Faculty of Graduate Studies


Faculty of Graduate Studies (FGS) is the fourth Faculty of the University of the Visual and Performing Arts (UVPA), Colombo, Sri Lanka. FGS of UVPA was established according to the Faculty of Graduate Studies Ordinance No: 03 of 1987 and started functioning on 1st October, 2015. This Faculty is an upliftment of the Post Graduate Unit which was formed on 01st of July 2009. Senior Professor Mudiyanse Dissanayake and Prof. Ariyarathne Kaluarachchi have been served their duties as Director of the Postgraduate Unit since 2009 to 2015. Prof. Sarath cahandrajeewa is appointed as the first Dean of the FGS on 1st of October, 2015 and FGS is managed by Faculty Board of Graduate Studies.


Message of the Dean

“Fresh curiosity on the feelings of wonder at meeting with something or someone that one has hitherto passed by, the unflagging training eye, hand, body and mind. All these are essential for Visual and Performing Arts. Without researching on them there is neither discovery nor growth. Otherwise the existing system or traditions will go on generation after generation without new trends. By doing research on these disciplines novel ideas and developments evolve in fields of creative art. It is necessary to think critically, investigate and analyze art. Finally, it is not simply the development of artistic expression but a deep understanding of human nature”.


  • Vision

    T“To be the premier faculty in research to refine the knowledge of human experience in aesthetic and cultural areas in appreciation of different traditions and trends of Visual and Performing Arts.”
  • Mission

    “Produce researchers and performers in practicing art”

    To foster the development of educational, cultural and industrial fields by broadening the knowledge of humanistic studies contributing to the needs of cultural and social context in Sri Lanka and the global community.

Degree programs

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) (full time) – 03 year’s duration

Admission criteria

Master of Philosophy (M.Phil) (full time) – 02 year’s duration

Admission criteria

Faculty Members

Name Designation
Prof. Sarath Chandrajeewa Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies (Chairman)
Senior Prof. Mudiyanse Dissanayake Dean, Faculty of Dance and Drama
Prof. Kolitha Bhanu Dissanayake Dean, Faculty of Music
Associate Professor R.Podinilame Dean, Faculty of Visual Arts
Prof. Kusuma Karunarathnae Council nominee
Dr. Darmasena Pathiraja Council nominee
Dr. L.A.W. Sirisena Council nominee
Prof. Daya Edirisinghe Senate nominee
Prof. Sarath Wijesooriya Senate nominee

Staff Members

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