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Diploma programme drama and production

The aim of the course is to train actors and actresses, who, faced with a variety of requirements, are in full command of their abilities. The training has to enable them to respond flexibly and above all independently to various working contexts and aesthetic concepts.  A pre-requisite of this is that the individual creative possibilities of the students are recognised and purposefully encouraged by the training.  This also encompasses the readiness to take on responsibility and show initiative.

The basis remains a thorough technical training.  Feeling for language, vocal possibilities of expression, becoming acquainted with and being in command of one?s own body, musical, singing, dancing and acrobatic abilities are developed by the teachers of the technical subjects in close coordination with teaching on stage.  Work on expression is understood as a comprehensive psycho-physical process.

In addition, the analysis of social issues in connection with contemporary aesthetic and methodical approaches is an integral part of the training.  Besides classical techniques of learning a role, forms of acting are rehearsed, which for instance manage without any literary model and take a picture, a space or a biography as the starting point of a scenic event.

Budding stage directors receive an all-round theoretical and practical training in drama.  This includes the intensive analysis of historic and contemporary theatre texts, with philosophy, sociology, politics, literature and art history, as well as the development of practical abilities in order to creatively direct rehearsal processes.  Besides a broad range of teaching subjects (directing, dramaturgy, space, light, stage technique, costume theory etc.) students work on their own staged and study projects with the drama students as well as in cooperation with other Salzburg cultural institutions.  Workshops complement and intensify study.
The course lasts 8 semesters.

The course is divided into two sections of study and the final qualification is a diploma.  The first part of the course (basic study) comprises one semester, the second part of the course (main study) 7 semesters.  A diploma examination is held at the end of each part of the course.  After the joint basic study, the course is divided into the options drama and directing.

In order to be eligible for enrolment on the diploma course it is necessary to have successfully passed the enrolment exam and also to have full command of the German language.   The enrolment exam for the drama study option consists of the scenic presentation of at least two role parts, the singing of a song, various tasks from the subjects to develop the linguistic, physical and musical abilities and from drama.

The enrolment exam for the directing study option consists of the preparation of a written expos?? and also a scenic test.

The 1st Diploma Exam consists of positively completing all teaching units in the basic study as prescribed by the curriculum.

The 2nd Diploma Exam consists of positively completing all teaching units as prescribed by the curriculum for the chosen branch of study and an examination before a board.

The examination before a board for the drama study option consists of the public presentation of two role parts and the presentation of a scenic work elaborated by the student.  The scenic work is a part of the artistic diploma study; the second part consists of a written comment on the student?s own staged work.

The examination before a board for the directing study option consists of the presentation of the diploma production. This is part of the artistic diploma study; the second part consists of a written comment on the diploma production.

Eligible for the diploma exam are productions elaborated at the Universit??t Mozarteum Salzburg which have been shown in public, or productions created within four years after ending the course of study outside the university.

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