Theatre Dramaturgy – Field of study catalogue JAMU
The aim of this study plan is to provide students with basic theoretical competence (i.e. knowledge), as well as to acquaint them with specific practical theatrical activities (i.e. to give them a chance to acquire the relevant skills).
In addition to the theoretical and historical field, the creative component of dramaturgical talent (imagination and fantasy) is also developed in parallel, mainly in the form of seminars focused on original creation (adaptation, dramatisation, own dramatic texts), translation, etc. The study plan allows its students to pick certain specialised seminars according to their abilities and interests; these are freely chosen from a wider range of several options. In addition to working in authorial seminars, students have the opportunity to publish their author’s projects at the Original Works Show of the Faculty of Theatre JAMU, which has been held regularly since the early 1990s and which is a mandatory part of the study plan for dramaturgy students in the 2nd year of their studies (the student take full organisational control over the show).
Knowledge of the basics of acting is acquired either during individual acting lessons (especially in the 1st year), or through partial participation in acting seminars (in the 2nd or 3rd year). Adequate attention is also paid to the basics of speech techniques – both with regard to the need to cultivate one’s own linguistic expression, and to point out the need to adhere to the principles of correct linguistic expression on stage; the term “correct” is understood in the spirit of dramatic text, dramaturgical-directing conception and speaking techniques.
During the three-year studies, students will create at least five dramaturgical projects within the study plan (+ bachelor’s dramaturgical project in the 3rd year as a graduation project). These projects gradually develop students’ ability to create dramaturgical analyses and concepts, from simple and short formations to synthesising scenic pieces in the 3rd year. Projects are always presented in the form of final exams at the end of the semester (or during it).
The nature of theoretical teaching and practical implementation of dramaturgical projects includes a wide range of procedures from traditional and classical to new forms of theatrical expression. The language of theatre is constantly changing and the departure of theatre from verbal domination is one of the features of modern theatre. The word is replaced by movement, artistic elements, there is a strong tendency towards visualisation, etc. At the dramaturgical level, this is reflected in original interpretations and reinterpretations of classical materials, which often become more of a commentary on the original masterpiece. The dramatic text is analytically decomposed, deconstructed and transformed. The whole of the production is then built on this elemental basis.
Dramaturgy at the Faculty of Theatre JAMU is though in three studios of dramaturgy and direction, led by prof. PhDr. Václav Cejpek, prof. PhDr. Josef Kovalcuk a prof. Petr Oslzlý. The basic structure of the study plan is common for all three studios. The specifics – mirroring the personalities of the heads of studios and their teachers – can be seen in emphases and specialisations, which are reflected, for example, in the thematic lectures within the field, in the choice of seminars, specialised workshops, etc.
lecturer in theatres (reads dramatic texts, prepares reviews on them, participates in discussions about the concept of the theatre, writes articles for various types of printed material, cooperates with theatre’s marketing department, participates in the organisational work of the dramaturgy department – contact with the press, etc.)
programme-organisational employee of agencies (creates the dramaturgical programme of the agency, takes care of the managerial matters or some part thereof, ensures the individual performances at the organisational and production level, etc.)
editor of theatrical publications (e.g. theatre bulletins, publications related to theatre marketing, etc.)
public relation manager of theatres (manager the theatre’s contact with the public, provides information to the press according to the instructions of the theatre management and in connection with the theatre’s marketing strategy)
media editor, anchor or presenter in the field of culture and theatre (appears in the media, such as radio, TV, internet, websites of institutions, etc., to present activities of theatres or certain institutions, shares current information, popularises the theatre by adequate means, etc.)
editor of cultural sections of some periodicals (informs about theatrical and cultural events in the region, contributes to the cultural section or even manages it, cooperates with a circle of external correspondents, writes reviews of theatre performances, etc.)
reviewer for the field of theatre (contributes to the cultural sections of some periodicals as an author of theatre-critical articles)
a certain number of graduates of the bachelor’s study programme is also prepared – subject to meeting the requirements of the admission procedure – for the follow-up master’s degree study programme of theatre dramaturgy
The degree of similarity and difference is evident from the overview of courses offered in the creation of study plans and from the description of individual courses. Courses are divided into three groups – a common basis of the field (compulsory for all studios), a specific basis of the field (courses compulsory for individual studios – this is where the specificity and difference of individual studios originates) and personal specialisation courses chosen by students based to their interests and focus.
The credit system gives students the opportunity to create their study programmes with regard to their personal orientation and interests. In the 2nd and 3rd year of study, students can choose courses constituting 20 to 30 percent of credits at their own discretion.
Successful completion of all courses marked as the field’s basic courses.
Acquisition of at least 180 credits.