The Doctoral programme of Theory and Practice in Drama Education is an opportunity for in-depth theoretical study and research of dramatical education of primarily, but not exclusively, children and adolescents. We study a complex set of formative processes which use dramatic play as both aims and instruments and focus on children’s performance as a means of artistic, cultural, and psychological education. The programme is aimed at individuals deeply interested in the study of these processes on all levels of formal and informal drama education. We expect prospective researchers to already have an excellent grasp of both theory of drama and psychology and pedagogy. They should be interested in exploring and developing creative methods in children’s and students’ drama and dramatical education. Crucially, selected students should be able to carry out independent research which integrates issues in drama education and related disciplines in theatre studies, aesthetics, psychology, and education.
Successful graduates holding a doctorate are highly qualified experts in education who make a positive impact in the development of drama education, by using their own experience from both teaching practice and theoretical research. Graduates are fully prepared to carry out own research and work in executive positions in the field of art education, children’s theatre, or the theory and history of drama education.