Theatre Arts Programmes

Admission Requirements

Prospective degree candidates must satisfy both the general University minimum entry requirements, and specific Faculty and Departmental requirements.

General University Minimum Entry Requirements provide two alternate methods of admission into the university as follows:

  1. a) Possession of Five SSC Level Credits or its equivalent taken at not more then two sittings and not more than five years apart. These credits must include English Language and Literature (or Literature- in- English).
  2. b) By transfer from other recognized Universities and post- secondary institutions (in exceptional cases).

 

The Faculty specifically requires that:

  1. All candidates pass the UME and the Post UME and reach the appropriate cut- off points for the year of admission.

All applications for admission be routed through

J.A.M.B.

iii.        All candidates must obtain credit level passes in SSC English Language and offer same in the U.M.E.

 

The Theatre Arts Department specifically requires that

  1. a) 4-year B.A programme candidates must have passed in English Language and English Literature (or Literature

-in-English), in addition to any three of CRS, History, Any Nigerian Language, Fine Arts, Music, Government, and Economics at least at credit level in the SSC or an approved equivalent examination. Passes in Physics, Maths, and Chemistry of General Science will be an advantage.

  1. b) 3- year B.A programme candidates must possess either a Diploma and / or certificates in Theatre Arts or Dramatic Arts from a recognized post-secondary institution, with at least 60% average point or must have passed English in at least Merit level in the N.C.E., or an equivalent examination.

 

Passes in O/L Chemistry, Physics, Math. or General Science will be an advantage.

 

Academic Requirements

To obtain a B.A. Honours in Theatre Arts, a student must successfully complete a minimum of 135 credit hours 111 of which must come from Theatre Arts courses; 12 from GSS, and 12 from (various) elective courses including a Language course as a related discipline.

Of the 111 Theatre Arts credit hours, 78 must come from general, 30 from specific “stress” areas including the’ Thesis/project, and 3 from participation orientation courses. However, a candidate is not allowed to carry less then 15 or more than 24 credit hours in a Semester.

 

Core Courses/Stress Areas

At the undergraduate level, courses are so integrated that students acquire both general and specific competence. Within the disciplines of theatre. The stress areas are as follows:

 

  1. THEATRE HISTORY AND COMPARATIVE THEATRE

1.1.   Histories and theatre “world” of Africa, the Americas, Europe and the Orient. Also the theatre “Movements”: Realism, Expressionism, Romanticism, Realism, Abusrdism, Avant-gardism and, with specific reference to Africa, Folkioricism.

 

  1. DRAMATIC, THEATRE AND CRITICISM

2.1.Theatre and principles of criticism and evaluation from Aristotle to Patrice Pavis: the “Poetics” to “Semiotics” including principles of aesthetics derived from purely Nigerian and/or African bases such as folklore and its practice.

 

iii. DRAMATURGY

3.1   Play writing: Scripting and structuring ideas and action for

stage, radio, television and. film (cinema).,

3.2    Directing

 

  1. TECHNOLOGY AND DESIGN

4.1       Lighting and Sound design

4.2      Scenery, Set and Props design and construction.

4.3      Costume, Mike-up and Masks design and construction.

 

  1. PERFORMANCE ARTS

5.1      Acting for stage, radio, television and film. (Cinema)

5.2      Speech communication

5.3       Mime, body language and various movements.

5.4       Puppetry and Animation.

 

  1. MEDIA, FINE AND APPLIED ARTS

6.1      Radio, TV, Film Studies as broadcast arts

6.2     Graphic, plastic, textiles and sculptural studies as they reflect     in  or relate to drama.

 

vii. THEATRE-IN- EDUCATION

7.1      Educational Drama

7.2      Creative Dramatics (including children’s Theatre)

7.3      Therapeutic Theatre.

 

 

viii. THEATRE ADMINISTRATION AND APPLIED

THEATRE

8.1      Theatre Administration

8.2      Studio Management

8.3      Stage Management.

 

  1. THEATRE MUSIC AND CHOREOGRAPHY

9.1        Dance and Kinaesthetics in drama

9.2        Dance History and Techniques

9.3       Music: ensemble, keyboard harmony, opera and operatic

forms.

 

  1. POPULAR THEATRE

10.1     Community theatre, street theatre and guerrilla theatre

10.2     Theatre for Development

 

In the light of the above, ten scholarship/subject areas shall form the core subject area for course numbering and organization. Each is essentially a “Stress” area.

The aim of each area is to meet the specific professional and Nigerian need as dictated by the changing times and permanent interests of the discipline.

