About usThe history of the study of Fine Arts at the University of Peradeniya can be traced back to 1972. Since then, the curriculum has been modified several times to achieve the best expectations. Year 2001 marks a significant milestone in this evolution since it was then that the department was properly established in the Peradeniya university premises and the existing syllabus was revised to be included in the "Course Unit" system.
The Department of Fine Arts (DOFA) now offers both undergraduate (B.A special degree) and postgraduate degree programmes (Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Arts, M.A., MPhil, and PhD). Bachelor of Fine Arts (honours) is a four years degree programme which is especially aimed at producing a qualified and well-trained graduand with not only the theoretical knowledge but also the practical expertise. All the postgraduate programmes are devoted to provide not only a theoretical and academic training but also a valuable opportunity for candidates to complete specific researches and projects related to various genres in the discipline of Fine Arts. Both the undergraduate and postgraduate programs conducted by DOFA are interdisciplinary in nature that are especially designed to approach specific disciplines from the aesthetic, sociological, psychological, historical and technological points of view. Further, the students who follow the B.A. degree are given the opportunity of specializing in one of the three special tracks namely, cinema and television, drama and theatre, or music, depending on both their individual choice and qualifications and performances.
The department is enriched with both human and other physical resources. The academic staff attached to the Department of Fine Arts consists of not only the well qualified people but also the well experienced professionals in the relevant fields. The department also includes a number of visiting lectures who are professionally and intellectually involved in the discipline.