Study at the Academy

The Acting course

Theater or film? The Bavarian Academy of Dramatic Arts (ADK Bayern) mainly trains actors and actresses for the theater. Stage acting is the most technically demanding discipline, and requires the most intensive training. But in order to fully address this increasingly diverse professional field, the training course offers introductions to performing in the fields of film/television and digital media.

In the Acting course, the Bavarian Academy of Dramatic Arts places great emphasis on training students to develop expressive body language, compelling enunciation and voice skills, and particularly teaching them to work in partnerships and as part of an ensemble. In this process, reliance on a single method is deliberately avoided; instead, students are taught various approaches and how to choose from a variety of methods.

Opportunities for practical experience, including before public audiences, are provided from the outset. If students are so disposed, singing is particularly supported. Performing to camera, microphone use and self-marketing, including in the digital space, are gaining importance.

The aim is for the Acting students at the Bavarian Academy of Dramatic Arts to be able to develop both the essential technical skills of their craft and their own artistic personality.

Facts and Figures

The Bavarian Academy of Dramatic Arts is a state-funded and state-accredited private Specialist Academy for Acting, Stage Direction and Theater Education. It is also accredited in respect of the Federal Training Assistance Act (BAföG), a federal law in support of education for which students can apply individually.

The Bavarian Academy of Dramatic Arts offers students a tuition-free, four-year training in the Acting course.

Qualification upon graduation: "State certified Actress/Actor" (Specialist Academy). The qualification is equivalent to an undergraduate degree (Bachelor).

Training is divided into a foundation course (years 1 and 2) and a main course (years 3 and 4).
In the first year, teaching is conducted jointly with the students in the Theater Education and Stage Direction courses.

Starting already in the first year of the course, teaching is organized in the context of one-on-one, small group and ensemble lessons.

Lessons are scheduled for full-day participation from Monday to Friday, occasionally supplemented on weekends by theater productions and workshops.