The Faculty of Dance & Drama is a rich faculty composed of national and international award-winning academics. Each veteran academic of the faculty brings a unique and valuable perspective to our University. Be it traditional cults, rituals or modern dance, acting or film direction, the faculty has the rich resources incomparable to any other higher educational institution in the country. Strategic initiatives of the faculty focusing on performing arts to expand research opportunities, new degree programs with innovative courses introduced to the undergraduates, indoor and outdoor experiential opportunities to expand undergraduate experiences are only a few examples to highlight the journey of the faculty to explore new avenues in contemporary dance and drama field while fostering and preserving traditional cults and rituals associated with Sri Lankan dance and drama.
Conducive Learning Environment
- The faculty offers state-of-the-art facilities such as a Multimedia Studio with audio and video recording, still photography, live multi camera, video production facilities, a Multimedia Laboratory, a state-of-the-art Computer Laboratory, English Language Lab, a well-equipped carpentry workshop, and dressmaking and costume designing facilities to enhance the skills of the students and researchers.
- A Theatre with modern technologies, theatre and seating facilities to perform various plays, dramas and dancing performances is one among few modern theatres available in the country.
- A Library with a rare collection of books, periodicals and research papers is functioned under the roof of the faculty in addition to the main University library.
The Faculty of Dance & Drama opens doors to its graduates in the national and international performing art fields ranging from dance, drama, choreography, costume designing to event management, and film industry. The faculty has crafted renowned performers, and scholars in the field to its credit.
Department of Kandyan Dance
Department of Low-Country Dance
Department of Sabaragamuwa Dance
Department of Dance, Oriental Ballet & Modern Dance
Department of Indian & Asian Dance
Department of Percussion Music
Department of History and Theory of Dance & Drama
BPA (Special) Communication & Folklore
BPA (Special) Film Studies
B.P.A. in Video Choreography Dance (Special) Degree provides a vast knowledge and understanding on the art of dance and on the technology involved therein to their undergraduates. In par with the modern digital society, the department teaches students how to perform a dance in front of a camera with especial attention drawn on how a dance is screened which is a way of preserving traditional and contemporary dance for future generations. The BPA in Communication & Folklore Studies (Special) Degree programme ensures that the students obtain a broad understanding on the history and theoretical aspects of Dance with an objective to create confident academic artists who are capable of facing future challenges. The BPA in Film Studies (Special) Degree programme has a carefully planned syllabus which equips students with the required theoretical knowledge and the practical training on Cinematography. In accordance with the technological advances across the world, students of this Department are also exposed to new technologies to make them enable to keep pace with the fast-changing world.