Bachelor of Fine Arts (Fine Arts) Course at Botswana College of Engineering and Technology (BCET)

Bachelor of Fine Arts (Fine Arts) Course at Botswana College of Engineering and Technology (BCET)

What is Fine Arts?

In European academic traditions, fine art is made primarily for aesthetics or creative expression, distinguishing it from decorative art or applied art, which also has to serve some practical function, such as pottery or most metalwork.

Programme Structure

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (Theatre Studies) is a full-time professional programme extending over eight semesters. The Theatre Studies programme is a practical skills course that seeks to develop qualified theatre practitioners. Currently the programme focuses on four main areas of specialisation, namely Directing, Playwriting, Acting, Movement and Mime as well as Design and Technical Theatre. Students are introduced to the different specialities in second and third year, and can then begin to focus on their areas of interest. Students may also take optional courses from other Departments such as Media Studies, English, Education and Industrial Design to augment their skills set. In order to graduate students must complete a minimum of 120 credits worth of courses, including GEC courses in IT and Communications (10 credits). A minimum of 80 credits must be VAPA core and optional coursesóincluding core courses offered in the Department of English at level 1 and optional courses housed under other departmentsówhile the remaining 40 credits can be electives. Where students have more than 120 credits, they must ensure that two thirds (2/3) of their credits are VAPA core and optional courses, while one third (1/3) are electives.


Level 100

BFA100 Introduction to the Theatre100 Core (3)
BFA121 Workshop Theatre I Core (3)
BFA102 Theatre in Botswana I (Origins) Core(3)
BFA122 Workshop Theatre II Core (3)
ENG121 Introduction to English Language Description and Usage (3)
ENG113 Introduction to Literature: Prose (3)
ENG131 Writing in English (3)
ENG123 Introduction to Literature: Drama and Poetry (3)

Semester one

COM111 Communication and Academic Literacy Skills I (Humanities) (3)
ICT121 Computer Skills Fundamentals I (3)

Semester two

COM112 Communication and Academic Literacy Skills II (Humanities) (3) CORE
ICT122 Computer Skills Fundamentals 2 (2) CORE

Level 200

BFA203 Acting, Movement & Mime I Core (3)
BFA205 Designs & Technical Theatre I Core (3)
BFA206 Theatre in Africa I Core (3)
BFA221 Production Workshop I Core (3)
BFA200 Theatre History I Core (3)
BFA202 Theatre in Botswana II Core (3)
BFA204 Playwriting Core (3)
BFA222 Production Workshop II Core (3)

Level 300

BFA309 Directing I Core (3)
BFA310 Dramatic Literature I [Africa] Core (3)
BFA312 Stage Management Core (3)
BFA313 Theatre Ethics Core (3)
BFA302 Theatre in Botswana [Theatre & Mass Media]Optional (3)
BFA303 Acting, Movement & Mime II Optional (3)
BFA304 Playwriting II Optional (3)
BFA305 Design & Technical Theatre II Optional (3)
BFA306 Theatre in Africa II Optional (3)
BFA308 American Theatre Optional (3)
BFA311 Playback Theatre Optional (3)
BFA314 Theatre History [Europe] Optional 3
BFA318 Theatre Attachment Core 3

Level 400

BFA400 Theatre History: Asia Optional (3)
BFA403 Acting, Movement & Mime III Optional (3)
BFA404 Playwriting III Optional (3)
BFA405 Design & Technical Theatre IIIOptional (3)
BFA406 Theatre & Society in Africa [Special Author] Optional (3)
BFA409 Advanced Directing Optional (3)
BFA410 Dramatic literature II [Europe] Optional (3)
BFA411 Theories of Modern Drama [1920-Present] Optional (3)
BFA412 Theatre Administration Optional (3)
BFA415 Drama-in-Education [DIE Optional (3)
BFA416 Senior Project Core (6 credits)
BFA418 Theatre & Tourism Optional (3)
BFA427 Development Theatre I Optional (3)
BFA428 Development Theatre II Optional (3)


All Practical courses are assessed on a 70% [practical exam] and 30% [CA] format. The practical examination is a semester-long/year-long extensive work on a theatre project that culminates in a performance.

This course will be assessed on a 60% [ensemble production] and 40% [CA] format

These are existing courses in the Department of English

These courses are part of ENG327 [Practical Theatre] and ENG417 [Theory and Practice of Drama] currently being offered in the Department of English

All practical courses shall, to a large degree be linked to workshops, festivals or other community activities