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Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing ArtsEdna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts

By Venesha Johnson | Associate Writer

The Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts (EMCVPA) is Jamaicaโ€™s ONLY local option for university education in visual and performing arts and arts administration. It certainly has a long history of artistic achievements that have cemented the institution in Jamaicaโ€™s history.

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It first started as separate schools; the Schools of Visual Arts, Music, Dance, and Drama were all independent schools at different locations around Kingston. However, in 1976 they were consolidated under the Cultural Training Centre, a division of the Institute of Jamaica. All four institutions were combined in 1995, and the institution was renamed Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts in honour of Edna Manley, OM, one of our pioneering artists from Jamaica.

Even though it is now one institution, Enda Manley College still offers separate schools of study, each with its own programmes and requirements. Along with those I list below, there is also The School of Continuing Education, where courses in artscope and kaleidoscope are offered.

Schools and Programmes

The School of Dance

The School of Dance offers a solid mix of academic and practical education to produce "well-rounded and informed artists." With the help of the School of Dance, you can work as a professional dancer, choreographer, teacher, administrator, advocate, community dance practitioner, production manager, event coordinator, writer, or researcher for a range of businesses and industries, including government agencies, media outlets, corporate settings, travel and entertainment businesses, musical theatre, professional dance companies, and educational institutions. Their Bachelor, Associate and Certificate programmes are:

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) performance and Choreography (4 years) and Traditional and Folk Dance Studies (4 years)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Dance Education (BAE) (4 years)
  • Associate of Arts (AA) in Dance Performance (2 years)
  • Certificate in Dance Performance (2 years)
  • Certificate in Fundamentals of Dance Technique (1 year)

The School of Drama

The programme menu at the School of Drama facilitates minors in both Drama in Education, and Theatre Arts and degree completion for graduates who previously obtained a Diploma/certificate. The bachelorโ€™s degrees on offer can be completed within 4 years while the associate degrees are done in 2 years. Their cadre of programmes include:

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in TheatreArts (Acting)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Drama in Education
  • Associate of Arts in Theatre Arts (Acting)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Drama (EMCVPA/UWI)

The School of Music 

As you can probably assume, this school offers instruction in music education, music technology, and performance of both classical and contemporary music to aspiring musicians and music educators. Students take courses outside of their field of study, such as music business, development, creativity, and social enterprise. These courses equip students with the business, creative, and intellectual skills they need to become forward-thinking business owners in the rapidly changing music industry. Programmes include:

  • Bachelor of Music in Performance
  • Bachelor of Music Education
  • Associate of Arts in Music
  • Certificate in Music
  • Fundamentals of Music Literacy and Performance

The School of Visual Arts

This school offers a platform for learners to come together and unleash their creative and innovative potential. Their programmes include:

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts โ€“ Four (4) years
  • Associate Degree โ€“ Fine Arts (2) years
  • Minor Programme โ€“ 20 credits
  • Bachelor of Art Education โ€“ Four (4) years
  • Certificate Programme โ€“ Fine Arts โ€“ Two (2) years
  • Studio Certificate โ€“ Fine Arts โ€“ One (1) year
  • UWI/EMC BA Humanities & Education
  • Degree โ€“ Visual Arts Major โ€“ Three (3) year

The School of Arts Management and Humanities

The cultural and creative industries are a growing area of the global economy, and this school of arts management and humanities prepares you for a job in them. The emphasis of this course of study is arts administration or arts management. For those who are presently working in the management and administration of arts and culture organizations as well as those who aspire to work in these fields, the School of Arts Management and Humanities offers training in these areas as well. Their programmes include:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Arts Management
  • Associate of Arts in Arts Management
  • Arts Management Minor

What do you need to apply?

If you are applying for any of the Degree Programmes at the Schools of the Visual Arts, Dance, Drama, Music and Arts Management and Humanities, the minimum requirements are:

Five (5) subjects at the General Proficiency Level, in any of the following combinations:

  • A minimum of five (5) subjects at CXC/CSEC grades 1, 2, or 3 or two (2) CAPE subjects grades 1 to 5 and three (3) CXC/CSEC subjects grades 1 โ€“ 3
  • Three (3) or two (2) G. C. E. โ€˜Aโ€™ level subjects grades A to E, and three (3) โ€˜Oโ€™ Level subjects grades A, B or C or equivalent.
  • Five (5) subjects at G.C.E โ€˜Oโ€™ level grades A, B or C.

If you are applying for any of the Certificate Programmes in Visual Arts, Dance Performance and Music, a minimum of two (2) CXC/CSEC subjects at the General Proficiency Level grades 1, 2, or 3.

Applicants to the Certificate in Music Programme must attain, on Principal Instrument, a minimum level of ABRSM Grade V or equivalent and a minimum level of ABRSM Grade V Theory or equivalent, in addition to the matriculation requirements stated above.

Scholarships available for the Edna Manley College:

Funding for tertiary education can be expensive and difficult to attain. There are several scholarships you can apply for once you have been accepted to the institution, these include:

  • EMC Arts Foundation โ€“ All Schools
  • Restaurant Associates Ltd-Lois Sherwood Art Scholarship (SVA)
  • Carreras Ltd. โ€“ All Schools
  • Mona Baptist Church-Douglas Samuels Memorial Scholarship (All Education Students)
  • Grace Kennedy Foundation โ€“ All Schools
  • Louise Bennett Foundation โ€“ Performing Arts Schools
  • Mandeville Art Fair-Julie Lyn Scholarship โ€“ School of Visual Arts
  • PATH Bursary โ€“ All Schools
  • Cecil Boswell Facey Foundation โ€“ School of Visual Arts
  • CHASE FUND โ€“ All Schools
  • JPent Studios โ€“ Performing Arts
  • Jah Jerry Foundation โ€“ School of Music
  • JMMB-Joan Duncan Foundation โ€“ School of Arts Management & Humanities
  • Ebony G. Patterson Painterโ€™s Grant โ€“ School of Visual Arts
  • Sagicor โ€“ All Schools
  • Jamaica Musical Theatre Co (JMTC)-Christina Bennett Scholarship โ€“ All Schools
  • LBW Trust โ€“ All Schools
  • Betting Gaming & Lotteries Commission โ€“ All Schools
  • Edna Manley Foundation โ€“ School of Visual Arts
  • Digicel Jamaica โ€“ School of Visual Arts
  • Jamaica Council for Persons with Disability
  • Liguanea Lodge -School of Visual Arts (Available every 2 years)
  • Barry Moncriefe Foundation โ€“ School of Dance (Available every 3 years)
  • NCB Foundation โ€“ All Schools
  • Rotary Club of Canada โ€“ School of Music
  • Rubis Energy Jamaica Ltd โ€“ All schools
  • Earl Warner Foundation โ€“ School of Drama
  • Joseph Buchanan Foundation โ€“ School of Music

For further information contact:
Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts

  • Address: 1 Arthur Wint Drive, Kingston 5, St. Andrew, Jamaica
  • Telephone: (876) 619-EDNA (3362) or (876) 754-8830-ยผ
  • Email: info@emc.edu.jm

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