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Oakfields College Three-Year Bursary

One deserving auditionee will receive a full three-year bursary (to the value of over R160 000) to study Dance/Musical Theatre at Oakfields College for the year 2017.

The Oakfields College Faculty of Dance and Musical Theatre offers a fully accredited three-year diploma programme providing extensive hands-on experience in the performing arts. Training is skills-based with the emphasis being on cultivating young and up-coming performers and assisting them with launching their professional careers in the entertainment industry.

“Several South African tertiary education institutions offer a diploma in the performing arts, but Oakfields is unique in Gauteng that it offers a course that is focussed on practical applications and performing disciplines.” – Bryan Hill, General Manager of the Teatro and theatre industry stalwart.

Oakfields College Three-Year Bursary
Oakfields College Faculty of Dance and Musical Theatre. Photograph by Garth C.

Offering her unwavering support for the diverse programme offered at Oakfields College, Carlynn De Waal-Smit (Professional actors’ agent, Vice Chair of The Personal Managers Association and Founder Member of the South African Guild of Actors) adds: “Oakfield College currently has their finger on the pulse of the Dance and Musical Theatre industry and is producing skilled talent that are more industry ready than most of the other tertiary institutions.”

This year’s bursary winner Lungile Twala matriculated from the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls. She says ‘Receiving the bursary has awarded me the opportunity to work towards my dream at an amazing institution with lecturers who are skilled and have made a name for themselves in the industry. Moreover, it has opened up the possibility of branching out as a singer and an actor as well; making me more versatile as a performer which can only aid my career.’

She goes on to say “Oakfields is a small and nurturing environment. The lecturer to student ratio is small, which ensures more personal attention and room for growth. Also, the course gives early exposure to professional industry contacts through talks and workshops. This keeps us motivated and aware of what is happening in the industry we will be entering in a few years.

Candidates will be assessed on their acting, singing and dancing abilities and should demonstrate exceptional talent in at least one of the disciplines. Previous training/experience is not a pre-requisite as the panel will be looking for raw potential, a true passion for performance, a strong work ethic and a resilient personality.

Oakfields College Three-Year Bursary
Oakfields College Faculty of Dance and Musical Theatre. Photograph by Garth Collins.

Candidates who wish to audition for acceptance into the programme for 2017 and be considered for the bursary, may choose to audition on either Saturday 25 June or 10 September 2016 and will be required to complete an Audition Application Form as well as a Bursary Application Form.

The panel will perform a second round of interviews with those shortlisted for the bursary. The second round of interviews will take place on Tuesday 20 September at 14h30 at our Pretoria campus. Bursary candidates who have been selected for the second round will be informed by Tuesday 13 September 2016 and must be available for the second interview in order to be considered. The recipient of the bursary will be announced by Monday 26 September 2016.

This bursary opportunity is open to any South African citizens between the ages of 18 and 23 who wish to complete a diploma in performing arts (with specialisation in dance and/or musical theatre). Eligible candidates must hold a National Senior Certificate (NSC) with a minimum of 30% in the language of learning coupled with an achievement rating of 3 (Moderate Achievement, 40-49%) or better in four recognised NSC 20 credit subjects.

Anyone who would like more information can send an email to or call 012 361 0416.

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