Theater Studies (B.A.)

The most important facts at a glance:



Bachelor of Arts (Two-subject Bachelor)

Standard period of studies:

6 semesters


Winter and summer semester

Language of Instruction:


Admission restrictions:

Open admission

Please note that a combination of Theater Studies as a major is not possible with Film Studies or Cultural Anthropology as a minor.


You find information on the application procedure for international students here.


Please keep in mind that you need a certification of recognition for all foreign certificates. The recognition process takes up to six weeks and the certificate must be included in your application.

Winter semester: June 1 - September 1

Summer semester: December 1 - March 1

If you combine a Two-subject Bachelor whose admission is open with one whose is restricted, the deadlines are:

Winter semester: June 1 - July 15

Summer semester: December 1 - January 15


Theater Studies (M.A.)


Department of Film, Drama, and Empirical Cultural Studies


Faculty 02: Social Sciences, Media, and Sports


The accreditation of study programmes for Bachelor and Master Degrees constitutes as a precondition for the granting of state approval.

Subject Matter

Theater Studies examines theater in its various forms (drama, opera, dance, performance, ritual play, festival and everyday culture) as cultural practice in past and present. Theater Studies connects historical and theoretical knowledge with dramaturgical and analytical issues. As a historical culture and media discipline, the subject focuses its teaching and research on the systematic analysis of scenic events and how they are conveyed with regard to media. Theater Studies at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz comprises the following subject areas:

  • Theater History
  • Theory and Aesthetics of Theater
  • Modern Theater
  • Culture and Media

Theater Studies is primarily concerned with European theater history from Antiquity to the present, as well as present-day theater in intercultural comparison since the modern age. Different types of theater (as artistic expression, in everyday life, and festival culture) are examined, compared and evaluated with regard to their social function and structures of theatrical representation. Here, special emphasis is placed on the cultural analysis of theater and its social relevance, as well as on the comparison of its media-specific analytical methods in interpreting the relationship between theater and audio-visual media, the Internet and performance art.


The International Office offers counselling for international students about the application process and general information.

The Student Counselling Office offers specific information on the subject (List available in German only).

The Student representatives give information from a student perspective (List available in German only).