Stage design is a component of a theatrical production which can be variously integrated into the hierarchy of other components. In the kind theatre on which we focus in the Department of Alternative and Puppet Theatre (i.e. in puppet theatre and its derived mutations), the visual component is essential because it creates meaning. Essential does not mean unequivocally dominant, however. The field of stage design encompasses all visualisation elements, i.e. the creation of space, the puppet, the mask, the costume, accoutrements, etc.
It thus involves the preparation of material for (specialised) acting work. The purpose of the education in the course of the Bachelor`s programme in stage design of alternative and puppet theatre is on the one hand to teach students to accept the dependence on other components, and on the other hand to produce new inspirational solutions and points of departure. Here, we strengthen the continuity with modern visual art and its new forms in time and space.
A graduate of the Bachelor`s programme is prepared to work in a creative team and perform the artistic tasks which accompany modern theatrical practice in theatres of a puppet or alternative orientation with crossover to other theatrical genres including contemporary types of experimental performances. He/she is also capable or authorially realising puppets, masks, etc.
Completion of an entrance examination consisting of two rounds, the first of which is an eliminative round.
The entrance examination consists of a theoretical part and a talent part.
In the talent examination, the candidate presents a set of creative homework assignments or proposals for the theatre, using puppets or objects. The ability to perceive contemporary "cultural hubs" and dramatic situations is assessed, together with the ability of adequate creative articulation. Distinctive expressive ability in drawing, painting and other artistic techniques as a method of communication. Manual dexterity. Demonstrable interest in cultural developments in history and at present with special emphasis on theatre and fine arts. Collective collaborative ability.
The most important criterion for admission is successful completion of the talent part of the entrance examination.