Justus-Liebig-Universität GießenInstitut für Angewandte Theaterwissenschaft

Admission Test

The application process for the winter semester 2020/21 is closed. We will inform you about the next application procedure for the BA and MA programs of Applied Theater Studies 21/22 here in December 2020. If you have questions, don't hesitate to ask! Write an email to Julie.Pownall@theater.uni-giessen.de.

The deadlines for the application procedure can be found here.

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. After your inscription in the online-registration you will receive a confirmation email which will also contain a specific code number with which you will be able to log in at the homepage to find the anonymous restults to each step of the application process.

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 turn in videos or audios, please upload them on Vimeo (https://vimeo.com/) or SoundCloud (https://creators.soundcloud.com/). Please do not forget to mention theactual link in your portfolio. Additionally you are asked to send an e-mail to with a combined list of all the links referring to the worksincluded in your portfolio. Applicants for the Master course are required to hand in a copy of their Bachelor thesis or equivalent scientific work

The portfolios of BA and MA applicants must be handed in by 06.03.2020 (the postmark counts).
Postadress for portfolios:
Institut für Angewandte Theaterwissenschaft
Goethestraße 58
D - 35390 Gießen

It is necessary to add the filled out registration-document (see download section on the top right) to you portfolio.

The results from the portfolio selection will be online on the 22.04.2020. If you get a positive result you are invited to the next step of the application process.

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. This step of the application process only matters for the BA applicants, MA applicants will skip this step. The date for the written examination for the next application process is set to be 06.05.2020. The results will be available on 20.05.2020.

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. The oral examination is for BA applicants set to be 22.06.2020 and for the MA applicants 23.06.2020.

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).

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.

Further information on language requirements you can find here:



If you have not finished school in Germany or have not done your Bachelor in Germany you will also have to apply via uni-assist. After you have received your final acceptance to the program you applied for you are albe to sign in at uni-assist until the 15th July of every year: https://www.uni-assist.de/en. This is a formal Step and a uni-assist is a system that compares your qualifiactions with the german System.

You will receive further information regarding these topics with the final affirmation letter and also on the website of the international office of JLU : https://www.uni-giessen.de/international-pages/contact/contactaaa?set_language=en .

For those who have already passed the admission tests (max. two years ago) and have postponed the beginning of their studies are also requested to register if they want to start studying in 2020. To do so they also have to fill out the registration sheet and mark in the last segment 'already applied' 'already accepted in XXX' with adding the acceptance date. Pleas send in your registartion via mail until the portfolio deadlines.