BA Drama and Theatre Arts is a three-year degree where students study four modules: History of Drama and Performance, Drama and Performance Studies, Performance Practice, and Technical Management and Scenography for the first two years of study. In the third year of study, students continue with History of Drama and Performance and Drama and Performance Studies, while selecting a specialisation module: Acting, Technical Management and Scenography, Film Practice or Theatre-Making

The History of Drama and Performance modules (DRAH codes) focus on the origin and development of drama and theatre practices. 

The Drama and Performance Studies modules (DRAT codes) examine the theoretical aspects of performing arts with a focus on script analysis, acting techniques, movement studies, speech theory, directing as a field of study, and film studies. 

The Performance Practice modules (THEP codes) focus on training in acting, movement, and voice and speech. In the second and third year of study, students get the opportunity to perform in several productions. 

The Technical Management and Scenography modules (THET codes) focus on all the technical aspects of a production which include design, sound, lighting, costume design, and stage management. 

The curriculum (comprising 360 credits over three years) consists of:

Students are required to major in two subjects; History of Drama and Performance and Drama and Performance Studies (176 credits).

Compulsory modules
Two compulsory modules which must be taken over the first two years of study (80 credits)

Specialisation choice
Students must continue in their third year of study with one specialisation elective (40 credits). See Third-year Module Information link below. 
NOTE: Theories of Drama and Performance (DRHT3700) and Fundamentals of Theatre Directing (DRTD3704) are compulsory core modules. Students must choose one module from the four core specialised modules. HOWEVER, to advance to Acting (THEP3700) students must pass an audition programme at the end of the second year.

Elective modules
Students must choose one subject from a list of subjects: A total of 32 credits on both NQF levels 5 and 6 (64 credits over the 2-year course). Any deviation from the given list of options is only permitted with prior approval by the Programme Director.

Compulsory additional modules
  • The undergraduate core module (UFSS1504) is compulsory in the first year of study and may not be counted as an elective although the credits from UFSS1504 will be acknowledged in the final transcript of results.

  • Computer literacy module (CSIL1561): (4 credits)

Language foundation module

If the stipulated requirements of the National Benchmark Tests (Academic Literacy ≥ 64%) have not been met, or the results of the tests cannot be submitted, registration for and successful completion of the language foundation module (Module code: EALH1508) is mandatory. The UFS is working with an algorithm to ascertain whether a student needs to take EALH1508 or not. If you are unsure if you have to register for the module, please contact


T: +27 51 401 2240 or

Marizanne Cloete: +27 51 401 2592

Neliswa Emeni-Tientcheu: +27 51 401 2536
Phyllis Masilo: +27 51 401 9683

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