WPCS 2.1.2
Tuition Fees:$2,527 for the full programme
Part-time Study:2 Years
Applications Begin:April 2021
Final Award:Master of Arts (MA)
Start Date:January 2022
Academic Unit:Faculty of Humanities
Campus:East Campus
Course Type:Master by Research/Creative Practice/Coursework and Research Report
Application Deadline: 30 June 2021
Programme Overview

MA by Research (Dissertation) – 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.

MA by Creative Practice – 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.

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 Department of Theatre and Performance:
– Radical Theatre Research (1st semester)
– Critical Practice: Revising/Devising (1st semester)
– Critical Practice: Performance (2nd semester)
– Research Report

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements
Masters by Coursework and Research Report:
– A bachelors degree with honours from Wits or another university with a 65% total mark aggregate.

Masters by Dissertation:
– A bachelors degree with honours from Wits or another university with a 65% total mark aggregate.
– A supervisor from the Faculty of Humanities must be identified and approached prior to application.


Application Process
Application Fees for South African & SADC Students: $12
Application Fees for International Students: $12

How to apply
– Applications are handled centrally by the Student Enrolment Centre (SEnC). Once your application is complete in terms of requested documentation, your application will be referred to the relevant School for assessment. Click here to see an overview of the Wits applications process.
– Please apply online. Upload your supporting documents at the time of application, or via the Self Service Portal.
– Applicants can monitor the progress of their applications via the Self Service Portal, view academic application status, accept an offer (once certified hardcopies have been received by SEnC), apply and check residence application status, and generate a fees estimate.
– Selections for programmes that have a limited intake but attract a large number of applications may only finalise the application at the end of the application cycle.

Career Opportunities

Some career opportunities are;
– Actor.
– Arts administrator.
– Barrister.
– Broadcast journalist.
– Choreographer.
– Cinematographer.
– Circus performer.
– Copywriter.

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Tuition Fees for South African & SADC Students: $2,527
Tuition Fees for International Students: $2,527

*Students from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) member countries pay the same annual tuition fees as South Africans plus an International Registration Fee (IRF). The SADC member countries are Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
*Students sponsored by the Government of Rwanda will be treated as and pay the same amount as SADC students.
*Students from all other countries (Non-SADC) will pay the same amount as South African Students
*Diplomats and their dependents stationed in South Africa & International Wits employees and their dependents will pay South African tuition fees + International Registration Fee (IRF).

Relevant Contact

Miss Madile Moeketsi
Postgraduate Faculty Officer
Mr Veli Mongwe
Faculty Officer