The School of Creative Arts

University of Education, Winneba

The School of Creative Arts (SCA), one of the faculties at the University of Education, Winneba (UEW), was established to prepare students in the teaching, learning and practice of Visual and Performing Arts Education. This initiative was a response to the evolving trends in Ghana’s education system, which places a strong emphasis on creativity and creative processes. The school is mandated to enhance creative academic concepts, fostering a community of inquiry where students and faculty members explore theories and praxis at the intersection of the creative arts through practical teaching, learning, and research. To achieve the highest academic standards in teaching, learning, research, and practice, the School provides a solid foundation for innovation in knowledge development within the arts. It is equally committed to ensuring that students aspire to and maintain academic excellence in the promotion of creative arts education and practices.

The school prepares students in the arts as educators at various academic levels, as managers in the promotion of arts and culture, and as artists and performers capable of leveraging creative and innovative settings to generate new ideas. Consequently, students acquire a broad and diverse knowledge base deemed essential for reflective professional artists and performers. In furtherance of its aspirations, the School ensures efficient and valuable knowledge sharing, offering creative support to the constituent academic departments within the University. Additionally, it provides professional support for diverse industrial and pedagogic practices within the arts, both nationally and internationally.


Patrique deGraft-Yankson, PhD

School of Creative Arts
University of Education, Winneba
Post of Box 25, Winneba, Ghana

Phone: +233 24 888 2966

Patrique deGraft-Yankson is an Associate Professor of Art and Design Education in the University of Education, Winneba, where he was the Dean of the School of Creative Arts between 2017 and 2022. His research interests contrast the argument for the preferences of colonial design tenets in contemporary art/design education in Africa, with a profound deconstructive and decolonizing position that aims at redefining art/design for visual cultural relevance. This passion for transformative research spurs him to engage his students in the investigation of what it should take to redesign the sociocultural milieu through art and design education with the wellbeing of the society in focus. He is currently engaged in a series of projects that seek to explore how traditional art/design resources work to influence global arts education with the Exploring Visual Cultures (EVC) group. He is also an Africa and Middle Councilor for the International Society for Education through Art (InSEA).