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Department of Theatre Arts in Delta State University (Delsu) | Student Guide

The Theatre Arts Department is established to run courses in Theatre Arts and film studies. The Department currently runs a one-year pre-degree programme and a four year degree programme in Theatre Arts.

All applicants for admission into the Pre-degree programme in Theatre arts are required to pass the combined Delta State University common Entrance Examination. Furthermore to qualify for registration on admission, every candidate must possess at least three credit level passes including English at WAEC/GCE/NECO. Those who wish to proceed beyond the pre-degree to the B.A. Theatre Arts degree programme must have a minimum of five credits including English at WAEC/GCE/NECO.

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The Department is envisioned to provide training for a career in the broad areas of theatre practice and scholarship which include; Drama, Acting, Directing, Dance, Music, Performance Theory, Communication/Media Arts, Theatre Management, Scene Design, Lighting Design, Costume Design and Construction, Make-up, Educational Theatre, Theatre for Development, etc.

The Department runs a full-time and part-time Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree programmes. However, the B. A. part-time programme is being phased out. It also ran a two-year Diploma Programme which was phased out. At the post-graduate level, the Department offers a PG.D, M.A. M.Phil/Ph.D and Ph.D programmes in Theatre Arts. The Department also houses the Delsu Band and Chorus.

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The Theatre Arts programme is designed to offer students a broad-based education in the performing arts with the possibility of concentrating in one or two of its special areas of interest in the last two years of study. Students are also required to participate in one capacity or another in the department’s bi-annual productions. Not only is the social nature of the performing arts stressed in the programme, individual skills are also developed that are aimed at training students as professional artistes, academics, media practitioners, etc.


In addition to the statutory entry requirement of Delta state University and Faculty of Arts, the following requirements apply specifically to the Department of Theatre Arts.


Candidates having passed the UTME examinations must be screened to have a flair for the discipline through an audition. The result of the test determines candidates to be finally recommended to the University Admission Board (U.A.B) for admission.

U.T.M.E. Subject combination for theatre arts are:-

  1. Use of English
  2. Any two Arts subjects (to include Literature in English)
  3. And any other subject


In addition to (ii) above, candidates who possess any of the following qualifications may be considered for admission:

At least two Advanced Level (A/L) Passes in the General Certificate of Education (GCE) or the Higher School Certificate (HSC) or a recognised equivalent qualification in any two Arts subjects.

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Nigerian Certificate of Education (NCE) with at least an overall Merit-level pass in Music or Theatre Arts from a recognised College of Education. At least a credit level pass in Delta state University Diploma in Theatre Arts or an equivalent qualification (Upper Credit) from any other recognised University.

At least an Upper Credit-level pass in the Ordinary National Diploma (OND) in Mass Communication from a recognised Polytechnic or College of Technology.


Direct Entry Candidates should possess Advanced Level GCE, HSC or IJMB; or OND, DTA, NCE, etc, at merit level and above. These candidates would also be screened by the department through an audition before being admitted into the programme.

Candidates seeking admission into the programme should possess any of the following qualifications – a least five Ordinary Level Credit passes in WASC, WAEC, SC/GCE,NECO, SSCE or at least five merit level passes in the Teachers Grade II Certificate (TCII) Certificate or their equivalent qualifications at not more than two sittings. The subjects should include English Language and two other Arts subject; one of which must be Literature in English.


To qualify for admission into the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree programme a pass in JAMB examination with at least FIVE O’Level credits at the SSC or its equivalent examinations is requird. Two of the SSC or its equivalent examinations is required. Two of the SSC equivalent Credits shall be in English Language and literature.


The Department of Theatre Arts is multi-faceted, reflecting the many dimensions of the performing arts:

  • Drama
  • Theatre Management
  • Technical Theatre
  • Dance
  • Acting
  • Directing
  • Media Arts
  • Music


The fundamental philosophy of the Department is to provide students with a balanced education in the theory and practice of theatre; to that end the Department is committed to excellence in instruction and artistic example in all spheres of contact with students.

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Importantly, it is our resolve to offer the finest conceivable tuition, competencies and extra-curricular experiences for our students that our means allow. The Department seeks to nurture in all students a justifiable amount of the artistic, intellectual, and relational skills that can expand their limits, hone their perceptions, and add grace to their interactions.


The Department offers a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree programme with credits obtained in the major areas of the performing arts, as well as a number of electives to be taken from other departments.


At the end of the third year, and after consultation with staff of the Department including the students records up to date, a student shall be advised to specialize in one of the following areas:

  • Dramatic Literature/Theory
  • Theatre History
  • Directing/Acting
  • Technical Theatre
  • Playwriting
  • Theatre Management

Note: Admissions into these graduate programmes are considered on an individual basis. Applicants are encouraged to contact the Department of Theatre Arts to make sure that supervisors are available for specific areas prior to application for admission.

Delta State University Contact Address

Delta State University
Address: P.M.B. 1, Abraka Delta State, Nigeria
Email: [email protected]
Mobile Contact: +2348134123751

Everything you need to Know about Delta state University

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Delta State University which is popularly known as DELSU, is one of the most prestigious state owned university in Nigeria.

Delsu currently operates a multiple campus system with three distinct campuses, which are about 200 km apart.

