WPCS 2.1.2
Tuition Fees:$2,623 /year
Applications Begin:March 2021
Final Award:Bachelor of Drama (BDram
Start Date:February 2022
Academic Unit:Faculty of Humanities
Campus:Hatfield Campus
Application Deadline: 30 September 2021
Programme Overview

This programme facilitates and fosters students’ knowledge of, and interest and skills in the performing arts. It provides them with opportunities to explore academic, artistic, creative and practical aspects of the discipline. Students are provided with opportunities to practise their craft by conceiving, directing and participating in a range of media, including theatre performances and performances for TV, film and radio.

The programme focuses on the main disciplines of performance studies, which include physical theatre, directing, performance, digital and new media studies and performing arts management, as well as developmental and educational theatre and drama.

Besides offering skills training and fostering an entrepreneurial mindset, drama develops the capacity to think strategically, systemically, analytically, critically and creatively; communicate effectively; work as part of a collective; make appropriate decisions; plan, organise and prioritise work; solve problems creatively; obtain and process information; influence others; work effectively with a variety of people; be adaptable; lead projects; develop a strong work ethic; and manage time.

Admission Requirements


English Home Language
AS/A Level – C

The following candidates will be considered for admission:
A candidate who is in possession of a certificate that is deemed by the University to be equivalent to the required National Senior Certificate (NSC) with university endorsement; a candidate who is a graduate from another recognised tertiary institution or has been granted the status of a graduate of such an institution; and a candidate who is a graduate of another faculty at the University of Pretoria

Candidates who have completed the National Senior Certificate with admission to degree studies or a certificate of conditional exemption on the basis of a candidate’s international (“foreign”) qualifications, the so-called “Immigrant” or “Foreign Conditional Exemption”. The only condition for the “Foreign Conditional Exemption” that is accepted is: ‘completion of the degree course’. The exemption certificate is obtainable from Universities South Africa (USAf). Detailed information is available on the website at

The Department selects candidates based on an audition in August. To retain admission, you must obtain an APS of at least 28 in the NSC. The NBT is not required for this programme.

Application Process
Application Fees for South African & SADC Students: $18
Application Fees for International Students: $18

UP applications open on 1 March of the year preceding the year of study.

Each prospective student must complete only one online application. On the online application, the University of Pretoria offers a first and second choice in terms of what you wish to study. All applicants should fill in both a first and second choice on the online application.

Once your online application has been processed, you will receive a student number(EMPLID).

Receiving a student number (EMPLID) does NOT imply that you have been accepted by the University of Pretoria yet. Admission is a separate process that your application undergoes after being evaluated by the relevant faculty.

It is in your best interest to complete your own online application. The University of Pretoria does not make use of representatives, agents or agencies during the application process. If you choose to make use of representatives, agents or agencies, you do so at your own risk. It is of utmost importance that you provide your personal email and postal addresses to enable the University of Pretoria to communicate with you directly.

International students need to comply with immigration requirements. For assistance and enquiries, email

The registration guidelines show you step by step on how to register successfully. In case of difficulties, contact the online registration help desk on telephone +27 (0) 12 420 5347 or email at

Various holds may prevent you from registering successfully. Please check for holds on the UP Student Centre.

**Application Deadline for South Africans – 30th June
**Application Deadline for non-South Africans – 30th June

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities for this programme include:
– Actors (theatre, film, television and radio),
– physical theatre artists,
– theatre critics,
– radio and television presenters,
– directors,
– educational theatre practitioners and educators,
– community theatre artists and educators,
– light and sound operators,
– voice artists,
– stage and production managers,
– programme facilitators and managers,
– performing arts administrators,
– camera operators,
– documentary film-makers,
– digital and new media editors,
– playwrights,
– scriptwriters,
– play devisors,
– film and theatre researchers

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Tuition Fees for South African & SADC Students: $2,623
Tuition Fees for International Students: $5,246

An international levy (R3295) is payable annually by all non-South African citizens as well as students who are citizens of SADC countries on these visas. This amount is payable in addition to the initial fee payable at registration.

Asylum seekers, refugees, diplomats and their dependents stationed in South Africa are exempted from paying the international levy.

International registration and tuition fees:
Non-South African citizens (excluding students who are citizens of SADC countries) will be charged double the tuition fee of South African students, AND the International levy will be charged. (Except for research master’s or doctoral degrees, where only the local tuition fee will be required.)

Students who are citizens of SADC countries will pay the same tuition fee as charged for South African citizens BUT also have to pay the international levy.

Asylum seekers, refugees and diplomats stationed in South Africa, as well as permanent residents of South Africa only, are exempted from paying double tuition fees and are exempted from the international levy.

International students will be required:
**to pay an initial fee before registration (R5000)
**to pay 50% of their full student account by 30 April, and the remainder by 31 July

Relevant Contact

Ntsiki Stavenhagen
Undergraduate Admissions
Ernika Monyeki
Undergraduate general enquiries