This course prepares students for the job of set designer with a focus on the world of theatre. Within the course it is possible to explore the areas of film, video, media, Fine Arts, performance and installation. Stage design is related to all visual aspects of the production concerned and integrates a broad spectrum of disciplines: artistic work and the creative use of space, research in the areas of literature, philosophy, sociology, history, culture, and art history, as well as all the elements of the technical realisation of stage sets.
Artistic design, research in the humanities and matters of practical and technical realisation are fundamental aspects of the stage designer’s role within the team of a theatre production, as well as communication and cooperation with the director, actors, musicians, dramaturges, technicians and, where relevant, the playwright. The diversity of fields that make up the profession is reflected in our study. Alongside acting theory and technical skills the aim of study is to gain the ability to develop individual independent artistic positions.
Students receive regular opportunities to apply designs and concepts in practical theatre work through the many projects on offer. Here, students have the chance to view their own artistic approaches alongside the opinions, positions, and aesthetic perspectives of others. This provides a context in which they can discuss, alter and defend their own visual concepts. Initial designs thus lead to constructs which develop gradually into a dramatic language and ultimately emerge as coherent concepts. After the six semesters Bachelor programme a Master programme of four semesters can be studied.