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DRA304 Theatre history and theatre production

Course description for academic year 2023/2024

Contents and structure

This is the second module in the spring semester. Focus is on theatre history and theatre production. The module introduces theatre history with a special focus on classical theatre, dramaturgy and traditions. Actor training, script work and production work will be central.

The module is open for exchange students. 5 credits in Process drama will be offered to fullfill a three months exchange study.

Learning Outcome


At the end of the module the student has obtained knowledge of:

  • Theatre history with a special focus on western theatre
  • Dramatic means of expression


At the end of the module the student can:

  • Make use of a variety of bodily and vocal expressions
  • Make use of theatrical means of expression

General competence

At the end of the study the student can:

  • Play a role and be part of an ensemble

Entry requirements


Teaching methods

Scenic production through individual, group and full class work, accessing theatre, workshops, lectures and tutorials.

Compulsory learning activities

In pairs or individually the student choose to do study a period in the theatre history. The students are doing an oral presentation where they combine lecture and practical demonstration to exemplify. Scope: ca. 30 min pr. Student if individual presentation, ca.50 min for pairwork.

  • Oral presentation in pairs (ca. 60 min) or individual (ca.30 min) of a chosen period, a theatre artist or dramatist from the theatre history.The presentation shall be a combination of lecture and practical examples.
  • A written analytical text in pairs (min. 3000 words) or individual (min. 1500 words) connected to a part of the theatre history.
  • Attendance is expected in all practical lectures/workshops, and presence during coaching in the theatre production. Maximum 20% absence is accepted.

The mandatory learning activities are evaluated as accepted/not accepted. There will be guidelines for oral and written work connected to the theatre history. the students will be introduced to this when the module starts.


Practical-methodical group exam. Based on classical theatre, the students in ensembles produce a performance (ca. 7 students per ensemble, duration ca. 25 min per performance). The exam is the presentation of this performance.

The group will get a collective mark where the production as a whole is assessed.

Mark scale: A-F.

New/postponed practical exam will be performed individually.

Examination support material

The students are free to use costumes, props, light and sound.

More about examination support material