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UNIVERSITY OF NAIROBI

DEPARTMENT OF LITERATURE

 

M.A. PROGRAMMES

 

Master of Arts in Theatre and Film Studies

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Master of Arts in Literature

Information for students

2013/2014 Academic Year

 

Department of Literature

University of Nairobi

P.O. Box 30197-00100, Nairobi, Kenya

Telephone: (254-020) 318262, GPO Nairobi, Kenya

Fax: (254-020) 245566

E-mail: literature@uonbi.ac.ke

Master of Arts in Theatre and Film Studies

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Master of Arts in Literature

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  1. Introduction

The Department of Literature seeks to promote sensitive and intelligent responses to human experiences and aspirations that are created through imagination and language. The Master of Arts programme in Literature opens doors to rich, rewarding literary experiences that capture the diversity of literary genres, regional literatures, and modes of literary transmission. In the process, the programme is intended to produce literary scholars, teachers, and writers of diverse shades. In addition to the current Masters of Arts in Literature which the Department has offered for many years, the Department has now introduced a second Masters Degree in Theatre and Film Studies. Theatre and film production are rapidly taking centre stage in the entertainment industry. The proliferation of micro production units such as local videos and films and the many performances in our towns and villages in the form of community theatre, call for an academic input to enable us to harness the energies and creativities of Kenyans. In order to contribute to the entertainment business and create more jobs for Kenyans, there is need to inject a level of professionalism and strengthen the skills of those engaged in the entertainment and education industries. With the introduction of the micro-film/theatre and cultural centres, and with the express responsibilities given to the Counties by Schedule Four of the Constitution of Kenya, which aims to promote film, video production, and other cultural activities, the need for holders of a Master’s degree in Theatre and Film Studies is introduced.

 

  1. Admission Requirements for MA in Theatre and Film Studies and MA in Literature
  • A candidate must satisfy such prescribed University of Nairobi requirements as are not varied by the Faculty of Arts regulations.
  • Holders of Bachelor’s degree at upper second class honours from the University of Nairobi or any other institution recognized by the University Senate.
  • Holders of Bachelor’s degree at lower second class honours from the University of Nairobi or any other institution recognized by the University Senate, with two years post-qualification experience.
  • Holders of a pass degree and a Postgraduate Diploma from the University of Nairobi or any other institution recognized by the University Senate.
  • Holders of a pass degree from the University of Nairobi or any other institution recognized by the University Senate with at least five years post-qualification experience.

1.2 Course Structure and Duration

  • The M.A. degrees in Theatre and Film Studies and M.A in Literature will consist of coursework, examination and a Research Project or Thesis, and shall run for a minimum of four (4) semesters and a maximum of ten (10) semesters of fifteen (15) weeks; and this maximum may be extended only with the prior approval of the Senate of the University of Nairobi.
  • The M.A. degrees in will consist of either Option 1 (Thesis) or Option 2 (Research Project) and the student shall select one of these options. 

1.3 Option 1 (Thesis)

Option 1 shall consist of coursework, examination and a thesis and shall run for a minimum of 4 semesters and a maximum of 10 semesters of 15 weeks each.

1.4 Option 2 (Research Project)

Option 2 shall consist of coursework, examination and a Research Project and shall run for a minimum of 4 semesters and a maximum of 10 semesters of 15 weeks each.

 

Master of Arts in Theatre and Film Studies