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Admittance Regulations
A meaningful theatre course which includes practical work is only possible when the number of students is manageable. Moreover, such a course, as well as the professions for which it prepares the students, demands special capabilities. Therefore, the Institute of Applied Theatre Studies has a special admittance process.

Determination of artistic aptitude
It is the aim of our entrance examination to choose students whose ability is individually considered regarding this course of study. The entrance examination process is divided into three stages: First a file, which, upon being awarded a positive mark by the examination commission, is then followed by a written and finally oral examination. For all three stages, it is important that the representation of the person, his/her own imagination, own work, inclinations and interests as well as attained capabilities (such as music lessons, theatre workshops, writing etc.) are in the foreground. The examination commission is interested in the most individual examination possible.

1st Stage:
The resumee, explanation of the reasons for application and if possible, a recommendation (e.g. reference letter from a teacher) should indicate the applicant's own relationship to theatre, literature, art, also cultural and social procedures, preferences, aversions, and positive and negative experiences regarding theatre. The file should contain two or three self-made artistic works concerning topics which the applicant has set him/herself (e.g. writing a scene, direction synopsis, performance concept, stage set model, short video film, audio work, design of a spacial, sound and/or video installation or something similar) and possibly one or two short theatre performance critiques. The following explanation must also be in the file: "I hereby declare that I completed all the works in the file myself". If you want to turnin videos, please upload them on Vimeo (https://vimeo.com/). Please do not forget to mention theactual link in your portfolio. Additionally you are asked to send an e-mail to hiwi-theater@theater.uni-giessen.de with a combined list of all the links referring to the worksincluded in your portfolio.

The file must be handed in by 29.02.06. Also, please note that the resumee should contain your current email address as you will be notified by mail of a code number which you will have to enter on the website in order to obtain your result

2nd Stage:
The written examination is such that an essay will be written regarding a topic which the examination commission has chosen, eg. a video extract of a performed production. This is not about literary and theatrical history knowledge but theatrical sensitivity, ie. the ability to watch and take in combined with one's own subjective judgement.

3rd Stage:
The oral examination consists of a personal conversation in which the candidate's interest in theatre and other arts are in the foreground.

A formal pre-requisite for registering after the aptitude examination is the possession of A-Levels (Abitur) or a qualification of similar value.

The A-Level (Abitur) certificate should contain proof of the knowledge of two foreign languages, one of which should be English or French, whose mark is at least C (satisfactory).

In the Winter semester 2000/01 the Hessian Ministry for Science and Arts no longer stipulated a maximum amount of study places for this course of study. In the past however, the study place capacity was seen to be 25-30 per Winter semester.

Study Requirements
A-Levels or an equivalent to Abitur and the successful completion of the aptitude examination are requirements for this course of study.

For BA/MA ATW, you must be able to speak german.

Additionally, you will need knowledge of two foreign languages, one of which must be English or French, according to the conditions of study. Both foreign languages must be confirmed in the A-Level certificate (Abitur) by the mark C (satisfactory) or a better mark. Therefore this is the requirement that you have studied the language in the sixth form.

It is also possible with one of the language subjects, to have had lessons in a lower capacity. The language must however have been taught more than four school years at a grammar school level. Instead of an A-Level certificate, proof of language knowledge can be made in the following way: Certificates from the four years have to be shown, the last of which must contain the mark "C" (satisfactory) or better.

The knowledge of the language for which you have drawn upon the exception rule must be expanded and supplemented during the foundation course. You will have to show proof of how far you have corresponded to this condition when you register for the intermediate diploma.