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BDram (Programme in Drama and Theatre Studies)

GENERAL AIMS

The aim of this three-year-degree is to produce creative performing and technical staff for the South African theatre and media industries, as well as for related fields (eg. liaison, education, journalism and cultural affairs). It is important to note that the training in the first two years focus primarily on drama and theatre in the traditional sense of theatre as an art devoted exclusively to the stage. In the third year the training focus also on the performing arts and the entertainment industry in the broader sense (including aspects such as radio, television, cabaret, revue, musical theatre, community theatre, socio-drama, psychodrama, educational theatre, physical theatre and/or industrial theatre).


AREAS OF SPECIALISATION

  • Acting and performance training:

Acting, movement, voice and speech, playwriting, musical theatre and cabaret, puppetry, physical theatre, interactive theatre (theatre and drama in education, community theatre, theatre for development), and/or acting for the camera and radio.

  • Technical and management training:

Stage and production management, set, costumes, props, lighting, sound, design, marketing and electronic media.


ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • Meet the main stream admission requirements for the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences:
    • NSC with at least a 4 (50%) in each of the four designated university admission subjects
    • An average of at least 60% for the AT's and NSC (excluding LIfe Orientation) combined in a 40:60 ratio
    • Home Language at least a 4 (50%)
    • Fisrt Additional Language at least a 4 (50%)
  • Successful completion of the selection process for the B.Dram-programme:
    • Written assignment and academic profile
    • Personal audition and/or interview
  • Dramatic Arts as a school subject is not a requirement.

Course structure / Subject choices

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BASIC LEVEL (first year)

Compulsory subjects:

  • Information Skills 172
  • Theatre Studies 114, 144 
  • Theatre Skills 178
  • Theatre Arts 178

Plus one of the following options:

Option 1

Two of the following languages:

  • Afrikaans en Nederlands 178
  • Afrikaans Language Acquisition 178 (first year only)
  • Basic Xhosa 114, 144
  • English Studies 178
  • German 178 or 188
  • French 178 or 188
  • Xhosa 178 or 188

Option 2

One of the above languages
One of the following subjects:

  • Ancient Cultures 114,144
  • Visual Studies 176 and Philosophy 162
  • Practical Music Studies E 196

INTERMEDIARY LEVEL (second year)

Option A: Acting

  • Theatre Studies 212, 222, 242, 252
  • Theatre Arts 278
  • Theatre Skills 278
  • Theatre Practice 298

Option B: Technical training

  • Theatre Studies 212, 222, 242, 252
  • Theatre Skills 288
  • Theatre Arts 288
  • Theatre Practice 298

Option C: Education - Acting

  • Theatre Studies 212, 222, 242, 252
  • Theatre Skills 278 
  • Theatre Arts 278 

One of the following languages:

  • English Studies 278 
  • German 278/288
  • French 278 
  • Xhosa 214, 244 or 224, 254 

Option D: Education - Technical training

  • Theatre Studies 212, 222, 242, 252
  • Theatre Skills 288 
  • Theatre Arts 288 

One of the following languages:

  • English Studies 278 
  • German 278/288
  • French 278 
  • Xhosa 214, 244 or 224, 254 

ADVANCED LEVEL (third year)

Option A - Acting

  • Theatre Studies 314, 324, 344, 352
  • Theatre Arts 379
  • Theatre Skills 378

Option B - Technical training

  • Theatre Studies 314, 324, 344, 354
  • Theatre Arts 389
  • Theatre Skills 388

 
 
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