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.