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University of Art in Berlin

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1. Do you enroll in the summer and / or winter semester?
The drama of the UdK only enrolls once a year, always in the summer semester. There is only one audition per year that takes place after the winter semester, i.e. from the second half of February to the beginning of March. It is divided into three parts: two preliminary rounds and a three-day entrance exam.

2. When do I have to apply?
Applications must always be received in the previous year of the desired start of studies between November 1st and December 1st.

3. I am currently still going to school / am doing an apprenticeship and then and then finished. When does an application make sense for me?
The applications come in in the fall of a certain year, the next spring is the compact entrance examination and the course begins a good month later. For example, you apply in November 2018 in order to be able to take part in the entrance exams in February or March 2019. If you are admitted, the course will start in mid-April 2019.

4. How much are the tuition fees?
There are currently no tuition fees in Berlin. With the re-registration for the next semester, you pay an obulus of approx. 300.00 euros, in which the ticket for local public transport for 6 months is included. To register for the entrance exam, you have to pay 30 euros, which cannot be reimbursed if you fail to attend!

5. As a foreign student, do I actually need proof that I have sufficient knowledge of German?
Strictly speaking, foreign in this case means "non-German-speaking". This means that - if German is not your mother tongue or you do not speak German at a mother tongue level - you do in fact need such proof. The texts on which the lessons are based mostly come from the German theater canon. The lessons are also held in German. This rule does not apply to Austrians, German-speaking Swiss and Belgians. Any existing dialects are the task of speech training and not a question of sufficient knowledge.

6. I want to apply. What are the requirements?
Primarily talent, ability ... without discussing those terms here. You do not necessarily need a high school diploma or an apprenticeship to study at an art college. Internships, participation in theater groups, stays abroad etc. are also not prerequisites. However, you should be aware of your motivation and the difficulties of your future profession. When you audition, you are not trying to live up to expectations. If you have already had a few auditions, do not be irritated if you think that you are being given different or even contradicting feedback. On the one hand, the schools are different; on the other hand, the terminology also differs.

7. How does the admission test work?
You will be invited for a certain day of the first preliminary round - which lasts for a total of 2 weeks. Please arrive at the specified time, because in the morning the groups of the day will be divided. This usually happens after the first letter of the surname. You are of course free to dispose of the time until the examination of the group to which you have been assigned begins. You will come back about 1 hour before the exam to take part in a warming session led by a 1st year student (which is not, however, compulsory). As a rule, you start with a role you want from the repertoire that you have prepared (consisting of a compulsory author role - which changes every year -, a so-called self-study and two other roles; a song is optional). The examination board determines which roles are to be shown afterwards. You may not audition all of the roles, and you may not play any of the roles to the end. Don't let that confuse you, it doesn't mean anything. When all applicants in your group (usually four or five) have auditioned, you will be informed of the result immediately after a brief consultation. If you have made further progress, you will also be informed immediately of the next date for the second preliminary round. A conversation with the examiners about the reasons etc. is not possible. The second preliminary round is basically the same as the first, except that now all examining teachers are present and judge at the same time. At the end of the two days of the 2nd preliminary round, there are still around 30 applicants in the running, with whom the three-day admission test itself will be worked on scenic, but also in the fields of movement, voice and theory. No knowledge is checked here, but skills, facilities, possibilities, limitations. On the last day, the entire examination committee advises which 10 applicants are suitable as future students. The criteria for this are not only talent, but also the ability to train and the composition of a certain age group. We choose certain individuals, just as you, ideally, choose a certain school. With a rejection, a fundamental statement about talent, trainability, etc. is never made.

8. I would like to come to the admission test on another day because I am sick, have to work ...
This is possible in justified exceptional cases. Please write a corresponding e-mail to [email protected] and please do not ask the matriculation and examination office. Make sure to also write down a callback number.

9. I have to travel a long way to the entrance examination. Do I have to arrange an overnight stay?
As a rule, the first preliminary round (including an interview) does not last longer than 7 p.m., but it can get late after the second round. For the 3rd round you need an overnight stay because of the duration of three days.

