Departments of Fine Arts

Master of Arts/ Master of Philosophy Degree Programme

MA/MPhil/FNA/601:  Research Methodology.
Course Content:
  A general introduction on academic research; collection of data through reading and field work; data analysis; specifics of research in Fine Arts; differences in research pertaining to specific genres of art; writing a dissertation, assignments and term papers; creative work as research. Use of computer and digital technology in research.

MA/MPhil/FNA/602:  Art and Aesthetic Theories.
Course Content:
Aristotle and the Greeks, Roman and late classic theory, Bharathamuni and the early Sanskrit theory, Sanskrit theory after Bharathamuni up to 12th century, Medieval Europe, Restoration and Eighteen Century Europe; from Hegal to Kant; Modernism and Europe; Colonial and post-Colonial world; Orientalism and Euro-centrism; Postmodernism; Art and Semiotics; Post Colonialism, Feminism; Post-Postmodern theories of art.

MA/MPhil/FNA/603: Art and Society.
Course Content:
  History of art and history in art; relation between art and society from sociological, anthropological and psychological points of view; art, ritual and religion; art and politics; art and culture including inter-cultural relations, and art and the peace.

MA/MPhil/FNA/604: Art in Asia with Special Reference to Sri Lanka
Course Content:
  Basic trends of Arts in South, South East and East Asian architecture, painting and sculpture and performing arts such as music, dance, drama and cinema; Sri Lankan art; arts and technology in  Sri Lanka, foreign influences, religion and Sri Lankan art.

MA/MPhil/FNA/605: Genre differences and Genre Specifics in Art
Course Content:
  Introduction to the different levels of genres categorization in Art such Visual Arts, Plastic Arts and performing Arts. Forms of art such as painting, architecture, music, dance, theatre etc; Study of genres within a selected form.

MA/MPhil/FNA/606:  Semiotics in Art and Culture
Course Content:
  The course will be taught in three major parts.

Part 1.
The first part will be an introduction to the course with particular emphasis on sign, meaning, cognition, signifier and signified.

Part 2.
a) Western theories of semiotics (Ferdinand Saussure, C.S. Pierce, Roland Barthes, Umberto Eco, jaques Derrida, Julia Kristeva, Baudrillard).
b) Oriental perspectives on sign and semiotics.

Part 3. Semiotics in context
Semiotics in Art: Painting, Dance, Drama, Music, Sculpture, Landscapes etc.
Semiotics in rituals (Thovil, Perahera, weddings and funerals).
Semiotics in Gender, Fashions, Media, Cinema.

Department of Fine Arts