Scenography (N0212A310505)

Type of programme Mode of study Profile of the programme Standard study length Language Instruction Department
Continuing Master's Programme full-time academically oriented 2 years English Department of Stage Design

Guarantor of study programme

Jan ŠTĚPÁNEK

Programme objectives

Taching of the field is based on the intersection of the arts, mainly performing and visual arts, humanities and technology. It develops students' individual qualities and their orientation towards a specific area of scenographic / spatial creation. The MFA is a crucial stage in the formation of the artistic personality and is decisive for further professional development. An important quality is the ability to think, interpret and create authoritatively in a space beyond professional stereotypes.

Pedagogical guidance is based on the student's ideas, initial ideas and own solutions, helping them to develop and find further artistic possibilities for the project. We understand pedagogical leadership of the master degree program as a creative process. The pedagogue is above all an inspiring personality with an unquestionable artistic reputation, his/her own creativity and capacity for theoretical reflection.

Candidates must have completed an undergraduate degree in scenography or another university of fine or performing arts.

Teaching takes place in two specializations:

Profile of a programme graduate

Profile of Theatre Scenography

The graduate is a distinctive independent creator within the creative interpretive and authorial activity in the field of scenography in a broader context. He/she also works in the field of conceptual design, installation, gallery installation, and curating.

The graduate works in a production team - he is a full member of it.

The graduate’s abilities and qualities are:

Graduates are employed in theatres of all types and are able to create artistic projects in both free and non-theatrical / site specific spaces

Other abilities and skills result from the individual project of study.

Profile of Production Design

A graduate is able to:

Rules and requirements for creating study plans

The basic framework for the conception of study programmes at AMU is created by the AMU Rules of Quality Assurance System, specifying the basic principles of accreditation processes. The current practice is further formally anchored by the AMU Accreditation Rules. These set the parameters common to all study programmes taught at AMU and also transfer part of the responsibility for subject specifications (theatre, music, dance, film/television) to the faculties.

The theoretical and historical background of the field is a compulsory part of all study programmes; these are compulsory core courses co-determining the profile of the graduate and forming part of the state final examination.

General information about admission process

Graduation from a bachelor's degree in scenography, architecture or a related discipline, presentation of the applicant's original workś, successful passing of the talent test and the entrance interview.

Applicability to other types of academic programmes

Doctoral studies at DAMU, FAMU, FF UK, FA ČVUT etc.

Parts of the state final examination and their contents

Theatre scenography

a/ A theoretical written thesis of at least 60 pages. Within the theoretical thesis, the student explores the issues and relationships within not only the theatre space. The theoretical work is closely related to the student's current and future practical and theoretical direction. The theoretical work is intended to reflect and name the issues, themes, topics and resources that are part of the cultural and social heritage on which the student's creativity is based and from which it draws.

At the same time, the student submits a 15-page reflection on the academic assignment. This reflection includes a definition and description of the issues of the assignment, a reflection and defense of their own interpretive practices and methods, an outline and reflection of sources of inspiration, and their own scenographic conception in the context of performance traditions.

b/ Presentation and defence of a complex scenographic solution of the given theme (theatrical subject: play, libretto, literary text...). The solution of the academic task formally includes a model in scale (1:25), a situational storyboard, coloured proposals for the solution of individual situations and scenes ( DIN A 3 -25 pcs), technical documentation (floor plans, side drawings in scale 1:25), 3D visualisation for individual scenes and inspirational free creation (8 pcs - DIN A 1), or other necessary documents

c/ Oral defence of the diploma thesis, which includes a theoretical reflection of the diploma project.

d/ The theory examination includes an examination of the subject History of Scenery 1. - 4.

a/ A written part of the diploma project with a minimum of 60 pages containing an analysis of the assigned dramatic text, a description of the assignment and sources of inspiration, staging traditions and the actual scenographic concept.

b/ A presentation and defence of the complex scenographic solution includes a model, proposals for the solution of individual situations and scenes, technical documentation and other necessary documents.

c/ An oral defence of the diploma thesis, which includes a theoretical reflection of the diploma project.

d/ A theory examination includes an examination of the subjects History of Scenography 1. - 4.

Production Design

a/ A theoretical part of the tessis is divided into the two parts. On the minimum 40 pages, student is describing the specific film genre which is close to his/her practical part of the thesis. Second part of the written tessis is dedicated to the description of the practical part of the tessis. This part includes breakdown of the entered script / text. This description of the practical part of the tessis could be done on a minimum 20 pages.

b/ A presentation and defence of the artistic concept of the chosen text. Presentation includes moodboards, selection of key references pictures and between 20 to 40 color renderings of the key sets of the project.

As a part of this defence student is also presenting basic layouts ( scale 1:50) and other technical drawings showing the way how the visual concept could be technicly created.

c/ An oral defence of the thesis, which includes a theoretical reflection on the diploma project.

d/ A theory examination includes an examination of the subjects History of Scenography 1. - 4.

Other academic duties

Internal practice takes place in DISK theatre and FAMU studio. We have an agreement for external practice within the specialization Theatre Scenography and we are preparing a contract with the National Theatre. In the case of the specialization Pruduction Design, these are individual arrangements when working on a specific film, usually with the student's supervising teacher.

Characterisation of professional practice

Internal practice takes place in DISK theatre and FAMU studio. We have an agreement for external practice within the specialization Theatre Scenography and we are preparing a contract with the National Theatre. In the case of the specialization Pruduction Design, these are individual arrangements when working on a specific film, usually with the student's supervising teacher.

Anticipated job placement for graduates (typical employment)

Theatre Scenography

Scenic and costume designer for all types of theatres, including non-traditional spaces and site specific, conceptual artist in the field of spatial design with a wide range of applications, set manager, author of exhibitions and museum installations, architect consultant in designing specifically demanding interior environments, in the reconstruction of theatre buildings, operational architect, stage manager.

Production Design

A graduate of this specialization is able to work on a cinematographic piece in a variety of positions in the art department of a film crew. The graduate can thus hold positions ranging from set designer to illustrator, set supervisor to the main production designer of the film. Graduate can also participate on the video commercials, music videos and at computer game industry.

Accreditation validity

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