PuppeTry EMJMD (Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree)

January 21, 2022

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Location (s):

  • Czech Republic
  • Hungary
  • Poland
  • Slovakia
Prague, Budapest, Białystok, Bratislava


PuppeTry is a unique master study programme which encourages the students to find their own artistic role through puppetry​.


What is it PuppeTry?

Each of the four universities participating in this programme (SZFE – University of Theatre and Film Arts in Budapest, Hungary; AMU – Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, Czech Republic; VSMU – Theatre Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava, Slovakia and AT – The Aleksander Zelwerowicz National Academy of Dramatic Art in Warsaw, Branch Campus in Bialystok, Poland) attaches great importance to the practice of puppetry and the provision of related education. We believe it is important for puppetry to survive and develop into the next generation of theatre-makers. The newly launched master’s programme is the right place for such a development, designed for those interested in puppetry to further deepen their knowledge and share their experience with partners from around the world.

Why PuppeTry

  • If you possess a Bachelor’s degree in Arts or Humanities.
  • If you have your own creative or artistic experience.
  • If you intend to stimulate your creativity.
  • If you are interested in puppet and object theatre.
  • If you want to benefit from the strong tradition of puppetry and contemporary theatre training.
  • If you wish to study in Europe.
  • If you aim to exploit the strengths of four universities in four European countries while studying one master’s programme.

If you want all of this, apply for PuppeTry EMJMD (Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree).

  • we connect students to the professional art network around Europe
  • we offer a variety of different approaches and artistic methods so as to develop a complex artistic personality
  • we put emphasis on working in a team

Programme overview

We are offering you a unique chance to experience the different artistic methods and aesthetic approaches of teachers of four Central European theatre academies. You will spend one semester at each Academy.

Mobility pathway

The core of the programme involves practical work that provides students with hands-on experience and allows them to explore all the elements and phases of project creation. These include selecting a theme, building a creative team, developing a concept and dramaturgical structures, processing material, sound, visual and spatial design, dramaturgical work with material, creating stage material through rehearsals, performing and working with performers, working with puppets and objects, as well as working with audiences.

The educational sense of PuppeTry is to give students the opportunity to search for new ways for their artistic expression by creating a laboratory. The programme is designed to initiate the expression of students’ opinions and their identifications. It expands artists capabilities for critical thinking and the ability to see the world in different contexts. Students are encouraged to find their own artistic role through puppetry. Graduates of this programme will contribute to the global puppet theatre movement.

Students enter into various cultures and social environments that makes them more susceptible to the practices and ways of communication associated with the different puppet performances and makes them more capable of working in cultural environments outside their own – therefore, the group moves together from university to university each semester.

After a joint start at the induction week in Budapest, the students will study around the Consortium Countries, always starting the period with introduction days on the spot.

1st semester: Budapest, 2nd semester: Prague, summer practice between 2nd and 3rd semester: Bratislava, 3rd semester: Białystok, 4th semester: decided by the Academic Board upon each student’s proposal for diploma performance, thesis topic, tutor and prefered Äcademy.

Skills to attain

A graduate from the PuppeTry will possess the skills and qualifications of a versatile puppeteer; will acquire specific professional skills concerning craft and artistic creation; will be able to use a wide range of acting techniques; and will know the possibilities of different puppet techniques, of object theatre and other unconventional means of artistic expression within the theatre of animated forms. A graduate will be prepared to initiate his/her independent artistic work and will be equipped with the basics of humanistic knowledge, especially knowledge in the area of culture and social communication. A graduate will be able to work as an actor, stage designer, director or musician in the area of puppetry and related arts as an independent artist or as a member of a professional company.



PuppeTry is the name of a new Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree (EMJMD) which has been set up by four Central European theatre academies with university status. This programme, the very first EMJMD in performing arts worldwide, is taking advantage of the long-term collaboration between the academies, i.e. Consortium partners. Since the 1980s, and especially after the political and economic changes in Central Europe in 1989, the participating academies have been exchanging teachers and students, presenting each other’s students’ performances at festivals and collaborating on common research in puppetry. All four academies have been strong players in the development of traditional Central European puppetry into contemporary puppet and object theatre, which also involves, beside tradition, impulses from visual arts, film, physical theatre and new technologies. 

The actual groundings of PuppeTry programme were built on a three-year international cooperation project Three Layers of Telling a Story, funded by the Erasmus+ programme (2014 –2017). The aim of the project was to prepare, test and establish different educational programmes with long-term sustainability in the field of theatre and film education, i.e. common trainings, summer universities, joint MA programmes. The project was structured into three parallel working groups that organized professional study tours, allowing the faculty to experience and participate in each other’s work; organized joint workshops, events and conferences. Through these activities, the puppetry working group achieved these final intellectual outputs:

  • At the end of 1st and 2nd year, as a result of workshop activities, work-in-progress performances were presented in the Slovak student puppet festival.
  • Brochures containing the papers of the annual conference, as well as the professional documentation (description, videos) of the workshops were published. 
  • In the 3rd year, the application for an international joint master programme (EMJMD) in puppetry was prepared. 


