Theatre Studies

Bachelor's degree in full-time form. The language of instruction is Czech.

The programme can be studied as a single subject or in combination with another programme.

What will you learn?

The aim of the Bachelor studies is to make students familiar with the history of Czech and world theatre, staging practices and theories describing typical features, and rules of different theatrical genres and ways of researching into theatre and drama. In the undergraduate study programme, students are instructed in understanding that the primary function of theatre is not only to entertain, but also reflect on the nature of human existence in various contexts. A piece of theatre and/or drama is, thus, a unique and involved commentary on human reality in an aestheticized, yet no less telling, form.

“Theatre is the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being. (Thorton Wilder)”

The Bachelor study programme is targeted at those who are interested in understanding historical and socio-cultural processes through the medium of theatre and drama, assessing its aesthetic aspects, developing their analytical skills, and learning to formulate their opinions in writing and discussions with fellow students and teachers. Students are supposed to be interested in current theatre and drama, critical thinking about these phenomena, and development of their verbal and writing skills.

The major research interests of the Department of Theatre Studies is Czech and world theatre history, theatricality of non-theatrical phenomena, current Czech and world drama and staging techniques, translating for theatre, and theatre criticism.

Further information

More information about programme, research and other activities of the department are avaliable on web:

Career opportunities

The undergraduate gains not only the adequate professional knowledge and skills, but also other practical general skills usable in any other field of Humanities, as well as in personal life. These include the ability of working with different kinds of texts and assessing them critically, academic and journalistic writing skills, general knowledge of Czech and world history and culture, understanding of current socio-political issues, the capacity of deep and complex thinking analysis of various phenomena. In case the students seek employment in theatre filed, they are instructed to continue in Master, potentially even PhD programme in Theatre History and Theory. Graduates can find employment in numerous cultural fields, namely theatre and cultural journalism, editor in different types of publishing houses, theatre management, archives and museums, PR positions in cultural institutions, management of theatre festivals, promotion of theatre and drama, and in the academia.

Admission requirements

Data from the previous admission procedure (1 Nov 2023 – 29 Feb 2024)

This programme is taught in Czech.

The criteria for admission for studies are the results of the written Field of Study Examination. The Faculty of Arts of Masaryk University disregards the results of SCIO National Comparative Examinations.

You can file your e-applications for studies from 1 November to 29 February.
Field of study examinations will be held from 15 April to 21 April.
The date and time of the examination will be stated in the electronic invitation for the examination, which will be uploaded to your e-application. The faculty will not be sending paper invitations. Applicants applying for the major study plan and minor study plan in a combined study must comply with the conditions for admission into both plans.

Learning Potential Test (TSP)

For admission for studies in this degree programme, you do not need to take the TSP.

Field of Study Examination

This examination is only in Czech. It is intended to check the applicants’ knowledge of the given field of study. It checks the applicants’ motivation for study, perspective on the areas of culture, history, and current theatre, and formulation and analytical skills. It is given in the form of a written field of study test.
Basic description of the Field of Study Examination:
Field of study test (90 minutes maximum): a written test of the basic cultural overview, history, and comprehension of a scholarly text in a foreign language (English or German, depending on your language skills).

Admission without the entrance examination

For admission for studies in this degree programme, you cannot be exempted from taking the entrance examination.

Criteria for evaluation

  • Total number of points in the Field of Study Examination: 100
  • Limit for successfully passing the Field of Study Examination: 50 points (inclusive)
Points are not deducted for incorrect answers.

Recommended literature

These book titles will give you an insight into how theatre can be thought and written about from a contemporary and historical perspective. (It is not necessary to read them completely for admission, but they will certainly give you an idea of what to look forward to.)

  • BEJBLÍK, Alois. Shakespearův svět. Praha: Mladá fronta, 1979.
  • BROCKETT, Oscar Gross. Dějiny divadla. Praha: Lidové noviny, 1999. (Lze použít i novější vydání.)
  • HAVELKA, Jiří. Zmrazit čerstvé ovoce: útržky úvah o divadelní zkoušce. Praha: Nakladatelství AMU, 2012.
  • HOŘÍNEK, Zdeněk. Cesty moderního dramatu. Praha: Nakladatelství Studia Ypsilon, 1995.
  • JUST, Vladimír. Proměny malých scén (rozmluvy o vývoji a současné podobě českých autorských divadel malých jevištních forem). Praha: Mladá fronta, 1984.
  • KOPECKÝ, Jan a BERNARD, Jan. Co je divadlo. Praha: Státní pedagogické nakladatelství, 1983.

Minimum score and numbers of accepted applicants in past years

Study options

Single-subject studies

Students have a pre-defined list of required courses, which are supplemented with selective and elective courses. The student pays full attention to the single field of study chosen.

Combined studies

In this type of studies, the students focus on the main degree programme (120 credits) supplemented with another, minor, programme (60 credits). The student enrols in the degree programme in which he/she majors. Both the programmes are stated in the university diploma. You will find possible combinations on the websites of individual degree programmes.​ An exception is programmes preparing students for teaching professions, where both fields of study are equal and the thesis may be written in any of them.

Combinations with programmes from Faculty of Arts

Combinations with programmes from Faculty of Economics and Administration

Combinations with programmes from Faculty of Informatics

Combinations with programmes from Faculty of Social Studies

Theatre Studies as a minor degree programme

Combinations with programmes from Faculty of Arts
Combinations with programmes from Faculty of Economics and Administration
Combinations with programmes from Faculty of Informatics
Combinations with programmes from Faculty of Social Studies

Courses – curriculum examples

An example of your study plan:

Single-subject studies

Combined studies

Combinations with programmes from Faculty of Arts

Combinations with programmes from Faculty of Economics and Administration

Combinations with programmes from Faculty of Informatics

Combinations with programmes from Faculty of Social Studies

Follow-up studies

The undergraduate (when meeting the requirements for admission) can continue their studies in any of the follow-up Master programmes, preferably in Humanities or Social Sciences. Students are advised to combine, even at the undergraduate level, the Theatre History and Theory study programme with another one (e.g. Czech Language and Literature, foreign language, Art History, Philosophy, etc.), thus widening the scope of their knowledge, as well as theoretical and methodological background, and consequently the possibility of future employment.

Study information

Provided by Faculty of Arts
Type of studies Bachelor's
Mode full-time Yes
combined No
distance No
Study options single-subject studies Yes
single-subject studies with specialization No
major/minor studies Yes
Standard length of studies 3 years
Language of instruction Czech

Do you have any questions?
Send us an e-mail to

doc. Mgr. Šárka Havlíčková Kysová, Ph.D.



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