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)
Submission deadline until midnight 28 Feb 2022
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.
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.
More information about programme, research and other activities of the department are avaliable on web:
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.
This programme is taught in Czech.
The criteria for admission for studies are the results of the 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 28 February.
Field of study examinations will be held from 22 April to 25 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 dramaturgical analysis of a text, field of study test, and oral interview.
Basic description of the Field of Study Examination:
Dramaturgical analysis of a text:
Explain, in the form of a coherently written essay, what topics of plays are, in your opinion, current these days, why it makes sense to stage a drama today, and characterise the form and structure of a play. You may attempt to explain the analysed text in the current cultural and political context. Because it is a professional genre, we recommend that you adapt to it the stylistic aspects of your written essay. Choose from one of the following dramatic texts: Pedro Calderón de la Barca - Life Is a Dream, Henrik Ibsen - Wild Duck, Ladislav Smoček - The Strange Afternoon of Dr Zvonek Burke.
The analysis may be written in Czech or Slovak.
Length of text: at least 3 standard pages (5400) characters.
Please send your prepared dramaturgical analysis as an attachment to an e-mail with the subject “DRAMATURGICAL ANALYSIS - ADMISSIONS PROCEDURE” to firstname.lastname@example.org - from 29 March to 31 March (no sooner, no later).
Field of study test (60 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).
Oral interview (20 minutes maximum): in a discussion, applicants prove their awareness of what is currently going on in the world of theatre and their analytical skills. As the basis for discussion, the applicants must prepare a list of 10 theatrical performances for the admissions committee (the list must contain the name of the author, name of the staging, theatre, and name of the director) they have seen recently and are able to discuss.
The oral examination will be conducted after completing the field of study test.
Admission without the entrance examinationFor 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
- Total number of points in the dramaturgical analysis of a text: 30
- Total number of points in the field of study test: 40
- Total number of points in the oral examination: 30
- Limit for successfully passing the Field of Study Examination: 50 points (inclusive)
The applicant must participate in all three parts of the entrance examination.
- HOŘÍNEK, Zdeněk. Cesty moderního dramatu. Praha: Nakladatelství Studia Ypsilon, 1995.
- BEJBLÍK, Alois. Shakespearův svět. Praha: Mladá fronta, 1979.
- KOPECKÝ, Jan a BERNARD, Jan. Co je divadlo. Praha: Státní pedagogické nakladatelství, 1983.
- BROOK, Peter. Prázdný prostor. Překlad Alois Bejblík. Praha: Panorama, 1988.
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.
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 Education
Combinations with programmes from Faculty of Economics and Administration
Combinations with programmes from Faculty of Informatics
Combinations with programmes from Faculty of Social 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.
|Provided by||Faculty of Arts|
|Type of studies|
|Standard length of studies||3 years|
|Language of instruction||Czech|
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