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Are Polytechnics Offering Theatre/Performing Arts?

Let's get something out of the way. Some admission seekers have been calling and texting to know if they can study Theatre/Performing Arts in Polytechnics.

They want to consider Performing or Dramatic Arts in the UTME or during the change of institutions and courses. Yet, they're not sure the polytechnics offering the course they can consider.

And if you've been following me, you must have read about the list of universities offering theatre/performing arts and the colleges of education that have the course too.

As a result, there is the need to clear the air on a confusing matter which will answer the question of whether polytechnics are offering drama, film, or dramatic Arts.

Polytechnics Are Not Offering Theatre and Performing Arts

No polytechnic (at least not yet), in Nigeria, is offering theatre art to date. Be it film, drama, or dramatic art, no polytechnic (federal, state, or private is offering performing arts.

The reason for this is not far-fetched. Polytechnics are originally established to offer engineering and related courses e.g Mechanical Engineering, Agricultural Engineering, Electrical Engineering, etc.

Whereas, of course, some have deviated, thereby offering pure sciences such as Nutrition and Dietetics, commercial such as Accountancy, Business, Administration, etc.

However, to date, no polytechnic has chosen to include Theatre/Performing art in its courses. Therefore, the course remains with the universities and colleges of education.

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Polytechnics' Art Courses Are Limited to A few

Speaking of deviation from other non-engineering courses by the polytechnics, some have also included some popular art courses. Theatre Arts, without further explanation, is obviously an art course. Yet, below is the list of art courses you can find in the polytechnics in the meantime.

  1. Mass Communication
  2. Public Administration
  3. Local Government Studies
  4. Library and Information Managemen/Science
  5. Office Technology Management (more of Social Science than Art)

Don't Confuse Art and Design With other Art Courses

A few students had confirmed they read that some polytechnics were offering Theatre Arts. And I was quick to notice that they're mistaken Arts and Design for Theatre Arts.

Hell, no. They're not the same!

Art and Design or Industrial Design is a science course. And has nothing to do with the act of drama and dramatic art.

To clarify this further, Art/Design requires, from SSCE, five (5) SSCE credit passes in English Language, Fine Art, Mathematics and any two (2) of the following: History/Government, Chemistry/Physical Science, Biology/Agricultural Science, Literature in English, Clothing, and Textiles, Religious Knowledge, Economics/Commerce, Geography, Home Economics.

Checking through that, you can see that the course is science and not Threatre Art which requires five (5) SSCE/O'level credit passes to include English Language, Literature in English, and three Arts or relevant subjects


The only thing that doesn't change is the change itself. It's possible, sooner or later, we have some polytechnics that will be offering Theatre Arts. I will be sure to update this post, if any, in the future. You may need to subscribe to this blog for such updates. In the meantime, you can consider any of the available universities and colleges of education as alternatives.

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