THEATRE ARTS DEPARTMENT


MISSION AND GOALS OF THE DEPARTMENT
The prior mission of Theatre Arts Department at Wolkite University is to develop the skills, craft, knowledge and imagination of its students within a liberal arts context. This broad preparation at the undergraduate level develops the foundation for any theatre specialization. Our aim is to help our students acquire the skills necessary to succeed in their future pursuits. The curriculum includes courses in performance, design/technology, dramatic literature/theatre history, directing, acting and playwriting among others. An integral part of a student’s training is regular participation in our season of theatrical productions. As on-campus performances are open to the public and touring performances reach thousands of local school children each year, enhancing the quality of life of the community is also a very important part of the Theatre Arts Department’s mission.
PROGRAM GOALS
To prepare students for career opportunities in theatre and related fields.
To develop skills in cooperation, communication, and collaboration through the theatrical process.
To develop critical thinking and writing skills through the study of theatre’s contribution to civilization
To prepare students to work independently in a disciplined and productive manner.
EXPECTATIONS
This is a professional theatre training program. Our mission is to train theatre practitioners ready for the professional world or advanced studies. Theatre students are expected to approach their work seriously and to conduct themselves in a manner reflecting professional standards and attitudes. An attitude that reflects mutual respect for fellow students, instructors, and guest artists is mandatory. Theatre students of the Wolkite University must take full responsibility for their work.
 
I.      Degree and/or Qualification: The Degree of Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts.
II.    Duration/Study Type: Four Years/Full time.
III. Study Program Language:English and Amharic
IV. Entry Requirements: Students who join the Bachelor of Arts program are those who meet the University’s admission criteria and prove their interest and talent through audition and written examination.
 
V.   Graduation Requirements
 Students registered in the Department   must take a total of 240 ECTS. A student is required to have a minimum CGPA of 2.00 upon graduation without any Fx and F grade in any of the modules/courses.
VI. Course Breakdown
Year I Semester I

Module Code

Module Title

ECTS

Category

Course Code

Course Title

ECTS

ThAr 2011

Survey of Theatre / Drama

16

Core

ThAr 2011

Survey of world theatre

5

 

ThAr 2012

Theatre in Africa

5

ThAr 2013

Survey of Modern Theatre in Ethiopia

5

ThAr 2021

Acting for Stage

9

Core

ThAr 2021

Fundamentals of Acting

5

ThAr 2022

Advanced Acting

5

EnLa 2011

Communicative English

5

common

EnLa 2011

Communicative English

5

Year I Semester II

Module Code

Module Title

ECTS

Category

Course Code

Course Title

ECTS

ThAr 2031

Play Writing

8

Core

ThAr 1031-1

Dramatic technique

5

10

Core

ThAr 1031-2

Writing for stage

5

ThAr 1031-3

Writing for screen

5

8

Core

ThAr 1031-4

Writing for Radio

5

ITec1012

 

 

 

ITec 1012

IT

5

Enla 2013

Basic Writing Skill

5

Common

Enla 2013

Basic Writing Skill

5

Year II semester I

Module Code

Module Title

ECTS

Category

Course Code

Course Title

ECTS

ThAr 2011

Production Design and Technology

10

Core

ThAr 2011-1

Scene and light

5

ThAr 2011-2

Makeup, costume, props and sound

5

 

 

5

General

 

Civic and ethical Education

5

 

Directing

15

Core

Directing for stage

Directing for stage

5

Directing for electronics media

Directing for electronics media

5

Directing practicum

Directing practicum

5

 
Year II Semester II
 

Module Code

Module Title

ECTS

Category

Course Code

Course Title

ECTS

ThAr 2031

Art appreciation

 

20

Core

ThAr2031-1

Aesthetics

5

ThAr 2031-2

Basics of painting and drawing

5

Core

ThAr 2031-3

Basics of Music

5

Core

ThAr 2031-4

Basics of Dance

5

ThAr2041

Art management & Entrepreneurship

10

core

ThAr2041-1

Art management

5

ThAr2041-2

Entrepreneurship

5

Year III Semester I

Module Code

Module Title

ECTS

Category

Course Code

Course Title

ECTS

ThAr 3011

Theatre specials

20

Core

ThAr 3011-1

Musical Theatre

5

ThAr3011-2

Youth & children theatre

5

ThAr3011-3

Traditional theatre

5

ThAr3011-4

Theatre for development

5

 

