BA in Performing Arts

General

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Program Description

The Degree’s Course in DAMS- related disciplines - Film and Theatre Making - offers an educational path in the English language addressed both to Italian students, who wish to translate into practice competencies acquired in the fields of audiovisual media and performing arts in a global dimension, and to foreign students who intend to study in-depth Italian cinema and theatre cultures within an international learning context.

The Course aims at providing students with core knowledge and key expertise required to embark on the rewarding careers of Film Maker and Theatre Maker, creative professionals who are able to combine a humanistic approach with the practical experiences of directing and acting, editing and designing as well as with the mastery of digital technologies, organizational and managerial tools.

Film Makers and Theatre Makers are 360 degrees experts who can easily handle all different stages of the production chain as for theatre performing events, the broader field of cultural activities, and the development of audiovisual contents, to be utilized by cinema, television, advertising, web, branded content, and multimedia. They also demonstrate the necessary competencies to integrate their professionalism into specific stages of larger and more complex production chains.

At the end of the academic path, students will gain:

  • Sound core knowledge of history - both cultural and economic - theory, semiology, aesthetics, and critics of artistic tendencies and media;
  • Expertise to critically approach the whole national and transnational cultural system (theatre, cinema, television, and digital media), along with its evolutions;
  • Practical tools to apply the acquired knowledge to the concrete handling of audiovisual productions and live cultural happenings throughout all different phases, from conception to promotion, eventually to stage and set.

Film and Theatre Making professionals have the possibility to access the following work dimensions:

  • Artistic, cinematographic, theatrical, and musical institutions
  • Libraries, media libraries, archives, and museums
  • Cultural festivals and artistic companies
  • Press offices of artistic, cinematographic, theatrical, and musical institutions
  • Production enterprises
  • Public and private radio and television broadcasters
  • Specialized (particularly multimedia) publishing houses and web
  • Communication agencies

Film Making Path

Curriculum

The Course aims at training professionals in the creative sphere who could handle all stages of the production chain related to audiovisual contents for cinema, television, advertising, web, branded content, and multimedia while being able to put their expertise at disposal of larger and more complex production chains.

Students enjoy the opportunity to learn in an internationally-oriented environment, along with the added value of classes reasonably made up of a maximum of 25 students, a feature that definitely facilitates a direct interaction with lecturers, the adoption of innovative, dynamic, and interactive teaching methods and the development of autonomously-managed creative projects in the hands of informal students’ teams.

The Course allows students to acquire both a historical-critical knowledge in the field of cinema-, arts- and media- studies, as strongly demanded by the cultural industry, and practical and managerial expertise focused on audiovisual productions.

Film Makers are able to seize the most meaningful developments occurring in the market of audiovisual contents and creative economy: web, video-sharing platforms, social media, the multimedia publishing industry, and trans-media storytelling have increasingly enhanced the role of audiovisual languages in all communication fields, promotion, and marketing, particularly when professionals rely on original and non-conventional involvement modalities.

Study Plan
First Year
I Semester II Semester
  • Culture and language
  • Culture and media
  • Contemporary history, art, and culture
  • Storytelling for film and theatre
    • Storytelling for theatre
    • Storytelling for film
  • Acting Technique
  • Film History and Italian Cinema
  • History of Theatre and Script Analysis
  • Optional group Theatre and Filmmaking Lab:
    • Digital literacy for moving image archive and preservation
    • Film direction
    • Editing for film and television
    • Storyboarding and screenwriting
    • Applied cinematography
    • Advanced film direction
Second Year
I Semester II Semester
  • Visual and Film Anthropology
  • English Literature and Theatre
  • Theatre Techniques for Public Speaking
  • Film and Television Language
  • Contemporary Performance and Visual Arts
  • Performance and Movement
  • Sound Design and Musical Theatre
  • Digital media and Internet entertainment
  • Optional group Theatre and Filmmaking Lab:
    • Digital literacy for moving image archive and preservation
    • Film direction
    • Editing for film and television
    • Storyboarding and screenwriting
    • Applied cinematography
    • Advanced film direction
Third Year
I Semester II Semester
  • Optional group Film and theatre production: 
    Audiovisual projects from the idea to the production
  • Optional group Distribution: 
    Distribution, communication, and marketing of audiovisual products
  • Optional group Editing and montage: 
    Editing and video post-production
  • Optional group Film and theatre direction: 
    Film direction and cinematography
  • Other Language Skills
  • Internship
  • Dissertation
  • Optional group Theatre and Filmmaking Lab:
    • Digital literacy for moving image archive and preservation
    • Film direction
    • Editing for film and television
    • Storyboarding and screenwriting
    • Applied cinematography
    • Advanced film direction

