B.A. (Hons.) Performing Arts

Programme Duration : 4 years


This is a practice-oriented course which encompasses the field of drama, music, film, and dance. Studying here immerses the student in cutting-edge cross-disciplinary practice through our rich curriculum handled by well-experienced tutors who are both scholars and practitioners. With the added advantage of our facilities like PFA Theatre, Editing Suite, Sound/Music Room as well as Dance Studio, our graduates are well prepared to enter the Performing Arts industry with ease having acquired the expected skill sets to enable them to work in talent management, broadcasting, music performance, film and theatre direction, dance and choreography, film television or theatre acting and other allied professions.


Objectives
The B.A. Performing and Film Arts programme will pursue the following objectives for its students. i. To equip students with a good knowledge of the main principles of the theory and practice of the Performing and Film Arts. ii. ii) To train students in the Arts of the stage and creative insights. iii. iii) To prepare them for further studies in the discipline, or prepare them for relevant careers in the managerial cadres of administration, in teaching, in broadcasting for radio and television and in cultural arts centres. iv. Acquisition of knowledge of the types, structures and skills of the Performing and Film Arts. v. Training in competent manipulation of the types, structures and skills for effective communication of sense and arts for different purposes and occasions; and, vi. Critical acquisition and production of content samples of different types, structures and skills of the Performing and Film Arts in their socio-cultural contexts: local, national, American, European, Orientals, etc., leading to an experience of the “total theatre”. vii. The “Total Theatre”, in this department of the University, is defined and recognised as the knowledge and production of the types, structures and skills of the Performing and Film Arts in the areas of: Music, Dance, Drama, Speech, and Film. viii. The philosophy behind iv. is to produce independent professionals in the arts of the total theatre, whose universal approach is on the local and international demands.


Philosophy
It is the desire of the department to give opportunities to candidates in and outside Nigeria to fulfill their aspirations of obtaining a university degree in the performing and film arts. Hence, admission to the programme is both by direct and indirect entrance for a period of three and four years, respectively. Upon the satisfaction of the Senate, the graduates are expected to join the labour market as competent workers with diverse skills in the entertainment industry, which we believe is next to the oil boom in money earning. The opportunities of our unique programme will afford such graduates to be versatile in the total theatre, as they are expected to have acquired general skills in the performing arts, and specialty in any one of its five units of drama, music, dance, speech and film. The quality of staff and programme is expected to make our graduates world-class performers and movie specialists. Thus, to achieve this, students of the department shall be exposed to both the theory and the practical aspects of the various units. Upon graduation, therefore, they will work as skilled personnel as: dramatists, play writers, advertisement jingles scripts writers, theatre managers and administrators, music experts in choirs, bands, orchestras and concerts. Our graduates are also expected to become dancers and dance trainers for concerts, choreographies, musicians’ video recording, etc; professional speech users and speech trainers for speech artists such as: dramatists, film actors/actresses, comedians, masters of ceremonies and the television. They will be ready employees in the marketing and advertisement units of financial and mobile communication institutions. The opportunities that our programme will offer are almost limitless. The fundamental concern of the Arts Disciplines (Humanities) is with Man and his complex nature, especially his multifaceted relationships with the world around him and beyond. It is in this context that each Arts discipline tries to investigate and explain those aspects of Man’s nature that particularly concern or challenge him. Specifically, the Performing and Film Arts concern life and the expressions of the realities surrounding it. The course focuses on the concrete means of displaying the cultures, traditions and other aspects of man’s existence. The Performing and Film Arts programme in this department of the university shall pursue the contents of the concept of the total theatre, which will be made up of five (5) components or units, namely: drama, music, dance, speech and film.


