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Direct Entry Requirements For Theatre/Performing Arts

Seeking admission into universities offering Theatre/Performing Arts at the 200 level is different from that of 100 level. For the latter, you're an SSCE holder who is required to obtain JAMB UTME, pick the right subject combination, sit for the exam and meet the required cut-off mark by the proposed university.


But for the former, you can fall into the category of holders of:


  1. Joint Universities Preliminary Examinations Board (JUPEB)
  2. Interim Joint Matriculation Board Examination (IJMBE)
  3. National Diploma (ND)
  4. Nigeria Certificate in Education (NCE)
  5. Higher National Diploma (HND)
  6. Bachelor of Science (BSC)
  7. and other school-owned diplomas


This post is meant for those seeking direct entry admissions into the universities offering Theater Arts. Hence, candidates who want to use UTME/SSCE should consider checking SSCE/UTME Subjects for Performing/Theatre Arts Admissions instead.


NOTE: The term A'level, in this post, usually refers to advanced courses which include the IJMB, JUPEB, etc

Direct Entry (DE) Admission Requirements for Theater and Performing Arts

JAMB, for all the concerned universities, requires applicants to possess at least two (2) ‘A’ Level passes in Arts, Social Sciences or Science subjects. In order to expatiate further, below is the direct entry admission requirements by each university that offers drama/dramatic Arts.