 

Course Numbering Code

The numbering system for courses in the department shall be as follows:

  1. The first, (initial) numbers refer to years of study.
  2. The medial (middle) digits identify specific subject/ scholarship areas in the ten-core/ stress specification.
  3. The last digits indicate the serial of the number of courses available in a given area.

Thus, a course can be easily identified and rationalized as follows:

THA 101 = 1st-year, history/comparative theatre area, a foundation or beginning course, first semester.

THA 162 = 1st — year, media area, second semester, etc.

 

 

 

 

Job Opportunities

The arts of communication are organic to theatre as studied in this carefully integrated programme. The Nigerian and African community will benefit in a number of ways, as the programme:

a).     Produces high-level personnel for the public services, particularly in administration (managerial cadres), in teaching and in broad- casting.

b).    Guarantees a supply of expert researchers and curators for cultural centers, museums, archives, as well as in public relations and book publishing establishments.

  1. c) Guarantees a continued theatre developments and scholarship

through practice• and innovative fieldwork and researcher.

d).       Ensure a cadre of self- employable Nigeria corps of creative writers, critics film makers, entertainers, journal and book publishers journalist actors, theatre manager, directors and theatre technologists.

 

Community Outreach and Commercial Services

As an adjunct to its academic work in teaching and research functions, the Department shall maintain the following related services outlets.

  1. The Nnamdi Azikiwe Theatre (NAUT)

ii          The Children’s Saturday Playhouse (CSP)

iii         The Nnamdi Azikwe Performing Company (NAUPC) ,

iv          The Ofu Obi Dance Troupe (OODT)

 

The NAUT and the CSP shall, according to season, Cooperate with the NAUPC and the OODT to mount public productions on commercially viable bases.  From time to time the Department shall engage in runs of productions to realize and reflect its principles and philosophic objectives as a theatre establishment.

 

 

PROGRAMME OUTLAY

YEAR ONE: FIRST SEMESTER

Course CodeCourse titleCredits Hours
THA 101Traditional African Theatre3 Credits
THA 111Introduction to Drama and Theatre in the World3 Credits
THA 131Basic Theatre Design and Crafts3 Credits
THA 151Basic Speech and Communication for Stage and the Media3 Credits
THA 153Communication Models in Theatre and Media3 Credits
THA 161Participation Orientation2 Credits
GSS 101Use of English I2 Credits
GSS 103Philosophy and Logic2 Credits
GSS 107Nigerian Peoples and Culture2 Credits
GSS 108Basic Igbo Studies1 Credit
              Total24 Credits

 

YEAR ONE: SECOND SEMESTER

Course CodeCourse titleCredits Hours
THA 112Comparative Traditions of World Theatres3 Credits
THA 122Basic Performance Skills3 Credits
THA 132Trends in Theatre Design and Technology3 Credits
THA 142Introduction to Dance Theatre in Africa3 Credits
THA 152Introduction to Media Arts3 Credits
THA 162Basic Theatre Administration and Management3 Credits
GSS 102Use of English II2 Credits
GSS 104History and Philosophy of Science2 Credits
GSS 109Basic Igbo Studies II1 Credit
 Total23Credits

 

YEAR TWO: FIRST SEMESTER

Course CodeCourse titleCredits
THA 211Dramatic Literature and Criticism3 Credits
THA 213Critical Perspectives in Theatre History: Renaissance to 19th Century3 Credits
THA 215Basic Film Analysis and Appreciation3 Credits
THA 231Rudiments of Directing3 Credits
THA 233Design Concepts in Performance Spaces3 Credits
THA 243Improvisation and Dance Organization3 Credits
THA 261Theatre in Education and Community3 Credits
CSC 101Introduction to Computer Programming I Credits
 Total24 Credits

 

YEAR TWO: SECOND SEMESTER

Course CodeCourse titleCredits
THA 202History of Drama and Theatre: 1850 – Present Day3 Credits
THA 212Colonization and Indigenous Theatres3 Credits
THA 214Fundamentals of Script  Writing3 Credits
THA 242Costumes and Appearance Designs: From Festive Spectacle to Carnival3 Credits
THA 252Fundamentals of Radio, TV and Film Production3 Credits
THA 262Administering Theatre in Educational Establishments3 Credits
THA 264Production Participation2 Credits
CSC 102Basic Computer Programming II2 Credits
ENT 200Introduction to Entrepreneuril Studies0 Credit
 Total22 Credits

 

