History of the Department
The Department was established in 1978 with initial staff strength of Three (3) Lecturers and a student’s population of six (6) Candidates for the Nigeria Certificate of Education (NCE) programme. However, with an increase in student population, the staff strength increased to thirteen (13) and non-academic staff strength of four (4) was added. The department trained NCE teachers of the following categories:
Fine Arts l English Language
Fine Arts l History
Fine Arts/Christian Religious Studies
In 1982, the first set of Bachelor of Education students in the Department of Fine and Applied Arts (FAA) were admitted; these graduated in 1984. Throughout this period, the department at the B.Ed. level serviced the general course, 'Basics of Arts.' The course was designed to introduce general concepts of Fine and Applied Arts, their elements, principles and some basic forms of Al1 History and Art appreciation to non-Arts students. But this course was stopped in 2004 and yet to be continued.
In 2010, the Rivers State College of Education was by law upgraded to the status of a full-fledged University and was named after the last college's Governing Council Chairman, Late Ambassador Ignatius Ajuru. Thus, the name of the institution was changed to Ignatius Ajuru University of Education (l.A.U.E). Meanwhile, the Department of Fine and Applied Arts has also enlarged its Degree course contents. The Department of Fine and Applied Arts now has in addition to us, its specialization Studio disciplines of Painting, Graphic Design, Ceramics, Sculpture and Textile. Design with their studios. Studio attendants, male and female models are also at the service of the various units. The academic staff strength has improved in status and number up to 20 and we now have a Professor as the Head of Department.
Standardization and the improvement of quality, for example, all examination results are subjected to both internal and external moderation. The Bachelor of Arts in Education Degree (BA. Ed.) has been upgraded with the addition of a mandatory requirement for all final year students: Internship for Teaching Practice (T.P.) and Industrial Training (LT.) (for a period of six (6) months). The Department of Fine and Applied Arts now offers five study disciplines, namely Sculpture, Textile Design, Painting, Ceramics and Graphic Design.
The Bachelor of Arts education degree shall be issued to students who successfully complete the four (4) year intensive course of study and the Mandatory Internships, Teaching Practice (T.P.) and Industrial Training (IT.).All Question Papers and examination results are committed to internal and external moderation for standardization; so far, the results are impressive. In the past few years, the department has been active and contributed to the development of the university. The Department was engaged in the design and production of the university logo and the sculpture relief sign writing of the university gate. The Department remains ready to support the efforts of the Physical Planning unit of the IAUE.
Philosophy of the Department
This Department is concerned with the responsibility of providing an opportunity for learning which responds to the academic needs and ethical challenges of its students and of the society.
Aims and Objectives
The Department embraces the Fine and Applied Arts tradition and is committed to a vibrant curriculum, including a General Education programme, which is both scholarly and humanistically enlarging.
To provide an educational environment dedicated to enhancing each student's development, both as an individual and as a member of society.
To prepare students to become responsible, productive citizens and lifelong learners, encouraging them to contribute to their communities, nations and in a complex world.
To provide an excellent background to not only enrich one's daily existence, but also offers a firm foundation for mastery, skills and the ability to utilize the ever-changing technology.
To improve the ability to recognize and conduct valid educational research and to incorporate research based instruction in lessons and units of instruction.