Authorial Acting (8203T045)

master's programme qualification

No new students are accepted for the qualification. Qualification finishes 2024-12-31.

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 Bc. or BcA. degree in a field which assumes public performance as an integral component of the profession, for example theatrical fields (acting, directing, dramaturgy, theatre studies), pedagogy, psychology, law, theology, journalism, etc.

Field of study characterization

The study of acting not in the classical sense of interpreting an assigned role, but in the authorial sense. The student is guided to become a creative personality capable of guaranteeing her/his authorial work. The student personally presents and develops the work in a dialogue with the environment into which it enters. Authorship is not understood as a mere production of artefacts but as any original creative activity which occurs in a public space and which in consequence - intentionally or otherwise - transforms this space; the individual should thus warrant personally for his/her actions and bear the responsibility. This requires a specific condition because existing in a public 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 dialogical 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. The student is also able to formulate the methodological problems of an authorial acting work, and can explain the principles of using theatrical approaches in the non-artistic sphere.

Expert skills - the student is able to create a text outline of a 45-minute authorial performance and knows how to structure its stage form, and can apply theatrical principles in practice in the non-artistic sphere. General competencies - the student is capable of interplay with a partner on stage, has deeply 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 specialisations, from créches to universities, often as lecturers in psychosomatic disciplines. They also apply their skills as authors of their own projects of a theatrical, visual, literary or other nature, or work in the media sphere (moderators, script writers, etc.).

Access to further studies

The doctoral programmes in Theory and Practice of Theatrical Creation and in Authorial Acting and Theory of Authorial Creation, or doctoral programmes in other fields at DAMU, 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 presentation) and orientation in the theory of the field and the history of theatre, demonstrated before an examination commission.

Mode of study


Qualification director or equivalent


Field of study is part of study programme

Qualification study plans