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Our full-time postgraduate course offers a standard study period of four semesters, culminating in a Master of Arts degree. Extensions are possible on an annual basis. Tuition fees amount to 2.200€ per semester. For additional supplementary programme fees see ‘financing’. Lectures and seminars are scheduled between Monday and Thursday. Fridays are mostly free. Excursions and theatre and exhibition trips may occasionally take place on Fridays. These as well as weekend seminars will be announced in advance. All dates are communicated in a networked online schedule. Details will be available on our online curriculum. Semester breaks (mid-February to mid-April and mid-July to mid-October) should be used for project work and work experience. Lectures and seminars are mainly held in German, some workshops are on offer in English. There is a strong focus on group work.

Exam regulations require four modules. For more details see our course component chart.*

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Module 1
Module 2
Module 3
Module 4
Masterthesis
  • THEORY

    The initial two semesters focus on the following basics: typology; set design, spacial composition / analysis; theatre, exhibitions / theatre forms; directing, dramaturgy, acting / theory; music history, costume history, spacial theory, musical composition, communication within a space.

  • STAGE DESIGN AND SPACIAL COMPOSITION PROJECTS

    Each semester a project-based assignment is carried out in small groups. Students can choose between concrete cooperation and realisation projects in set design and spacial composition (exhibitions, events, performances) and fictitious experimental tasks. Projects also cover costume, directorial methods and calculation (competition status).

  • TECHNIQUES / PRESENTATION

    Project-integrated seminars, lectures and workshops teach the following: stage and lighting engineering and design, medial production, drawing, visualisation, presentation techniques, make-up, interactive exhibits.

  • PRACTICE

    Compulsory course components include two work placements (self-organised) or self-initiated independent projects (at least six weeks), ideally completed during semester breaks. According to each student’s interests, placements and projects can be linked to relevant professional fields such as theatre, agencies, museums, film etc. Through our department students have accesses to a large professional network.
    The curriculum also offers a choice of excursions for various interest groups. Students can also enrol in a range of ‘wild courses’ on offer at the TU and other institutions of higher education.

  • MASTERTHESIS

    The final Masters Piece is to be completed within 20 weeks in the fourth semester. Students can choose from three subject areas with the option of entering a cooperation or realisation project:

    • stage and costume design for a play or music theatre (for a given topic)
    • exhibition scenography (for a given topic)
    • personal artistic theme within the „Space Laboratory“
      (Auswahl nach Exposé)

    The final piece comprises four components: colloquium, Masters project, exhibition, documentation.

The application process is in two parts:

1. submission of application and portfolio until May 15
2. personal interview (approx. 30 min) with the TU selection panel

We recommend contacting the university prior to submitting your application. Information events take place regularly and tutors are happy to have consultation appointments with you. Please contact Salka Schulz for more details.

The application must be submitted in digital form as a pdf by e-mail to kontakt@tu-buehnenbild.de.

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Requirements
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Dates
Selection criteria
    • Degree in architecture, interior design, product design, fine arts, theatre, stage design, costume design, culture management, brand communication, stage direction or similar (e.g. Bachelors, Diploma, Magister)
    • Work experience
    • Profound knowledge of the German language (for students of non-German origin, language level B2/ TestDaF (Language certificate “Deutsch als Fremdsprache” 12-16 points or equivalent) at the beginning of the program. Proof of further German courses must be provided during the course of study.
    • Application for Admission (“Antrag auf Zulassung” including CV and letter of motivation in German language)
    • Portfolio with samples (e.g.: projects, fine art, photography, collage, sketches etc.)
    • Diploma or BA Degree Certificate (photocopy is sufficient, don`t has to be translated for application)
    • Confirmation of work experience
    • Applicants whose first language is not German: TestDaF (Language certificate “Deutsch als Fremdsprache”, 12-16 points or equivalent), if not yet available: current proof of language level (A1 – B1)
    • Application deadline: 15th May (date as postmarked)
    • Interviews (per invitation) to be announced
    • Decision: mid July
    • Start of study: mid octobre
  • STEP 1: after receiving the application documents (25%)

    • Quality of work samples (portfolio)
    • Subject-specific skills due to the previous studies, the qualification (transcript)
    • Subject-specific practical experience outside the university

    STEP 2: after interview (75%)

    • An artistic aptitude for the study Bühnenbild_Szenischer Raum
    • Communication and interpersonal skills
    • Motivation for the master´s program Bühnenbild_Szenischer Raum

Tuitions fees currently amount to 2.200 € per semester (total sum for study: 8.800 Euro). The Technische Universität also charges administration fees (e.i. the semester ticket, app. 300 Euro). Tuitions fees are to be paid upon receipt of invoice at the beginning of each academic year in advance and can be claimed for tax purposes.

There are no scholarships from TU Berlin, for financial support turn to foundations and lenders in good time, secure a student loan or apply to banks and scholar institutes for a scholarship:

A Masters degree in Bühnenbild_Szenischer Raum (set design and spacial composition) qualifies graduates to take on project-oriented work as set designers or scenographers for theatres, exhibitions, installations, performances and events in enclosed spaces as well as in open, urban areas. The continuous re-structuring of the theatre landscape and an increasing interest in interdisciplinary and performative formats as well as the growing variety of temporary exhibitions, performances and events forge evermore professional openings for flexible, interdisciplinary designers.

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