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Master > Stage Design

The department »Stage Design« gives students the opportunity to extend their skills in independently formulating artistic questions and expand their critical thinking on theoretical and practical questions relating to researching and developing scenic spaces.

The knowledge and skills gained in the Bachelor study programme in applying artistic methods and strategies will be tested in scenery projects within or incorporating public spaces. These projects will be realized in cooperation with various institutions (currently the Theaterakademie Hamburg, the Theater Kiel and the Ruhrfestspiele).

The central focus of studies in this subject is the design of stage spaces and spatial installations for scenery purposes (in theatre, musical theatre, film and television). The starting point is the individual student’s own artistic intentions, supported from idea to implementation by tutors in individual and group tutorials. The phases of realization are diverse – concept, draft, model and stageable production. Both experimental spatial work and performances are included.

An analytical understanding of the various contentual and formal aspects of direction, dramaturgy, costuming, light, sound and video is required. Workshops (wood, metal, ceramics, printing) and studios (light, sound, video) will provide opportunities for students to further develop and try out their existing manual and technical skills, including technical drawing for the stage, model building, model photography, CAD, digital picture manipulation and video editing.

In line with the HFBK’s interdisciplinary study policy, students of this subject will also learn about related disciplines and finding a place for their own artistic ambitions in the wider contexts of art and image production, which includes both older and newer technical media (photography, film, video and computer).



Eylien König, »Inzwischen. Dazwischen«, Raum/Modellinstallation 2013, Diplom 2013
Eylien König, »Inzwischen. Dazwischen«, Raum/Modellinstallation 2013, Diplom 2013