Drama and Text Studies

Next Admission: 2026

Course Brief

Language of study: Latvian

Full-time undergraduate programme

Number of budget and paid study places: to be specified

Tuition fee per year: to be specified

Duration of studies:  four years (8 semesters)

Degree to be obtained: Bachelor of Arts

Place of study: Latvian Academy of Culture (24 Ludzas Street)

International mobility opportunities: studies, internships and graduate internships within the ERASMUS + exchange programme, opportunity to use foreign government scholarships and participate in summer schools

Head of the programme: assoc. prof. Līga Ulberte

The programme aims to train professionals in the field of arts with critical thinking and creative writing skills and a thorough understanding of the general principles and the specific regularities of creating dramatic texts

Potential students who are interested in cultural processes, especially drama, literature and theatre. These are people who want to understand the specifics of creating texts and would consider writing dramatic works in the future, as well as to analyse and critically reflect on the works created by others.

The general required (part A) courses give general insight into the cultural-historical and cultural-theoretical issues of arts and humanities.
The speciality based required part (part B) integrate theoretical and practical classes and give to students the opportunity to focus on one of the two directions:

  1. creating works of art, first and foremost – dramatic texts;
  2. processing, analysing and evaluating literary works in other fields of art. 

Graduates of the programme, depending on the chosen direction of specialization, will be prepared to write a full-length dramatic work or theoretically analytical research on the issues of dramaturgy, literature and performing arts.

Theoretical fundamentals of arts and humanities

Students acquire the ability to orient themselves in different typologies and periodization systems of culture, as well as familiarize themselves with the different concepts of culture and art. Study courses in the history of philosophy enable students to perceive the relevance of philosophical theories in the broader cultural, scientific and social context.


Students are provided with the historical background of literature, theatre, visual arts, music and cinema, as well as the current use of these art forms, thus gaining an understanding of the different principles of aesthetic thinking.


Students master different forms of creative writing both theoretically and practically with the focus on creating dramatic works.

Text Studies

While working with cultural texts of different styles and functions students develop basic text analyses – critiquing and editing - skills both theoretically and practically.


All students are required to become proficient in one foreign language, however, starting from their third year of studies students can acquire also a second foreign language.

Department of Theory and History of Culture

The Head of the Programme: assoc. prof. Līga Ulbertelulberte@gmail.com




Zane Šiliņa

Z. Šiliņa holds a Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral degree from the Academy (dissertation “The Idea of the New World in Rainis’ Dramaturgy”, 2007), she has been working at the Academy since 1996. In 2014, the Senate of the Academy elected Prof. Z. Šiliņa as the Vice-Rector of the Academy in academic work. She regularly participates in scientific conferences both in Latvia and abroad, has also participated in organizing several conferences.

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Līga Ulberte

Līga Ulberte, associate professor of the CTH Department since 2015, is one of the leading professionals in the field of Latvian theater science and criticism. In 2007, L. Ulberte earned a doctor’s degree in Art History and Theory from the University of Latvia. She works as a researcher at the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Latvia. In 2009 - 2010 and 2012-2013 she was a visiting lecturer in the Eastern European Regional Studies Program at the Wilhelm University of Westphalia, Baltic Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies in Münster (Germany).

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Agnese Pašāne

Agnese Pašāne after graduating bachelor studies started work in Latvian Academy of Culture in 2014, first in Study Department with students and also as an internship coordinator. Developed and coordinated continuing vocational education program “Basic of museum work”. In 2016 graduated master’s study program “Museum and cultural heritage studies”. In 2019-2020 led a working group for developing the new master’s study program “Cultural heritage governance and communication” in the Academy.

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