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Wits University Faculty of Humanities
Theatre and Performance The four-year BA in Theatre and Performance programme covers the historical and theoretical developments in drama and film, as well as the theoretical and practical study of theatre, performance, and cognate disciplines.
Theatre and Performance The four-year BA in Theatre and Performance programme covers the historical and theoretical developments in drama and film, as well as the theoretical and practical study of theatre, performance, and cognate disciplines.

Qualification: BA

Faculty: Humanities

Duration: 4 years

School: Wits School of Arts

Study mode: Full-time

Overview

Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Performance Programme Code: AFA14

Immerse yourself in the theoretical and practical study of theatre and performance. The four-year BA in Theatre and Performance programme covers the historical and theoretical developments in dra- ma and film, as well as the theoretical and practical study of theatre, performance and cognate disciplines.

The degree helps you develop critical insight and imaginative intelligence, so you can become an innovative theatre-maker, performer, director, teacher, writer or designer. It also gives you real-world experience in all areas of the performing and communicative arts. You will work regularly in the Wits Theatre, a professionally run four-theatre complex with excellent facilities.

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

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
  • Film, Visual and Performing Arts IA AND IB

AND

A student is required to complete two semester courses in one of the following languages: isiZulu or Sesotho or South African Sign Language (SASL). If a student is proficient in any two of the three languages (isiZulu, Sesotho or SASL), the student is advised to do one of the following: (i) register in a first-language stream for two courses in isiZulu or Sesotho, (ii) register for two courses in any one of the following: French, German, Italian, Portuguese, or Spanish, or (iii) formally apply to the Dean for exemption from the requirement to register for a language subject. Where an exemption has been granted, students must add a course/s yielding at least 36 credits in a subject approved by Senate. A student may also be granted a credit if s/he has completed the same or an equivalent course.

Second-year
  • Performance Practice IIA AND IIB
  • Theatre and Production IIA AND IIB
  • Film, Visual and Performing Arts IIA: Storytelling across media and cultural contexts
  • Theatre and Performance Studies II 
Third-year

Select four pairs of courses from the following:

  • Design IIIA AND IIB
  • Performance Studies IIIA AND IIIB
  • Directing IIIA AND IIIB
  • Applied Drama and Theatre Studies IIIA AND IIIB • Media Studies IIIA AND IIIB
  • Movement IIIA AND IIIB
  • Performance Studies IIIA AND IIIB
  • Introduction to Cultural Policy and Management • Funding Context in Cultural and Creative Industries
  • Writing IIIA AND IIIB
  • Theatre and Performance IIIA: Performance Theory
  • Theatre and Performance Studies IIIB: Studies in Theatre Practice
  • Music Composition Studies IIIA AND IIIB
  • Music Performance Studies IIIA AND IIIB
  • Interactive Media IIIA
  • Animation IIIA
  • Theories of Art
  • Film, Visual and Performing Arts IIIA: Aesthetics, Technologies and Commodity Cultures
  • Film, Visual and Performing Arts IIIB: Medium, Process and Criticality
  • Musical Theatre IIIA
  • Musical Theatre IIIB
Fourth-year

Select one course from the following:

  • Long Essay
  • Research Project
  • Drama Therapy Research Essay
  • Applied Drama Research Essay

AND, ANY four courses from the following:

  • Design IVA AND IVB
  • Directing IVA AND IVB
  • Applied Drama and Theatre Studies IVA AND IVB
  • Movement IVA AND IVB
  • Dramatic Literature and Production Studies IVA
  • Directions in Cultural Leadership
  • Film Studies IV
  • Media Studies IVA AND IVB
  • Writing IVA AND IVB
  • Cultural Entrepreneurship
  • Arts Marketing: Context, Strategies and Practices
  • Dance, Culture and Education IVA AND IVB
  • Animation IV
  • Interactive Media IV
  • Musical Theatre IVA AND IVB
  • Performance Studies IV: Minor Study
  • Music Performance Studies IV
  • Key Moments in the 20th Century Arts: Tradition and Innovation
  • Introduction to Drama Therapy

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 October.

Application Closing Date: 30 September 2022 | Residence Application Closing date: 30 September 2022

Please note, the application closing date for Bachelor of Audiology, Bachelor of Speech-Language Pathology, and Bachelor of Arts in Film & Television is 30 June 2022

  • The Student Enrolment Centre at Wits handles all student applications.
  • Please click here for an overview of the application process. 
  • Check the admission requirements for your degree. Check if any additional selection requirements apply. 
  • Submit your application, required documentation and application fee before the closing date.
  • Once you have applied, an admissions consultant will be assigned to your application.
  • Applicants can monitor the progress of their applications via the Self Service Portal.
  • If you are an international applicant and/or have a foreign qualification, please click here.

Wits Plus applicants, applications can only be done online. We will be in contact with you should we require additional documentation.

Compliance with the minimum requirements does not guarantee a place at the University. The University has a specific number of places for first year undergraduates, approved by the Department of Higher Education and Training. Final selection is made subject to the availability of places, academic results and other entry requirements where applicable.

Click here to see the current average tuition fees for the first year of study. The Fees website also provides information about the payment of fees and closing dates for fees payments. Once you have applied you will be able to access the fees estimator on the student self-service portal. 

The Financial aid office provides information on student funding and scholarships. University-funded Scholarships include Vice-Chancellor's Scholarships, University Entrance Scholarships, Equality Scholarships, Sports Scholarships and National Olympiad winner awards. For information about NSFAS funding, please visit the NSFAS websiteExternal bursaries portal: The Bursaries South Africa website provides a comprehensive list of bursaries in South Africa.

Wits Plus applicants: terms of payment are in accordance with University regulations, and students are not eligible for University bursaries/NSFAS or residential accommodation.