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About the programme 
Language: Danish / English  (See language requirements)  | Place of study: Aarhus  |  Commencement: August / September (no winter intake)


This programme is only offered in Danish.

Dramaturgy and the business community

The Master’s degree in dramaturgy is for students who would like more in-depth knowledge of dramaturgy, including theatre management. At the same time, you gain insight into the job market and acquire useful skills and experience in your chosen field.
You strengthen your individual profile through your choice of elective subjects and field study, during which you carry out interdisciplinary work and gain experience in a specific job situation. In this way, you learn what is expected of a humanist by the business community, cultural institutions, theatres, etc.


Art and communication

In the Master’s degree programme in dramaturgy, you acquire specialised knowledge about the theatre as an art form, and you are introduced to media dramaturgy, where you analyse mass media communication and study how communication works. You gain experience with work in cultural-political, organisational and learning contexts. Finally, the degree programme provides you with an opportunity to practise transferring your subject-specific, dramaturgical knowledge to the business community, the cultural world and the theatre.

Admission requirements


See the general documentation requirements.

Please note that applicants are NOT required to upload course descriptions.

Selection criteria

As the Master’s degree programme in Dramaturgy (due to government legislation) only admits a limited number of students each year, meeting the admission requirements does not in itself guarantee admission to the programme.

In evaluating qualified applicants, the admissions committee assesses each applicant on the basis of the average mark (i.e. GPA) of the Bachelor’s degree at the time of application. Marks/grades obtained after the application deadline will not be included in the GPA. 

The admissions committee assesses each applicant’s marks on the basis of the information provided by diplomas and transcripts.

Programme structure

Academic regulations

As a student it is important to know the regulations for the chosen subject: what is the content, how is it structured and what does it require from you. You can find this information in the academic regulations:


Student life

Student life at the former barracks

The Department of Dramaturgy is located at the Kaserne – the former barracks in Langelandsgade – together with the Departments of Music Studies, Aesthetics and Culture, Comparative Literature and Art History.

In addition to your studies, there are many other activities available in your spare time.

  • Dramaturgical Association: When you enrol in the dramaturgy degree programme, you automatically become a member of the Dramaturgical Association, which offers cultural and study-related activities for students of all years, including theatre excursions, “storyteller” cafés and workshops.
  • Peripeti: A dramaturgical magazine that endeavours to strengthen the connection between theatre research and performing theatrical art. It also organises conferences and seminars in collaboration with different theatre institutions.
  • Visir: Paper for all students at the Institute of Aesthetic Studies, with study-related articles and information about current activities at the barracks.
  • The Kasernerevyen theatre group stages a revue every year with the slogan “Aarhus’ Best Revue”.
  • Prologos is the Department of Dramaturgy’s theatre production association, which helps you stage performances.
  • Fæstetik: The Social Committee organises events for students of all subjects at the Institute of Aesthetic Studies, including a spring party with a special theme, a Shrovetide celebration and a huge party in the Stakladen building for 350 guests.
  • A Friday bar for students at the Institute of Aesthetic Studies features live music every Friday in the foyer of the KaserneSceneN (the barracks theatre).

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Job functions for grads

This data is derived from AU's 2016 employment survey. This data should not be considered a completely accurate representation of the labour market and job functions for all graduates of the individual degree programmes. It exclusively represent the responses submitted to the survey in the years in question.

Competence profile

Competence profile for dramaturgy graduates:

  • Theatre history, theory and methodology: As a dramaturg, you have a thorough understanding of theatre history and stage traditions. You are able to handle and analyse scenography, direction and production.
  • Intermediation and communication: Through your work with theatrical features such as scenography, lighting, acting and communication, you acquire a broad understanding of ways to communicate a message to a target group most effectively.
  • Production and collaboration: At the Department of Dramaturgy, you have learnt how to mount a theatrical production from the initial idea right through to the performance, and are therefore able to organise, delegate tasks, solve logistical problems and collaborate.
  • Analysis of institutions and contexts: By means of field studies and practical training, you acquire the necessary tools to analyse the organisations in which you work, whether they be children’s theatres or folk high schools. This gives you a good feeling for how to analyse complex contexts.
  • Cultural understanding: You have acquired a thorough knowledge of cultural, aesthetic and artistic issues. You are also familiar with the role of culture in society, and you have insight into cultural politics – both within Denmark and abroad.
  • Work experience: Through your field studies and a possible period of practical training, you practise using your dramaturgical skills in a business context and develop both your own and the company’s experiences.

Job profile

The five most common career paths for dramaturgy graduates are:

  • Employment as a dramaturg: Most dramaturgs are employed at theatres, cultural institutions, in media companies, etc.
  • Teaching and pedagogics: Theatre production and drama pedagogics are subjects taught at many primary and secondary schools as well as upper secondary schools, and some of our graduates find work at upper secondary schools, continuation schools/primary and secondary schools, training colleges and universities.
  • Concept development, production and process management: As a dramaturg, you acquire considerable knowledge and experience with concept development, collaboration and management, which qualifies you for work with planning, coaching and team building in creative processes.
  • Administration: General knowledge of concepts, management, organisation and collaboration are key elements in the degree programme, and you therefore become equipped to assume positions as an administrator, artistic manager, art and culture consultant or in jobs working with information and communication in public and private sector companies.
  • Communication: In the world of communication, there is a need for the dramaturg’s knowledge of how you best approach a specific target group and communicate a message as a critic, information officer or within advertising, marketing and sales.

With a Master’s degree in dramaturgy, you can also pursue a career as a researcher. You have the option of applying for admission to the PhD programme at the faculty’s Graduate School. You can apply when you have completed your Bachelor’s degree and one year of your Master’s degree studies or when you have completed your Master’s degree.
Find more information about PhD degree programmes at the Faculty of Arts.

You can read more about the career services that are available from Arts Karriere who provide information about employment opportunities as well as arranging various events and workshops.