10. Unfortunately, I missed the application deadline for the admission test for drama. Is there any way to still be allowed to audition?

11. Is there a maximum age? Until when can I apply?
There is no age limit to apply. If you think about this aspect, you can orient yourself on the job market and on the number of German-speaking actors trained annually in proportion to the estimated job opportunities. If you are starting your studies and are close to your thirties or older, after graduation you will meet far younger colleagues with several years of experience.

12. I would like to change the university. Is the?
Usually not. We are an ensemble school that attaches great importance to the class structure. It is at least difficult to merge with an existing year at a later point in time. In addition, we never train below the capacity limit, which means that we usually don't have any vacancies.

13. How "safe" is my study place after passing the admission test?
The first year (i.e. the first two semesters) is a so-called extended admission test (also known colloquially as the probationary period). At the end of these first two semesters, the admissions committee decides whether to continue studying. It can be the case that if there is a clear risk (e.g. insufficient acting talent, a lack of initiative, but also a lack of discipline, etc.), indications of a possible failure are given to the candidate in advance. However, this is not mandatory and never replaces the advice of the entire staff at the end of each semester. After the 2nd year - if passed - an intermediate examination certificate is issued, which is a prerequisite for the main course (the last four semesters).

14. I would like to visit your school and get an idea of ​​you and, if possible, of your teaching. Can I come over once?
Unfortunately that is not possible.

15. Hasn't the diploma degree now been obsolete and has been replaced by a bachelor's or master's degree?
For good reasons, we did not take part in the so-called Bologna Process. We train neither bachelor nor master actors. However, the "Diplom" degree has now (since 2014) been replaced by the "Graduate" degree. The curriculum was slightly edited and modified in the course of this pure renaming. In terms of its "value", the degree still corresponds to the previous diploma degree.

16. Are there any workshops or preparatory courses that you can attend, even count as an entrance exam, and would you recommend further preparation in addition to what is required for the audition (e.g. attending a dance class, etc.)?
There are no "substitute courses" for the admission test, just as there are no clearly recommendable preparatory workshops or the like. Here you have to do what your talent "commands" you to do: And that ranges from nothing to an almost complete youth theater career. There are no recommendations, only - here it is really true - the individual talent, the individual curriculum vitae.

17. Could you specify the criteria for the prefix texts (apart from the personal work and the compulsory author)? Are you only allowed to choose plays, or is it also possible to choose short stories, novels or film excerpts that can be portrayed as actors? Do I have to limit myself to monologues or are scenes also required?
Here we seldom move within the narrow limits of prohibition and permission. That is why it is difficult to answer your question: it is undoubtedly safe when you choose plays, and it doesn't hurt if you have to imagine a partner because it is a scene with several protagonists. On the other hand, it occasionally proves to be unfavorable to allude to a partner in a schematic way and to mark them if this is detrimental to the liveliness of what is presented. Sometimes you can play a partner scene entirely monologically, other times it seems to be a good dramaturgical trick to choose the commission yourself as a partner. Here you may have to endure stoic faces or at best you can get them moving. Of course, you can also act out other texts. This is unusual, but not unknown, and harbors both the surprise of the new and the risk of dramaturgical failure. Because of their often minimalist gestures, film scenes are in my opinion not well suited for auditioning and emphasize the respective cultural horizon too clearly. But the same applies here: you could be the first to succeed. Basically, you already expose yourself to the decision on your questions and show something of yourself: Your feeling for your effect, your self-assessment, your dramaturgical nose are in demand and therefore you have to understand your own answer as part of the admission test.

18. Does the admission procedure only apply to the immediately following summer semester? Or could I get a place in the summer semester after next with this year's application?
Unfortunately that is not possible. The passed admission test or the offered study place are only valid for the immediately following summer semester. After a few days to think about it, you also have to confirm the place, otherwise it will automatically go to the followers.