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Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts

Home of the Arts in the Caribbean

The Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts is the first institution of its kind within the English Speaking Caribbean to provide professional and technical training in the Arts, offering qualification at the Bachelor, Diploma and Certificate levels. Prior to this establishment the schools of the Arts operated separately, at different locations. In 1976, the Schools were relocated to one campus to form what was called the Cultural Training Centre (CTC). In 1983 the OAS designated the institution the Inter-American Centre for Caribbean Cultural Development thus recognizing it as a regional cultural resource institution.

In 1995 the CTC was designated a tertiary Institution under the Ministry of Education, and was renamed the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts in honour of the Hon. Edna Manley, O.M. This brought the College under one administrative structure with a Board of Directors, Principal and two Vice Principals.

Today the College operates from one campus housing four schools: School of Visual Arts, Drama, Dance, and Music, the Department of Education and Liberal Studies and Continuing Education offering essential professional preparation to full-time and part-time students in the Arts from the Caribbean, North America and Europe.

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School of Drama's Production

Students Shane Powell (left) and Cavin Carty captured in a scene of the play, "We Can't Pay, We Won't Pay" at the Dennis Scott Studio Theatre on campus.

SVA Faculty Show 2010

Board Chairman Paul Issa and Guest Speaker, Dr. Sonjah Stanley Niaah, at the 2010 School of Visual Arts Faculty Show, held at the CAG[e] Gallery on campus.

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    Chairman of the Edna Manley College Board of Directors and Dr. Sonjah Stanley Niaah, at the 2010 School of Visual Art Faculty Show

Danceworks

The School of Dance's Performing Corps "Danceworks" showcases the choreographic and performing competences of students each year at the Dance Studio Theatre on campus.

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    The School of Dance's Performing Corps "Danceworks" showcases the choreographic and performing competences of students each year at the Dance Studio Theatre on campus.

School of Music Student in Performance

School of Music student, Rafiq Williams, plays his principal instrument at the OAS' launch of the Jamaica Youth Orchestra.

School of Drama's Amphitheatre

The Amphitheatre is a popular outdoor performance space on campus, housed in the School of Drama.

Alternative Fashion Show

Each year the School of Visual Arts' Textile Department hosts an Alternative Fashion Show with designs from recycled and found materials.

School of Music Auditorium

Concert Hall complete with a seating capacity of 400 used for weekly lunch hour concerts, master classes, public concerts and recitals.

School of Drama's Production

Students Dewayne Stewart (left) and Paul Wilson (right) perform with the Director of the Jamaican Musical Theatre Company, Peter Haley in 'Pygmalion' at the Dennis Scott Studio Theatre on campus.

School of Music Final Year Show

School of Music's Final year Student, Kismet Cooper performs at her final year show which she produced. This is a highly anticipated annual event which is done in partial fulfillment of the Diploma and Bachelor Degrees for Jazz & Popular Music Studies.

Dennis Scott Studio Theatre

This studio, housed in the School of Drama, is named after Dennis Scott, renowned actor, educator and playwright, who served as Director of the College’s School of Drama from 1977 to 1983.

The Institution

As the first institution of its kind within the English Speaking Caribbean to provide professional and technical training in the Arts, the college celebrates its 35th anniversary in 2011 and is situated at 1 Arthur Wint Drive, Kingston 5.

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    As the first institution of its kind within the English Speaking Caribbean to provide professional and technical training in the Arts, the college celebrates its 35th anniversary in 2010 and is situated at 1 Arthur Wint Drive, Kingston 5.

Administration

The Multimedia Building is the central administrative hub of the College as it houses the College’s gallery, (CAG[e]), the general and music libraries, Registry, Copy Centre, Accounts, Information Technology and Audio Visual Departments.

School of Visual Arts

The School of Visual Arts formerly the Jamaica School of Art, began as a workshop conducted by Edna Manley in the 1940’s at the Junior Centre of the Institute of Jamaica and by 1950, it gained full-time status. After the establishment of the Cultural Training Centre (CTC) in 1976 and the evolved Edna Manley College in 1995, it become and has remained one of the four schools at the College.

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    The School of Visual Arts formerly the Jamaica School of Art, began as a workshop conducted by Edna Manley in the 1940’s at the Junior Centre of the Institute of Jamaica and by 1950, it gained full-time status. After the establishment of the Cultural Training Centre (CTC) in 1976 and the evolved Edna Manley College in 1995, it become and has remained one of the four schools at the College.

School of Dance

The School of Dance was founded by the members of the National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica (NDTC) in 1970 with significant contributions being made by Bert Rose, Sheila Barnett and Barbara Requa. Here, students pursue Bachelor Degrees, Associate Degrees and Certificates, consisting of performance, composition, choreography and dance education. The curriculum includes Jamaican and Caribbean folk forms, Jazz, Modern and Ballet technique as well as dance theory. The school also has a thriving junior department.

School of Drama

The School of Drama formerly known as the Jamaica School of Drama (JSD) grew out of the work of the Little Theatre Movement (LTM) in 1969. Today the School trains Theatre Artists and Drama teachers for secondary schools across the Caribbean. Each year the school provides senior students with valuable theatre experience by staging two major productions that are directed by faculty members and/or guest directors.

School of Music

Established in 1961, the school of Music is the leading institution of its kind in the English Speaking Caribbean. It curriculum now includes Bachelor Degrees, Diploma and Certificate programmes with a focus on teaching, performance, Popular Music Studies, Instrumental and vocal Music Technology.

 
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