This four year degree programme equips students with the necessary skills to enable them to pursue professional careers (in theatre, dance and related fields such as film, television, advertising and teaching) and/or preparation for pursuing research degrees (for students wishing to enter academia).
The programme offers five different professional orientations.
Acting (Stage and Camera)
Dance Performance (Contemporary, African, Ballet)
Performance Making (Theatre Making and Choreography)
Applied and Pedagogy (Education/Teaching)
Scenography (Theatre Design and Technical Disciplines)
And a research orientation for students who wish to pursue a wider academic education with some practical input included alongside.
(Please note: Not all orientations are offered every year.)
The programme includes the full academic major in Theatre & Dance Studies and requires students to take courses in other departments in the Humanities faculty. Those who follow the research orientation will be able to major in another Humanities discipline (together with Theatre & Dance Studies) but will have fewer practical hours in the studio. Those who follow one of the professional orientations will only be able to complete a limited number of course in other Humanities disciplines but will have more practical hours in the studio.
Students who complete the research orientation will graduate at the end of third year with a BA degree and can then go on to do Honours as a capping qualification with various professional orientations.
Students who complete the professional orientations will graduate at the end of fourth year with a BA degree that is Honours equivalent.
After four years of study in either case (research/professional) students are qualified to go on to Masters study and, possibly, the PhD.
Admission to this programme is by audition and the programme is capped at 100 students across all orientations in each year. The audition process can be completed online. For more information on the audition procedure please click here.
Please note that all students who are accepted for this degree do a common foundation semester at the beginning of first year in which they all study together regardless of whether their study trajectory is Dance or Theatre. At the end of this first semester, students are streamed into the various professional or research orientations. All students accepted to the programme at the beginning of the year will find a place in one of the professional or research orientations. While every attempt will be made to match the student with the orientation of their choice this cannot be guaranteed because resources are limited. Staff will work closely with students to determine what the best orientation is for each student. Students who wish to leave the BA Theatre & Performance programme in the middle or at the end of first year will be able to move across to the general BA with no loss of time.
Contact usCentre for Theatre, Dance & Performance Studies University of Cape Town Private Bag X3 7701 Rondeboschctdps@uct.ac.za