The Department of Creative and Festival Arts (DCFA) is a Department in the Faculty of Humanities and Education, The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine. The original Creative Arts Centre was established in 1986 through the initiatives of the late Dr. Pat Ismond, then Head of Literatures in English.In 2006, the Centre became a Department and has grown to offer courses and a place to explore the cultural expressions of Trinidad and Tobago and, by extension, the Caribbean. The DCFA strives to educate students in the creative arts at the highest level of academic, professional and technical accreditation available at, or through, The University of the West Indies.

The original Centre was housed at the premises of Agostini Street, St. Augustine. In 2000 the Visual Arts and Musical Arts Units migrated to buildings at Gordon Street. In 2017 with the completion of the new building at Cheesman Avenue, St. Augustine, the entire Department was reintegrated at Gordon Street and Cheesman Avenue.


The Department offers programmes at three levels:

  1. Certificate.
  2. Undergraduate
  3. Postgraduate

"Sole to Sole" - Student Dance performance


At the undergraduate level, degrees are offered in:

  • Theatre Arts
  • Dance
  • Musical Arts
  • Carnival Studies
  • Visual Arts


Visual Arts Student Exhibition


At the certificate level, part-time courses are offered in:

  • Dance
  • Musical Arts
  • Theatre Arts - Practitioner's Certificate in Drama/Theatre in Education
  • Technical Theatre
  • Visual Arts


At the post graduate level, the programmes include

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Arts and Cultural Enterprise Management (ACEM)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Education: Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA)
  • MA Creative Design Entrepreneurship (CDEN).


Special programmes are also offered:

  • Graded Examinations in Solo Steelpan Performances (May and October)
  • Republic Bank Pan Minors(Summer period only)


The Department also has thriving outreach programmes:

  • Arts-in-Action
  • The Cropper Foundation Caribbean Creative Writers Workshop
  • Festival Arts of Trinidad and Tobago (International)


Departmental Music Performance Ensembles

  • UWI Arts Afro-Caribbean Drumming
  • UWI Arts Chorale
  • UWI Arts Guitar Ensemble
  • UWI Arts Indian Classical Ensemble
  • UWI Arts Intermediate Steel Ensemble
  • UWI Arts Jazz Ensemble
  • UWI Arts Percussion Ensemble
  • UWI Arts Steel
  • UWI Arts Wind Ensemble


UWI Arts Chorale