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.
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.
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:
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.
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:
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.
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.
In addition to your studies, there are many other activities available in your spare time.
In addition to being together during lessons and your spare time, there are lots of social events:
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.
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 for subsidiary subject student of dramaturgy: