Drama and Text Studies

Next Admission: TBC

Course Brief

Full-time undergraduate programme

Tuition Fee*: 1900 EUR/ per year

*Citizens from countries that have signed an agreement with Latvia or offer scholarships for Latvian citizens can apply for the Latvian state scholarships. For more information and the list of eligible countries visit: http://www.viaa.gov.lv/eng/scholarships_gov/scholarships_for_studies/?tl_id=22800&tls_id=54779

Language of Tuition: Latvian

Duration of studies: Four years

Degree: The Bachelor of Arts

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.

All applicants must submit:

1) A completed application form;

2) A copy of passport or identity card (the original should also be presented);

3) A copy of the secondary education certificate together with the academic transcript of records (the original should also be presented)*;

4) A copy of the secondary school centralized examination certificate with results in Latvian and English (or German or French as a foreign language) (the original should also be presented)*;

5) Applicant’s Curriculum Vitae (CV);

6) Two photos of the applicant (3x4 cm);

7) Printout of the payment order for the applicant’s registration fee of 20.00 EUR

*Before applying for studies at the Latvian Academy of Culture the international applicants are required to undergo the procedure of recognition of their secondary education certificate at the Academic Information Centre (for further information please see: http://www.aic.lv/portal/en )


The admission tutor may request academic references at a later date as well to help make a decision on your application.

Please make sure that your application is received within the application period. 

All applicants are evaluated based on their results in:

  • The secondary school centralized exams in English (or German or French as a foreign language)* and Latvian**;
  • The specialization exam, carried out during the application period at the Latvian Academy of Culture. The specialization exam consists of two parts.

Part 1 – Text Analysis

Each applicant is required to analyse a dramatic or journalistic text chosen by the examination committee and disclosed during the exam. The examination committee evaluates the applicant’s critical thinking and analysis skills, the ability to use literary language and appropriate vocabulary, the ability to argument one’s opinion and to introduce one’s style of expression.

Part 2 – Text Analysis

Each applicant is required to write a free form essay on any of the issues reflected in the text that was analysed in the first part. The examination committee evaluates the applicants’ critical thinking and analysis skills, the ability to present and justify one’s thoughts and opinions in accordance with the topic, the ability to disclose one’s own personal style of writing, the ability to use literary language and appropriate vocabulary.

*International applicants and applicants who have completed their secondary education abroad and have not taken the state centralized exam in English (or German or French as a foreign language) can take it on the spot at the Latvian Academy of Culture during the application period.
**International applicants and applicants who have completed their secondary education abroad are required to register their average mark in their Mother Tongue and their average mark in Literature, which are both recorded in their secondary education certificate.

The Head of the Programme: assoc. prof. Līga Ulberte, lulberte@gmail.com

For more information regarding the programme and the application procedure: info@lka.edu.lv

Līga Ulberte
Asociētā profesore

Līga Ulberte, KTV katedras asociētā profesore kopš 2015.gada, ir viena no vadošajām personībām latviešu teātra zinātnes un kritikas laukā. L.Ulberte 2007.gadā ieguvusi Mākslas zinātņu doktora grādu Teātra un kino vēsturē un teorijā Latvijas Universitātē. Kā pētniece darbojas LU Humanitāro zinātņu fakultātē, kā arī 2009.- 2010. un 2012.-2013. gadā bijusi viesdocente Vestfāles Vilhelma universitātes Baltijas starpdisciplināro pētījumu institūta Austrumeiropas reģionālo studiju programmā Minsterē (Vācija).

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