The extension study program Theater, Film and Television Criticism at the Bavarian Theater Academy, in cooperation with the Hochschule für Fernsehen and Film (University for Television and Film, or HFF Munich), was launched in the winter semester of 1997/98. It is headed by Prof. Dr. C. Bernd Sucher, theater critic for the major German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung until 2005, and since then writer of several book publications on theater and theater criticism.
The practical exercises and writing seminars in our two-year program prepare students for careers as theater, film or television critics. Students simultaneously attend classes offered by the Institute for Theater Studies – Ludwig Maximilian University, as well as seminars at HFF Munich and the University for Music and Theater Arts.
The aim of this extension program is to train future cultural journalists in both theory and practice, on a level beyond that offered at journalism schools, universities and colleges, all of which can only marginally deal with cultural journalism.