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In line with the Vision of Maasai Mara University which is focused on the achievement of academic excellence for development, this programme aims to produce a BA Literature, Theatre and Film graduate with a creative and innovative capacity to harness knowledge, cultural resources and talent for the purpose of employing art in the service of the community.

This programme provides the BA Literature student with a variety of skills in creative writing, literary criticism, editing and in film and theatre to enable him/her to obtain employment or to be self employed in the film, media, publishing and entertainment industries. The programme takes cognisance of the requirements for students who may wish to pursue further studies at postgraduate level in the disciplines of Literature, Theatre and Film after their completion of the programme. In this regard the programme offers an adequate number of theoretical and critical courses to provide them with the necessary grounding for graduate study.

Learning Outcomes of the Programme

By the end of the programme the Bachelor of Arts in Literature, Theatre and Film graduates will be able to:

  1. Apply critical reading skills in the analysis of literary and performance texts in a variety of contexts, including in reviews, editing for publication, preparation of scripts for performance, and research
  2. Apply literary, Theatre and film theory to practical situations including creative writing, performance and film making
  3. Employ creative writing skills in the development of literary, theatrical and film texts
  4. Understand the historical and social contexts underpinning African creative arts, and employ this knowledge in problem solving in the field of African literature, theatre and film
  5. Integrate literature, theatre and film in social work including community sensitisation and intervention
  6. Incorporate concepts learnt in other disciplines in analysis and problem solving in the field of the creative and performing arts.

Admission Requirements

To be admitted in the degree programme the applicant must fulfill the common academic requirements as prescribed by Maasai Mara University. Specifically:

(i) Applicant must satisfy the minimum entry requirements for admission to the University.

(ii) Applicants must have obtained a mean grade of C+ at KCSE level. In addition, the applicant must have obtained a minimum a grade of C+ in English at the KCSE level. Or

(iii) Two Principal passes and a subsidiary pass at KACE – A level or

(iv) A two year diploma in a relevant field from a recognized institution at the grade of credit and above. 

Regulations on Credit Transfer

Students wishing to transfer credits from other universities should:

  1. have obtained a  mean grade of C+ at KCSE
  2. A maximum number of 48 credits are required for transfer. Transfers will only be possible at the beginning of Y2 Students wishing to transfer credits should atleast have covered all 4 core and 6 core Journalism Year 1  courses. No transfer will be allowed after Y2S1.

 A minimum grade C is required for transfer.

List of courses offered every semester.

First Year

Semester I

Course Code Title    Credit Factors
CMJ 1100 Communication Skills  University Common Course 3
ZOO 1100 HIV & AIDS and Lifestyle Diseases University Common Course 3
SAS  1101 The Art of Writing School Required 3
LIT  1103 Introduction to Literature Core Programme 3
LIT  1104 Introduction toTheatre Core Programme 3
LIT 1105 Film Analysis Core Programme 3
LIT 1106 Reading and Writing in Literature Core Programme 3
Total Credit Factors 21

Semester II

Course Code Title    Credit Factors
COM 1200 Computer and Information Literacy University Common Course 3
MAT 1200 Quantitative Skills University Common Course 3
SAS 1202  Deviation & Rehabilitation  School Required 3
LIT  1207 Classical Literary Theory Core Programme 3
LIT  1208 Themes in East African Literature  Core Programme 3
LIT  1209 Speech and Stage Movement Core Programme 3
LIT  1210 Cinematography and Camera Techniques Core Programme 3
Total Credit Factors 21

Second Year

Semester I

Course Code Title    Credit Factors
ENS 2100 Environmental Skills University Common Course 3
REL 2100 Philosophy and Critical Thinking University Common Course 3
SAS 2103 Principles of Communication School Required 3
LIT 2111 Humanist Literary Theory Core Programme 3
LIT 2112 Introduction to Drama Core Programme 3
LIT 2113 Introduction to Poetry Core Programme 3
LIT 2114 Script Making and Interpretation Core Programme 3
LIT 2115 Creative Writing  Core Programme 3
Total Credit Factors 24 

