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Job profile! Theater scholar: career entry career opportunities Success as a humanities scholar

Humanities scholars still have a hard time on the job market, because the imagination of many employers about their potential uses is low. But more and more generalists are in demand again today. So new opportunities for orchid subjects like theater scholars?

Humanities - Everything and Nothing?

When I started 1998 to study theater studies, the most frequently asked question to me was: what are you doing with it? Today, eleven years later, the most frequently asked question from the same people is: How did you come to the profession? Did not you study theater studies?

That sums up the problem of the course very well. Theater science, like most humanities, is everything and nothing. What is most important is what you extract yourself from your studies and, above all, through which internships and work student jobs you finally decide on one or the other career path.

Theater Studies: What is actually being studied?

First and foremost, however, the most important thing for anyone who thinks about pursuing this study path: the degree program is called Theater SCIENCE! Many, many to be precise, studiously ignore this word when enrolling and then get disappointed.

Even in my year, not even half of all freshers have taken the intermediate exam because they have finally decided on a more practice-oriented course of study or training. Anyone who believes that they can attend drama courses, film practice, scenic internships or directing seminars during a theater science degree program is wrong.

Theory instead of practice reference

It is correct that such offers are available at the institutes as a kind of “practice goodie”, but by no means make up the majority of the course. The focus at the theater studies institutes is on imparting theoretical-analytical and historical-critical knowledge of theater.

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The students deal with the history, analysis, methodology, theory and aesthetics of all theatrical disciplines. These include drama, music theater, dance, performance, puppet theater and children's and youth theater. As in my place of study in Munich most of the institutes also offer many film studies seminars. After the intermediate exam you finally have the opportunity to specialize in the preferred style of theater.

Where can theater studies be studied?

In Germany, theater studies can currently be studied at the universities of Munich, Berlin (FU), Leipzig, Mainz, Lingen / Ems, Gießen and Bochum - mostly with a bachelor's or master's degree. Other universities offer mixed courses of study such as media and theater studies or focus on dance or music theater, for example. The contents conveyed are different at the institutes.

Before choosing an institute, you should thoroughly compare the offered seminars and decide on your interests. In any case, one can adjust to the need to read and read a whole lot of scripts and plays from all epochs. My tip: The praxisseminars are very much sought after, so every semester, every semester, is anew to be the fastest. Always worth it!

Armor for the cultural sphere

From my standpoint, I can only say: theater science was my dream study. In addition to a broad knowledge of the history, society, culture and art of the past 500 years, I have also taken the ability to work in a structured and self-responsible manner, to quickly analyze and to compose fluent texts. The career path that you follow after your studies depends on your personal preferences.

The tools to gain a foothold in the cultural field are definitely imparted during the course. Activities in drama, film and series dramaturgy, theater education, theater and cultural criticism, press and public relations, in publishing or in artistic offices are not uncommon. As theater studies not an exact one job profile the possibilities are many. Where you end up depends - as already mentioned at the beginning - very much on the internships and student jobs you do. Only by trying things out while working in different branches of theater, film, television, publishing, etc. can you find out what fits and what doesn't.

What will become of theater scholars?

And that has finally become of my five dearest classmates: Journalist at the Süddeutschen, Radio and voice actors, employees at various film festivals, actor and employee at an artist agency. I got myself right after graduating independent made and now work as a freelance editor for various online magazines, regularly organize fashion events with theatrical elements and am on the board of directors of a small publishing house.

In theater studies, diversity wins. Then have fun with the Career choice! Because education definitely helps - always!

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