Postgraduate Diploma in Drama and Theatre

This course is designed to provide both theoretical knowledge and practical skills in drama and theatre education for practitioners as well as academician. The modules in the course explore the role of drama and theatre for encouraging creative learning, role of story in drama & theatre education and drama & literacy. It is expected through this course to establish the subject in the contemporary society while inculcating positive
attitudes in individuals.

Objective/ Graduate Profile
The postgraduate students who successfully complete this course will be able to;
• Merge professional quality courses in the history of drama with performance oriented courses in arts and theatre.
• Conduct academic research through practical experimentation, such as the investigation of processes of theatre making or the practical application of particular aesthetic theories.
• Specialize in a particular area of practice (dramaturgy, playwriting, or performance which includes directing) which prepares them for a chosen profession.
• Acquire professional and theoretical knowledge to the teachers who teach the subject as well as students
• Use theoretical knowledge on the subject in the performing arts for artists

Professional and Employment Opportunities
Opportunities as script writers, directors or producers of literary artwork either individually or for media organizations. Can also be a teacher, lecturer in fine arts, direct cultural groups. Openings are available in International organizations/
International Non-Governmental Organizations (INGOs) as cultural officers.

Admission Requirements
To be eligible for admission to this program an applicant must possess one of the following qualifications;
a. A Bachelor’s Degree with at least 30 credits worth of teaching/learning in Fine Arts, Performing Arts from a recognized university
b. A Bachelor’s Degree in any stream obtained from a recognized Sri Lankan or foreign university with two years’ experience in the field of Drama and Theatre
c. Completion of NVQ level 7 (B. Tech.) as determined by the University

Course Duration: One year
Medium of Instruction: Sinhalese and English

Course Description

Candidate’s performance at each course unit is assessed and graded through theory examinations and continuous assessments during and at the end of each semester. The continuous assessments will be limited to a maximum of 20% of the total marks. The pass mark is 50% and candidate should pass all the course units including the independent dissertation.

Repeating the course units
A candidate who is unable to sit for the course unit examination can repeat the examination. Except for medical reasons the maximum mark that can be obtained is 50%. For further details please refer paragraph under “Repeating the course units” in page 29.

Awarding the Post Graduate Diploma
Candidate should pass all the courses and should possess a minimum GPA of 2.7 for a total of at least 25 credits worth courses. A merit pass will be given if the overall average marks exceed 70%.

Payment Plan
The full amount of the course fee should be paid at the time of registration.