The Course in Film Making combines a sound historical-critical approach in the field of humanistic disciplines with technical and ad-hoc competences in performing arts and with a constant upgrading vis-à-vis technological innovations and new multimedia languages (digital skills).

Thanks to an effective mix of lecturing methodologies, lab activities, and a peculiar learning environment, students refine their ability to adapt to changeable contexts, team-oriented cooperation, problem-solving attitude, and the capacity to work independently (soft skills). Such a background gets furthermore integrated with managerial and marketing skills in the audiovisual media sector, along with a focused knowledge of computer and multimedia technologies, direction, and video post-production techniques.

Available modules, jointly with lab activities, are meant to dynamically involve students in a unique and stimulating learning experience, grounded on interactivity and cooperation.

Professional opportunities

Professional FilmMakers can work in the following sectors:

  • Artistic, cinematographic, theatrical, and musical institutions (by public and private bodies)
  • Libraries, media libraries, foundations, archives, and museums
  • Cultural festivals and artistic companies
  • Press offices of artistic, cinematographic, theatrical, and musical institutions
  • Production enterprises (audiovisual, theatrical, recording)
  • Public and private radio and television broadcasters
  • Specialized (particularly multimedia) publishing houses and web
  • Communication agencies

Theater Making Plan

Curriculum

The Course aims at training professionals in the creative sphere who could handle all stages of the production chain related to theatre performing events and to the broader sector of cultural activities while being able to offer their competences to larger and more complex production chains.

Students gain highly-specialized technical expertise in the sectors of interest thanks to a set of practical and application-oriented laboratories, as fully incorporated into the curriculum, as well as a wide range of methodological and critical tools in the fields of arts, cinema, music, theatre, and fashion.

As for the dimension of theatre and live performances, lecturers convey a historical-critical teaching model, analyzing social, pedagogical developments and other dynamics impacting both direction and acting modalities.

The Course’s most innovative feature definitely stands in the precious chance, thanks to Link Campus teaching staff’s consolidated experience, to associate a historical-critical approach - focusing on developing tendencies in cultural-social environments and expressive languages - with an ad-hoc cultural training on the holistic implementation of art expressions, from theatre to music to dance and to cinematographic final products.

The standard background is moreover filled with managerial and marketing skills, as applied to live happenings, along with a specific understanding of computer and multimedia technologies and of acting, direction, and post-production techniques in the field of live performances.

Another remarkable component lies in the strongly-encouraged and extremely-close relationship between students and lecturers. Reasonably-sized classes effectively lay the ground for the development of strategic and cross-cutting competencies that the cultural industry highly demands, along with dynamic teaching methods and tools that can be tailored to various students’ profiles.

