Do you have a strong interest in Chinese culture and performance? Now one of China’s most prestigious art institutes is offering scholarships to study MA Intercultural Communications. The course is bilingual, taught in English, with optional Mandarin Chinese language lessons. Take elective modules in Peking opera and fully immerse yourself in Chinese culture!
Shanghai Theatre Academy’s bilingual (Chinese and English) MA program in Intercultural Communication Studies recruits excellent students with a bachelor’s degree or equivalent from top international and Chinese universities. The two-year English-taught program requires that you spend the first year studying full-time in Shanghai and an optional second year for project-based internships. All students in residency are sponsored by STA with scholarships (tuition, accommodation and monthly stipend). After the first year, when course work is completed, students can choose where to live and intern whilst writing an MA thesis. The duration of study for the MA degree can be extended to a maximum of four years. MA theses can be written in Chinese or English. Applicants should preferably have some basic Mandarin Chinese language skills, but it is not a MUST for this program.
STA is one of the most renowned art institutes in China, based in the vibrant, cosmopolitan city of Shanghai. The academy was established in 1945, cultivating professionals in theater arts, traditional opera, film, television and dance. The Intercultural Communication Program is a small cohort of students from all over the world. Students can develop skills and experience in intercultural communication that could be of use in a variety of future endeavors engaging with the transnational world.
Students ICS classes of 2014 and 2015.
APPLY TO STUDY
Applicants are expected to have a strong interest in Chinese culture and intercultural communications in any academic and/or artistic field, including but not limited to performing arts, performance studies, literature and all forms of media. Applicants need to fill out the application form before taking the entrance examinations, including a written test to answer two general essay questions in the fields of human civilizations, and a Skype/telephone interview on April 25. Those who submit the application by April 15 will be given preference. The admission notice will be mailed out by May 15.
STA shared dorm room.
✎ Tuition Fees of Intercultural Communication Studies program.
✎ A double room in the school dormitory shared with another student arranged by the school.
✎ A monthly stipend of 3000 RMB.
The curriculum requires 32 credits, including 18 credits from 6 mandatory courses exploring the following topics:
✎ Case Studies on Intercultural Communication, a Lecture Series
✎ Intercultural Theatre: From Greece to the Present
✎ Intercultural Communication-Cultural Creative Industries
✎ Traditional and Modern Chinese Arts and Performance in Global Perspectives
✎ Modern Chinese Society and Politics Through Film
✎ Performance Studies
The remaining 14 credits are from elective courses, including:
✎ 3-4 in Chinese language courses;
✎ 4-6 in studio courses (Chinese opera acting, dance, filmmaking);
✎ 6 credits for writing the MA thesis under the advisor’s supervision. These are the only credits that can be taken after the first year.
The MA thesis is a culmination of two-years study. It will start with a thesis proposal developed from consultation with professors, chosen at the end of semester 1, and will be examined by a group of three professors at the end of semester 2. After the proposal has been accepted, the student will spend the rest of the year, or more if needed, to write the thesis whilst consulting with the MA advisor either face-to-face or electronically. Once completed, the thesis will be defended before a group of five professors. The student will then be granted the MA degree at the following graduation ceremony.