Authorial Acting (8203R045)

bachelor's programme qualification

General information about admission process

Good physical and mental aptitudes talent and personality capable of cultivation and further development. Need and ability to learn, to study and to participate in the curriculum and group/individual work. Active knowledge of English is required. The auditions consist particularly of assessing the aptitudes of personality and talent (discipline of movement, voice, speech, acting) and an interview (motivation, orientation in culture, art, philosophy, current affairs and basic knowledge about our department). As part of the admission proces, the applicant sends his/her own authorial texts.

Specific arrangements for recognition of prior learning

The programme does not have any specific requirements for the recognition of prior learning. The procedure for recognition at AMU is governed by Articles 89 and 90 of the Act on Higher Education Institutions No. 111/1998 Coll., as amended, and by the AMU Attendance and Examination Regulations (Articles 8, 14, 18).

Qualification requirements and regulations

A completed secondary or a completed secondary vocational education; exceptionally it is also possible to admit candidates without a completed secondary, a completed secondary vocational or higher vocational education at a conservatory.

Regulations: The Czech education system is governed by the Act on Higher Education Institutions, as amended (Act No. 111/1998 Coll.), and by the internal regulations of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague.

Field of study characterization

The study of acting not in the sense of interpreting an assigned role, but in the authorial sense, i.e. students` education towards a creative personality capable of standing behind their authorial works, to personally present and develop them in a dialogue with the environment into which they enter. Authorship here is thus not understood only as the production of artefacts, but as every original creative activity which occurs in a common space and which in consequence - intentionally or otherwise - transforms this space; the personality should thus warrant personally for its actions, bear the responsibility. And it should also be in sufficiently good condition for them, because existing in a common space places significant psychosomatic demands on every person. For this reason, the study of acting with a focus on authorial creation and pedagogy is based on acquiring experience in the main dimensions of human expression: education in voice, speech, movement and dialogic conduct. The theoretical subjects are selected so as to provide reflection and a broader horizon to these skills, or rather abilities.

Key learning outcomes

Expert knowledge - the student understands and can explain the authorial aspects of acting in the elementary context of European culture, understands the basic philosophical, anthropological and psychological aspects of authorship, and is able to name the basic principles of pedagogy in the individual psychosomatic disciplines. Expert skills - the student is able to create a text outline of a 30-minute authorial performance and knows how to structure its stage form. General competencies - the student is capable of interplay with a partner on stage, has absorbed the ethics of authorial creation and demonstrates signs of advanced psychosomatic condition.

Occupational profiles of graduates with examples

Because the goal of the programme is to cultivate a self-confident, creative personality, the graduates` profiles and employment can be - and tend to be - very diverse. Most commonly, graduates apply their skills in so-called assisting and pedagogical professions of variegated fields, but also as authors of their own projects of a theatrical, visual, literary or other nature, or work in the media (moderators, script writers, TV/radio etc.).

Access to further studies

Continuing Master`s programme in the same field. Continuing Master`s programme in other fields at DAMU, the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno, or other universities, in particular those with a humanities emphasis. Lifelong learning programmes, master courses, etc.

Examination regulations, assessment and grading

Studies are assessed by credits and examinations stipulated by study plans. The student is informed of these through the information system.

The student registers for examinations using the information system, and is entitled to a second and third attempt to pass an examination.

If neither of these attempts proves successful, the Dean may in exceptional cases permit a fourth attempt (administered by a commission). It is not permitted to repeat an examination for the main subjects or to repeat written examinations.

The credit is an ungraded form of assessment of studies. It is allocated upon fulfilment of requirements stipulated for individual subjects and is recorded in the information system with the word „Credited“ (Z). An examination is a graded form of assessment of studies, which tests knowledge and level of creativity in the relevant subject. In the main subjects, examinations are administered by a commission. An examination may be practical, written, oral, or involve a combination of these methods. Examinations are graded on the scale „A, B, C, D, E, F“.

Graduation requirements

The requirements for graduation are completion of all study subjects, submission of the diploma thesis and its defence, a final authorial presentation (independent authorial performance) and orientation in the theory of the field and the history of theatre, demonstrated before an examination commission.

Mode of study

full-time

Qualification director or equivalent

Michal ČUNDERLE

Field of study is part of study programme

Qualification study plans