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:
- 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.
- 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.
3.1 Play writing: Scripting and structuring ideas and action for
stage, radio, television and. film (cinema).,
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
8.1 Theatre Administration
8.2 Studio Management
8.3 Stage Management.
- 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
- 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:
- The first, (initial) numbers refer to years of study.
- The medial (middle) digits identify specific subject/ scholarship areas in the ten-core/ stress specification.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.