BA Drama and Theatre Arts

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

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

Admission requirements 

In addition to the requirements as presented in the Faculty of The Humanities Rule Book, the following also applies:

  • A student wishing to enroll in the BA (Drama and Theatre Arts) programme must have an Endorsed Senior Certificate and an M score of 30 points (prior to 2008)


  • Successfully passed the National Senior Certificate with appropriate subject combinations and levels of achievement that has been certified with an applicable endorsement by Umalusi; or be in possession of a National Certificate (Vocational) with appropriate subject combinations and levels of achievement, have attained the required minimum admission point (AP) of 30, plus have an achievement level of no less than 4 (50% - 59%) for the school-leaving examination in English. Alternatively, a Higher Certificate or an Advanced Certificate or Diploma in a cognate field may satisfy the minimum admission requirements.
Drama and Theatre Arts is a selection course
Due to limited space within the programme, admission based on meeting the minimum requirements for BA (Drama and Theatre Arts), is not guaranteed and is subject to a selection process. Prospective students who meet the minimum requirements will receive a selection form via e-mail from the Department explaining the process. The Programme Director can be contacted for more information.

National Benchmark Tests (NBT)
A prospective student registering for an undergraduate entry level qualification for the first time in the Faculty of the Humanities must take the Academic and Quantitative Literacy Test prior to registering, and must have done so within the last three years prior to registration. 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 the language foundation module (EALH1508) is mandatory. The credits of this module are additional to the required credits of the qualification. A qualification is not awarded unless the mandatory foundation module has been passed.

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).
NOTE: DRAH3700 and DRAT3700 are compulsory core modules. Students must choose one module from the three core specialised modules. HOWEVER, to advance to THEP3700 (Acting) 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
  • UFSS1504 (Undergraduate core module) 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.

  • CSIL1561 Computer literacy module: (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

Application and Selection process 
  • Application to the UFS are online.
  • Once your UFS application is captured and processed by Student Academic Services, you will receive a BA (Drama and Theatre Arts) Selection form via e-mail.
  • Complete the BA (Drama and Theatre Arts) selection form once you receive it. Email completed selection form to
  • Applicants will be expected to attend an interview conducted by a departmental panel. Dates and times will be indicated on the selection form. Applicant could be requested to do an audition.
  • Additionally, a hard copy of the completed BA (Drama and Theatre Arts) selection form can be mail to the following address:
    Thys Heydenrych
    Programme Director
    Department Drama and Theatre Arts
    University of the Free State
    P.O Box 339
    Bloemfontein, 9300


T: +27 51 401 2240 or

Marizanne Cloete: +27 51 401 2592

Katlego Mabulana: +27 51 401 2495
Juanita Hlongwane: +27 51 401 3269

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