  • UNIVERSITY OF THEATRE AND FILM ARTS IN BUDAPEST, HUNGARY: The University of Theatre and Film Arts, Budapest (SZFE) is the oldest art institution of higher education in Hungary that tutors theoretical and practical professionals in the fields of theatre, film and television. The history of the Institution goes back to 1865 when the actor training began in Hungary and the School of Acting opened its gates. On January 1st, 2000 the Institution was awarded the title of university.
  • ACADEMY OF PERFORMING ARTS IN PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC: The Theatre Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (DAMU) is a modern, university-level art school in the Czech Republic. It is home to artistic personalities with a broad cultural perspective and an intense desire to grasp the opportunity to integrate theatrical knowledge and skill with artistic experiment.
  • ACADEMY OF PERFORMING ARTS IN BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA: The Department of Puppetry at the Theatre Faculty of Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava was founded in 1989. The objective of the Department is the education and training of students to prepare them for their professional careers in the field of puppet theatre, material theatre, theatre in general and related arts.
  • PUPPET THEATRE ART DEPARTMENT OF THE ALEKSANDER ZELWEROWICZ NATIONAL ACADEMY OF DRAMATIC ART IN WARSAW, BRANCH CAMPUS IN BIALYSTOK, POLAND: The Puppet Theatre Art Department was set up in 1975 as the Białystok branch of the Academy. During their studies, students have an opportunity to get acquainted with acting with a puppet. The Department offers comprehensive and challenging academic programmes and training experiences which prepare students for professional careers in the theatre and related entertainment fields.

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Admission procedure

The PuppeTry Consortium has adopted a single admission procedure administered and managed online. All information for applicants and application forms will be published on the PuppeTry website at least two months before the application deadline.

The application process consists of three steps:

  1. Applicants will fill in and submit the application via the PuppeTry website. Applicants will fill out the on-line application form, where they also indicate if they apply for an Erasmus+ Scholarship and upload required documents in pdf.
  2. The application and required documents will be pre-screened for formal requirements by the PuppeTry Consortium secretary general.
  3. Applications that are formally qualified, will be evaluated by the Entrance Exam Committee for selection.


PuppeTry is a master’s degree course open to graduates of arts academies/universities or humanities with the first, bachelor’s degree from all over the world.

Required documents

Candidates have to provide the following documents:

  • Proof of nationality (passport copy with photo)
  • Original and translated copy of the university degree and of the academic transcripts – Depending on the country of origin of the awarded diploma or certificate, there are various methods of authorisation. A list of countries and methods can be found here: List of authorisation procedures by country
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Artist’s portfolio (preferably a pdf file including texts, photos and links; please do not upload full videos!)
  • Motivation Letter including the vision of the profession’s future (maximum two A4 pages)
  • Two letters of recommendation by two respectable academic or arts professionals in English. One of the letters has to be written by a professional puppeteer or respectable puppetry institution.

Required Language

The language of instruction is English.

Applicants are required to prove their English knowledge at the level of intermediate language exam B2. The certificate in English is not required. The level of English will be assessed during online interviews with selected applicants in second round of Entrance Exams.


Deadline: January 21, 2022

Cost/funding for participants:

Erasmus+ scholarship

PuppeTry EMJMD has been allocated budget for a number of scholarships by EACEA.
The applicants meeting admission requirements are encouraged to apply.

The PuppeTry programme offers:

  • three scholarships to students from programme countries. (Programme country students are nationals or residents of one of the 28 EU Member States: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, the Netherlands, the UK and also nationals or residents of one of the following countries: Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Turkey, North Macedonia, Serbia
  • twelve scholarships to students from partner countries (Partner country students are nationals or residents of Regions 1-14 specified by Erasmus+ programme:

Students with a double nationality must select the category of their choice and they have to apply only to one of the two categories of scholarship at a time.

Scholarship for student from programme countries covers:

  • Participation costs: EUR 4,500 per year
  • Contribution to travel costs: EUR 1,000 per year
  • Contribution to subsistence costs: EUR 1,000 per month for the entire duration of the PuppeTry programme (22 months)

Scholarship for students from partner countries covers:

  • Participation fee: EUR 9,000 per year (if the student has not spent more than 12 months in Programme Country in last 5 years; otherwise EUR 4,500 per year) 
  • Contribution to travel costs: EUR 2,000 per year if residence is less than 4.000 km from Budapest or EUR 3,000 per year if residence is 4.000 km or more from Budapest 
  • Contribution to installation costs: EUR 1,000 for installation costs for a resident in a Partner Country 
  • Contribution to subsistence costs: EUR 1,000 per month for the entire duration of the PuppeTry programme (22 months maximum)
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