 

10

Common

 

Logic

5

 

Psychology

5

Year III Semester II

Module Code

Module Title

ECTS

Category

Course Code

Course Title

ECTS

ThAr3021

Dramatic criticism

15

Core

ThAr 3021-1

Theory of criticism

5

ThAr 3021-2

Critical reading

5

ThAr 3021-3

Critical analysis of Productions

5

 

ThAr 3031

Dramaturgy

15

Core

 

ThAr3031-1

Practice of Dramaturge

5

 

ThAr 3031-2

Research

5

ThAr3031-3

Translation

5

 
Year IV Semester I

Module Code

Module Title

ECTS

Category

Course Code

Course Title

ECTS

ThAr 4011

Public communication

 

15

 

Core

ThAr 4021-1

Mass communication

5

ThAr 4021-2

Public Attachment

10

ThAr 4021

Senior Essay/

Project

15

Core

 

ThAr 4021-1

 

 

 

15

Year IV Semester II

Module Code

Module Title

EtCTS

Category

Course Code

Course Title

ECTS

ThAr4031

 

Productions

 

30

 

Core

ThAr 4031-1

Stage play

15

ThAr 4031-2

Television & Film productions

10

ThAr4031-3

Radio production

5

1SURVEY OF THATER MODULE

Module Name

Survey of Theatre

Module Code

Thar 1011

Clustered Course Name

  • Survey of world theatre ThAr 1011-1
  • Survey of African Theatre  ThAr1011-2
  • Survey of Ethiopian theatre ThAr 1011-3

ECTS

15

Total Module Study Hour

405 hours

Module Description
This module comprises   of three theoretical courses. Namely: survey of world theatre, survey of African theatre and survey of Ethiopian Theatre. as the name by itself indicates, this courses discusses all historical background of theatre and their development still now.
Module Objectives
After successful completion of this module, students will be familiar with the historical development of world, African and Ethiopian theatre.   
Competency
After studying this course students will be able to
Clearly identify the origin of theatre
Describe theatre structure of each period
Elaborate the popular practitioners of theatre
Understand the different country theatre there writing script styles and performance
Know historical background of African Theatre
Know the effect of ritual ceremonies for African Theater
Be  familiar with different African theater writers  and their works
Know how, where and by whom modern theatre started in Ethiopia
2ACTING MODULE

Module Name

Acting

Module Code

Thar 1011

Clustered Course Name

  • Fundamentals of acting ThAr 1011-1
  • Advanced Acting  ThAr1011-2

ECTS

10

Total Module Study Hour

270hours

 Module Description
This module comprises   of two practical courses. namely: fundamentals of Acting and advance acting. both courses clustered under this module  designed to    introduce students with basic practical skills, techniques and Art of acting. thus ; relaxation, concentration, imagination ,different style of acting..,...etc
Module Objectives
After successful completion of this module, students will get necessary theoretical and operational acting skills.   
Competency
Understand key concepts of acting.
Appreciate, evaluate and analyze different acting styles.
Understand the major theoretical and practical perspectives of acting.
 
 
3 PLAYWRITING MODULE

Module Name

Playwriting

Module Code

ThAr1012

Clustered Course

  • Dramatic Tequnique-1012-1 
  • Writing for Stage-1012-2
  • Writing for Screen-1012-3
  • Writing for Radio-1012-4

ECTS

20

Total Module Study Hour

540 hours (135 hours for each course)

Module Description
This module entitled “Playwriting” is made up of four consecutive courses. The courses encompassed in the module are, “Dramatic Techniques”, “Writing for Stage”, “Writing for Screen” and “Writing for Radio”.
The module will provide deep insight on the overall aspects of playwriting for different media. Accordingly the courses in the module are highly interconnected and are strongly supportive for one another.
The module should be finalized in a semester. The courses in the module will be delivered as per the time division of the department (16 weeks). Students shall register no ‘F’ grade in any of the courses in order to carry on the module throughout the semester and attain the best out of each course.
The module in each of its courses demand writing practicum of different genres in every single medium. And every student is expected to write his/her own original story for stage, screen and radio medium. Hence students will accomplish their first professional scratch on playwriting. In addition this module will provide major theatre styles, the use of punctuation marks, theatre genres, structures of theatre and theatre conventions among others.
ModuleObjectives
To enhance students capacity of creating new stories for different medium.
To offer students a comprehensive understanding on playwriting for different media.
To deliver clear information about the features of stage, screen and radio medium and their elements.
To familiarize students with the elements, genres, structures, and styles of play.
4 PRODUCTION DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY MODULE.

