Overview of the Theatre Studies Programme
The programme aims to cultivate top-notch talents who comprehend theoretical and ideological resources of theatre development, like its history, theories, concepts, trends of thought and styles, and utilise them skillfully in the work such as play rehearsal, troupe construction, work evaluation, theory construction, theatre event curation and theatre group planning, to build a domestically first-class and internationally renowned undergraduate programme in theatre studies.
The predecessor and epitome of the Theatre Studies programme can be traced back to various theory classes run by the Department of Theatre Literature in history, such as the regular class of theatre theory in 1974, the cadre specialised class of theatre theory in 1984, and the undergraduate class of theatre theory in 1986. In 2007, the programme in Literature of Theatre, Film and Television (theatre theory track) was officially established. The track adopted unified enrollment, liberal education in the freshman year and specialised training in the sophomore year. After eleven years of effective exploration and hard work, it was approved and upgraded to the “Theatre Studies” programme by the Ministry of Education in 2018.
Profound academic accumulation
Our programme boasts an early start, a long history and a great influence in China. Based onthe programme of Literature of Theatre, Film and Television, which enjoys a very high popularity and reputation in the field, our programme has produced multiple influential theoretical achievements in theatre studies, such as “History Draft of Theatre Theory”, “Art Creation Project”, “History Draft of Chinese Theatre Studies”, “Opera Studies and Theatre Studies”, “Construction and Deconstruction of Theatre”, “Holistic View of Chinese Stage Play in the 20th Century”, “Theatre– A Comprehensive Aesthetics Project”, “Art Principle” and “Performance History of Cao Yu’s Theatres”.
Excellent teaching quality
The teaching quality of the programme ranks among the best in similar programmes in China and the faculty has received honours such as the second prize of National Teaching Achievement Award”, the special prize of “Shanghai Teaching Achievement Award”, and the national first-class undergraduate programme.
Complete teaching materials
The programme has a number of high-quality specialised courses and textbooks, including one national quality course, three Shanghai quality courses, six Shanghai key courses, 10 volumes of textbooks of Playwrighting Studies of Shanghai Theatre Academy, and over 20 relevant academic textbooks, some of which have won awards like the “Excellent Shanghai College Textbook Award”.
Strong research strength
The faculty members in our programme are truly devoted to academic research, presiding over 6 major projects of “National Philosophy and Social Sciences”, “National Philosophy, Social Sciences and Art” and “the Ministry of Education’s Philosophy and Social Sciences” programs. Besides, there are over 10 general projects and youth projects under “National Social Sciences”, “National Social Sciences and Art”, and “the Ministry of Education’s Philosophy and Social Sciences” programs. The faculty also actively participate in creation and more than 10 of their works are supported as major projects by “National Art Foundation” and “Shanghai Cultural Development Foundation”.
Outstanding talent training
Over the years, the programme has provided many preeminent talents in theatre theory, criticism, playwrighting and production for the nation. Adhering to the concept of combining teaching and practice, students of the programme have published multiple papers in core journals like “Exploration and Free Views”, “Shanghai Theatre”, “Theatre Literature”, “Shanghai Art Review” and “Playwright”. Some of their works have won the support of “National Art Foundation” and “Shanghai Culture Foundation”.