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Performing Arts as subject in the Interdisciplinary Bachelor’s Degree Programme

Performing Arts as subject in the Interdisciplinary Bachelor’s Degree Programme
(Bachelor of Arts)

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Course type
Undergraduate studies (2 Subjects bachelor)
Standard Course Duration
6 semesters
Course Start
Winter semester
Language of Instruction
Language Requirements

German HZB: none
International application: German C1
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Special Requirements
Restricted admission

Stay abroad possible, but not obligatory.

Short Description

The subject Performing Arts is offered as one of two subjects within the Interdisciplinary Bachelor’s Degree Programme. Please note the subject combination options.

Performing Arts is directed at prospective students wishing to teach drama or performance. Students on the Bachelor’s programme can pursue a school-based or non-school-based specialisation.
The programme focuses on artistic, specialist and teaching methodological learning content. Central elements of the programme include dramaturgy, performance analysis, history of the theatre, and drama teaching issues in school-based and non-school-based practice. Students can specialise by participating in theatre projects, going on field trips and pursuing self-study.
A diverse, practice-relevant programme is ensured, thanks to collaboration with schools and theatres in the region and cooperation with Braunschweig University of Art, Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media, Technische Universität Braunschweig and the University of Hildesheim Foundation.

Further information on the website of the degree programme (German language only)

Course Content

  • Besides acquiring specialist knowledge in theatre and performance, Performing Arts students primarily learn theatre practice. In the course of their degree, prospective drama teachers become acquainted with different varieties of contemporary theatre: physical and musical theatre, site-specific theatre, performance art, puppet theatre, and so on.
Course Structure

Students start by gaining skills in the foundations of stage practice and artistic/scholarly work. In combination and interaction with theatre practice, students are introduced to forms of contemporary theatre, theatre theory and history, and theatre education.
Depending on their chosen specialisation, students take compulsory elective modules from the school-based or non-school-based area (theatre education or performing arts) in the third and fourth semesters. Compulsory elective module 7.2 must be taken by all students wishing to pursue the Master’s Teacher Training Course for Grammar Schools. Students also pursue “self-study”, which enables them to specialise by expanding on educational, scientific or artistic topics and issues.
In the fifth semester, emphasis is placed on independent artistic practice.
Students who take Performing Arts as their first subject prepare a Bachelor’s thesis in the sixth semester.

As part of the interdisciplinary bachelor's degree programme, students with a focus on teaching have to complete a non-school-based internship as well as a school internship, both lasting four weeks. The non-school-based internship helps students to get first work insights in the area of teaching, to check on their career aspiration. For students with an non-school-based focus, an eight-week non-school-based internship must be completed.

Recommended Abilities
  • A love of drama, theatre and aesthetic education
  • Enjoyment of theatre education (students must provide evidence of experience in theatre practice)
  • A very good understanding of language(s) (students must also provide evidence of their foreign language skills, e.g. by way of their Abitur certificate)
  • An interest in the link between art and science
Career Opportunities

Besides being able work in schools, the Performing Arts programme presents graduates with a wide range of opportunities to work as drama teachers – for example, in theatres, in adult education, in leisure establishments and communication centres, as well as in companies or the tourist industry.

Possible Further Degree Programmes

Under certain conditions, admission to the following Master''s programme is also possible. More detailed information can be found in the respective admission regulations. If you have any questions, please contact the course advice of the desired Master''s programme:

Admission requirements and application

Admission Requirements

Some subjects in the interdisciplinary Bachelor are restricted (Biology, Computer Science, Performing Arts, German Studies (school subject: German), English Studies (school subject: English), Geography, History, Music, Political Science, Religious Studies, Spanish Studies (school subject: Spanish) and Sports (school subject: Physical Education).

Other subjects are admission-free (Chemistry, Protestant Theology (school subject: Protestant Religious Education), Catholic Theology (school subject: Catholic Religious Education), Mathematics, Philosophy and Physics).

Please note that the application for admission to the subject performing arts, including the entrance examination (German language only), must be submitted at HBK Braunschweig with all documents by March 15 of the year (cut-off time).

The exact admission requirements can be found in the admission regulation.

Note: The admission regulations reflect the legally prescribed subject combinations in the Master regulation of Lower Saxony.
All currently possible subject combinations can be found under "Combinations".

Application Deadlines

01.06.-15.07. of the year for the winter semester

  • First-year students (application for the 1st semester) can only apply for the winter semester.
  • Those continuing their studies (application for higher semesters) can also apply for the summer semester (December 1st - January 15th.

The following applies to applications from non-EU countries:

  • VPD from uni-assist OR a passed assessment test (Feststellungsprüfung) of a preparatory foundation course (Studienkolleg) is required.
  • Applications for the Studienkolleg must be submitted by July 15th.

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