Doctorate Degrees in Theatre Studies

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Theatre Studies

A PhD stands for Doctor of Philosophy and is a degree that is awarded after students finish a particular postgraduate program. The programs usually require in-depth research in a specific subject of interest with a final thesis or dissertation presented in front of a panel of experts.

What is a PhD in Theatre Studies? This program focuses on the processes of theatrical perception and creation and the importance of it across and within cultures. Each program will vary, but courses offered may include theatre and society, theatre and history, theatre and globalization, theatre analysis, and performance and performativity. Students will also be able to choose classes that fit their specialty.

There are a number of benefits associated with earning a degree in theatre studies. Students gain a variety of skills that enable them to work in many different aspects of theatre. Many programs also offer the opportunities to work with professional directors, writers, designers, and performers.

The costs associated with earning a PhD can vary quite a bit from one institution to another. Schools are located all over the world, so tuition and fees will depend on the location of the school, reputation of the program, and the duration of the program. Students should get in touch with the schools to find out what to expect financially.

There are a number of career opportunities for graduates with a theatre studies degree. Some individuals may choose to work on the design aspects, such as costume, lighting, and scenic design. Others may choose to be writers or critics, and some may choose to enter the directing, producing, or acting realms. Graduates may work on their art form in stage productions, film, television, or even musical performances.

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PhD Drama (by thesis and practice)

University of Kent, School of Arts
Campus Full time Part time 3 - 6 years August 2017 United Kingdom Canterbury + 1 more

Our flagship area of ‘Practice as Research’ has so far attracted a range of researchers and professionals, including the co-directors of Ridiculusmus, performance artist Kazuko Hohki, and many others working in areas from physical theatre to visual performance and cross-disciplinary projects... [+]

PhDs in Theatre Studies. PhD Drama (by thesis and practice) Postgraduate Drama and Theatre studies at Kent has a very strong reputation for research and supervision in contemporary performance processes, applied performance and European theatre. The wide-ranging interests of our international team of leading and emerging researchers (from the UK, Australia, Malta, Greece, Germany and other countries) also include research strengths in Shakespeare, 18th-century theatre, multimedia performance, and in the history of comedy and popular performance. Our distinctive focus at Kent is on theatre as practice, whatever the topic, area, mode and methodology of research, and we encourage postgraduate students to make use of our close links and contacts with local, national and international (especially European) theatre companies, venues, schools and artists, both for research and to encourage professional postgraduate development. Our flagship area of ‘Practice as Research’ has so far attracted a range of researchers and professionals, including the co-directors of Ridiculusmus, performance artist Kazuko Hohki, and many others working in areas from physical theatre to visual performance and cross-disciplinary projects. Course structure Individual staff research interests cover a wide range of both historical and contemporary aspects of the theory and practice of theatre, and supervision is available in all these areas. For these programmes you have regular meetings with your supervisor as well as tuition in research methodologies in the early stages of your research. Additionally, we regularly invite academic and professional specialists for guest lectures, workshops and special events relevant to students’ research. Practice-based students also have supervision in the studio or other practice-related spaces. We provide financial and production support for students’ projects. Postgraduate resources The School of Arts’ award-winning Jarman Building offers professional standard drama facilities, along with social spaces and a dedicated centre for postgraduate students. Additional facilities across the Canterbury campus include two theatres; the 113-seat Aphra Theatre (a courtyard-type gallery theatre space) and the Lumley Theatre, which is a flexible and adaptable white room space. Drama students also benefit from an additional rehearsal studio, a sound studio, a theatre design suite and an extensively equipped construction workshop. The University’s Templeman Library is well resourced in our subject area and houses special collections of 19th-century manuscripts – playbills, programmes, prints and other theatre ephemera – theatrical biography and the history of the stage in the 19th and 20th centuries. It also has particular strengths as a research resource in English Renaissance drama, Russian and French theatre, and British theatre since 1900. We also house the Jacques Copeau Archive and the British Grotowski collection. Conferences and seminars We have strong links with organisations such as the International Federation for Theatre Research (IFTR) and the Theatre and Performance Research Association (TaPRA), and encourage postgraduates to present work within national and international conferences. Also, we run regular research seminars, workshops, and performance-related events led by members of staff, students, and invited experts and practitioners. Entry requirements An upper second-class honours degree or better, usually in a relevant humanities subject. In certain circumstances, the School will consider candidates who have not followed a conventional education path or who may have relevant experience in the industry. These cases are assessed individually by the Director of Graduate Studies. [-]

Doctoral Degree in Music and Dramatic Art

Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre
Campus Full time 4 years August 2017 Estonia Tallinn

Doctoral studies were introduced at the EAMT in 1996 (during the Soviet era, the best graduates of the Tallinn Conservatory usually continued their studies at post-graduate level in Moscow or Leningrad). [+]

Doctoral Degree in Music and Dramatic Art Doctoral studies were introduced at the EAMT in 1996 (during the Soviet era, the best graduates of the Tallinn Conservatory usually continued their studies at post-graduate level in Moscow or Leningrad). The first dissertation was defended in 2004. In the beginning only musicologist were accepted to the PhD programme, whereas in 2000 specific curricula were designed for performers and composers. In 2006 a new programme in dramatic art was added, which also has artistic emphasis. 43 doctoral students are enrolled in doctoral studies at present (June 1, 2011) and 3 curricula are open for applicants: Musicology, Music (artistic emphasis), Dramatic Art (artistic emphasis). Doctoral studies are led by the Doctoral Committee that includes both scholars and professors of artistic specialities. Since 2009 EAMT coordinates the Graduate School of Culture Studies and Arts. This is a joint venture of four Estonian universities: Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, University of Tartu, Tallinn University, and Estonian Academy of Arts. The graduate school is led by professor Jaan Ross. The examination is organised in two rounds. Round one is based on documents. In this round, a student candidate should submit to the admissions secretary, by 2 June 2014: a video recording of a performed program of 45-60 minutes in performance specialties, or ca 45 min of music recordings (with sheet music) in composition specialties, or a list of major creative achievements with written sources and/or recordings in dramatic art; a plan of prospective doctoral studies, which should include four concert programs (or other creative tasks depending on specialty), and a research paper proposal on the required form; an overview of previous creative activities and research (CV). Up to 10 candidates will be admitted to the second round, combined for both doctoral curricula. The candidates will be notified of the results of the first round at least 5 days before the second round. In round two, a student candidate should: at the request of the examination panel, perform a requested part of the program submitted previously as a recording, or answer the questions of the panel on his or her previous creative activities (a live performance is not required for candidates in the specialties of conducting and dramatic art); justify and defend his or her plan of prospective doctoral studies. As a rule, candidates are required to attend the second round in person. In exceptional cases, the interview can also be conducted via electronic communication channels. The examination panel evaluates and considers the following: persuasiveness and originality of artistic ideas of a candidate; specialty-specific level of technical mastery; scope and quality of previous creative activities; creative potential and qualities required for creative activities at international level; relevance of the research subject and its connection to creative activities; clarity of the research problem, adequacy of selected methodology, and familiarity with reference literature and sources on the subject. The examination is graded on a scale of 1-10. Based on the examination results, a single ranking list will be established for candidates of both doctoral curricula. Five highest-ranked candidates will be admitted to the Academy. The doctoral council can additionally suggest other candidates for doctoral studies as an external student. [-]