MA/MPhil/FNA/601: Research Methodology.
Master of Arts/ Master of Philosophy Degree Programme
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
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
MA/MPhil/FNA/605: Genre differences and Genre Specifics in Art
Course Content: Introduction to the different levels of
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
The first part will be an introduction to the course with
particular emphasis on sign, meaning, cognition, signifier and
a) Western theories of semiotics (Ferdinand Saussure, C.S.
Pierce, Roland Barthes, Umberto Eco, jaques Derrida, Julia Kristeva,
perspectives on sign and semiotics.
Part 3. Semiotics in context
Semiotics in Art: Painting, Dance, Drama, Music, Sculpture, Landscapes
Semiotics in rituals (Thovil, Perahera, weddings and funerals).
Gender, Fashions, Media, Cinema.