Duration: 2 Years Sit Available: TBA

Performing Arts

The Concentration in Performing Arts offers learners the opportunity to develop their creative talents, and attain a high tertiary level certification in foundation areas of the performing arts. The programme is structured to provide a holistic training experience comprising much practice in creative production and performance, as well as to provide critical knowledge in other related areas that underpin performance success in creative industries. Learners will do core practical courses in theatre arts, and core courses in the business of the arts including production management.

In addition to these specialized offerings, learners will broaden their learning experience with a selection of General Education courses, and a range of personal interest courses that can be done as required electives. The successful graduate of this programme will have the requisite knowledge and practical skills to launch a career in many possible areas of the creative economy, or to gain easy access to higher university or professional level training in the creative and performing arts.

Learning Outcomes

Plan and execute an individual or group theatrical performance. Develop an effective stage performance from either a written script, or any other initial stimulus including elements of their culture. Demonstrate skills in using the body, voice and creative imagination to create impactful performances for an audience. Explain various theatre performance traditions from communities around the world. Do Business and Technical Production Planning. Explain the importance of the Performing Arts in the development of cultural industries and a creative economy. Critique theatrical and other staged performances. Create, or contribute to the creation of novel works in the performing art

Entry Requirements

Passes in at least five (5) subjects at CXC General Proficiency Level, including English A, Mathematics, and Spanish/French (Grades I, II, III) or GCE ‘O’ level (Grades A, B, C)or a combination of both.

College matriculation requirements inclusive of a Grade I or II at the CSEC level in ENGLISH LITERATURE and THEATRE ARTS/VISUAL ARTS or Equivalent.


Associate Degree in Performing Arts

Programme Courses

The Place of the Arts in the Caribbean Economy

The course will seek to foster in learners an appreciation for the work of the artiste and the contribution of the Arts to the Caribbean economy. Further learners will study the role of the Arts as a generator of income, the characteristics of the marketplace, and the extent to which government policies in the region assist or retard the development of the cultural industry. Learners will explore the role of new technologies in the Arts.

Drama: The Play is the Thing

Learners are given the opportunity for a more in-depth examination of devices and techniques in drama. This will be done through an exploration of the various periods within the development of drama as an art form. Learners will study the evolution of dramatic devices and techniques within each period up to contemporary drama. The course also develops learners’ ability to critically assess dramatic texts and present their arguments in extended pieces of writing. Particular care will be taken for learners to recognise how Caribbean drama and the work of St. Lucian playwrights are linked to the dramatic tradition.

Drama: The Actor’s Instrument

In this course, learners will explore ways in which performance can be created with the actor's body as his/her instrument. The course focuses on developing individual performers in our local as well as globalised cultural climate via a multi-skilled approach to original, and pre-existing performance-making concepts. The emphasis throughout is on the development of the instrument though rigorous practice and research.

Devised Theatre

The course introduces learner’s ability to the basic principles and practical processes of group construction of a theatre piece from an initial stimulus. Since ideas, audiences and contexts can vary widely, the course focuses on principles and processes which are fundamental to all devised theatre. Its methodology is an inter-action of practical activity and critical reflection.

Introduction to Production Management

This course offers an insight into the process involved in planning and executing a production. Through teamwork learners will be engaged in the various elements necessary to execute a production by combining business and technical strategies. Learners will get exposure to budgeting, marketing and promotion, sales, creating timelines, sound video, lighting and stage management. At the end of the course learners would have completed the documents required to execute a production.

Performance Fundamentals

This course will introduce learners to fundamental concepts and necessary basic skills in performing drama. Learners will develop a basic knowledge of the theatre stage, and acquire skills in using the body, the voice and the imagination to create effective drama performances. The course activities will be dominated by practical workshops along with lectures and class discussions. Assessment will be based on participation in class, in-course assignments, and practical skills demonstration.

Drama: Stage, Style and Structure

This course introduces learners to the basic devices and techniques used in drama as illustrated in excerpts from dramatic works taken from various periods and cultures. Learners will develop an appreciation for dramatic art and will be given the opportunities to express their opinion about the extracts they engage with. The course also allows learners to learn how to approach dramatic texts critically and to examine traditional approaches to drama. Learners will also put into practice the techniques that they have learned through performance demonstrations in class. By the end of the course, learners will be able to articulate their interpretations of drama, assess critical interpretations of drama and present their own critical responses through discussions and writing.

All Courses

Course Title Credits
Critical Reading and Writing 4
Modern Language 3
World Drama Survey 3
Performance Fundamentals 3
Elective 3
Speech, Self and Society 3
A Survey of Saint Lucian History and Heritage 3
Mathematical Reasoning and Logic 3
The Actor’s Instrument 4
Drama: Style, Stage and Structure 3
Fundamentals of Small Business Development 3
The Play is the Thing 3
Devised Theatre 3
From Script to Stage 3
Elective 3
General Education [Social Science] 3
General Education [Natural Science] 3
Introduction to Production Management 3
Practicum. 4
Elective 3
Total Credits 63

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Programme Info

  • Start Date: September, 2020
  • Class Size: TBA
  • Programme Duration: 2 years

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