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UCT Dance Teacher’s Diploma Requirements

The requirements for undertaking the University of Cape Town (UCT) Dance Teacher’s Diploma.

There are three possible ways to include theatre (drama) and dance in your undergraduate study:

1.The BA in Theatre & Performance

(Programme Code: HB014)

This four year degree programme equips students with the necessary skills to enable them to pursue professional careers (in theatre, dance and related fields such as film, television, advertising and teaching) and/or preparation for pursuing research degrees (for students wishing to enter academia).

The programme offers five different professional orientations.

  • Acting (Stage and Camera)

  • Dance Performance (Contemporary, African, Ballet)

  • Performance Making (Theatre Making and Choreography)

  • Applied and Pedagogy (Education/Teaching)

  • Scenography (Theatre Design and Technical Disciplines)

And a research orientation for students who wish to pursue a wider academic education with some practical input included alongside.

(Please note: Not all orientations are offered every year.)

The programme includes the full academic major in Theatre & Dance Studies and requires students to take courses in other departments in the Humanities faculty. Those who follow the research orientation will be able to major in another Humanities discipline (together with Theatre & Dance Studies) but will have fewer practical hours in the studio. Those who follow one of the professional orientations will only be able to complete a limited number of course in other Humanities disciplines but will have more practical hours in the studio.

Students who complete the research orientation will graduate at the end of third year with a BA degree and can then go on to do Honours as a capping qualification with various professional orientations.

Students who complete the professional orientations will graduate at the end of fourth year with a BA degree that is Honours equivalent.

After four years of study in either case (research/professional) students are qualified to go on to Masters study and, possibly, the PhD.

Admission to this programme is by audition and the programme is capped at 100 students across all orientations in each year. The audition process can be completed online. For more information on the audition procedure please click here.

Please note that all students who are accepted for this degree do a common foundation semester at the beginning of first year in which they all study together regardless of whether their study trajectory is Dance or Theatre. At the end of this first semester, students are streamed into the various professional or research orientations. All students accepted to the programme at the beginning of the year will find a place in one of the professional or research orientations. While every attempt will be made to match the student with the orientation of their choice this cannot be guaranteed because resources are limited. Staff will work closely with students to determine what the best orientation is for each student. Students who wish to leave the BA Theatre & Performance programme in the middle or at the end of first year will be able to move across to the general BA with no loss of time.

2.The Diploma in Theatre & Performance

(Programme Code: HU020)

This three year diploma programme is an intensive vocational training for stage performance and/or dance teaching. It is intended for students who do not qualify for the BA Theatre & Performance on the basis of their matriculation results but who show exceptional potential in an audition.

The programme includes some courses from the academic major in Theatre & Dance Studies but its main emphasis is practical.

The programme offers three orientations:

  • Acting (Stage)

  • Dance Performance (Contemporary, African, Ballet)

  • Dance Teaching

(Please note: Not all orientations are offered every year.)

The Diploma in Theatre & Performance admits very restricted numbers of students and is specifically intended for candidates who wish to undertake professional studies in Dance, Theatre and Performance and make careers in the dance, theatre and related industries.

Admission to this programme is by face-to-face audition and the programme is capped at 20 students across all orientations in each year. For more information on the audition procedure please click here.

Students who complete the Diploma in Theatre & Performance will receive their diploma at the end of third year. Thereafter, if their grades allow, they may choose to register for a one-year Advanced Diploma which will grant them possible access to Honours or PGCE study.

3.The Theatre and Dance Studies Major

(Programme Code: HB01 / HB03 – consult Faculty of Humanities)

For students who want to study Dance and Theatre but do not wish to become theatre professionals, the department offers an undergraduate academic major in Theatre & Dance Studies which can be taken as a whole or in part within the general BA degree. Students who are in the general BA degree and wish to study courses in the Theatre & Dance Studies major should take note that this is academic study only with no practical input. On completion of the major it is possible to go on to do an Honours year in which various practical streams are available.

Your next move

UCT offers many programmes. If you do not meet up to the requirements of this programme you can consider another programme on the list. Go to >> University of Cape Town Faculties/Programmes.

However, if you meet the requirements and wish to apply to study this course. You can simply check the application processes.

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