The Centre for Cultural and African Studies (CeCASt) was established by Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in 1974 to; "Provide cultural education and training in African ways of life to complement any knowledge or skills available to students at the end of their studies, through the mediums of music, dance, drama, language and related arts and practices in traditional society."
The centre derives its strengths from staff expertise; contributions in the performing arts; proposed extended programmes, and collaborations with other academic, cultural and social institutions.
Currently the staffing position stands at:Four (4) full-time Research Fellows; Two (2) consultants, and One (1) Adjunct lecturer,Three (3) instructors made up of Senior Research Assistants, One (1) each for drumming, dancing and music, and Six (6) administrative staff. All the six (6) senior members are second-degree holders. Together with the Senior Research Assistants, each of the teaching staff is endowed with knowledge and expertise in their various cultural fields.
The centre provides both theory and practical tuition in music, dance, drama, and African Art and Culture as elective courses for undergraduate students in both semesters.
A Musical Instrument Technology Workshop (MITW) has been established to produce drums and other musical instruments.
The centre produces (on pilot basis), mini-atumpan speakers and xylophones on commercial basis. A Piano Computer Laboratory has been established for the teaching and learning of Keyboard Skills and Sound Engineering.
Preparations are complete to undertake the following programmes:
- Introduction of African Studies as pre-requisite for all undergraduates for the award of degrees.
- Introduction of certificate and proficiency courses in theatre Arts and African Studies.
- Establishment of Music Recording Studio and
- Nwonkoro ensemble to operate on commercial basis as well.
The centre has standing collaborations with the Manhyia Palace , the National Commission on Culture, Accra , the Centre for National Culture, Kumasi , and other cultural promotion institutions locally.
There is also an annual cultural exchange programme with the University of Seattle, Washington, and Prime Resorts and Tourism Promotions, with the latter yet to take off.
Courses Offered By The Centre
MUS 151: Fundamentals of Music Theory
MUS 153: Keyboard Skills
MUS 155: Music Appreciation
MUS 157: Collegium MUSicum
MUS 159: Introduction To Sound Engineering
PAA 151: Traditional African Dance and Dance Forms
PAA 153: History of African Traditional Systems
PAA 155: Ethics And Etiquette In Traditional African Culture
PAA 157: Trad. Housing And Architectural Systems
PAA 159: Introduction To Acting Techniques
PAA 161 Introduction To Dance Techniques
PAA 163 Introduction To Stagecraft
PAA 165: Traditional Festivals In Ghana/Africa
MUS 152 Music Theory
MUS 154 Keyboard Skills II
MUS 156 Aural Culture/ Sight Singing
MUS 158 Applied Music
MUS 162 Introduction To Music Technology
PAA 152 Introduction To Drums
PAA 154 Introduction To Ghanaian Dance
PAA 156 Introduction To Theatre Arts.
PAA 158 African Plays And Playwrights
PAA 162 Performing Arts In Traditional Africa
PAA 164 Symbolism In Africa
PAA 166 Rites of Passage
PAA 168 Introduction To Playwriting
For further information contact:
Centre For Cultural & African Studies (CeCASt)
College of Art and Social Sciences
KNUST, Kumasi . Ashanti Region
Tel: +233-208362656, +233 208362657
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On the 1st of October, 2010, Professor William Otoo Ellis was appointed as Vice Chancellor for a four year term to steer the affairs of this great institution by the Council of this University. He was inducted into office on the 2nd of October, 2010 and swore the oath of service and was formally outdoored to the University Community and to the rest of the general public.