Admission Requirements
i. Students, who wish to major in the Performing and Film Arts, must satisfy Faculty of Humanities and University requirements. Such requirements include a minimum of five credits at ordinary level (SSCE by WAEC, NECO, NABTEB, or equivalents), at a single sitting or a minimum of six credits at not more than two sittings. The credits must include: English Language, Literature in English and any other three or more in other Arts or Social Science subjects. Admission opportunities are also available for other subject combinations in the sciences and social sciences for candidate with very strong motivation and interest, with a credit pass in English and mathematics. ii. For a direct entry, ‘A’ level pass or its equivalent in Literature in English, a Nigerian language or any Arts subject in addition to the requirements in (i) above. iii. Before the final admission is offered, all the candidates must attend an audition to determine fitness for admission and placement for specialty. iv. Upon admission, all the new students are to undergo an Induction “Initiation” Ceremony, in the manner deemed fit by the department shortly before or immediately after the Matriculation Ceremony of the new students.


Course Outline

100 Level - First Semester

SN Course Code Title Unit Level Semester
1 PFA 103 History of the Performing and Film Arts I 2 100 First Learn More
2 PFA 107 Choral Studies I 2 100 First Learn More
3 PFA 109 Intermediate Modern Dance Technique 2 100 First Learn More
4 PFA 101 Introduction to Performing and Film Arts 2 100 First Learn More
5 PFA 105 Basic Communication Theory 2 100 First Learn More
6 PFA 111 Basic Segmental Speech Sounds 2 100 First Learn More

100 Level - Second Semester

SN Course Code Title Unit Level Semester
1 PFA 108 Rudiment of Dance 2 100 Second Learn More
2 PFA 110 Introduction to Dramatic Art 2 100 Second Learn More
3 PFA 112 Introduction to Film Arts 2 100 Second Learn More
4 PFA 102 Performing and Film Arts Workshop I 2 100 Second Learn More
5 PFA 106 Fundamentals of Music 2 100 Second Learn More
6 PFA 104 Traditional African Festival Theatre 2 100 Second Learn More

200 Level - First Semester

SN Course Code Title Unit Level Semester
1 PFA 211 Introduction to Acting and Technical Skills and Techniques 2 200 First Learn More
2 PFA 205 Departmental Production Workshop 1 200 First Learn More
3 PFA 207 Choral Studies II 2 200 First Learn More
4 PFA 201 History of the Performing and Film Arts II 2 200 First Learn More
5 PFA 215 Basic Film Tools 2 200 First Learn More
6 PFA 209 Basic Choreography 2 200 First Learn More
7 PFA 203 Human Anatomy and Physiology for the Performing and Film Arts 2 200 First Learn More
8 PFA 213 Basic Autosegmental Speech Sounds 2 200 First Learn More

200 Level - Second Semester

SN Course Code Title Unit Level Semester
1 PFA 206 African Music 2 200 Second Learn More
2 PFA 204 Introduction to Radio and Television 2 200 Second Learn More
3 PFA 202 Performing and Film Arts Workshop II 1 200 Second Learn More
4 PFA 208 Theory of Music 2 200 Second Learn More
5 PFA 210 Dramatic Literature 2 200 Second Learn More
6 PFA 212 Speech and Oral Interpretation 2 200 Second Learn More
7 PFA 214 Processes of Film Making 2 200 Second Learn More

300 Level - First Semester

SN Course Code Title Unit Level Semester
1 PFA 319 Introduction to Playwriting 2 300 First Learn More
2 PFA 321 Workshop on Speech and Oral Interpretation 2 300 First Learn More
3 PFA 323 Advanced Speech Training I (Speech Specialists) 2 300 First Learn More
4 PFA 317 Play Directing 2 300 First Learn More
5 PFA 327 Workshop on Film Production (Film Specialists) 2 300 First Learn More
6 PFA 325 Advanced Film Production (Cinematography) I 2 300 First Learn More

