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Doctorate Program

Doctorate’s Framework

Minimum course load: 425 h

Compulsory Courses

Minimum course load: 272h

  • TEA 505 Advanced Seminars II – 68 h
  • TEA 501 Research in Performing Arts – 68 h
    (compulsory for both, PhD and Master degrees)
  • DAN 508 Staging Processes – 68 h
    TEA 513 Types of Plays – 68 h
Compulsory Activities
  • DAN 504 Interdisciplinary Research Seminar
  • TEA 790 Supervised Research
  • TEA 793 Dissertation Project
  • DAN 795 Qualification Exam
  • TEA 940 Supervised Teaching Internship – 136 h
Optional Courses

Minimum course load: 153 h

* The student must take three optional courses (at least one of the PPGAC's)

PhD Flowchart


  • TEA 501 Research in Performing Arts – 68 h
  • TEA 505 Advanced Seminars II – 68 h
  • An optional course – 51 h


  • DAN 504 Interdisciplinary Research Seminar
  • TEA 793 Dissertation Project


  • DAN 508 Staging Processes
  • TEA 513 Types of Plays
  • An optional course – 51h


  • DAN 504 Interdisciplinary Research Seminar
  • TEA 790 Supervised Research
  • TEA 940 Supervised Teaching Internship – 68 h



  • TEA 940 Supervised Teaching Internship – 68 h
  • An optional course – 51 h


  • TEA 790 Supervised Research
  • Qualifying Exam
4th / 5th / 6th / 7th SEMESTERS
  • TEA 790 Supervised Research
  • Public dissertation defense
Courses Syllabus and Doctorate’s Activities

TEA505 Advanced Seminars II

This course involves advanced studies on specific performing arts themes and principles of staging creation.

DAN508 Staging Processes

It establishes relationships with the individual research projects (both theoretical and practical-theoretical) and proposes reflection on creation processes. It offers theoretical and practical support to identify and develop the areas of knowledge that each project establishes, as well as taking emerging and pertinent questions to each project. It stimulates creative thinking through reflection on experiences and methods in creative processes.

TEA501 Research in Performing Arts

It involves the methodology and techniques of the research in performing arts. It approaches the lines of research and transdisciplinary projects on the interfaces of cultural studies, performance studies, dance, theater, cinema, music, visual arts, and literature among others. The course is organized in modules and other Professors/Researchers may participate.

TEA513 Types of Plays

This course involves studies on dramatic and spectacular diversity within tradition and contemporaneity. It considers the uniqueness of local, national, and international artistic manifestations.


TEA940 Supervised Teaching Practice

The student-intern teaches in the undergraduate program with individual supervision of their advisor and a professor of the Theater Course and from other UFBA courses. This activity promotes the interaction between graduate and undergraduate students and prepares graduate students for higher education teaching. The course can be replaced by an Extension Course. In all cases, the teaching has to be related to the intern's research theme. The coordinator of the activity must hold weekly meetings to exchange experiences and discuss texts related to pedagogical and technical issues of art teaching. The bibliography varies according to the Teaching Project. At the end of the semester, each student-intern presents an internship report with the opinion of the professor responsible for the undergraduate course. The professors of the Federal University of Bahia are exempt from this activity.

DAN795 Qualifying Exam

The exam verifies the results obtained during the research. The evaluation is made by an Examining Committee formed by PPGAC professors and external professors.

TEA794 Performance Lab

For graduate students including staging in their research. At the beginning of the semester, the student-researcher (director, actor, choreographer, or performer) presents a staging project to the coordinator of the activity. Then, the student-researcher develops the scenic creation lab, alone or with a cast, under the supervision of the coordinator and advisor. Weekly meetings are held to exchange experiences. Each student-researcher must hand in a report at the end of the semester. Bibliography varies according to the Staging Project.

DAN504 Interdisciplinary Research Seminar

This activity is to improve the research of PhD students. Students present the stage of their work weekly, which includes theoretical bases, methodological options, and any other relevant aspects. The work is analyzed by two peers who ask questions, suggest other references, and discuss controversial issues, whenever appropriate. After that, the debate is open to the group and the student's advisor.

TEA790 Supervised Research

It involves supervision of the development of the dissertation project with the advisor.

TEA793 Dissertation Project

For PhD students, with individual meetings with their advisor in order to improve the research plan preliminary draft which is presented during the program’s process of admission. The bibliography is specific to each research project, but in general it is based on what was originally presented by the student and refined with the advisor’s suggestions.


DAN507 Choreography Composition

Study on the principles of choreography creation and performance proposing interdisciplinary creative experiences. The main purpose is to lead the ideas of the participants-researchers.

DAN502 Body & Creativity

It involves practical and theoretical studies of artistic creativity and expressive body through readings and practical experiments. It broads understanding of inter-relational concepts of body and creativity in various areas of knowledge.

TEA502 Ethnoscenology

It involves the process, under construction, of different paradigms within the ethnosciences and performing arts, for the articulation of theory and practice, creation and critics, art and science, tradition and contemporaneity, imaginary and theatricality, epistemology and methodology, research objects and reference corpus, technical skills, academic paths, and research projects.

TEA507 Special Topics in Performing Arts

The course involves issues relevant to the Performing Arts according to the research project of the responsible professor.

TEA509 Art & Education

This course studies the artistic and technical forms used in Art Education as a fundamental means for the development of creativity and aesthetic education. It addresses the theoretical basis of Art Education through weekly sessions of exhibitions and debates from the reading of selected texts, as well as through experiments of art education and the experience of a process of artistic creation.

TEA503 Spectacle Theories

It involves the fundamentals of theatrical staging under the spectacle historical perspective. as well as the conception of scenic space as an expression of the theater of different historical periods, determining the type of the spectacle.

TEA504 Tradition & Contemporaneity in Dramaturgy

It debates dramaturgical construction, its various productions and media, involving aspects of continuity and rupture in dramatic forms.

TEA514 Supervised Individual Work

Supervised research activities related to individual projects.

  • TEA 502 Ethnoscenology
  • TEA 503 Spectacle Theories*
  • TEA 504 Tradition & Contemporaneity in Dramaturgy
  • TEA 506 Staging and Scenography
  • TEA 507 Special Topics in Performing Arts*
  • TEA 508 Interpretation and Direction in the Contemporary Scene
  • TEA 509 Art & Education
  • TEA 510 Scenic Interpretation with Masks
  • DAN 502 Body and Creativity
  • DAN 503 Contemporary Dance-Theater
  • DAN 505 Traditional Dances
  • DAN 506 Movement Analysis
  • DAN 507 Choreography Composition
  • TEA 514 Supervised Individual Work **


Students can complete the required course load by taking optional Doctorate courses from other Graduate Programs (as the advisor decides).

*  It varies according to the professor who teaches it. Therefore, duplicities may occur and attending the same course becomes impossible, as they change content but not the code. The student may send to the collegiate suggestions of optional courses to be offered each semester.

** Before enrolling, the applicant must agree with the professor, so they can provide a vacancy for this purpose.