Cognizant of the role of culture in the sustenance of a society, and realizing the need for a dynamic self-sustaining Theatre and Film industry that will employ thousands of Kenyan creative and performing artists, the department was started in 2008 to train actors, directors, choreographers, designers, photographers, script writers, managers and producers.

The department of Theatre Arts and  Film Technology offers an innovative, undergraduate programme leading to a B. A. in  Theatre Arts and Film Technology.  This rich and diverse programme seeks to explores two of the most popular art forms of this century in the larger context of humanistic studies.  At the same time, it encourages students to look at moving images from the vantage point of other disciplines.  To this end, the Theatre Arts and Film Studies programmes cooperate with a number of other departments and programmes on campus offering courses from Art and Design, Music, Literature, English, Kiswahili, Gender Studies, History,  Psychology, Anthropology and Political Science.

Graduate courses in the area of Theatre Arts and Film Technology are instrumental in preparing students for employment in the television and motion picture, a career as an independent producer, or entry into the teaching profession.

The department is actively involved in linkages with various institutions and Organizations such as: Kenya Film Commission, Kenya Institute of Mass Communication, Film Department of Kenya, Arusha Film Festival, Filamu, Kenya International Film Festival, African Council of Religious Studies, University of Cincinnati, U.S.A, University of Dodoma, Tanzania, Multi-Media University, and other likeminded organizations.

The department offers a total 89 units in both Film studies and Theatre Art in the undergraduate programme and 47 units in the M.A. programme.

Key areas of research for students include, but not limited to the following areas:

  • Acting (for stage and for film)
  • Cinematography
  • Directing (Film and Stage Play)
  • Screenwriting & Playwriting
  • Film production
  • Photography and design
  • TV Production
  • Advertising
  • Camera Operations
  • Radio Broadcasting Techniques
  • Editing
  • Costume Design and Make Up
  • Animation
  • Sound and Lighting
  • Computer graphics
  • Visual Effects

The department has seven (7) fulltime members of academic staff who specialize in various areas of theatre and Film. The department is also served by a number of adjunct faculty.

The department is in the process of reviewing its curriculum and developing new programmes – Certificate in Animation, Diploma in Animation and Bachelor of Animation - which are scheduled to be implemented during the 1st semester 2014/15 academic year.

Currently, the department has more than 300 hundred students and is the largest department in terms of student numbers in the School of Visual and Performing Arts. The pioneer class of twelve (12) graduated in December 2012. Most of the members of this class are pursuing their Master's Degree course. Continuing students are cutting a niche for themselves and a number are involved in scriptwriting for or acting in popular TV Kenyan dramas such: Machachari, Tahidi High, Mother-in-Law, Nairobi Law, among others. Theatre specialists are actively involved in acting and / or directing plays at the Alliance Francaise in Nairobi, Kenya; among other venues.

Graduates from this department may work in many areas including the following:

  1. In the entertainment field as directors, actors, actresses and technicians in theatre and Film
  2. Employment in the media houses (Television, Print and Radio.)
  3. In the education ministry as Tutors
  4. Self-employment
  5. In the Ministry of Information.
  6. In cultural centres and institutions


  • Bachelor of Arts(Theatre Arts and Film Technology)
  • Bachelor of Arts(Film Technology)

These are same as those for admissions to the School of Visual and performing Arts.

There will be three categories of students:
The students who will be admitted through the Joint Admissions Board [JAB] or Self-sponsored programme whose entry requirement will be laid down by University Requirements and
the direct entry students will be required to have at least a Diploma in Film or Mass communication, or a Diploma in Education and proven Theatre Arts experience or, Holders of Diploma in Theatre Arts. Read More



  • M.A. in Theatre Arts and Film Technology

Master of Arts in Theatre Arts and Master of Arts in Film studies are offered separately as distinctive degree programs. The programs lead to general graduate degrees, though there are opportunities, through electives and thesis or research topics, to stress a particular interest such as acting, design, dramatic writing or theatre history and criticism. Note that the Master of Arts is a research-oriented degree. Read More


  • Doctor of Philosophy in Theatre Arts and Film Technology. 

The Doctor of philosophy in Theatre is an innovative program that offers an international, cross-cultural exploration of Theatre in all its manifestations. The goal of the program is to produce scholars confident in both the theory and practice of theatre who can enlarge our appreciation of dramatic expression and its profound historical and cultural significance in human soci

The doctor of Philosophy program in Film studies is a discipline to study texts, discourses and communicative events of all kinds in motion pictures. Students in Film studies are encouraged to situate moving images within the broader conjectural and analytical template in relation to a range of other subjects, applying tools such as Post-structuralism, Psychoanalysis, New Historicism, Feminist theory, Queer theory, Post-Colonialism, deconstruction, and others. Read More

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