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Performing Arts

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Performing Arts offers a wide range of instruction in theory and practice in theatre, performance and other forms of popular culture. Artistic experimentation with body and space; theory-based reflection; and transmission into various modes of expression complement one another.

The students learn the individual steps and phases of a production: from the idea, the concept development and choice of material, through research, rehearsal and realization work to multi-media presentations or performances. Students gain comprehensive skills and competencies in, among other things, voice and bodywork, dramaturgy and contextualization.

Performing Arts is a cooperative course of study. The courses are held at five universities which are all located in Lower Saxony. These are, in addition to the HBK Braunschweig (University of Art, Braunschweig); the Leibniz Universität, Hannover (Leibniz University, Hanover); the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und
Medien in Hannover (Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media); the University Hildesheim; and the Technische Universität Braunschweig (University of Braunschweig — Institute of Technology). The choice of
courses is therefore correspondingly varied.
As a Bachelor of Arts degree course, Performing Arts can be studied as a main or secondary subject


And afterwards?


If a teaching position in the subjects performing arts and German or English at a secondary or comprehensive school is the objective, a bachelor’s degree is the basic prerequisite for the subsequent master’s degree and later admission to the preparatory teacher training for schools.
With a bachelor’s degree, other opportunities in applied-theatre fields of activity are also available in child, adolescent and adult education.



Bachelor of Arts

Standard period of study
Six semesters

Secondary subjects
Art studies, media studies, visual communications (without teaching qualification)
at the TU Braunschweig: English, German (with teaching qualification)

Compulsory modules
Fundamentals of scenic design, theatre theory and theatre history, forms of contemporary theatre, theory and practice of applied theatre, project work and self-study, internships, professional development

Course language

Course type
Full-time course

Start of course
Winter semester

Application deadline
1 February to 15 March each year (date of receipt!)

Restricted admission



General or subject-linked university entrance qualification, entrance qualification for university of applied sciences for design, or university entrance qualification based on professional training

Proof of special artistic talent

Students from non-German-speaking countries require proof of proficiency in German

English as a secondary subject requires proof of proficiency in English

For the visual communications course, proof of special artistic talent is separately required



A number of steps are necessary for application to the HBK Braunschweig. In these steps the students prove their “special artistic talent”. Application
with documentation and a portfolio is followed by the successful participation in the application exam.

Three steps are necessary here:

1. Online application via the HBK Braunschweig website

2. Submission of the application documents by 15 March (date of receipt!)

3. Submission of portfolio (personally or by post)

The portfolio must have been received at the university by 31 March. Information and deadlines for personally handing in the portfolio will be posted on the website.



Documentation consists of

a) A portfolio illustrating an artistic approach to selected theatre-specific/applied theatre works. The portfolio should also include proof of acquired practical experience in theatre-specific or applied theatre work (acting or directing experience). Such proof could consist of photographs, printed programmes or similar documents, project concepts, original texts for staging, critiques or video excerpts of five minutes maximum length (film/video please on DVD).

b) Completion of an assignment which will be made public before the application process begins (maximum 1 DIN A4 page)

c) Comprehensive CV also showing previous knowledge in theatre practice

Current directions for application and further information about the portfolio at

Last amended by Press and Communication on 08.09.2016