Entry requirements

Entry Requirements for Applied Drama & Theatre Studies

Aims, candidate requirements and course information for PGDA, Honours, MA, and PhD

Pre-requisites for entry into Applied Drama and Theatre 

Entrance requirements for the Postgraduate Diploma are as follows:

  • either traditional education qualifications or must demonstrate maturity of age and extensive work experience of a high standard in the field of Applied Drama and Theatre.
  • successful completion of at least 1 Drama for Life-Wits accredited short courses an outstanding Performers, Theatre-Makers, Performing Arts Managers, Arts Educators, Community-Based Theatre Practitioners
  • work experience in Capacity Development, HIV/AIDS, Civic Society, Health Education, Arts Therapies, Universities and Arts & Culture
  • experience in at least one of the following fields is recommended:  *HIV/Aids Education, activism and therapy, *Human Rights and Social Justice, *Peace Building, Transformation and Diversity Management, and *Environmental Sustainability would be an asset 

Entrance requirements for the Honours Degree are as follows:

  • undergraduate degree or Postgraduate Diploma specialising in Applied Drama and Theatre
  • demonstrate excellent teaching skills in drama and theatre
  • outstanding Performers, Theatre-Makers, Performing Arts Managers, Arts Educators, Community-Based Theatre Practitioners
  • work experience in Capacity Development, HIV/AIDS, Civic Society, Health Education, Arts Therapies, Universities and Arts & Culture
  • experience in at least one of the following fields is recommended: *HIV/Aids Education, activism and therapy, *Human Rights and Social Justice, *Peace Building, Transformation and Diversity Management, and *Environmental Sustainability would be an asset

Entrance requirements for the Masters Degree are as follows:

  • four year Honours Degree in the Field of Applied Drama and Theatre, Dramatic Art or any related field of study
  • an outstanding Performers, Theatre-Makers, Performing Arts Managers, Art Educators, Community-Based Theatre Practitioners or demonstrate excellent teaching skills in drama and theatre
  •  demonstrate excellent teaching skills in drama and theatre
  • work experience in Capacity Development, HIV/AIDS, Civic Society, Health Education, Arts Therapies, Universities and Arts & Culture
  • experience in at least one of the following fields is recommended: *HIV/Aids Education, activism and therapy, *Human Rights and Social Justice, *Peace Building, Transformation and Diversity Management, and *Environmental Sustainability would be an asset 

Entry requirements for Drama Therapy Studies

Aims, candidate requirements, and course information for Honours, MA, and PhD

Pre-requisites for entry into Drama Therapy

BA Honours in the Field of Drama Therapy

An Honours Course in the field of Drama Therapy opened in January 2013 at the University of the Witwatersrand hosted by Drama for Life. This course is a pre-requisite but not guarantee entry into the Drama Therapy Masters Training (please refer to the entry requirements detailed below). 

The Honours degree programme includes:

  • two Applied Drama and Theatre courses (Applied Drama and Theatre IV A & B)
  • with community placement practice
  • Drama Therapy Theory and Practice course work
  •  A Long Essay in the Field of Drama Therapy supported by Long Essay workshop intensives

Master of Arts in the field of Drama Therapy

The Masters training in the field of Drama Therapy opened in January 2014 at the University of the Witwatersrand. The course will offer a unique integration of varying Drama Therapy models of practice with particular reference to current work within the South African Context. The Masters training will run full time over the period of one year. Within this year students will complete the following:

  • 300 hours of clinical practice
  • Drama Therapy course work
  • Group and Individual clinical supervision
  • Research Report / Dissertation
  • Attendance of individual psychotherapy sessions will be a compulsory 
    course requirement

Following the Masters training students will complete a compulsory internship of one year to be hosted by two separate organisations during which time they will complete the additional 700 hours required to register with the Health Professions Council of South Africa. Students will register as Drama Therapy interns with the Health Professions Council of South Africa during their internship year.

Course Entry Requirements

Entrance requirements for the Honours Degree are as follows:

  • Undergraduate degree in drama and theatre with a strong base in a related field such as psychology, social work, speech therapy, occupational therapy and /or a degree in a related field such as psychology, social work, speech therapy, occupational therapy with a strong base in drama.
  • Undergraduate / Postgraduate degree specialising in Applied Drama and Theatre
  • Previous experience of working with the Arts in an educational, community and or care setting over a period of at least one to two years fulltime (or part-time equivalent). 
  • Examples of relevant experience include areas such as Drama Teaching within formal and non formal education sectors, and Theatre for development in HIV & AIDS community education and healthcare settings.
  • RPL principles will be taken into consideration.

Entrance requirements for the Masters training in the field of Drama Therapy are as follows:

  • Honours Degree in the Field of Drama Therapy (please see below for details)

If the Honours Degree has not been completed the following will be considered for entry to the MA in 2018;  

  • An Honours degree in drama and theatre and a degree or course work in a related field such as psychology, social work, speech therapy, occupational therapy, social work. OR an Honours degree in a related field such as psychology, social work, speech therapy, occupational therapy, social work with a strong base in drama.

OR  

  • Wits BADA/BA PVA degree in drama and theatre and / or a degree in a related field such as psychology, social work, speech therapy, occupational therapy, social work with a strong base in drama WITH the following courses; Applied Drama and Theatre IV A and B; Reflective Practice in Applied Drama and Theatre and Introduction to Drama Therapy.  

  • Psychology I, II and III. Students who do not complete the psychology entry requirements need to ascertain which of the psychology modules they need to complete to fulfill the entry requirements for the MA Drama Therapy.  

  • Previous experience of working with the Arts in an educational, community and or care setting over a period of at least one to two years full-time (or part-time equivalent). Examples of relevant experience include areas such as Drama Teaching within  formal and non-formal education sectors, and Theatre for development in HIV & AIDS community education and healthcare settings.  

  • Embedded knowledge: the student should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the psychological and drama concepts and processes listed below: Applied Drama and Theatre Studies; individual and or group work experience in drama and or theatre and or counseling; ethical practice; an introductory theoretical or experiential understanding of the field of  Drama therapy. Knowledge of these concepts and processes are integral to training and the profession.  

  • Record of Prior Learning principles will be taken into consideration.