300 Level - Second Semester

SN Course Code Title Unit Level Semester
1 PFA 320 Voice Articulation and Articulation and Projection Training 0 300 Second Learn More
2 PFA 301 Performing Arts Workshop III 2 300 Second Learn More
3 PFA 312 Advanced Choreography I 2 300 Second Learn More
4 PFA 314 Dance Kinesiology 2 300 Second Learn More
5 PFA 303 Acoustics and Electronics for the Performing and Film Arts 2 300 Second Learn More
6 PFA 326 Special Filming I (Film Specialists) 2 300 Second Learn More
7 PFA 305 Theatre and Film Administration/Management 2 300 Second Learn More
8 PFA 310 Applied Music (Music Specialists) 2 300 Second Learn More
9 PFA 308 Harmony and Counterpoint I 2 300 Second Learn More
10 PFA 309 Music Directing (Music Specialists) 2 300 Second Learn More
11 PFA 307 Music Ensemble Workshop 2 300 Second Learn More
12 PFA 318 Advanced Directing (Drama Specialists) 2 300 Second Learn More
13 PFA 313 Dance Analysis and Criticism I (Dance Specialists) 2 300 Second Learn More
14 PFA 311 Dance Workshop 2 300 Second Learn More
15 PFA 324 Psychology and Sociology of Locations/Sites 2 300 Second Learn More
16 PFA 316 Advanced Acting 2 300 Second Learn More
17 PFA 304 Departmental Production Workshop II 2 300 Second Learn More
18 PFA 302 Children’s Theatre 2 300 Second Learn More
19 PFA 306 Research Methods for the Performing and Film Arts 2 300 Second Learn More
20 PFA 322 Advanced Speech Training II 2 300 Second Learn More
21 PFA 315 Dramatic Theory and Criticism 2 300 Second Learn More

400 Level - First Semester

SN Course Code Title Unit Level Semester
1 PFA 415 Twentieth Century Dance (Dance Specialists) 3 400 First Learn More
2 PFA 421 Speech and Voice Moderation: Emphasis, Tempo and Mode 3 400 First Learn More
3 PFA 427 Film Production Challenges 3 400 First Learn More
4 PFA 409 Twentieth Century Music (Music Specialists) 3 400 First Learn More
5 PFA 411 Contemporary Nigerian Composers of Art Music (Music Specialists) 3 400 First Learn More
6 PFA 417 Advanced Technical Theatre 3 400 First Learn More
7 PFA 419 Sociology of Drama/Theatre 3 400 First Learn More
8 PFA 407 Orchestration 3 400 First Learn More
9 PFA 413 Advanced Choreography II 3 400 First Learn More
10 PFA 423 Special Communication (Speech Specialists) 3 400 First Learn More
11 PFA 403 Black American and English Drama 3 400 First Learn More
12 PFA 405 Music Composition 3 400 First Learn More
13 PFA 401 Advanced Theatre and Film Management and Administration 3 400 First Learn More
14 PFA 425 Film Analysis and Criticism 3 400 First Learn More

400 Level - Second Semester

SN Course Code Title Unit Level Semester
1 PFA 402 Principles and Philosophy of Aesthetics 3 400 Second Learn More
2 PFA 404 Contemporary African Drama 3 400 Second Learn More
3 PFA 408 Applied Music II 3 400 Second Learn More
4 PFA 416 Advanced Dance Workshop (Dance Specialists) 3 400 Second Learn More
5 PFA 498 Long Essay/ Project 3 400 Second Learn More
6 PFA 428 Special Filming II (Film Specialists) 3 400 Second Learn More
7 PFA 420 Playwrights Workshop 3 400 Second Learn More
8 PFA 424 Speech and Rhetoric Arts (Speech Specialists) 3 400 Second Learn More
9 PFA 410 Musicology 3 400 Second Learn More
10 PFA 406 Black American Drama 3 400 Second Learn More
11 PFA 422 Transcription, Translation and Diacritics 3 400 Second Learn More
12 PFA 412 Afro-American Music (Music Specialists) 3 400 Second Learn More
13 PFA 414 Dance Analysis and Criticism II 3 400 Second Learn More
14 PFA 418 Performance Theory and Criticism 3 400 Second Learn More