Apprenticeship - Information for students

The apprenticeship is an obligatory part of the third year of the Bachelor in Art History, Musicology and Theatre Studies. It is also possible to take up an extra apprenticeship in the Master program as an optional course.

Importance of the apprenticeship

A university education focuses on theoretical knowledge, on academic methodologies and on critical reflection. In addition, the apprenticeship introduces you to the art practice, and prepares you for a future career as a theatre scholar. In the curriculum, this (often first) meeting with the professional field is rated highly, with 10 ECTS. The gained experience is an important trump on the job market.

When?

The apprenticeship is a part of the curriculum of the third year of the Bachelor program, without the indication of a specific semester. In practice, this means that the apprenticeship can take place during the whole academic year, but only if the exam periods are taken into account. Courses and seminars will not be cancelled to accommodate the apprenticeship. Depending on the schedule of the training post, it might be possible to partly combine the apprenticeship with other courses and seminars.

How long?

The number of contact hours (hours that the student is present at the trainee post, or that are spent for executing the apprenticeship) can vary between 140 and 200 hours. This is equivalent with one to one and a half months. Within Theatre and the Performing Arts, this means that the student ideally commits for the entire duration of one project, which s/he follows from beginning to end. The apprenticeship can be spread over several semesters of the academic year.

Profile of the trainee post?

For Theatre and the Performing Arts, there are no specific criteria for trainee posts. The most important directive is the surplus value of the apprentice for the organisation where s/he works. Although there are no clear-cut 'apprenticeship profiles', it is possible to distinguish two sorts of apprenticeships. Firstly, we have 'production apprenticeships', during which the trainee offers organisational support (production of a performance, promotion and communication of a theatre company, public relations, etc.). Secondly, we have 'artistic apprenticeships', during which the trainee is involved in the artistic creation (for example as a(n assistant to the) dramaturge, assistant to the director, etc.). An important criterion, however, is that the apprenticeship must take place in an acknowledged professional organisation. Since 2006, Ghent University's Theatre Studies also cooperates with the drama education of the university college (HoGent). Here, students in Theatre Studies are responsible for the dramaturgy of a Master's performance, under the guidance of the teachers of the university college.

Insurance and apprenticeship contract

During the apprenticeship, the student is insured fur personal physical accidents and for damage caused to third parties. For this insurance, the apprenticeship contract is essential. The insurance is in effect only when an apprenticeship contract is filled out correctly and signed by all parties involved. The administrative procedure needs to be completed before the start of the trainee program. At the beginning of the academic year, each student is provided with an apprenticeship contract that needs to be filled out by the apprenticeship supervisor. If you start your apprenticeship earlier, you can pick up a contract at the secretary's office of Art History, Musicology and Theatre Studies (Bea Maegerman). The secretary's office is also responsible for further administrative guidance for the apprenticeship. Ann Cesteleyn coordinates all apprenticeships for Art History, Musicology and Theatre Studies.

How to find an apprenticeship

You can look for a training post in the apprenticeship database and contact the supervisor of the apprenticeship of the organisation him/herself.

In the past, students did training programs with, amongst others:

Theatre- and dance companies (Ultima Vez, Theater Stap, Antigone, De Onderneming, De Roovers, CREW, Needcompany, Jan Fabre – Troubleyn, KVS, NTGent, Kopergietery, theaterMalpertuis, Toneelgroep Ceremonia, Union Suspecte, Les Ballets C de la B, Muziek Lod, etc.); art centres (Vooruit, Nieuwpoorttheater, De Singel, Kaaitheater, Stuk, Victoria, KVS, De Beurs, etc.); theatre- and dance festivals (Het Theaterfestival, Time Festival, Kuntenfestivaldesarts, Klapstuk, etc.); workspaces (Sarma, De Pianofabriek, WP Zimmer, etc.); film festivals (Cinema Nova, Internationaal Filmfestival Gent, Zone, Film Plateau); libraries and media (library for Musicology and Theatre Studies, Etcetera, Klara, etc.).

Assessment

The weight of the apprenticeship within the curriculum of the third year of the Bachelor program is great. For that reason, the result of the apprenticeship influences the end results of the Bachelor year to a considerable extent. For Theatre Studies, the assessment is based on

  • the evaluation of the supervisor of the apprenticeship
  • the evaluation of the apprenticeship report by the apprenticeship coordinator at the university
  • a feedback conversation between the student and the apprenticeship coordinator.

The coordinator will get in touch with the supervisor of the trainee in the organisation. For that reason, it is important that the contact details of the supervisor of the trainee are correct and up to date. These data can best be sent to the apprenticeship supervisor at the beginning of the apprenticeship.