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Bachelor > Stage Design

The department »Stage Design« aims to lay the foundations for an independent artistic position and to provide guidance for reflection on theoretical and practical questions about creating theatrical spaces in the present day and in the past. In addition to this, it follows the HFBK's interdisciplinary approach to study by addressing related disciplines and consequently locating the students' own artistic efforts specifically within this extended context of art and image production, including the old and new technical media (photography, film, video, computer).  

The crafting of theatrical space develops from the external architectonic and functional conditions involved as well as from the demands of the play and the way it is being directed. The central concern of this subject is to develop a coherent scenic space in line with both the historical and one’s own interpretations of the text, to address dramaturgy and direction, and to translate it into practice. This study area is centred on planning stage and installation spaces for scenic work (theatre, musical theatre, film and television.) The starting point is the artistic intentions of the individual student, which will be supported by tutors from the planning stage through to the actual execution by means of individual and group tutorials. The different stages of project realisation extend from developing a concept to drafting and creating a model, and beyond that to an actual staged production, including both experimental use of space and performance. The necessary technical and craft skills, including drafting stage designs, building models, photography CAD (Computer Aided Design), digital image manipulation and video editing can be gained and tried out in the various workshops (for wood, metal, ceramics and printing) and studios (light, sound and video). Other required skills are: a critical understanding of the various approaches to form and content in the fields of directing, dramaturgy, costuming, lighting, sound and use of video.  

The accompanying academic training gives additional depth to the artistic questions and experiences, and offers historical and theoretical knowledge and practical methods that help to advance students' artistic understanding of themselves and of history.


Zahava Rodrigo, »Dansu Dansu Dansu«, Performative Installation, HFBK Jahresausstellung 2013
Zahava Rodrigo, »Dansu Dansu Dansu«, Performative Installation, HFBK Jahresausstellung 2013