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Postgraduate Studies

The division of Theatre & Performance offers the following postgraduate degrees: BA Honours in Drama and Film (BA Hons), Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (PGDA), Master’s Degree in Dramatic Art (MA Dramatic Art), PhD by Dissertation, PhD by Dissertation and Creative Project.


Eligible Honours candidates can pursue a programme of study that includes:

Performance Studies

Theatre Directing

Design and Production

Writing for live Performance

Arts Management

Physical Theatre

Film Studies

Students may specialise in any of these fields of study.


The MA in Dramatic Art can be obtained via one of the following degree programmes

  1. MA by Research (Dissertation)
  2. MA by Creative Practice

Students who have an honours degree and/or sufficient expertise in their proposed field of research may obtain a Master’s degree by independent research under the guidance of an approved supervisor.

The MADA degree by creative practice is attained by doing a creative project under the supervision of a staff member. The project could be visual/object-based/oral/aural/written and pursued in three broad areas –acting, directing and design. The creative project allows students to reflect and build upon the work they have done all year and to complete a lengthy and advanced piece of written work and a professional portfolio. This degree is aimed at students who have considerable professional experience and who wish to produce a creative project as a substantial component of their MA research.

  1. MA by Coursework and Research Report

The MA by Coursework and Research Report is a Theatre Making degree programme where students are given space to contribute to the production of performance through any of the following channels or their combination; direction, dramaturgy, writing, scenography, sound and lighting production and physical theatre. Students then engage in independent research, whether investigating past or present performances or as part of the process of creating new performance. All MA by coursework students must complete three compulsory MA level course units offered by the division of Theatre and Performance:

Radical Theatre Research (1st semester)

Critical Practice: Revising/Devising (1st semester)

Critical Practice: Performance (2nd semester)


Research Report

Admission requirements (in addition to application):

  • Bachelor of Arts in Dramatic Arts, or a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Drama and Film, or equivalent.
  • A minimum of 65% in the final year of the BADA or BA Hons.
  • An official academic record/transcript
  • A letter of reference
  • a CV
  • a letter of motivation
  • a preliminary proposal (500-1000 words)
  • Applications must be accompanied by a letter of motivation, and a 500-1000 word preliminary proposal detailing both the proposed research topic and the creative project. Submission of such proposal should be made prior to the audition/interview in order to facilitate the identification of supervisors.


The PhD can be pursued either by Thesis or by Creative Practice and Thesis on any topic in theatre and performance studies subject to the availability of a supervisor.

Application information

  • Applicants for postgraduate study are requested to present themselves for an interview/audition as part of the application process.

Application deadline for international students : 31 October

Application deadline for South African citizens: 30 November