Drama Education for the Deaf

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In the academic year 1992/93, the very first deaf students began their studies in the studio of the Drama Education for the Deaf at the Faculty of Theatre JAMU in Brno.

The studies are conceived as three-year bachelor’s degree studies. Graduates receive the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BcA) degree.

Graduates find employment in the field of education and culture. It has been confirmed in practice that illustration and personal experience are irreplaceable principles in the teaching of deaf children and youth. Creation of children or youth productions has a pedagogical, social and therapeutic impact.

The aim of the extending the Drama Education for the Deaf bachelor’s degree studies with a follow-up master’s degree field was to allow our graduates to be accepted as full-fledged teachers in the field of drama education and to allow those who were already working to defend their professional positions by obtaining the MgA degree.

After successfully completing the demanding bachelor’s degree studies of Drama Education for the Deaf, where the personal growth of each student is emphasised and his or her ability to be a communicative creative personality developed, especially in the field of pedagogy, the master’s studies developed and examine above all the theatrical area of this field and the possibilities to use theatre as an educational tool. This is done by active creation of productions performed by hearing-impaired children and youth and also by creation of productions for children and youth.

These productions can communicate with deaf and hearing audiences alike, while maintaining the specificity of productions. The realisation of such a production has an impact on the pedagogical and social level.

In the master’s degree studies of Drama Education for the Deaf, the students develop their pedagogical competencies and acquire new knowledge in the field of dramaturgical preparation of a production, screenwriting and direction. They improve their skills in the field of acting and become acquainted with the basics of scenography. Emphasis is placed on the specifics that result from the “disability”, or rather the specific peculiarities of this minority.

Social orientation is important and emphasis is placed on finding adequate means of expression corresponding to the age of children and young people. The means also have to take into account the nature of the institution for which the production is created (schools, extracurricular facilities, art schools, clubs, associations, civic educational associations, etc.).

Theatrical production is an artistic activity and at the same time an educational tool. For the Deaf, it is a tool of self-awareness, therapy, and communication.

The field prepares graduates for professional and amateur theatre production for children and youth. It explores the possibilities of active involvement of young spectators in theatrical performances and develops the possibilities of offering full-fledged experience for hearing-impaired children and youth.

The aim of the field is to develop the field of theatre for the deaf at university level, to prepare competent personalities who will be able to apply their knowledge in practice and to develop the field of theatre for children and youth. The master’s degree entitles our graduates to work as full-fledged teachers in the field of drama education for the Deaf.

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After successfully completing his/her studies the graduate is able to:

  • they are aware of the ethical dimension of artistic cognition across age and social groups and especially groups of persons with specific needs;
  • they are able to recognise and name a problem of the field in practice and formulate their own professional argumentation;
  • they analyse and choose adequate methodologies, they can apply them in the teaching or social care process;
  • they can use the basic terminology of the field in a qualified manner in Czech language, as well as in Czech sign language;
  • they are able to cooperate on a professional level in a team of deaf persons and in an integrated team, they participate in defining its tasks, for which they accept responsibility, and they reflect upon and respect the opinions of other team members;
  • they are able to lead a small team, a group of persons with special needs (not only a group of deaf individuals, but also an integrated group);
  • they independently acquire additional professional knowledge, skills and competences mainly on the basis of practical experience and its evaluation, but also through active participation in field-related educational workshops and seminars;
  • they purposefully and effectively use their personal experience with their own otherness and differentness, emotionality, imagination, sensitivity and expressive abilities for their own interpretation and creation, and especially for theatrical-pedagogic
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School and educational facilities for hearing-impaired children and youth at the level of kindergartens, primary schools, secondary schools, art schools, extracurricular education – leisure centres, organisations for persons with hearing impairment, civic associations specifically focused on extracurricular educational activities for deaf children, activities aimed at the development of children with other specific needs – e.g. children with intellectual, autism-related and physical disabilities, etc.).

The graduates use the work on a theatrical production as an educational and therapeutic tool.

They participate in the creation of teaching aids that are used in ordinary primary schools (e.g. the “Teaching for Diversity” teaching aid) and that acquaint pupils of ordinary schools with the minority of deaf persons.

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Students must enrol in and complete courses marked as the field basics. They supplement their study plan with personal specialisation courses from the offer of their studio and the Faculty of Theatre.

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Successful completion of all courses marked as the field’s basic courses.

Acquisition of at least 180 credits.

Contents and scope of the final examination

Methodology of Drama in Education and defence of an independent Drama in Education project

Special Pedagogy

Developmental and Pedagogy Psychology

Techniques and Methodology of Basics of Movement and Acrobatics

Methodology of Art Education

Defence of the bachelor’s thesis

Defence of the bachelor’s graduation project

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Field of study specifications

Field of Study: Drama Education for the Deaf
Abbreviation: 8213732
Code: 8203R065
Type: Bachelor's degree programme
Degree: BcA.
Accreditation: to 1/1/2000
Programme: B8203 B-DRAUM Dramatic Arts
Faculty of Theatre
Field of study guaranteed by:
Faculty of Theatre
Field guarantor:
prof. Mgr. Zoja Mikotová