HISTORY OF THE DEPARTMENT
The establishment of the Department of Performing Arts was approved in the year 2003. Before then, the initiative for it had been nurtured in the English Department which had begun to accommodate a Performing Arts Unit in the year 2000. For three sessions before the full-scale emergence of the Performing Arts, Diploma Certificates in Performing Arts had been awarded by Olabisi Onabanjo University through the Centre for Sandwich Programme. The department kicked-off its first session in 2003/2004 with roughly fifty students on both degree and diploma levels – and teaching staff strength of eight.
The department offers courses leading to B.A. (Performing Arts) as a major, and Diploma Certificate in Performing Arts.
PHILOSOPHY AND OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME
The Performing Arts Programme of the Faculty of Arts is envisioned to provide cultural and creative research and performance opportunities. It’s B.A. and Diploma Programmes, like preceding theatre/dramatic arts programmes in Nigerian Universities, are educationally structured to bring students and their tutors together in an uncommon environment of teamwork and scholarship which will ensure the fulfillment of an objective and relevant practical, theoretical and critical agenda.
The Cultural Performance Troupe as an artistic, experimental and a technical laboratory for lecturers and students, connects, through its performance activities, the University to its immediate and remote environments, and explores the diverse cultures of the nation with re-interpretative skills.
The B.A. Programme is designed to develop in the student an aptitude for textual analysis and a capacity to relate the artistic and entertainment forms of a society to the entire gamut of its ever dynamic system-religious, scientific, technological, historical, philosophical, sociological and political.
The programme additionally, pays equal attention to the orientation of the student in the direction of an integral identification of the visual and technical aspects and patterns of the Performing Arts and to its written forms. This will enable the student to interpret performance in space and explore its multi-faceted dimensions in a functionally enriching manner for any audience.
The principal objective of the programme in Performing Arts is to avail the students the opportunity of acquiring both professional and basic academic training in the Arts of Drama, Theatre and the Electronic Media. At the end of the course, the student is expected to demonstrate an acceptable degree of specialization, Acting, Directing, Theatre Management, Technical Theatre, Playwriting, Radio and Television Projection, Costume, Masks and Body Make-up.
Finally, the Performing Arts Programme equips the students with a profound orientation in critical theories and philosophies, which the tripartite arts of drama, dance and music have generated, and which have guided them through history.
This knowledge will develop in them the ability to formulate new criteria advance new paradigms and break the barriers of conservative restrictions with a special relevance to the evolution of society and the immediate need of man.
ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS INTO THE PERFORMING ARTS PROGRAMME
ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS FOR THE AWARD OF DIPLOMA IN PERFORMING ARTS.
Applicant under this category must satisfy the conditions listed below:
- A pass at credit level in at least four subjects, including English Language and Literature in English at SSCE/GCE ‘O’ Level/NECO, at not more than two sittings.
- Grade II Teachers Certificate with at least a Merit Pass in at least four subjects, including English Language.
- Matured Candidates who are officers in Media /Information/ Communications/ Cultural/Arts Sector – public and private-practice with at least five years post-secondary school working experience can be admitted, if they possess three credit passes at ‘O’ Level. These must include English Language.
- Finally, acceptance of a candidate will depend upon his/her success at an audition at which he/she will be required to show-case basic skills in any form of the Performing Arts.
DURATION OF PROGRAMME
The Diploma course lasts for two sessions/four semesters
PROSPECTS AND OPPORTUNITIES
- Opportunity for higher education
- Holders of Diploma Certificate in Performing Arts may be considered for Direct Entry into the Degree programme provided they possess other requirements for admission into the Faculty of Arts
- The programme is designed for those who are already in a job situation and who need to improve their skills for the efficient performance of their duties or profession
- It is equally for those who would like to take up appointments as performers in theatre troupes, or to become producers and information officers with Radio, Television Stations, and Cultural officers with the councils for Arts and Culture and Information Ministries.