School of the Arts: Drama

Welcome to the School of the Arts: Drama Programme.

Selection process update: study Drama in 2021 

BDram applications for 2021 closed on 30 June 2020. Student Administration is currently processing all applications, after which they will send all applicants' details to the Drama programme. The School of the Arts: Drama finalised a completely online selection process to take place in August 2020. Between 16 and 17 July 2020, Drama will email all applicants a detailed audition document that describes the online selection process in detail. For information about the BDram, you can send an email to [email protected].

Chair of Drama: Dr Chris Broodryk

Studying at the School of the Arts: Drama will equip you intellectually and artistically to enter a dynamic and rapidly evolving digital and performing arts world. Our BDram degree combines an in depth training programme in the practical aspects of live and digital performance while offering a solid theoretical foundation to send out artists and cultural practitioners into the arts and culture industry who can respond creatively and think critically.

Our programme includes classes in Acting, Camera Acting, Voice, Movement & Physical Theatre, Directing & Theatre-making, Applied Theatre, Radio & TV Presenting as well as Writing for Stage & Film. While we work with a strong focus on embodiment, we understand the needs of an increasingly mediatized world, and our students are encouraged to apply their knowledge and skills across a variety of digital presentation formats.

In the course of the three-year BDram programme, students will encounter modules in Screendance, Radio drama, and other multimedia, augmented and hybrid performance genres. Our modules in Performing Arts Management contribute actively to the current conversation around developing future models for project management in the South African arts industry.

Artists and cultural practitioners have always been at the forefront of those responding to society’s most urgent questions. By studying at the School of the Arts: Drama you will be joining a group of people who have their finger on society’s pulse, who are adaptable and resilient, and who respond to the human need to find connection and meaning in life, through creativity.


Drama is a way of looking at and engaging with the world, being in the world and positively impacting on the world. A means through which to generate knowledge and make meaning of ourselves in our historical, social and political contexts. As such, the programme encourages critical inquiry, entrepreneurial endeavours, creative outputs, independent research and innovative thought in a climate of academic and artistic excellence through a ‘glocal’ lens (acknowledging local and global contexts).

Having an active interface with the professional world, our drama training foregrounds the interface - and balance - between - theory and practice-driven subjects. Besides offering discipline-specific skills training, we also encourage students to explore the transferability of drama skills and knowledge to interdisciplinary domains. This is evidenced in the projects we create in collaboration with multiple role-players from different scholarly domains. As part of the School of the Arts, we encourage you to unlock creative synergies between the arts disciplines with regards to research, projects and creative work. In joining the Drama programme, you join a long list of alumni who excelled in various domains related to drama and the performing arts sector, including actors, directors, producers, teachers, facilitators, editors, radio and TV presenters, entrepreneurs, performing arts managers, activists, scriptwriters, choreographers, theatre-makers, NGO workers, researchers, lecturers, media liaison officers and events co-ordinators, to name but a few. We trust that you will find your own creative signature through participating in our training in order to carve out a niche for yourself in the professional world.

We look forward to challenge you creatively and academically in order to develop artist-scholars who can engage with academic and artistic enterprises in a socially committed way. What else can the B(Dram) at UP offer me? Employers of today look for the capacity to:
• think strategically, systemically, analytically, critically and creatively;
• communicate effectively;
• work as part of a collective;
• make appropriate decisions;
• plan, organise and prioritise work;
• solve problems creatively;
• obtain and process information;
• influence others;
• work effectively with a variety of people;
• be adaptable;
• lead projects;
• develop an entrepreneurial mind-set;
• develop a strong work ethic and
• manage time

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Selection criteria

See the links below for external bursary possibilities. Please note that Drama has no input in these processes; please contact the necessary people from each bursary possibility directly.
For more information regarding Drama, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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