Undergraduate Programs


Brief descriptions of the Degree Programs offered by the Faculty:

  • B.P.A in Up-country Dance (special) Degree

    This degree program has been designed to produce resourceful graduates who are both theoretically and practically knowledgeable in the field of traditional dance. The graduates of the study program will be able to gain an in-depth knowledge of Up-country dance as well as to study other relevant subject areas.

  • B.P.A in Low-country Dance (special) Degree

    The main objective of this degree programme is to disseminate knowledge of traditional dance forms, especially in Low-country dance. It is intended to meet the demands of the undergraduates seeking a career in the field of Low-country dance.

  • B.P.A in Sabaragamu Dance (special) Degree

    This degree program has been designed to produce resourceful graduates with a theoretical and practical knowledge of Sabaragamu Dance. It provides a wide coverage of core and peripheral areas in Sabaragamu Dance form.

  • B.P.A in Oriental Drumming (special) Degree

    The Department offers a course on Up-country Drumming, Low-country Drumming, Sabaragamu Drumming Devol Drumming and udekki Drumming. The graduates will be able to gain an in-depth knowledge in the respective field of study as well as in other related fields.

  • B.P.A in Bharatha Nattyam/ B.P.A in Kathak/ B.P.A in Kathakli/ B.P.A in Manipuri (special) Degree

    Indian dance, which consists of a large number of dance forms, have become highly popular not only globally but in Sri Lanka as well. Therefore, this degree programme has been designed to meet the demands of the students who wish to be an expert in the field of Indian dance.

  • B.P.A in Acting/B.P.A in Script Writing and Directing/ B.P.A in Oriental Ballet & Modern Dance (special) Degree

    With the intention of developing Sri Lankan drama, Oriental Ballet, creative and modern dance, the Department of Drama, Oriental Ballet & Modern Dance has introduced two degree programs in Acting, and Script Writing and Directing. The main objective of these degree programs are to produce professional dance and drama script writers, actors, make-up artists, set designers, sound and lighting technicians and directors etc,.

  • B.P.A in Video Dance/ B.P.A in History and Theory of Dance & Drama (special) Degree

    This degree programme provides the undergraduates with an opportunity to obtain a comprehensive knowledge about the art of dancing and the use of technology in the field. The programme is intended to teach undergraduates how to perform a dance before a camera while guiding them towards an understanding of how a dance is to be screened.

Structure of the Degree Programme
The 4 year degree programme includes one year of a core programme, which every students should follow. Each department will offer an advanced programme (module) and any student will select one of the six modules for her/his advanced programme depending upon their career objective(s).

Academic programmes
We are committed to providing quality educational programs that will allow our student to earn an academic degree that their own pace, whether at home or in the classroom using the most innovative instructional and technological advances and teaching techniques.

The academic programmes in the faculty is of four-year duration and taught in Sinhala. All students are provided with an English language programme during their first year. Atending the English programme is compulsory. The degree programmes follow a course unit system.

Core programme
The core programme is the first year. At the end of the core programme each student would have completed 26 credits.

Advanced programme
Courses of each advanced programme will be completed in the 2nd , 3rd and 4th years. These course will be either compulsory (i.e. all the students in a particular module must follow) or optional (i.e. courses that are not compulsory for any module and could be followed by students on the Department’s advice). Each student should complete a minimum of 84 credits aggregating total number of credits to a minimum of 120. A Research dissertation will be carried out by individual students in the respective Departments of study.

Selection
Selection will be based on the marks obtained in the practical examination conducted by the University of the Visual and Performing Arts followed by the Z score marks in the University Grant Commission

Department of Study

  • B.P.A. in North Indian Music (Special Degree) Programme

    North Indian music is a world famous system of music. Therefore, this Degree Programme has been designed to meet the demand of those students seeking a carrier in North Indian Classical Music (Vocal/Instrumental) with specialization in accordance with disciplinary studies in Performing Arts. The Graduates of the Study Programme will be able to gain an in-depth knowledge in North Indian Classical Music as well as other relevant subjects. The applications of the North Indian Music could be seen in the Nurthi songs, light music, film music and many other areas in Sri Lankan music. As an internationality recognized system of music, it is a well-established music discipline in Sri Lankan school Education. The Graduates in North Indian Music could find employment in Government and Private Schools as teachers of Music, Media Institutions and other relevant organisations. The North Indian Classical Music Degree holders are also capable of developing their own carrier as free lance Singers or Instrumentalists in the field of music. The University encourages undergraduates to perform in the university and various electronic media, which will help them to gain wide experience and exposure in Performing Arts.

  • B.P.A. in South Indian Music (Special Degree) Programme

    South Indian Music is a world-wide recognised system of music. This Degree Programme, therefore, has been designed to meet the demands of those students seeking a carrier in South Indian Music (Vocal/ Instrumental) with specialisation. This Degree Programme has been designed to raise awareness on the ethnic integration, providing an overview of diverse ethnic groups in Sri Lanka. Since Sri Lankan society is multi-cultural and multi-ethnic in nature, the undergraduates will be able to gain an in-depth knowledge of Carnatic Music and as well as the culture of the Tamil community. South Indian Music Degree holders could find employment in government and private schools, non-governmental organizations, private organizations and electronic media. Graduates in South Indian Music are capable of interacting with and appreciating Sinhalese as well as Tamil cultures while being conversant with both cultures. The University encourages undergraduates to organize and perform joint cultural programmes in the university and the other cultural missions.