YEAR THREE:FIRST SEMESTER

Course CodeCourse titleCredits
THA 311African Drama and Theatre: Home and Diaspora3 Credits
THA 313Production Workshop3 Credits
THA 315Theatre, Art and Culture in Public Relations and Tourism3 Credits
THA 331Organizing Performance Space in Oriental and African Festivals3 Credits
THA 341Community Theatre for Development3 Credits
THA 343Set and Lighting Design For Stage and Screen3 Credits
THA 351Audio-visual Communication for the Young3 Credits
THA 361Studio Management for the Performing  Arts3 Credits
 Total24 Credits

 

 

YEAR THREE: SECOND SEMESTER

Course CodeCourse titleCredits
THA 322Script Analysis and Interpretation for Performance3 Credits
THA 324Techniques of Radio, TV. and Film Directing and Production3 Credits
THA 332Principles of Adaptation and Improvisation3 Credits
THA 342Dance Theatre in the World3 Credits
THA 344Costume and Make-Up Design for the Stage and Screen3 Credits
THA 352News Design, Broadcast and Documentary Procedures3 Credits
THA 366Research Methods and the Style Manual in Theatre Studies3 Credits
 Total21 Credits

 

YEAR FOUR

AREA 1: HISTORY, CRITICISM and PHILOSOPHY SPECIALIZATION

FIRST SEMESTER

CORE COURSES

Course CodeCourse TitleCredits
THA 411Contemporary Drama and Theatre3 Credits
THA 413Theories of Dramatic Criticism3 Credits
THA 415Seminar in Theatre Studies3 Credits
THA 417Studies in Dramatic Literature3 Credits
                                                SPECIALIZATION COURSES
 Total12 Credits

 

SECOND SEMESTER

CORE COURSES

THA 412Critics and Theoreticians in Africa3 Credits
THA 424Major Nigerian Playwrights3 Credits
THA 452Nigerian Media Performers and Performance3 Credits
THA 462Project Research and Writing6 Credits
THA 474Advanced Production Planning3 Credits

 

 

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YEAR FOUR

AREA 2: DRAMATURGY SPECIALIZATION

FIRST SEMESTER

CORE COURSES

Course CodeCourse titleCredits
THA 411Contemporary Drama and Theatre3 Credits
THA 413Theories of Dramatic Criticism3 Credits
THA 415Seminar in Theatre Studies3 Credits
SPECIALIZATION COURSES
THA 425Adaptation and Story Dramatization3 Credits
THA 427Dimensional Dramaturgy3 Credits
OR
THA 429Improvisation and Minstrel Tradition in Africa3 Credits
 Total15 Credits

SECOND SEMESTER

THA 412Critics and Theoreticians in Africa3 Credits
THA 424Major Nigerian Playwrights3 Credits
THA 452Nigerian Media Performers and Performance3 Credits
THA 462Project Research and Writing6 Credits
SPECIALIZATION COURSES
THA 422Directors and Performing Companies in Nigeria Since 1960 

3 Credits

THA 426Experimental Directing3 Credits
OR
THA 428Spatial Organisation and Aesthetic Effects in African Theatre3 Credits
 Total21 Credits
 YEAR FOUR TOTAL: AREA 2

1st and 2nd Semester: 36 Credits Hours

36 Credits

 

 

YEAR FOUR

AREA 3: DESIGN and TECHNOLOGY SPECIALIZATION

 

FIRST SEMESTER

CORE COURSES

Course CodeCourse TitleCredits
THA 411Contemporary Drama and Theatre3 Credits
THA 413Theories of Dramatic Criticism3 Credits
THA 415Seminar in Theatre Studies3 Credits
SPECIALIZATION COURSES
THA 433Studies in Technical Directing3 Credits
THA 435Architectural Designs and Theatre Houses3 Credits
OR
THA 437Advanced Costume, Masks and Make-Up for the Theatre3 Credits
 Total15 Credits

 

SECOND SEMESTER

THA 412Critics and Theoreticians in Africa3 Credits
THA 424Major Nigerian Playwrights3 Credits
THA 452Nigerian Media Performers and Performance3 Credits
THA 462Project Research and Writing6 Credits
SPECIALIZATION COURSES
THA 432Control Systems in the Computer Age3 Credits
THA 434Design Formalism3 Credits
 Total18 Credits
 YEAR FOUR TOTAL: AREA 4

1st and 2nd Semester: 36 Credits Hours

 

36 Credits

 

 

YEAR FOUR

AREA 4: CHOREOGRAPHY, DANCE and MOVEMENT SPECIALIZATION

 

