About Edna Manley

The Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts has been through several stages in its evolution. The four Schools—Drama, Music, Dance, and Visual Arts—started out at different locations in Kingston. Two of the Schools, namely the School of Art and the School of Music, are historic because of their establishment in 1951 and 1961 respectively, before the island gained its independence from Britain in 1962.

Graduation 2015 Registration and Info

Graduation Information 2015

Dear Prospective Graduate,

Congratulations on your accomplishment so far. We hope that you will celebrate this journey by being a part of the graduation ceremony.

Please complete the Graduation 2105 Registration Form and submit to the Registry at registry@emc.edu.jm or take it in to the office of the Registrar at 1 Arthur Wint Drive.

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Prospective graduates MUST pay all outstanding balances in addition to the graduation fee to attend the ceremony.

Edna Manley College gets 4.9M for Rex Nettleford Arts Conference

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) – The Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts (EMCVPA) has received donations amounting to $4.9 million for the staging of the 2015 Rex Nettleford Arts Conference

The sum includes $2.9 million (US$24, 928.61) from the United States Embassy and $2 million from the Culture, Health, Arts, Sports and Education (CHASE) Fund.

The conference was first held in 2011 to celebrate the late Professor’s significant contribution to Jamaica’s performance arts.

Vice President of Academic Affairs at Edna Manley and Conference Co-Chair,

Rex Nettleford Arts Conference Receives Strong Support from Embassy of the United States, Kingston and Chase Fund

Kingston, Jamaica – The Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts (EMCVPA) will
stage the third bi-annual Rex Nettleford Arts Conference on October 14 -17, 2015. This year, the
conference has received much needed support from the Embassy of the United States, Kingston and
the CHASE Fund.

The Rex Nettleford Arts Conference brings together arts educators and artists/es from all over the
world to share their knowledge and experiences as well as research in the creative and cultural

Erna Brodber’s Jane and Lousia will soon come Home” takes on a new life as Ratoon: A New Jamaica

Kingston, Jamaica – The month of October is abuzz with excitement at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts with the 3rd. biennial Rex Nettleford Arts Conference which features prominently a special dance production, Water the Roots Concert and the opening of the first play for the school year “RATOON: A new Jamaica”.

Directed by Lecturer at the School of Drama, Ms. Carolyn Allen, the play is an adaptation of Erna Brodber’s novel Jane and Lousia will soon come Home.


Students! This is your chance to design your way into US$1000 this summer. Rastafari In Inity Limited will be staging Rastafari RootzfestTM in November of this year which will host the world renowned High Times Cannabis Cup. Rastafari Rootzfest is a four-day Rastafari celebratory event, comprising of consumer expo, trade show and the High Times Cannabis Cup Competition. This annual event presents the perfect platform to showcase Jamaica and attract an impressive number of tourists and locals.

For this event,

Animate Your World!


Jamaica’s strategic location within the global marketplace has made it an ideal hub spot for outsourced Animation from the North and South Americas. Edna Manley College of Visual and Performing Arts (EMCVPA), the premiere institution in the region for training in the arts, with its rich heritage and expertise, is the institution most equipped to educate students in all the facets of the Animation pipeline.

This 6-month course in 2D Computer Animation is designed for designers,

6 Plays, 2 Nights, all FREE of Cost!

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This is the journey of a former math teacher burdened by schizophrenia, who tries to cope with the stresses of a dissolving marriage and a custody battle over his daughter.






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Impelled Female Promiscuity

In this play You will see what happens when a church woman is forced to be promiscuous.

Young Artists on Showcase at EMCVPA Final Year Exhibition 2015

Final year 2015 invite_16Kingston, 3 June 2015. A curated exhibition from 55 final year student artists at the School of Visual Arts (SVA) will be on display for two weeks at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts (EMCVPA) hosts SVA Final Year Exhibition 2015.

The exhibition opens on Saturday, June 6, 2015 with an official ceremony starting 6:00 P.M. at the Vera Moody Concert Hall, EMCVPA. Guest speaker for this year’s event is renowned writer,

Alexis Peskine and The Acu-Painting Workshop in Jamaica

10406900_798841360190359_8748686050004238522_nALEXIS PESKINE, a French-Brazillian artist who is well known for his Acu-Painting Technique, has teamed up with AYA CONSULTANCY & TRAINING SOLUTIONS to bring his series of multidisciplinary workshops across the African Diaspora to Kingston, Jamaica for the very first time at EDNA MANLEY COLLEGE OF THE VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS along with the support of the BRAZILIAN EMBASSY, THE FRENCH EMBASSY and SUPER VALU HOME CENTRE.

“A vision that would take 18 months to become a reality…”

Summer School 2015

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4-week Courses for Adults


Kaleidoscope is an integrated arts programme that encapsulates the performing arts – dance, music, drama and visual arts. Children between the ages of four to eleven (4-11) enjoy four weeks of an exciting day camp that brings their imagination and allow your child to showcase their talents to a wide audience including you the parents.