Module Name

Production Design and Technology

Module Code

ThAr2011

Clustered Courses

 

1. Scene and Light Design   (ThAr2011-1) – 5 ECTS

2. Sound, Costume, Prop, and makeup design  (ThAr2011-2) – 5ECTS

ECTS

10

Total Module Study Hour

270hours (135 hours for each course)

 
 
 
Module Description
This module encompasses two courses: “Scene and light design”, And “sound , costume, prop and makeup design”. The module provides a fairly complete introduction to most aspect of technical theatre; given mainly in general sense but supplemented with specific topics related to stage theatre.
The first course start by introducing the stage: types of stage and their feature, then emphasize in  elements and principles of scene and  light design.
The second course offers the opportunity to learn, develop, and practice the art of sound , costume, prop and make up design by concentrates specifically on the processes, skills, and disciplines of design for theatre performance. Furthermore, students will read several plays and examine ways in which theater design can suggest meaning and interpretation of the script. Students will learn basic design elements and principles of composition through interactive, collaborative projects and exercises in addition to critically analyzing other designers' works from a broad spectrum of design styles. Emphasis will be placed on creativity, discovery, analysis, and collaboration.
Module Objective
At the end of the module students will be able to explain the purpose of technical design for theatre; identify the various technical aspects of theatre in production. Students will create abstract drawings utilizing elements and principles of Scene design and Stage lighting.
Competency
 
Students turn in a complete and entirely justified rationale for design concept.
Explore scenic design for the theater.
Apply stage craft skills on theatre productions.
Design and operate Light and sound systems.
 Design and make theatrical properties and maintain play integrity.
Criticize theatre productions with the basis of design and technology concepts.
 
5DIRECTING MODULE

Module Name

Directing

Module Code

ThAr2021

Clustered Courses

 

  1. ThAr2021-1: Directing for stag
  2. ThAr2021-2: Directing for Eectronic media
  3. ThAr2021-3: Directing Practicum

ECTS

15

Total Module Study Hour

405 hours (135 hours for each course)

 
 
 
 Module Description
This module encompasses three courses. Namely: Directing for stage, Directing for electronic media and directing practicum. With an emphasis on the collaborative process, the Directing Module's purpose is to develop students with a solid foundation in the components of production and the interpretation of text, learn the specific language of theatre and electronic media and express their own vision through strong theatricality, clear scenic situations, visual metaphors and innovative concepts. Individuals are encouraged to make challenging choices, to break down barriers, and to create exciting, meaningful theatre and film
 Module Objectives
An examination of the fundamentals of directing stage play and electronic media drama/films/ including a history of the arts, directorial text analysis, conceptual styles and approaches, and general problem-solving. Course format is a combination of theoretical lecture and practical lab experiences.
Module Competency
 
Understand the theoretical and practical principles of directing
Demonstrate the knowledge of the role and responsibility of a director.
Identify the basic skill needed in different Drama medium.
Understand Major Variation of Directing styles.
 
6  ART APPRECIATION MODULE

Module Name

Art Appreciation

Module Code

ThAr2031

Clustered Courses

 

