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, with Rawle Gibbons as its Founding Director.


In 2006, the Centre became a department and continues to grow, offering courses and a place to explore the cultural expressions of Trinidad and Tobago and, by extension, the Caribbean through instruction in the creative arts at the highest level of academic, professional and technical accreditation available at, or through, The University of the West Indies.

Semester 1 2015/2016 timetable Theatre | Dance | Carnival

Faculty and Staff at DCFA

The Department offers programmes at four levels:

  1. Certificate.
  2. Undergraduate Degree.
  3. Occasional.
  4. 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:

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


At the post graduate level, the programmes include

  • Diploma in Visual and Performing Arts and Arts
  • Arts and Cultural Enterprise Management (ACEM).


Special programmes are also offered:

  • Republic Bank Pan Minors
  • Graded Examinations in Solo Steelpan Performances


The Department also has thriving outreach programmes:

  • Arts-in-Action
  • Wordsmiths
  • The Old Yard
  • The Cropper Foundation Caribbean Creative Writers Workshop
  • Creative Source
  • Carnival Colloquium
  • Kaiso Dialogues
  • The Community School of the Arts
  • Regional School of the Arts
  • Festival Arts of Trinidad and Tobago (International)
  • Discovery Camp
  • Occasional Semi Limes


as well as eight Ensembles

  • UWI SSTeel
  • UWIFestCo
  • UWI Indian Classical Ensemble
  • UWI Percussion Ensemble
  • UWI Jazz Ensemble
  • Caribbean Contemporary Music Workshop
  • The UWI Dance Ensemble
  • UWI Arts Chorale


Performance by UWI Arts Chorale