Overview of the Theatre Education Programme
The programme aims to cultivate professionals who are committed to theatre educational work in art programmes of non-art universities and elementary and secondary schools, as well as those who wish to apply theatre to other social educational fields. It requires students to learn fundamental theories and basic techniques of theatre education, comprehend the history and current situation of the development of theatre education, improve practical and theoretical abilities in aesthetic education, and develop strong planning and management capabilities in cultural education and social events. Students will have a systematic command of fundamental theories and basic techniques of the discipline, with high cultural and artistic accomplishments, enhanced aesthetic awareness and creative thinking.
Founded in 2005, this programme was the first theatre-featured art education programme in China. With the support of the Municipal Education Committee, it established Shanghai “Fostering Virtue through Education” art education practice base in 2013 to systematically study the art curriculum of middle schools and high school in Shanghai. In 2015, Shanghai Theatre Education and Application Center was founded to give full play to the role of the city’s cultural and educational platform and to promote the development of theatre education and teaching by taking advantage of the educational resources of specialised institutions, so as to achieve the integration of theatre education in primary schools, secondary schools and colleges. In March 2019, “Theatre Education” was approved by the Ministry of Education as a new programme of the university catalogue. For the first time, the theatre education programme officially entered the field of higher education in China.
Talent training mode with Chinese characteristics
Based on the full study of international experiences, the programme has built a talent training mode of theatre education with Chinese characteristics. It highlights the cultivation of student’s abilities of performing, directing and playwriting in the early stage and the development of abilities of popularising and promoting theatres in the senior grades, which constitutes a curriculum system combining theatre studies and education studies. In terms of teaching content, the programme has developed a theatre education method with Chinese features named educational demonstration plays, which integrates operas and stage plays, to solve the problem of popularising theatre education in primary and secondary schools.
Faculty with an international perspective
Most teachers have overseas study experiences and carry out bilingual teaching. The programme maintains a close international contact with universities in the United Kingdom, Norway and the United States, constantly inviting foreign experts and scholars to give lectures and sending postgraduates and undergraduates of our programme to relevant universities for exchange studies. Relying on the advantage of performance studies as an international frontier discipline, the programme publishes the international journal “A&HCI” and a large number of English papers.
Practical teaching system to serve the society
Teachers and students step out of the campus to cooperate with universities, schools and social institutions to conduct practical education. We have close connections with 17 theatre education featured high schools in Shanghai and have multiple theatre education practice bases. We have cultivated many seed teachers in theatre education for Shanghai and even the whole nation. In addition, we have organised the compilation of national non-unified theatre textbooks for primary and secondary schools and have led excellent art educators and researchers in Shanghai to compile a full set (8 volumes) of the high school textbook “Art”.