Theatre Scenography (D0N0505A)

Specialization of study programme Scenography

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The in-house program includes the following major areas of theatrical scenography:

Scenography of drama theatre of all genres and styles, scenography of opera, movement and physical theatre and musical theatre, scenography in non-traditional space and in public space. And further, scenography in a broader social/cultural/political context with a focus on scenography in theatre and non-traditional space.

Study Objectives

Profile of graduate

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.

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

A Bachelor's degree in scenic design or other related field of study from an art university. Applicants must submit a portfolio of their original works and a personal project/motivation letter (maximum 2 pages) with their application. Applicants also complete a one-day talent assessment. During the talent exam, the candidate presents his/her project and work in an interview with the admissions committee.

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

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 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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