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Wits University Faculty of Humanities
Dramatic Art Theatre and Performance The Division of Theatre and Performance offers a four-year undergraduate professional degree in Theatre and the Performing Arts, known as the BADA degree which is an honours equivalent.
Dramatic Art Theatre and Performance The Division of Theatre and Performance offers a four-year undergraduate professional degree in Theatre and the Performing Arts, known as the BADA degree which is an honours equivalent.

Qualification: BADA

School: Wits School of Arts

Faculty: Humanities

Duration: 4 years

Study mode: Full-time

Overview

The degree combines a focused, discipline-specific foundation in areas of specialisation with an interdisciplinary academic programme to enhance student innovation, critical thinking and preparation for the world of work or further study.

Professional majors offered

In the first two years of study in the BADA degree, Theatre and Performance students take two professional courses, namely Performance Practice and Theatre and Production, our academic major, Theatre and Performance Studies, as well as a general BA elective. In their third and fourth years, students can choose two professional majors from a range of courses including Performance Studies, Directing, Writing, Design and Production, Arts Management, and Physical Theatre. For academic and research training, fourth years are required to choose between a long essay and a research project that will be supervised by a lecturer.

Why study dramatic arts at Wits?

Theatre and Performance offers a professional degree programme that combines academic excellence with practical rigour, by introducing a range of conceptual and creative vocabularies and practices that offer a unique preparation for the contemporary workplace. Theatre and Performance is interested in developing scholars, performers, theatre-makers, directors and choreographers, production and arts managers, teachers/facilitators/academics, designers and writers and are looking for outstanding practitioners in their chosen fields of practice, as well as theorists and critics who want to familiarise themselves with the practical aspects of the arts.

What you are studying towards

The BADA degree from the Division of Theatre and Performance equips you for a career with multiple competencies within the discipline and to advance studies in our Postgraduate programmes. Our academic and professional menu of courses prepare you for jobs in extensive and diverse areas within the theatre, film, and television industry, as an actor, director, writer, academic, arts administrator, choreographer and designer.

 

  • Choreographer
  • Critics
  • Director
  • Designer
  • Performer
  • Production and Arts Manager
  • Teachers/Facilitators/Academics
  • Theatre-Maker
  • Theorists
  • Writer

First year

Register for eight courses
Course (A) is taken in the first semester and Course (B) in the second semester.

  • Performance Practice IA and IB
  • Theatre and Production IA and IB
  • Courses at Level 1000 yielding 36 points in a subject approved by the Senate.

Compulsory third course:

  • Film, Visual and Performing Arts IA and B

Fourth course:

  • Any two BA courses, e.g. African Literature, English, Media Studies, Psychology, Philosophy, Zulu

Second year

Register for four courses

  • Performance Practice IIA and IIB
  • Theatre and Production IIA and IIB
  • Film, Visual and Performing Arts IIA
  • Theatre and Performance Studies IIB

Any BA course at second year Level or 1000 Level x2

OR

  • Theatre for Human Rights

PLUS

  • one BA course

Third year

  • Professional majors

ANY two of the following:

  • Design III
  • Performance Studies III
  • Movement Studies III
  • Writing III
  • Directing III
  • Arts Management III
  • Digital Arts III
  • Applied Drama and Theatre III

Compulsory course:

  • Theatre and Performance Studies IIIA and B

Fourth year

  • Professional majors

ANY two of the following:

  • Design IV
  • Performance Studies IV
  • Movement Studies IV
  • Writing IV
  • Directing IV
  • Arts Management IV
  • Digital Arts IV
  • Applied Drama and Theatre IV

OR

  • Film Studies IV A and B
  • Media Studies IV A and B
  • Introduction to Drama Therapy IV A and B

AND

  • Long Essay or Research Project

APS 34+

English Home Language OR First Additional Language Level 5

Wait-listing

Applicants with entry requirements of at least 30-33 APS points are wait-listed, subject to place availability.

Additional Selection Criteria

Students must speak English as a Home Language OR First Additional Language and must meet the departmental selection procedures, which include auditions/interviews. Bookings for Drama auditions close in November 2019.

International Qualifications 

English Language (O/IGCSE Level: A-C | AS Level: A-C | A Level: A-C)

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