Department Overview

Prof Urther Rwafa

Chairperson/Associate Professor


The Department of Film and Theatre Arts Studies is concerned with Film and the performing arts with special reference to Film and Theatre in Zimbabwe and Africa in particular and the world in general. It has the capacity, not only to develop student and staff productions to the best of international standards but to create productions, performances and exhibitions that bring a wider range of intellectual, cultural and historical interests onto the proscenium, holding them up to both local and world audiences.

CAREER PROSPECTS

Acting, directing, photography, lighting, scenic and costume designing, stage, events and institutional management, as well as being producers, film and video editors of dramatic performances, media Industry, human resources departments, public relations, advertising, NGOs, civic society etc. In addition, graduates can also become teachers and lecturers in educational institutions.

OBJECTIVES

3.1 To provide a supportive environment for both theoretical and applied approaches and for open, critical debate on the role of film and performing arts worldwide. (i.e. To provide a teaching, rehearsal and performance space for realizing the union of theory and practice).

3.2 To engage students in the creative and critical practices of performance and screen studies in a comprehensive and broadly-based manner within a collaborative and rigorous learning environment.

3.3 To equip graduates personally and educationally for a variety of careers and their further development by realizing their creative potential and developing their critical faculties and transferable skills.

3.4 To foster creativity and research skills that will deepen and extend knowledge of performance and screen studies in theory and in practice both within and beyond the curriculum.

3.5 To develop and advance theoretical, critical and creative aspects of performance and screen studies.

 

Entry Requirements

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Normal Entry
4.1.1 For normal entry into the Department of Film and Theatre Arts Studies (HFTA), candidates must satisfy the normal entry requirements specified in the Faculty Regulations and the General Regulations. In so doing must satisfy the following requirements:

4.1.2 Must have obtained at least five ‘O’ Level passes or the equivalent, including English language. Must have obtained a pass in any two ‘A’ Level subjects.

4.1.3 In addition to the above, the Department may have auditions in order to test a student’s engagement with film and/ or theatre. Evidence of a real commitment to film and/ or acting and a long-standing interest in theatre and knowledge of a range of theatrical forms and genres will be an added advantage.

 

Regulations

INTRODUCTION

1.1   These regulations should be read in conjunction with the University’s General Academic Regulations for Undergraduate and Postgraduate degree programmes, hereinafter referred to as the General Regulations.

1.2  The Department of Film and Theatre Arts is concerned with Film and the performing arts with special reference to Film and Theatre in  Zimbabwe and Africa in particular and the world in general. It has the capacity, not only to develop student and staff productions to the best of international standards, but to create productions, performances and exhibitions that bring a wider range of intellectual, cultural and historical interests onto the proscenium, holding them up to both a local and a world audience

2. CAREER PROSPECTS

Acting, directing, scenic designing, lighting and stage management, as well as being producers, editors of dramatic performances, media Industry, human resources departments, public relations, NGOs, civic society etc. In addition, graduates can also become teachers and lecturers in educational institutions.

3. OBJECTIVES

3.1 To provide a supportive environment for both theoretical and applied approaches and for open, critical debate on the role of film and performing arts worldwide. ( i.e. To provide a teaching, rehearsal and performance space for realizing the union of theory and practice).

3.2 To engage students in the creative and critical practices of performance and screen studies in a comprehensive and broadly-based manner within a collaborative and rigorous learning environment.

3.3 To equip graduates personally and educationally for a variety of careers and their further development by realizing their creative potential and developing their critical faculties and transferable skills.

3.4 To foster creativity and research skills that will deepen and extend knowledge of performance and screen studies in theory and in practice both within and beyond the curriculum.

3.5 To develop and advance theoretical, critical and creative aspects of performance and screen studies.

 

Research

 

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