  1. Ahmadu Bello University (ABU Zaria Kaduna State accepts Two ‘A’ level passes in English, Performing Arts, Journalism, Mass Communication, Creative Arts, Music and Dance, Literature in English, or any Nigerian Language at IJMB/ NCE, or a minimum of Merit at Diploma. Candidates with Diploma must also possess pass in Literature in English. General English/Use of English at NCE satisfies’ O’ level English requirement.
  2. University of Abuja (UNIABUJA) accepts: a) a minimum of ten (10) points in NCE or ND upper credit in addition to the SSCE requirements OR two (2) ‘A’ Level passes including Literature in English and one other Arts subject. b) NCE merit or ND upper credit in Theatre Arts with four (4) ‘O’ Level credit passes.
  3. University of Benin (UNIBEN) Benin City, Edo State requires two (2) 'A' Level passes in GCE or HSC or its equivalent in any two (2)Arts subjects. It accepts NCE merit in Music from a recognised institution.
  4. Bowen University Iwo, Osun State requires 'A' Level pass in Literature in English.
  5. Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) Ile-Ife Osun State requires 'A' Level pass in Literature in English or Yoruba
  6. University of Benin (UNIBEN) Benin City, Edo State requires 'A' Level pass in Literature in English.
  7. Delta State University, Abraka (DELSU) Delta State requires 'A' Level pass in Literature in English. Also accepts a) NCE (Merit and above in Theatre Arts or Drama. b) Diploma (Upper Credit and above) in related Arts, (English &    Literary Studies, Music, Fine and Applied    Arts and Mass Communication) may be admitted into the Direct Entry Programme.
  8. University of Calabar (UNICAL), Calabar Cross River State accepts a) ND credit in Mass Communication. b)       ND in Mass Communication, Business Management, or Statistics from reputable institutions.
  9. University of Jos (UNIJOS) Plateau State accepts certificate in Drama, Theatre Arts - Mass Communication and Music. 'A' Level passes to include Literature in English, plus the SSCErequirements.
  10. Federal University of Oye Ekiti (FUOYE), Oye Ekiti, Ekiti State accepts two (2) ‘A’ Level passes or NCE in two (2) arts subjects and a Diploma in Theatre Arts or Mass Communications.
  11. University of Ilorin (UNILORIN), Ilorin Kwara State requires ‘A’ Level candidates to possess English Language and Literature in English at 'O' Level credit passes.
  12. University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT) Port Harcourt, Rivers State accepts A/level passes in GCE or HSC or IJMB or JUPEB in two (2) Art or Social Science subjects including SSCE  entry requirements
  13. National Film Institute (NFI), Jos, Plateau State. (Affl To University Of Jos) accepts 'A' Level/IJMB pass in two (2) or three (3) ‘A’ Level passes and other certificates in Drama, Mass Communication,  Journalism with three (3) 'O' Level credit passes in relevant subjects including Literature in English.
  14. Kwara State University (KWASU), Malete, Ilorin Kwara State accepts a) Two (2) ‘A’ Level passes in Arts and one Social Science subject. b) ND upper credit in visual or Theatre Arts. NCE merit in English language, Literature in English and any Arts subject. c) NCE merit in music and any other Arts subject.
  15. Lagos State University (LASU), Ojo Lagos State accepts a) NCE merit in Theatre, Performing, Creative or Communication Arts of recognised institutions plus five (5) 'O' Level credit passes to include English Language at not more than two (2) sittings. b) A recognized certificate in Dramatic Arts plus one other certificate in the Humanities from a recognized Institution or 'A' Level pass in any other subject plus five (5) 'O' Level credit passes including English Language.
  16. Niger Delta University (NDU), Wilberforce Island, Bayelsa State accepts ‘A’ Level pass in Literature in English or NCE merit, and in one other Arts subject, Fine and Industrial Arts or Theatre Arts
  17. Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU), Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State accepts two (2) 'A' Level passes in Arts, Social Sciences or Science subjects. Also accepts ND upper credit and NCE merit in Theatre/Performing/Creative/Communication/Music/ Fine and Applied Arts and other relevant progammes from recognised Institutions. The university may also conduct an audition before selection
  18. Plateau State University, Bokkos (PLASU), Plateau States accepts a) Degree in any programme provided the candidate meets 'the SSCE requirements. b) HND lower credit in a relevant programme, with the SSCE requirements. c) ND lower credit in a relevant programme, with the SSCE requirements. d) IJMB seven (7) points in relevant subjects alongside the SSCE requirements.
  19. Redeemer's University Ede Osun State requires Literature in English and any other Arts subject.
  20. University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN), Nsukka, Enugu State accepts a) ND/NCE either in Theatre Arts or any other relevant subjects or ‘A’ Level pass in Literature in English b) ND in Mass Communication, Fine and Applied Arts, Electrical/Elect. Engineering, Music, Management and other relevant programs, plus the SSCE requirements.
  21. University of Uyo (UNIUYO) Uyo, Akwa Ibom State accepts ND upper credit, HND lower credit and NCE merit in any relevant programme/subjects plus the SSCE requirements.
  22. Bayero University Kano (BUK), Kano, Kano State requires two (2) ‘A’ level passes in Language and any other Arts subject.
  23. Federal University of Lafia (FULAFIA) Nasarawa State accepts In addition to the SSCE requirements, DE Candidates must have any of the following: 2 GCE (Advanced Level) lower credit passes or its equivalent. Merit pass at the NCE level and Diploma at Lower credit in Theatre Arts, Creative Arts, Journalism, Mass Communication, Music, Dance or Fine Arts. In rare circumstances, considerations could be given to applicants who are established professional artistes (choreographers, instrumentalists, performers in various fields of Theatre and talented Folk Artistes). IJMB: Minimum of 9 points
  24. Kaduna State University (KASU), Kaduna, Kaduna State requires the Two ‘A’ passes to include Literature in English and one other Arts subjects merit pass including English provided they merit ‘O’ Level requirements. ND/HND Upper Credit in related field and IJMB 7 points and above.
  25. Rivers State University (RVSU or RSU), formerly Rivers State University of Science and Technology (RSUST), Diobu area of Port Harcourt, Rivers State accepts Admission into Year Ill; Degree relevant to the Programme. HND (Upper Credit) relevant to the Programme from a recognized Institution. Admission to Year II;(OND/ND (Upper Credit) relevant to the discipline. HND (Lower Credit) relevant to the Programme. In addition, all such candidates above must also satisfy the SSCE entry requirements.

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