Associate Degree in Performing Arts


The Associate Degree is offered as a fully integrated performing arts programme where students study music, dance and drama for two years at this level. Students may exit at this level or continue with the programme at the Bachelor‘s Degree level.
Students are also provided the flexibility to choose a course from a group of electives which would be of personal interest or complement their career choice.
The programme provides the opportunity for employment in the Performing Arts and entertainment industry as entertainment coordinators, pre-trained teachers, community organizers, entertainment managers, actors, television personalities, voice-over talent, stand-up comedians, professional musicians and dancers, casting directors, choreographers, drama coaches, stage managers, set designers, playwrights/screenwriters, producers, theatre consultants, performance artists, and scenic designers.


This programme aims, accordingly, to:
•    improve students’ knowledge, competencies and attitudes for effective performances in the arts.
•    provide access for a diverse performing arts experience that spans history and theory, as well as technical and performance contexts.
•    promote the practitioner’s continuous personal and professional development for employment and or entrepreneurship.
•    expand student’s knowledge about integrating their artistic work with contemporary information communication technology practices.
•    create a forum for the exploration of the integrative approach to the study and working in the performing arts.
•    develop the foundation for participants desirous to articulate into further studies in the arts.
•    encourage students to use the performing arts as a medium for inspiring and unifying mankind.

Entry Requirements

To matriculate into the Associate Degree programme, applicants must satisfy the general entry requirements in one of the following ways:

  1. Pass at least five (5) subjects in GCE O’level, including English Language, with grade A, B  or C Or
  2. Pass at least five (5) subjects in CSEC, including English Language, with grade I, II, or III. Grade III pass must be after January 1998. Or
  3. Pass at least five (5) subjects in SSC, including English Language, with Range IV or V Or
  4. Mature Student Entry. Applicants falling in this category must, normally, be over age twenty-five (25) years, with a minimum of five (5) years experience in an area related to the field of study which the applicant wishes to pursue - e.g. marketing, accounts, office administration, and management. Each applicant will be required to develop and submit for evaluation, a portfolio detailing his/her prior experiential learning. Such a portfolio may consist of certificates of achievement, positions held, along with job descriptions, references and testimonials, and proof of community involvement, among other documentary evidence.

N.B All applicants are expected to engage in an audition process.

Programme Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of this programme participant should be able to:
1.    exhibit solid artistic competencies and synthesize relevant academic concepts and theories.
2.    demonstrate a broad based knowledge of integrated performing arts education and, at the upper level, a high level of proficiency in a discrete area of study - Music, Dance or Drama.
3.    create original, professional level works and innovative full productions through processes of evaluation and analysis of research.
4.    demonstrate a lifelong appreciation and exploration of collaborative creative problem solving in ensemble work.
5.    Integrate Information Communication Technology in inter disciplinary and cross disciplinary processes.
6.    practise his/her profession with respect for social values and attitudes while adhering to legal and ethical societal norms.  
7.    show initiative and self management whether as an employee or as an entrepreneur.


Course Structure-Full Time/Day

Semester I Semester II
Communication I Communication I
Caribbean Cultural Identity Critical Thinking
Introduction to Drama I Introduction to Drama II 
Fundamentals of Music Theory, Aurals and Sight Singing I      Fundamentals of Music Theory, Aurals and Sight Singing II
Introduction to Dance I Introduction to Dance II
Voice & Speech I Voice & Speech II
Introduction to Piano/Keyboard Skills I Introduction to Piano/Keyboard Skills II
Listening & Appraising I Improvisation for the Performer 
  Fundamentals of Information Technology
Semester III Semester IV
Introduction to Psychology Creating Theatre
Fundamentals of Ballet & Modern Dance I Fundamentals of Ballet & Modern Dance II
Movement Studies Traditional Folk Technique I
Acting I Directing I
Textual Analysis College Mathematics II
Accompaniments Skills I Voice & Singing II
Voice & Singing I Accompaniment Skills II
Arts in Education Arts & Entertainment Management
College Mathematics I Playwriting I
Theatre Design & Production Dance Kinesthetic & Injury Prevention