DEPARTMENT OF CREATIVE ARTS
In 1975, the University of Lagos established a Centre for Cultural Studies as a research and arts centre with sub-departments of Music and Fine Arts. The Music component later developed into a full fledged department based in the Faculty of Arts while the Fine Arts section did not really take off as the pioneer staff recruited (Dr. Richards and Omabegho) did not stay for long.
In 1987, following a rationalization exercise, the Music department was merged with the Centre for Cultural Studies; the B.A. Music programme was consequently phased out. Subsequently, the Centre began a one-year Certificate programme in Creative Arts incorporating studies in Music, Theatre Arts and Visual Arts. In December 1997, the Centre was phased out and a Department of Creative Arts established to run the B.A. programme in Creative Arts.
The B.A. Programme in Creative Arts incorporating studies in Music, Theatre Arts and Visual Arts is conceived as an interdisciplinary programme located in cosmopolitan Lagos, the cultural capital of Nigeria. It aims at producing graduates of the Creative Arts (Music, Theatre Arts and Visual Arts) who would be articulate and competent both in an international sense and also in their own African tradition. The programme has incorporated some relevant courses from the departments of English and Philosophy as well as other relevant disciplines in the University. The introduction of the programme has no doubt enhanced the relevance and prestige of the University of Lagos. At the end of the first Semester of Year III, the students of the Visual Arts Unit are exposed to work experience through participation in SIWES - Student Industrial Work Experience Scheme.
Programme/Sub-Discipline/Philosophy and objectives
The aims and objectives of the programme leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree in Creative Arts of the University of Lagos will, inter allia include:
1. To prepare and produce graduates of the Creative Arts (Music, Theatre Arts and Visual Arts) who would be articulate and competent both in an international sense and also in their own African tradition.
2. To prepare and produce graduates who would be self-reliant and self-employed in the research, practice and or teaching of their own artistic heritage and to enable them use this heritage in the creation of New artistic forms which could represent a manifestation of the artistic genius of Nigeria and other African Peoples.
3. To lay foundation for further studies (especially at postgraduate levels) in Creative Arts, leading to specialization in Music, Theatre Arts and Visual Arts research and teaching at the tertiary level and other functions in such places as Research Institutes, Museums, Arts Councils, etc.