WPCS 2.1.2
Tuition Fees:$3,076 /year
Applications Begin:April 2021
Final Award:Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Performance
Start Date:February 2022
Academic Unit:Faculty of Humanities
Campus:East Campus
Application Deadline: September 2021
Programme 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 BA Theatre and Performance degree 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 BA Theatre and Performance degree from the Department 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.


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
– Theatre for Human Rights
– 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
– Film Studies IV A and B
– Media Studies IV A and B
– Introduction to Drama Therapy IV A and B
– Long Essay or Research Project

Admission Requirements

– APS 34+
– English Home Language OR First Additional Language Level 5

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)

Application Process
Application Fees for South African and SADC Students: $7
Application Fees for International Students: $46

The Student Enrolment Centre at Wits handles all student applications.
– 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.
– Local Students pay an application fee of R100 while International Students pay R700
– Once you have applied, an admissions consultant will be assigned to your application.

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities for this programme include:
– Choreographer
– Critics
– Director
– Designer
– Performer
– Production and Arts Manager
– Teachers/Facilitators/Academics
– Theatre-Maker
– Theorists
– Writer

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Tuition Fees for South African and SADC Students: $3,076
Tuition Fees for International Students: $6,152

Tuition Fees per year for South African Students = R46,800
Tuition Fees per year for International Students = R93600
(The tuition fees for International students includes an additional International Registration fee R6,650 to the normal fees.)

**Students from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) member countries pay also annual local tuition fees and related costs (The SADC member countries are Angola, Botswana, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eswatini, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe)

International Students should take note:
– 75% of the annual tuition fee is payable on or before registration, as well as 75% of the on-campus accommodation fee.
– This payment includes the annual tuition fees and other related costs.
– The balance of the fees is payable by 31 March for undergraduate students, and for postgraduate students 30 days after registration. This excludes students with Refugee status.
– Fees clearance is to be obtained from the Fees Office.
– If you are sponsored, your sponsorship letter has to be vetted by the Financial Aid and Scholarships
Office (FASO).
– All international students (those who are not South African citizens or who do not have permanent residence status in South Africa) are required by the Department of Home Affairs to provide proof of available funds for the tuition fee for the academic year prior to receiving his/her study visa.

Relevant Contact

Prof. Brett Pyper
Head off School
Blossom Catling
Secretary to Head of School