Study Plan
First Year
I Semester II Semester
  • Culture and language
  • Culture and media
  • Contemporary history, art, and culture
  • Storytelling for film and theatre
    • Storytelling for theatre
    • Storytelling for film
  • Acting Technique
  • Film History and Italian Cinema
  • History of Theatre and Script Analysis
  • Optional group Theatre and Filmmaking Lab:
    • Stage movement
    • Performing the classics
    • Voice and diction
    • Voice and vocal technique
    • Musical theatre
    • International workshop Michael Checkov
Second Year
I Semester II Semester
  • Visual and Film Anthropology
  • English Literature and Theatre
  • Theatre Techniques for Public Speaking
  • Film and Television Language
  • Contemporary Performance and Visual Arts
  • Performance and Movement
  • Sound Design and Musical Theatre
  • Digital media and on-demand culture
  • Optional group Theatre and Filmmaking Lab:
    • Stage movement
    • Performing the classics
    • Voice and diction
    • Voice and vocal technique
    • Musical theatre
    • International workshop Michael Checkov
Third Year
I Semester II Semester
  • Optional group Film and theatre production:
    Theatrical Projects from the Idea to the Production
  • Optional group Distribution:
    Distribution, communication, and marketing of theatre
  • Optional group Editing and montage:
    Montage of scenes
  • Optional group Film and theatre direction:
    Theatre direction and light design
  • Other Language Skills
  • Internship
  • Dissertation
  • Optional group Theatre and Filmmaking Lab:
    • Stage movement
    • Performing the classics
    • Voice and diction
    • Voice and vocal technique
    • Musical theatre
    • International workshop Michael Checkov

The adopted lecturing methodology relies on the consolidated experience of Link Campus teaching and professional staff, who rewardingly combines a traditional approach with a sharp practical orientation, by the means of laboratories, conferences, project works, implementation of cultural and theatrical projects, actively engaging students in a unique and stimulating cooperative learning experience.

Branches of knowledge, as grounded on the integration between theory and practice, enable to handle the whole implementation process of theatre performances, movies, multimedia, and musical products and contemporary arts, including by resorting to new technologies.

Furthermore, the Course allows students to acquire theoretical and practical competences related to the organization and management of live performances, the planning, and setting-up of cultural and creative enterprises, while providing core tools, in the context of specific lab activities, applicable to theatrical and audiovisual productions.

With a view of prompting students’ active participation in the practical component of the Course, side by side with standard classrooms Link Campus has set up eight multi-purpose rooms - devoted to lab activities and students’ interaction - as well as a steadily-growing library.

Professional opportunities
  • Advertising experts
  • Organizers of fairs, exhibitions, and cultural events
  • Radio and TV speakers
  • Showmen in artistic and recreational performances
  • Technical staff in the framework of radio-television, cinematographic and theatrical productions
  • Entertainers
  • Stage technicians
  • Museum experts
  • Library experts

Admission requirements

  • To be eligible for the Italian higher education system you have to have a secondary school qualification released after a minimum of 12 years of schooling (overall) that allows entry to the comparable academic program in the foreign state of origin;
  • In the case where a special Academic Competency Exam (a national test or a final exam) is required for entry to higher education in the foreign country of origin (Selectividad in Spain, Prova de Aferiçao or Prova Geral de Acesso ao Ensino Superior in Portugal, Vestibular or Exame Nacional do Ensino Médio in Brazil, Gao Kao in China, etc.) such a requirement is also mandatory for entry in the Italian higher education system;
  • All applicants must be fluent in the English language with a minimum of B1-B2 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
Required documents
  • Valid passport;
  • Valid Italian residency permit (if applicable);
  • Final secondary school qualification (or the Certificate of Enrolment, if you are currently attending the last year of secondary school and the final leaving qualification certificate/ diploma is not yet available);
  • Transcript of records;
  • Eventual Academic Competence Exam certificate (if applicable);
  • English or Italian translation of the above-mentioned documents;
  • Certificate for interrupted studies and/or withdrawal from studies and/or other awarded university certificates with a list of all the exams sustained (if applicable). These certificates must include a detailed program listing the single learning activities and hours of study for theoretical-practical activities;
  • Eventual Declaration of Value (read more here) released by the Italian diplomatic representative in the country where the final education qualification was attained; alternatively a CIMEA Statement of comparability (if applicable).

Tuition fees and funding

The annual tuition fee for international students is €12,000; while there is also a single pre-enrolment fee for students of €500.

Last updated Nov 2020

About the School

Link Campus University is a private University in Rome that stands under the Italian University’s Regulation. Link Campus University combines the English system’s educational strategies with the Itali ... Read More

Link Campus University is a private University in Rome that stands under the Italian University’s Regulation. Link Campus University combines the English system’s educational strategies with the Italian culture and didactic method. Most of the degree courses are taught in English, and some are held in Italian. Read less