ThAr2031-1: Aesthetics- 5 EtCTS

ThAr2031-2: Basics of Painting  -5 EtCTS

ThAr2031-3 :Basics of Music-5EtCTS

ThAr2031-4 :Basics of Dance-5EtCTS

Module EtCTS

20

Total Module Study Hour

512 hours

 
 Module Description
This module comprises of four courses, namely Aesthetics, Basics of painting, and Basics of Music & Basics of Dance.
 The first course in the module deals about aesthetic concepts, values and beauty which found in artistic works.
The second course is basics of painting. It gives theoretical and practical hints of painting.
Thirdly, there is a course called basics of music that states on fundamentals of music, voice & articulation. At last, a course entitled basics of dance comes and gives the knowledge of basic step of traditional Ethiopian dance and common modern dance. 
Module Objectives
After completing this module students will be able to identify aesthetic qualities of any artistic work & create beauty in their imaginative work. In addition, students will be mentally relaxed, physically flexible. At the same time, they can articulate their voice for performance/speech and paint scene or background for theatre/film production.
Competency
Understand and familiar with the concept of aesthetics & beauty
Practice scene painting & decoration
Articulating smart voice & speaks clear/audible speech
Mental & physical fitness for stage/screen performance
 
7. THEATRE SPECIALS MODULE

Module Name

Theatre Specials

Module Code

ThAr3011

Clustered Courses

 

1.Musical Theatre   (ThAr3011-1) – 5 ECTS

2. Youth and children Theatre (ThAr3011-2) – 5ECTS

3. Traditional Theatre.(ThAr3011-3) 5ECTS

4. Theatre For Development.(ThAr3011-4) 5ECTS

ECTS

20

Total Module Study Hour

540 hours (135 hours for each course)

Module Description
This module augmenting four courses. Musical Theatre   (ThAr3011-1) , Youth and children Theatre (ThAr3011-2) , Traditional Theatre,.(ThAr3011-3),Theatre For Development. (ThAr3011-4), a dynamic theatre program dedicated to developing students who are able to bridge creative artistic practice with contemporary theories on those theatre forms.
 In teaching and learning as well as entertaining functions in our ever-changing multicultural society. The module is designed through eclectic and holistic approach allows students to develop multiple skill sets that can be used to travel down a variety of different career paths; performance, creation, education and art administration in those theatre specials.
Module Objective
At the end of the module students will be able to explain the basic features of forms of theatre specials: Musical theatre, Traditional Theatre, Youth and Children theatre and theatre For Development. Furthermore, Students will able to practice writing, performing, directing, and managing in those theatre productions. Also students will able to conduct research on those theatre forms.
Competency
Identify the basic technical elements of each special forms of theatre.
Write a dramatic script, perform, direct, and manage special forms of theatres.
Conduct research in the area of musical theatre, traditional theatre, youth and children theatre, and theatre for development.
Criticize theatre productions of special forms in their own perspective.
8 DRAMATIC CRITICISM MODULE

Module Name

  1. 1.   Dramatic Criticism

Module Code

ThAr3021

Clustered Courses

 

ThAr3021-1: Theory of criticism-5EtCTS

ThAr3021-2 Critical reading-5EtCTS

ThAr3021-3: Critical analysis of Productions-5EtCTS

Module EtCTS

15

Total Module Study Hour

516 hours 

 Module Description
This module is composed by three courses. These are Theory of criticism, critical reading & critical analysis of productions.
Module Objectives
After completing these module students will be able to criticize literary works, read & analyze dramas which are written in any period and attend productions critically. 
Competency
Students  can  do criticism
Students can know dramatic styles from classical to modern
Students can do analysis on different productions(stage, radio, TV/screen)
9. DRAMATURGY MODULES

Module Name

Dramaturgy

Module Code

ThAr3031

Clustered Courses

 

ThAr3031-1 :Practice of Dramaturge-5EtCTS

ThAr3031-2 :Research  methodology & report writing-5EtCTS

ThAr3031-3 :Translation-5EtCTS

Module EtCTS

15

Total Module Study Hour

381 hours 

 
 Module Description
This module is composed by three courses. These are practice of dramaturge, research methodology & report writing and translation.
 Module Objectives
After completing this module students will be able to familiar with the concept & practice of dramaturge, research methods & report writing. At the same time, the module can produce translators.
Competency
Students can practice dramaturge
Students can do research
Students can translate from language to language
10. PUBLIC COMMUNICATIONMODULE

Module Name

Public communication

Module Code

ThAr4011

Clustered Courses

 