Semester II

Course Code Title    Credit Factors
SAS 2204 Ethnicity, Peace Relations and Nation Building in Kenya School Req 3
LIT 2216 Introduction to Oral Literature Core Programme  3
LIT 2217 Children's Literature Core Programme  3
LIT 2218 The East African Short Story Core Programme 3
LIT 2219 Dance Drama Core Programme 3
LIT 2220 Editing Creative Writing Core Programme 3
LIT 2221 Television Drama: Forms and Genres Core Programme 3
Total Credit Factors 21

Third Year

Semester I

Course Code Title    Credit Factors
SAS 3105 Contemporary Gender Issues School Required 3
LIT 3122 Critical Theory Core Programme  3
LIT 3123 Caribbean Literature   Core Programme  3
LIT 3124 Stylistics Core Programme 3
LIT 3125 European Fiction Core Programme 3
LIT 3126 Theoretical Perspectives in Theatre   Core Programme 3
LIT 3127 Radio Drama Core Programme 3
LIT 3128 Film Theory Core Programme 3
LIT 3129 African Cinema  Core Programme  3
Total Credit Factors 27                                                                  

Semester II

Course Code Title    Credit Factors
BBM 3200 Entrepreneurial and Work Skills  University Common Course 3
SAS 3206 Communication and Culture School Required 3
LIT 3230 Theories of Oral Literature Core Programme  3
LIT 3231 West African Drama Core Programme 3
LIT 3232 Kenyan Fiction and History Core Programme 3
LIT 3233 Adaptation for Film and Theatre Core Programme 3
LIT 3234 Stage and Costume Design  Core Programme 3
LIT 3235 Industrial Attachment Core Programme 6
Total Credit Factors 27

Fourth Year

Semester I

Course Code Title    Credit Factors
SAS 4136 English for Specific Purposes  School Required 3
LIT 4136 Literature & Postmodernist Theory Core Programme 3
LIT 4137 The African Novel Core Programme  3
LIT 4138 Theatre in Education Core Programme 3
LIT 4139 Entertainment Management & Marketing Core Programme 3
LLIT 4140 Film Scriptwriting Core Programme 3
LIT 4141 Creative Writing Project Elective  3
LIT 4142 Gender in Literature Elective  3
LIT 4143 Film Production Project Elective  3
Total Credit Factors 27


Semester II

Course Code Title    Credit Factors
SAS 4245 Disaster & Conflict Management School Required 3
LIT 4244 Modern African Poetry Core Programme 3
LIT 4245 Studies in Postcolonial Discourse Core Programme  3
LIT 4246 Literary Journalism  Core Programme 3
LIT 4247 Theatre in Community Development Core Programme 3
LIT 4248 Film Directing Core Programme 3
LIT 4249 Film Editing Core Programme 3
LIT 4250 Major Literary Movements Elective  3
LIT 4251 African American Poetry and Drama Elective  3
Total Credit Factors 27




Collaborations and Linkages

University of Pau-France

It was requested that MMU to host one French Master of Tourism student for internship in 2014.The details to be discussed between Dean Tourism MMU and Director Tourism University of Pau France after the conference.

Clemson University - U.S.A.

Exchange research, training and workshop conference Developing a tourism information system for Maasai Mara Game Reserve

University of Bordeaux 3-France

Establishment of a French Language Institute/ centre Maasai Mara University is currently teaching French language to students undertaking tourism, arts and hospitality courses.

Aarhus University- Denmark

Establish and promote joint research, development projects and academic cooperation with focus on the Maasai Mara (ecosystem, living conditions, economic growth and biodiversity)

Regents University-London-U.K

Areas of collaboration: Education cooperation and articulation programmes. Research collaboration Exchange of students, faculty and staff members Joint consultancy activities Knowledge transfer Participation in seminar and academic meetings Exchange of academic materials and other information.

Kenya Industrial Estates

Create incubation centers and incubate student's projects with potential for commercialization. Attachment of MMU staff to enterprise funded through KIE for purposes of gaining experience that would be ploughed back into teaching.

University of Hertfordshire.- London-U.K

To conduct a survey to identify current research, educational, policy and regulatory activities (Governmental, academic, NGO)

University of Munster, Germany

The parties agree to collaborate in the following area of mutual interest: Explore possibilities for joint research programmes, Exchanges for students.

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