Educational Degree: Bachelor of Arts
Duration: 4 years (8 semesters)
Form of education: Full-time
Dr. Anton Ugrinov (Introduction to Drama Theatre Directing; Methodology of the Theatre Process), Dr. Ekaterina Kancheva (Introduction to Theatre Organization,Cultural Management), Assoc. Prof. Dr. Miroslava Gogovska (Introduction to Drama Theatre Acting), Dr. Dessislava Stoycheva (Introduction to Art Management; Communication and Presentation Skills), Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mira Kalanova (Visual Elements of Theatre Performance), Prof. Dr. Vasil Rokomanov (Introduction to Theatre Techniques and Technologies), Prof. Dr. Lidia Varbanova (Entrepreneurship and Business Planning in the Theatre)
1.ABOUT THE PROGRAMME
This program aims to prepare qualified middle management personnel for the Bulgarian theatres in the field of administration, creative and technical services, as well in the field pedagogy of theatre art. Students learn the basic principles of theatre art and acquire theoretical knowledge and practical skills for the theatre production, creation and performance as well as organizational and technical aspects of the stage arts.
In the administrative and technical segments of the educational process, students learn the technologies, coordination and interdependencies of different parts of the theatre organization.
In the creative segment of the educational process they get knowledge about the stage art creative methodology and develop professional skills and habits to understand and deliver theoretical discourses, learn to work in a team, to develop reflexes and adaptability to the wide spectrum of aesthetic and organizational branches in the contemporary performing arts.
- Basic education (1st – 2nd semester): Students study the main disciplines in the field of theatre practice and theory. Based on the student’s performance, there is an option to continue their education in the Drama Theatre Acting and Drama Theatre Directing programs. Based on the specific qualities and skills shown by the students, at the end of the first year, the teaching team offers to each student the opportunity to continue their education in one of the following specialized profiles: Artistic, Technical, or Organizational.
- Specialized education (3rd – 8th semester): Students learn about the main theatre professions and choose a profile through professional internships in state or municipal cultural institutes, agencies, directorates, non-governmental organizations.
Students graduate with a public defense of a diploma project, and take a state exam, after acquiring the necessary academic credits.
Graduates acquire the educational qualification degree “Bachelor of Arts” with professional qualification “Expert in the Theatre Production – Creative profile, Technical profile or Organizational profile” and may find jobs as:
- Profile “Creative”: Assistant-Director. Theatre Art Teacher. Manager of Cultural Events. Theatre Manager.
- Profile “Technical”: Second Assisting Director, Stage Manager, Chief “Stage Lighting”, Chief “Sound Technician”, Chief of Creative/Technical Services, Sound Engineer, Sound Designer, Sound Director, Multimedia Specialist.
- Profile “Organizational”: Project Manager, Sales Manager, Marketing Manager, Head of Marketing Department, Head of Sales Department, Head of PR Department, Head of Advertising Department, PR Manager, Advertising Manager, Project Manager.
When submitting their application documents, applicants have to submit a complete portfolio. It could include: screenplays, essays, poems, short stories, plays, novels, paintings, drawings, photographs, films, original music, performances of songs and musical instruments, music recordings, and other artistic materials by choice of the candidate. The literary materials have to be submitted in a pdf format and to be not longer than 10 pages. The photographic materials must be in jpeg format. The audiovisual materials must be in MPG-4 format and overall not longer than 15 minutes. The audio materials must be in.mp3 format and overall not longer than 15 minutes. The purpose of the portfolio is to fully represent the candidate’s abilities, interests, aesthetical criteria, artistic affiliation and creative mindset. When sending the documents for audiovisual, visual and audio materials, links to Internet platforms and cloud spaces have to be attached, alongside with the password/s (where relevant).
Admission exams are held in two stages:
Stage I (Written, Anonymous)
Essay on a given topic, related to the candidate’s aesthetical and emotional experiences. Duration: 4 hours.
Candidates who receive a score lower than average (3.00) cannot participate in Stage II.
Stage II (Oral Exam)
Interview with the Selection Committee, on the candidate’s overall mindset and attitude to culture and theatre. The Committee gives assignments related to the submitted applicant’s portfolio, with the purpose of learning about his/her organizational skills, decision making capacity and ability to work in a team.
Candidates who receive a score lower than average (3.00) cannot participate in the final ranking.