1. Mass communication (ThAr4011-1) - 5ECTS

2. Public attachment (ThAr4011-2) – 10ECTS

ECTS

15

Total Module Study Hour

305

Module Description
This module encompasses two courses: i.e. Mass communication and Public attachment. Mass communication is designed for students who need to learn basic concept in the discipline of mass communication.
They will acquire the basic knowledge about the communication field. The course equally empowers to join intellectual discourse on the nature, functions and effects of mass communication in the society .On the other hand, Public attachment course, Final year students will give Theoretical lectures on playwriting, Acting and Directing to high school students, Kebele youth association, and Private Theater clubs.
They also involve in practical assignment. They first select one act plays and other materials; cast trainees; Produce variety show; present the performance to school community and produce report about the entire activities.
Module Objective
At the end of the course, student should be able: 
Ø  Be fully exposed to the rudiments and basics of mass communication as a sub set of human communication.
Ø  Be acquainted with the contents and characteristics of various types of media of mass communication as well as its adjunct.
Ø  Have been exposed to various forms, models, elements and nature of mass communication.
Doing one act play.
Competency
Ø  This is a course that ushers you into the discipline of mass communication and gives you a concise and appreciable understanding of the concept of mass communication and its position and role in the society.
Ø  The course is packaged on a global scale with a view to positioning the students on a pedestal that would make them at par with any entrant into the field of mass communication anywhere in the world.
 
11. SENIOR ESSAY/PROJECT MODULE

Module Name

Senior Essay/project

Module Code

ThAr4021

Course Name

Senior Essay/project

Course Code

ThAr4021-1

ECTS

5

Total Module Study Hour

135

 Module/ Course Description
The module concentrated on how to do undergraduate programme research paper, especially Theatre arts and Film discipline. In addition, based on the theoretical aspects   students did research paper.
Module/Course Objectives
The aim of this module to aspirate for students to do research oriented Artistic works.
Understand the steps through which the research process progresses and knowledge of the purposes and functions of each these steps for the whole research and using the finding of the research as problem solving tools on the area of the research’s.
 
Competency/Learning Outcomes
Up on successful completion of this module, students will be able to:
Identify different artistic works critically and criticize based on professional point of view.
Understand artistic research works what look like.
In Ethiopia different traditional ceremony practiced but it couldn’t dramatize due to lack of knowledge in Drama.Therefore, in order to protect the culture students do research oriented cultural drama.
Comprehend the major methods of  research
Apply  Artistic research methods to the study of Theater arts and Film studies
Analyze the problems of various theatrical and film making issues in the field and put the finding.
 
12. PRODUCTIONS MODULE

Module Name

Productions

Module Code

ThAr 4031

Clustered Courses

 

1.ThAr4031-1stageproduction                                              2.ThAr4031-2Tvandfilmproduction                           3.ThAr 4031-3Radio production

Module ECTS

30

Total Module Study Hour

900 hours

 
 Module Description
This module comprises   of three production courses. Namely: stage production,film andTV production and Radio Production. All courses comprises under this module have both theoretical and practical contents that help students to implement theoretical science of the medium to practical. 
The first course in the module is stage production. it is full of practical content  course ,which involve  different kind of  practical  rehearsal periods. Starting from play selection up to final stage production.
The Second course under this module film and Television production (FTV), which is designed to familiarize students with both theoretical and operational knowledge ofscreen medium.
The third course clustered under this module is radio production. This course basically involves the uniqueness of radio production Skills as an art form, in contrast with others. Moreover, the way of making radio production, the basic element of the medium will be looked at.
 Module Objectives
After successful completion of this module, students will get necessary theoretical and operational skills of stage, film, and television and radio production.   
Competency
Understand key concepts of production.
Appreciate, evaluate and analyze productions.
Understand the major theoretical and practical perspectives of theatre, TV, film and radio productions.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Staff Profile
 
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Amina Kumel
Sara Mohammed
Asteway Mellese
Worku Muluneh
Shikur Nasser
Minyahel Teshome
Temesgen Shitaye
Abule Debebe
 
Student’s Profile
 
Year I- 40
Year II- 46
Year III- 24
Year IV- 17
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Contact

Asteway Mellese
Director, public and international relations
Wolkite University
Wolkite, 07
Ethiopia
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Contact

Tamru Demsis (Ph.D)
Ac/V/President
Wolkite University, 07
Wolkite, 07
Ethiopia
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