2021 MA Program in Intercultural Communication Studies



STA’s  bilingual (Chinese and English) MA program in Intercultural Communication  Studies recruits excellent students with a bachelor’s degree or equivalent from  top international and Chinese universities. This two-year English-taught program  includes the required first year full-time residency and an optional second year  residency for project-based internships. All students in residence are sponsored  by STA with scholarships (tuition, accommodation, and stipend). After the first  year, when the course work is completed, students can choose where to live and  intern when they write their MA theses. Duration of study for the MA degree  could be extended to maximum of four years. MA theses can be written in Chinese  or English. Previous knowledge of Chinese is preferred, but not a prerequisite  for this program.


STA is one  of the most renowned art institutions in China, bases in Shanghai, a vibrant  cosmopolitan city. Established in 1945, STA trains professionals in dramatic  arts, traditional Chinese opera, film, television and dance.  The nine-year old Intercultural Communication  Studies Program has a small cohort of students from all over the world. Students  can develop skills and experiences in intercultural communications for flexible  application in a variety of careers.


Entrance  Examinations

Applicants  are expected to have a strong interest in Chinese culture and intercultural  communications in any academic and/or artistic field, including but not limited  to performing arts, performance studies, literature and all forms of the media.  Applicants need to fill out the application form before taking the entrance  examinations, including a written test to answer two or three essay questions in  the fields  of arts and cultures and a Skype/telephone interview around May 30. Those who  submit the application by May 15 will be given preference for entrance  examinations. The admission notice will be mailed out by June 15.




The  curriculum requires 36 credits, including 18 from the mandatory courses  exploring the following topics:

<!--[if  !supportLists]-->l   <!--[endif]-->An Introduction to  Stage Performance of the Palace in Qing Dynasty, China

<!--[if  !supportLists]-->l   <!--[endif]-->Case Studies on  Intercultural Communication, a Lecture Series

<!--[if  !supportLists]-->l   <!--[endif]-->Chinese History and  Culture

<!--[if  !supportLists]-->l   <!--[endif]-->Engaging Culture:  Practice and Research Between Field and Performance

<!--[if  !supportLists]-->l   <!--[endif]-->Intercultural  Theatre: From Classical Greece to the Present

<!--[if  !supportLists]-->l   <!--[endif]-->Modern Chinese  Society and Politics through Film

<!--[if  !supportLists]-->l   <!--[endif]-->Performance  Studies

<!--[if  !supportLists]-->l   <!--[endif]-->Technology, Media,  and Performance

<!--[if  !supportLists]-->l   <!--[endif]-->Traditional and  Modern Chinese Arts and Performance in Global  Perspectives


The  remaining 18 credits are from elective courses,  including:

<!--[if  !supportLists]-->l   <!--[endif]-->3-4 in Chinese  language courses (mandatory if Chinese is not proficient  enough);

<!--[if  !supportLists]-->l   <!--[endif]-->4-6 in studio courses  (Chinese opera acting, Taiqi, filmmaking, body Architect Method, dance,  etc);

<!--[if  !supportLists]-->l   <!--[endif]-->4 in project courses  (faculty advised production & other practical  projects);


6 credits  are for writing the MA thesis under the advisor’s supervision. These can be  taken after the first year.


MA  Thesis

    The MA thesis is the culmination of the  student’s two-year study. It will start with a thesis proposal developed in  consultation with professors, chosen at the end of Semester I, and will be  examined by a group of three professors at the end of Semester II. After the  acceptance of her/his proposal, the student will spend the next year, or more if  needed, to write the thesis, while consulting with the MA advisor in person or  electronically. Once completed, the thesis will be defended before a group of  five professors. After a successful defense, the student will then be granted  the MA degree at the next commencement ceremonies.


Online Application:  http://isoadmission.sta.edu.cn/

Download User’s Guide:  http://iso.sta.edu.cn/30/list.htm


Contact person:

Name:      Shirley Zou

Email:      micgirl@126.com

Tel:        0086 21 62498896

Address:    208 Zhongyi Bld(2), 630 Huashan Road,  Shanghai, China