FIRST SEMESTER

CORE COURSES

Course CodeCourse TitleCredits
THA 411Contemporary Drama and Theatre3 Credits
THA 413Theories of Dramatic Criticism3 Credits
THA 415Seminar in Theatre Studies3 Credits
SPECIALIZATION COURSES
THA 443Dance Kinesiology3 Credits
THA 445Advanced Dance Workshop3 Credits
OR
THA 425Adaptation and Story Dramatization3 Credits
 Total15 Credits

 

 

SECOND SEMESTER

THA 412Critics and Theoreticians in Africa3 Credits
THA 424Major Nigerian Playwrights3 Credits
THA 452Nigerian Media Performers and Performance3 Credits
THA 462Project Research and Writing6 Credits
SPECIALIZATION COURSES
THA 442Evolution of Musical Dance Theatre: From Vaudeville to Opera3 Credits
THA 444Dance Developments in Africa and the Diaspora3 Credits
 Total21 Credits
 YEAR FOUR TOTAL: AREA 4

1st and 2nd Semester: 36 Credits Hours

36 Credits

 

 

 

 

 

 

YEAR FOUR

AREA 5: COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA ARTS SPECIALIZATION

 

FIRST SEMESTER

CORE COURSES

Course CodeCourse TitleCredits
THA 411Contemporary Drama and Theatre3 Credits
THA 413Theories of Dramatic Criticism3 Credits
THA 415Seminar in Theatre Studies3 Credits
SPECIALIZATION COURSES
THA 453Principles and Practice of Radio/TV Production and Programming3 Credits
THA 455Film Studies in Africa3 Credits
OR
THA 457Industrial Theatre and Community Viewing Centres3 Credits
 Total15 Credits

 

SECOND SEMESTER

THA 412Critics and Theoreticians in Africa3 Credits
THA 424Major Nigerian Playwrights3 Credits
THA 452Nigerian Media Performers and Performance3 Credits
THA 462Project Research and Writing6 Credits
SPECIALIZATION COURSES
THA 454Children’s Theatre Education on Radio/TV3 Credits
THA 456Stardom: The Syndrome and Psychology3 Credits
                                                                   OR
THA 458Advanced Film Production3 Credits
 Total21 Credits
 YEAR FOUR TOTAL: AREA 5

1st and 2nd Semester: 36 Credits Hours

 

36 Credits

 

YEAR FOUR

AREA 6: APPLIED AND EDUCATIONAL THEATRE SPECIALIZATION

FIRST SEMESTER

CORE COURSES

Course CodeCourse TitleCredits
THA 411Contemporary Drama and Theatre3 Credits
THA 413Theories of Dramatic Criticism3 Credits
THA 415Seminar in Theatre Studies3 Credits
SPECIALIZATION COURSES
THA 463Dramatic Techniques for the Classroom3 Credits
THA 465Theatre Therapy3 Credits
OR
THA 427Adaptation and Story Dramatization3 Credits
OR
THA 457Industrial Theatre and Community Viewing Centres3 Credits
 Total15 Credits

 

 

SECOND SEMESTER

THA 412Critics and Theoreticians in Africa3 Credits
THA 424Major Nigerian Playwrights3 Credits
THA 452Nigerian Media Performers and Performance3 Credits
THA 462Project Research and Writing6 Credits
SPECIALIZATION COURSES
THA 464Perspectives on Igbo Drama and Theatre3 Credits
THA 466Children’s Theatre Education3 Credits
OR
THA 468Gender and Performance3 Credits
OR
THA 470Applied Theatre and Community Education3 Credits
 Total21 Credits
 YEAR FOUR TOTAL: AREA 6

1st and 2nd Semester: 36 Credits Hours

36 Credits

 

YEAR FOUR

AREA 7: THEATRE MANAGEMENT AND ADMINISTRATION

FIRST SEMESTER

CORE COURSES

Course CodeCourse TitleCredits
THA 411Contemporary Drama and Theatre3 Credits
THA 413Theories of Dramatic Criticism3 Credits
THA 415Seminar in Theatre Studies3 Credits
SPECIALIZATION COURSES
THA 471Advanced Studio Management3 Credits
THA 473Creative Arts Promotion3 Credits
 Total15 Credits

 

 

 

SECOND SEMESTER

THA 412Critics and Theoreticians in Africa3 Credits
THA 424Major Nigerian Playwrights3 Credits
THA 452Nigerian Media Performers and Performance3 Credits
THA 462Project Research and Writing6 Credits
SPECIALIZATION COURSES
THA 476Events Marketing and Management3 Credits
THA 472Commercial Theatre3 Credits
                                            OR
THA 474Advanced Production Planning3 Credits
 Total21 Credits
 YEAR FOUR TOTAL: AREA 7

1st and 2nd Semester: 36 Credits Hours

36 Credits