you become qualified to carry out the following two activities:

  

  • Observation of works and processes from within, by participating in exercises, productions and learning situations.
  • Observation of works and processes from without, as an analyst and observer of theatre, stage productions and teaching situations.

Good dramaturgy questions:

  • How do I create suspense and powerful forms of expression in a performance?
  • How do I communicate with an audience whose background is different from mine?
  • Is there a connection between Greek tragedy and contemporary theatre?
  • How can I use dramaturgical tools to plan a learning process?

Admission requirements

In order to be admitted to a supplementary subject, you have to be enrolled in a bachelor’s degree programme at a Danish university. Furthermore, the academic regulations of the bachelor’s degree programme have to allow for a combination with a supplementary subject.

You also have to meet the admission requirements for the supplementary subject in question. You can familiarise yourself with the requirements on the Danish version of this page by clicking on Danish in the top right corner.

Read more about admission to supplementary subjects.

Academic regulations

As a student it is important to know the regulations for the chosen supplementary subject: what is the content, how is it structured and what does it require from you.

You can find this information in the academic regulations. There is a regulation for both bachelor’s supplementary subject and master’s supplementary subject:

-       SEE ACADEMIC REGULATIONS

In the following graphical presentation of the subject you can see the different modules and courses that, in addition, link to the course catalogue where you can read the course descriptions.

Structure bachelor

Structure master

Student life

Student life at the former barracks

As a subsidiary subject student, you have approximately 6 lessons per week. However, the subsidiary subject in dramaturgy consists of more practical subjects than most other university degree programmes, and you therefore often spend a good deal of your time at the barracks in the company of your fellow students.

The Department of Dramaturgy is located at the Kaserne – the former barracks in Langelandsgade – together with the Departments of Music Studies, Aesthetics and Culture, Comparative Literature and Art History.

Academic life

In addition to your studies, there are many other activities available in your spare time.

  • Dramaturgical Association: When you enrol in the dramaturgy degree programme, you automatically become a member of the Dramaturgical Association, which offers cultural and study-related activities for students of all years, including theatre excursions, “storyteller” cafés and workshops.
  • Peripeti: A dramaturgical magazine that endeavours to strengthen the connection between theatre research and performing theatrical art. It also organises conferences and seminars in collaboration with different theatre institutions.
  • Visir: Paper for all students at the Institute of Aesthetic Studies, with study-related articles and information about current activities at the barracks.

Social life

In addition to being together during lessons and your spare time, there are lots of social events:

  • Fæstetik: The Social Committee organises events for students of all subjects at the Institute of Aesthetic Studies, including a spring party with a special theme, a Shrovetide celebration and a huge party in the Stakladen building for 350 guests.
  • A Friday bar for students at the Institute of Aesthetic Studies features live music every Friday in the foyer of the KaserneSceneN (the barracks theatre).

Career

Teacher

A subsidiary subject in dramaturgy – used for teaching and learning – qualifies you for a job as a drama teacher at upper secondary schools, folk high schools, continuation schools, evening classes and culture schools.

Dramaturgy is a minor subject at upper secondary school and it is therefore an advantage if you have a major subject as your main subject, e.g. English, Danish or history. This increases your job chances compared with choosing a combination of two minor subjects or a minor and a medium subject.

For more information about work at upper secondary schools, see the University of Aarhus web site or gymnasiejob.dk.

Theatre, media and marketing

In addition to teaching, a dramaturg can also be employed at universities, theatres, cultural institutions and media companies in areas such as drama education, coaching and teambuilding, as project managers, information officers, consultants and critics, as well as within advertising, marketing and sales.

Competence profile

Competence profile for subsidiary subject student of dramaturgy:

  • Innovator: Your studies train you to observe, structure and analyse work processes using dramaturgical tools.
  • Theatre expert: You know how a theatre functions – architecturally, financially and politically – and you are able to use this information in practice.
  • Communicator: Drama and theatre are more than just art – they are also a form of communication. You acquire tools that enable you to understand theatre communication, and to create a concept and stage your ideas.
  • All-round activities: As a dramaturg, you can juggle many activities at the same time, combine different artistic mechanisms in one, monitor a production process, etc.
  • Working partner: Through practical exercises during your studies, you learn to operate in many different contexts – as an individual, a team member and part of a process.