  • B.P.A. in Western Music (Special Degree) Programme

    The prime objective of this special Degree Programme is to impart to the undergraduates practical and theoretical knowledge, awareness and professional training including Symphony and Opera, not only on Western classical singing and instrumental music but composing and conducting theory and history of music, foreign languages, knowledge of modern technology and the other beneficial subjects which lead for the development of the field but also other Western classical, light and creative music which includes famous music forms.

    The aim of this degree programme is to create professional in the field of performing arts, providing not only the knowledge, awareness and skills that should be in possession of a Western musician but also the theoretical and practical knowledge relevant to the other music traditions including Eastern music that meets the national and international standards and requirements. The goal of this degree programme is to create professional musicians, vocalists, teachers and composers of music, a resourceful person who is capable of fulfilling the various needs of Western music field and can manipulate various music instruments belonging to the Western classical genre, light and pop music including Western vocal.

  • B.P.A. in Applied Music (Special Degree) Programme

    Applied Music is a vital component of human expression which is practiced under various types of music diciplines in the realm of world Music. Applied Music in Mass Communication performs a vital task as cinema, radio, and television information and communication technology are interlinked with the mass communication. This degree programme has been designed to develop Applied Music and communication skills by creating various types of novel compositions. Therefore, the undergraduates are at liberty of developing their major music disciplines which they taught in the A/L in a wider capacity by harnessing elements in Applied Music. Graduates in Applied Music could find employment in the governmental, non-governmental organisations, private organizations, Media, Film industry and information technology sector. The University encourages undergraduates to compose and Performing in accordance with the fundamentals of Applied Music.

  • B.P.A. in Ethnomusic (Special Degree) Programme

    In examining the tangible and the intangible heritage of Sri Lanka, it seems that the subject of Ethnomusicology has been well integrated into the traditional Sri Lankan Music. The Unites on establishing identities in diverse cultures and their integration with the Sinhalese culture have been included in the Programme. The programme also entails extensive Field Research and other Research Studies.

    Therefore the undergraduates will gain a wider understanding of Sri Lankan traditional music, Asian folk music and folk music styles in other countries. This Degree Programme has been designed to meet the demands of those students seeking carrier in Ethnomusicology with specialization in accordance with cultural conditions in Sri Lankan society. This Degree programme will promote ethnic integration while offering a wider understanding of diverse ethnic groups in Sri Lanka.

    The Graduates in Ethnomusicology could find employment in various governmental, non-governmental organisation and private organisations. The graduates will be capable of developing their own carrier as free lance performers in the Sri Lankan music industry with a demand for folk music.

  • B.P.A. in Musicology (Special Degree) Programme

    The scientific study of music and the comparative study of music are included in this Degree Programme under the components designed in the stream of musicology. All subject components are included in the stream of musicology with the existing theory components of the major music disciplines in the world music. The Programme entails diverse research programme and field research visits. This Department encourages undergraduates to develop their own scientific and comparative knowledge in music with emphasis on subject areas like sociology and anthropology. Graduates in Comparative Music will find employment in governmental, non-governmental organisation, private organisations, electronic media, and other relevant academic bodies. Graduates will be capable of developing their own carrier in research (scientific nature) while developing their Vocal and Instrumental abilities stipulated in the syllabus.

    Academic flow of the Department of Musicology - This department specially established and developed according to certain measures taken into account on specific course components(Music Technology, Sound Technology), Music Appreciation, Folklore and Socio-Anthropology etc. The curricular of this department comprises various subjects which are relevant to Musicology and perspectives in Comparative Music. Another specialty of this degree programme is that students could get considerable practical knowledge in North Indian Music as well as number of theoretical aspects identified in the world realm of music.

  • Department of Paining

     
  • Department of Sculpture

     
  • Department of Printmaking

    • Bachelor of Visual Arts (general) Degree will be awarded from the above departments.
    • Course duration - 3 year full time, 90 credit course
    • Students performing well in their three year degree course will be considered for a (Honours) Degree. It involves one additional year of study following successful completion of a three year degree.
    • Course duration - 3 year full time, 90 credit course
  • Department of Multi-Disciplinary Design

     
  • Department of Visual Communication Design

     
  • Department of Multi-media Art

     
  • Department of Ceramics

     
  • Department of Textile and Wearable Art

    • Bachelor of Design (general) Degree will be awarded from the above departments.
    • Course duration - 3 year full time, 90 credit course
    • Students performing well in their three year degree course will be considered for a (Honours) Degree. It involves one additional year of study following successful completion of a three year degree.
    • Required credit points (4 x 30) = 120
  • Department of Art History and Theory

    • Bachelor of Design (general) Degree will be awarded from the above departments.
    • Course duration - 3 year full time, 90 credit course
    • Students performing well in their three year degree course will be considered for a (Honours) Degree. It involves one additional year of study following successful completion of a three year degree.
    • Required credit points (4 x 30) = 120

Assessments
Practical sessions, creative works, practical and written assignments will be evaluated from continuous assessments, examinations and viva. Work load for full time programme should be 40 hours a week.

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