University of Kwazulu Natal Drama Department

University of Kwazulu Natal Drama Department

University of Kwazulu Natal Drama Department

Introduction to the Programme:

The Drama and Performance Studies programme is a recognized centre of excellence in performing arts, with a strong focus on the southern African context.  The programme is structured around three main Performance Studies streams and the dynamic synergies between them.  These streams are: Theatre Studies, Dance Studies, and Applied Theatre Studies. The pedagogy of the programme is rooted in the constant interplay between theory and practice, and in interrogating the local and global contexts within the ever-expanding Drama and Performance Studies field.

The programme aims to promote:

  • The creation, performance and appreciation of drama, dance, theatre, applied theatre, and theatre-related media in the South African and, in particular, the KwaZulu-Natal context;
  • Personal growth with special emphasis on cognitive, social and communication skills by developing internal and external personal resources and modes of critical thinking;
  • A deeper understanding and acceptance of difference and similarity through providing a platform for many cultural perspectives and forms: past and present, local and global;
  • An understanding of the educational potential of theatre, dance and applied theatre as bridge to the local communities.

Study Opportunities:


Drama and Performance Studies is of interest to ALL students, not only those in the School of Arts.  No previous experience of qualifications in drama or theatre is necessary.  Some students may have studied Speech and Drama as a Matriculation subject; as the course offered at university does not duplicate the High School syllabus, but offers new approaches to the study of drama, those who have not studied Speech and Drama will not be at a disadvantage.  No audition of any kind is required for students wishing to study in the Drama and Performance Studies programme.



  • Bachelor of Arts

(with Drama and Performance Studies as ONE of the two required major subjects.)

  • Bachelor of Arts in Music and Drama Performance

(a structured degree, offered in conjunction with the Music programme, and run by Music.  Students wishing to register for this degree must consult with the Music programme. No audition is required for the Drama and Performance Studies component.)

  • Bachelor of Arts in Drama and Performance Studies

(a structured degree in which students focus on the study of Drama and cognate disciplines.  This degree is currently NOT being offered at Howard College.)

It is also possible to do Drama and Performance Studies as a major in the Bachelor of Social Science degree, provided that the other major is a recognized Social Science subject.


  • Bachelor of Arts Honours in Drama and Performance Studies
  • Master of Arts in Drama and Performance Studies (a coursework MA programme)
  • Master of Arts (a research MA programme)
  • PhD

Contact Details:

Drama and Performance Studies
University of KwaZulu-Natal

+27 (31) 260-3133 or +27 (31) 260-3134

+27 (31) 260-1410 or

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