The University has its main Campus located at Abraka, Delta State and other campuses in Anwai-Asaba and Oleh which are still in the same state, Delta.

Delta State University is one of the 25 federal universities that is been controlled, overseen and accredited by the National Universities Commission.

As of the time of this post, the University offers a wide range of educational programs, ranging from full time certificate, degree and diploma programs to part time weekend and evening degree programs.

Delsu also offers post graduate studies up to doctorate level.

The University possesses a student/staff counselling centre, an e-learning centre, students and lecturers accommodation facilities, sporting complex and host of other amenities.indoor sport Delta state university

This unique university boasted of about 36,000 student population as at the 2007/2008 academical session.

Frequently Asked Questions about Delsu

We took our time to research about the frequently asked questions about Delsu and came up with a bunch of them.

What is the full meaning of Delsu?

Delsu is an abbreviation for Delta State university.

When was Delsu founded?

Delta state university was established in the year 1992.

What is the motto of Delta State University (Delsu)?

Delsu mottoKnowledge Character and Service.

What is the official website of Delta state university (Delsu)?

The university has two official websites which it uses to disperse information to the public. and offers every thing you need to know about the school such as weekly bulletins, library information, gallery, students admission status, etc.

While offers portal services such as, students and admin logins, printing of school fees receipt, replacement of Lost identity cards, result checking, printing of departmental courses, etc.

Does Delsu offer Scholarships?

Delta state university offers scholarships, bursary, grants and different awards. The University has a special scholarship plan and grants to various categories of students.

Is Delsu a federal or state University?

Delta state university is a state owned university, which is overseen and accredited by the National University Commission

Where is Delsu Located?

Delsu is located in Delta state, Nigeria. It has it’s main campus in Abraka and other campuses in Anwai-Asaba and Oleh.

The History of Delsu

delsu Delta state universityDelta State University(Delsu) was generally recorded as a center of Education.

It began as a Government Teacher’s Training college during the colonial period and a few years into the post colonial times.

Delsu became an educational college that awarded the Nigerian Certificate of Education (NCE) from the year 1971 to 1985.

The University got affiliated with the University of Benin in the year 1981, and started offering degree programmes from 1981 till 1985.

Before it became the faculty of Education of the then Bendel State University with its main campus in Ekpoma.

The creation of Edo and Delta states in the year August 1991 and the conversion of the formerly known Bendel University Ekpoma, in December 1991 triggered the establishment of the independent Delta State University Abraka.

This move was carried out by the then Executive Governor of the state, Olorogun Felix Ibru on the 30th of April 1992.

Delta State University began with Five faculties at its early stage:Delsu Faculty of Art Complex

  •  Faculty of Education.
  • Faculty of Agriculture.
  • Faculty of Arts.
  • Faculty of Science.
  • Faculty of Social science.

In the year 1995, the State government enacted a policy which enabled the University to posses 3 campuses.Delsu Biology lab

These campuses were distributed within the 3 senatorial districts of Delta state.

As a result of this enacted policy, the main Campus was established in Abraka, and the other campuses were established in Anwai-Asaba and Oleh.

Delsu Campuses and Their Faculties.

Delta State University’s academical programmes/faculties are currently distributed among the Campuses below.

Delsu Abraka Campus

delsu faculty of scienceAbraka is an urhobo kingdom in Delta state, which has been made popular due to the fact that the main Campus of Delta state university (Delsu) is located there.

Faculties in Delsu Abraka Campus.

  • Faculty of Education
  •  Faculty of Art
  • Faculty of Social science
  •  Faculty of Pharmacy
  •  Faculty of Science

Delsu Anwai- Asaba Campus.

delta state university asaba anwaiAsaba is a city found in Delta state, which is located at the western edge of the Niger River.

It is a fast growing urban area which possesses one of the Delta state university’s campuses.

Faculties in Anwai-Asaba campus

  • Faculty of Agriculture
  • Faculty of Accountancy
  • Faculty of Environmental state university

Oleh Campus

Oleh, the headquarters of the Isoko south local government area is home to one of the Delta State University Campuses.

It was established as a result of the amended Edict in the year 1995

Facilities in Oleh Campus

  •  Faculty of Law
  • Faculty of EngineeringPhysics Lab Delta state university

Delsu Hostel Accommodation (Halls of Residence)

The state owned university offers a wide range of accommodation for both post graduate and undergraduate students.

These Halls of residence are distributed through out the various campuses.

Abraka Halls of Residence (hostel)

Male Accommodation

  • Abraka hall for males
  •  Canon Mason Hall for males
  •  Medical hostel

Female Accommodationdelta state university hostels accommodation

  • Council Hall .
  • Eco hall
  • Ethiope hall
  • Medical Hostel
  • NDDC Hall
  • Executive Hostel

Anwai halls of residence (hostel)

Male Accommodation

  • Council Hall

Female Accommodation

  • Asaba Hall
  • Niger Hall
  • NEEDS assessment hall

Delsu Oleh Halls of Residence (hostel)

Male accommodation

  •  Two government hostel
  • Brooklyn hall

Female Accommodation

  • Two Government Hostels
  • Isoko Development Venture hostel
  • Women Affairs Hall

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