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Drama Honours

Drama Honours at UCT is a general programme providing a variety of educational experiences in the fields of drama and theatre that intends to empower students to begin careers in the field or to study further. Each course has practical and theoretical aspects. The programme comprises four courses.

All students take:

1. DRM4000H Theatre and Research

2. DRM4017F Readings in Drama & Theatre A

3. DRM4024S Readings in Drama & Theatre B

And then one of the following specialisations:

1. DRM4022W Applied Theatre

2. DRM4023W Directing for Stage

3. DRM4035W Playwriting

4. DRM4036W Technical Theatre Management

Assessment:

Regular attendance at all Drama scheduled classes, meetings,rehearsals, practical tutoring and teaching assignments, as well as successful and timeous completion of all practical and written assignments. Work submitted during the year will count towards the final assessment for the degree and will consist of written and practical work. Examination may be research essay, written examination paper, or by completion of practical assignment and written critical evaluation - as appropriate to the area of study. In order to complete the honours degree, candidates must obtain a minimum of 50% in each course of the programme.

Specialisations:

DRM4022W Applied Theatre

This course is an introduction to students to becoming a facilitator or teaching artist using applied drama and theatre in arts projects, educational and/or social justice contexts. The course will offer the student opportunities to engage practically with schools and communities in the development of their facilitation skills. Coursework is by theoretical seminars on key practices, practical workshops in applied theatre, and regular facilitation engagements with off campus groups in formal or non-formal educational or social justice settings. Assessment will consist of two externally examined facilitation sessions, a critically-reflexive journal and written assignments.

DRM4023W Directing for Stage​

This course explores directing theory in depth, and offers the students opportunity to develop their directing practice for the stage. Coursework is by extensive reading of directing theory, regular studio workshops, and observation of an experienced director at work, practical directing tasks and written assignments. Assessment will consist of formative directing tasks, analytic written assignments, a directing examination piece and the Director’s Book.

DRM4035W Playwriting

This course is an intensive consideration of theory and philosophy in historical and contemporary theatre and performance texts. Through this course the student will develop critical, analytical skills for reading performance texts, a comprehensive understanding of world theatre and performance, and understand the influence of broad socio-political movements on theatre and performance. The course will focus on a specific geopolitical region and/or timeframe, e.g. European and Asian theatre and performance. Regular theatre attendance locally, and attendance of key theatre festivals is desirable.

DRM4036W Technical Theatre Management

This course explores the challenges of technical theatre management through fortnightly class tutorials in theoretical and practical aspects of technical work in the theatre. The theory and practice is applied through the work completed in at least two (major) assignments, in the fields of stage management, lighting, costume, properties and sound or audio/visual design. These assignments are accompanied by a fully theorised and written explication of this work, including visual support materials as appropriate (such as design sketches, photographs, lighting plans, ground plans, prompt copy, lighting or sound cue sheets, a CD/DVD of lighting or sound material utilised).

Compulsary courses:

DRM4000H Theatre and Research

This course, consisting of weekly seminars, lectures or workshops will investigate undertaking a research project on a topic related to some aspect of theatre and performance. In the course of the year, students will complete a research essay or project under supervision. Throughout the year there will be stipulated dates for submission of chapters or showings of

work in progress. This project must be completed (submitted or shown) by 31 October. Seminars will be timetabled departmentally each year.

DRM4017F Readings in Drama and Theatre A

This course is an intensive consideration of theory and philosophy in historical and contemporary theatre and performance texts. Through this course the student will develop critical, analytical skills for reading performance texts, a comprehensive understanding of world theatre and performance, and understand the influence of broad socio-political movements on 

theatre and performance. The course will focus on a specific geopolitical region and timeframe, e.g. Africa and South African theatre and performance, 1960-2010. Regular theatre attendance locally, and attendance at key theatre festivals is desirable.

DRM4024S Readings in Drama and Theatre B

This course is an intensive consideration of theory and philosophy in historical and contemporary theatre and performance texts. Through this course the student will develop critical, analytical skills for reading performance texts, a comprehensive understanding of world theatre and performance, and understand the influence of broad socio-political movements on

theatre and performance. The course will focus on a specific geopolitical region and/or timeframe, e.g. European and Asian theatre and performance Regular theatre attendance locally, and attendance of key theatre festivals is desirable.

IF YOU TAKE DRAMA HONS AT UCT, YOU NEED TO KNOW THAT …

You have to attend regularly and submit all required assignments. Work submitted during the year counts towards final assessment, as do practical and written examinations. The Drama Library on the Hiddingh Campus is one of the best in the country. The Drama Department also makes a video of every staged production that is available for viewing. The Drama honours course is hands-on, full-time and very demanding.