A Survey of Painting Programmes in Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and University of Education, Winneba

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The UEW Painting programme is producing professional teachers for the education enterprise while KNUST is producing professional painters to satisfy industrial demand. The UEW four-year programme is titled “Art Education Programme” and comprises five main components namely: General Education, Departmental Courses, Subject Studies, Professional Studies and Student Internship. 50% of the entire UEW Programme is on art whereas the remaining in on education. The KNUST’s four-year duration Painting programme is titled “Bachelor of Fine Art (Painting)” which offers in-depth knowledge in painting. Practical instruction is rated 75% whereas the theory is 25%. The UEW programme is designed to give students fundamental knowledge in art, objective studies of landscape painting and drawing, experimentation, and an internship programme to help the students to develop competencies, philosophies and portfolios on the teaching of Painting. The KNUST programme also offers fundamentals in Painting and Sculpture, objective studies, industrial attachment, exploratory activities, and independent studies. Although both institutions possess competent and experienced lecturers, all the three UEW lecturers have education background whereas three out of eight lecturers have education at KNUST. Poor maintenance culture and the ever increasing population of students have placed great pressure on the facilities and infrastructure in both institutions. Both programmes are sponsored from internally generated funds. Although similar learning habits are formed but that of KNUST painting students develop more executants’ abilities, media usage and experimentation than UEW Picture Making students. The reason being that KNUST ensures continuity of practical courses but UEW does not but go ahead to treats such courses as topics.
A Thesis Submitted to the School of Graduate Studies, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, in Partial Fulfillment of the requirements for the Degree of Master of Arts in Art Education.