Digital Drama: Teaching and Learning Art and Media in Tanzania

Art Training

Art Training

TaSUBa offers a three-year diploma program in dance, drama, fine arts, music, and stage technology. Students can also take short courses of varying duration. From the outset, the training program was very practical, with emphasis on physical activity, thus reflecting traditional cultural forms. Students learned through apprenticeship with hands-on tutoring. When the college was transformed into an executive agency a new curriculum was adapted, with more formalized and specialized training modules. Many staff and students find the curriculum too theoretical and not practical enough. Meanwhile, deteriorating teaching and learning facilities as well as high levels of absenteeism present serious challenges to the acquisition of artistic skills. High tuition fees have been introduced in an effort to generate more income for the college, resulting in a more elitist student body. These days, the majority of students are not interested in pursuing a career in arts, but seek a diploma to advance their position in other professions. By contrast, auditions and examinations are highly ritualized, while an elaborate graduation ceremony frames the rituals of schooling at TaSUBa.

Video 1: Art training in practice


Photo 1: Marimba class under mango tree


Photo 2: Drumming class in temporary classroom


Photo 3: Choreography class at mango theater


Photo 4: Drama class in one of the classrooms


Photo 5: Drama class on main stage


Photo 6: Choreography class by Norwegian teacher Ingrid Remmen

Video 2: Dance choreography with Ingrid


Photo 7: Practical exam for dance


Photo 8: The late Mzee Bazil Mbata tuning the ngoma (drum)


Photo 9: Julia Salmi's practical dance exam in her first semester

Video 3: Bugobogobo by Julia Salmi


Photo 10: Practical exam for drumming


Photo 11: Elaborate examination forms


Photo 12: Staged exam for traditional music


Photo 14: Theoretical exam in flexible hall


Photo 15: Examination rules and instructions


Photo 16: Auditions for prospective students


Photo 17: Nina Stanley interviewed by TaSUBa tutors


Photo 18: Teachers inspecting fine art exhibition

Photo 19: Prospective music students performing on mango stage

Photo 20: Sixmund Begashe managing stage technology for music auditions

Photo 21: Students in elaborate costumes during graduation ceremony