Master in Theatre

90 ECTS
Robert Cantarella
Formation HES
90 ECTS Robert Cantarella
Formation HES

Master in Theatre

Oriented towards artistic research and its applications, this master's degree adopts a practical approach of creativity and the hybridation of disciplines. 


The Master in Theatre aims to train creative individuals capable of maintaining and renewing the aesthetic paradigms of the stage. It includes two orientations, one in Stage direction and one in Scenography, working together on a regular basis. 

The degree is offered in collaboration with Switzerland’s three other drama schools, namely Berne (HKB), Zurich (ZHdK) and Verscio (STD), as part of the Master-Campus-Theatre (MCTS) programme.

Practical information

Full time
3-4 semesters
90 ECTS
French
Bachelor
500 CHF per semester
Jonas BeausireCoordinator of studies

Course objectives

  • To master the dramatic, scenographic and technical tools and languages of the stage ;
  • To develop one’s own personal artistic discourse ;
  • To be able to critically analyse and put in perspective knowledge, theories, and practices ;
  • To be able to elaborate and develop an artistic research problematic ;
  • To reach creative and administrative autonomy in the setting of a professional stage production.

Stage director orientation

The course is modular. Subjects covered during the degree are by their nature complementary:

  • The creative process, actors and chronicles of the director’s art.
  • Space, architecture, performance locales, stage design.
  • Theoretical and historical aspects of stage direction, theatrical art.
  • Relations with other artistic disciplines, fusion

Students choose their course from three types of modules :

  • Tools: lessons and seminars that provide working tools and encourage critical analysis of the art of stage direction.
  • Workshops: practical sessions accompanied by recognised professionals, giving rise to creative projects and shows presented in public.
  • Master’s project: artistic research comprising a theoretical part (written work akin to a dissertation) and a practical part (public performance).

Additional modules are also studied within the Master Campus Theatre programme (dramaturgy, drama teaching, performance, stage design, etc.). Work at the end of the course involves the organisation of a mini-festival offering real visibility to students for the launch of their professional careers.

Research plays an important part in the programme. It will be expected from the students an investment into the school’s performing arts research projects.

Scenography orientation

The course is modular. Subjects covered during the degree are by their nature complementary: 

  • The acquisition of knowledge and working methods to develop a scenographic process;
  • The thoughtful and critical approach of the aesthetics of the scene;
  • Conducting personal projects independently, from conception to completion;
  • Relationships with other artistic disciplines, hybridization. 

Students choose their course from three types of modules : 

  • Tools : lessons and seminars that provide working tools and encourage critical analysis of the art of stage design.
  • Workshops : practical lessons accompanied by recognized professionals and renowned artists, allowing to experiment and to concretize the knowledge acquired in the tools modules, and giving rise to creative projects and shows presented in public. 
  • Master's project : artistic research comprising a theoretical part (written work akin to a dissertation) and a practical part (public performance). This work is developed with the accompaniment of a tutor. 

The course is woven with that of the stage direction, built with the other students of the Master, but also the actors and dancers of the school.

Students are led to experiment with joint creative processes and develop dramaturgies of space. They are introduced to the practices, materials and techniques of the stage. They participate in interdisciplinary experimentation workshops: dance, contemporary art, architecture, cinema, performance, literature. It is a laboratory of contemporary transdisciplinary forms.


Additional modules are also studied within the Master Campus Theatre programme (dramaturgy, drama teaching, performance, stage design, etc.). Work at the end of the course involves the organisation of a mini-festival offering real visibility to students for the launch of their professional careers.

Research plays an important part in the programme. It will be expected from the students an investment into the school’s performing arts research projects.

Master in Theatre

Events

  • 08.09.21
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    11.09.21

    08.09 - 11.09.2021

    MA-Théâtre : OUT 8

    The stage direction and scenography students of the Master in Theatre present their final year stage creations during four evenings.

  • 01.09.21
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    03.09.21

    01.09 - 03.09.2021

    Operalab.ch – Huit Minutes (nous y étions presque)

    Neuf institutions et quatorze jeunes artistes s’unissent pour donner naissance à l’opéra de demain ! À découvrir en avant-première de La Bâtie-Festival de Genève du 1er au 3 septembre 2021.