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Drama and Theatre Studies, B.A.Hons

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
University rank #251 (WUR) Stellenbosch, South Africa
The Drama and Theatre Studies programme at the Stellenbosch University focuses on the concept of performance (on the stage, radio, TV, film, etc.), which is studied in the three compulsory theoretical modules and then investigated experimentally in the student's choice of specialisation. Each student chooses one specialisation in consultation with staff.
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The Department offers a unique set of professional and academic programmes aimed at postgraduate training in Drama and Theatre Studies. Our programmes may contain both practical and theoretical components and tuition is in Afrikaans and/or English. Content is specifically geared to suit the interests and needs of individual students. A range of specialisations are offered.

What we offer

This coursework (taught) Drama and Theatre Studies programme at the Stellenbosch University takes one year to complete and consists of both theoretical and practical components. The coursework modules are:

  • Methodology of theatre research
  • Advanced theories of theatre and drama
  • Advanced text analysis (contemporary international texts)
  • Advanced theatre research assignment

Practical specialisations can be chosen from the following:

Drama and theatre research: Theory, methodology and practice.

Playwriting: Text creation, compiling programmes and writing plays.

Media practice: Theory and practice of radio, television and video.

Interactive theatre: Theory and practice of drama and theatre in education, community theatre and industrial theatre, among others.

Directing: Directing and choreography for the stage.

Performance skills: Acting for the stage, speech and voice, musical theatre, puppetry, physical theatre and cabaret.

Technical and management skills: Applied theatre practice, set and costume design, and theatre and production management, among others.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to research metodology(Drama and Theatre Studies)
  • Advanced Theatre and Media Theory
  • Research assignment:Theory and Methodology of Specialisation
  • Advanced Text and Performance Analysis
  • Field of Specialisation (Drama and Theatre Studies)

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • Your contract 
  • Student support form (Students with special needs)  
  • Qualification documents - Please ensure that you upload qualification documents for each tertiary qualification obtained and that the documents is official and certified
  • Proof of English Language proficiency
  • A Bachelor's degree with at least an average of 60% in Theatre Studies (or an equivalent subject) over 3 years
  • A higher mark for Theatre Studies can, however, be set as the cut-off point for admission to the programme in any given year, depending on the number and quality of applications received by the Department. This decision is made annually at the Department's discretion

Tuition Fee

  • International

    5556 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5556 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    4213 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4213 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • In-State

    3011 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3011 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
  • SADC: R60,000
  • Africa: R83,940
  • Rest of World: R110,700

Living costs for Stellenbosch

  • 7630 - 10640 ZAR/month
    Living Costs

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