Drama and Production Studies Handbook

The Drama and Production Studies Programme centres on the development of the individual actor or director. It is a multi-functional programme designed to train actors for a varied career in professional theatre, television, film and radio. In addition to this it seeks to provide specialist training in two chosen fields through two electives studied at a second and third year level.


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ITSHE (TWIJNSTRA, 2021) – Val Adamson


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Hamlet Deconstructed

Diploma in Drama (DIDRM2)

This is an intensive, full-time three year programme involving the study of theatre and the related arts. This three year programme focuses on the holistic development of creative artists.

Drama graduates have, in the past, continued their studies by reading for a Higher Diploma in Education, (H.D.E.), a B. Tech Degree or a B.A. (Hons.).

The courses for this three year Diploma are offered as full-time courses in Durban only. Practical involvement is considerable and students may not refuse to participate in any such experience as may be arranged for them by the Department, the work is often in an unpaid capacity, because it is often grade-bearing. Students are encouraged to seek experience in professional industry environments, provided that such experience does not interfere with class work, production work or attendance and participation in coursework outputs. 

The Diploma in Drama covers both elements of performance practice and theory and students are encouraged to engage both components with equal attention.  Modules include:  Acting Techniques, Performance Techniques, Communication Techniques, Text Study, Theatre Study and Arts Administration.  Specialisations offered from second year include:  Theatre Dance, Scriptwriting, Educational Theatre and Singing.

Entry Requirements

Diploma in Drama Studies Entrance Requirements

  • Academic– Senior Certificate or equivalent qualification. Students must meet Institutional Registration requirements in order to enrol for the Drama Studies programme.
  • Audition– In addition to the minimum entrance requirements (as stated in G7), all prospective students are required to pass two auditions. At the first audition, the student presents a monologue of his/her own choice as well as preparing an additional piece:
    • song
    • dance

If the candidate successfully passes this audition, they will then be invited to complete a short English proficiency test.  Should the candidate be successful they will then be invited to complete a call back audition.  At the call back audition the candidate is asked to present a prescribed monologue and poem among other group and solo audition pieces. The Department takes a maximum of 45 students per annum.

Short Courses

Contact Information

Acting Head of Department: Dr. Tanya van der Walt
Tel: 031 373 2194
Fax: 031 373 2820
Email: tanya@dut.ac.za
Location: Ritson Campus

Dept Secretary: Bawinile Mngadi
Tel: 031 373 2194
Fax: 031 373 2820
Email: BawinileM1@dut.ac.za
Location: Ritson Campus