Short Course on Research in Visual and Performing Arts

Description of Short Course

Research in visual and performing arts has been heavily dominated by social science research paradigm. It is clearly evident that research carried out in theatre, dance, cultural and ritual studies and other related disciplines for the last four decades has been conducted through the social science research model which is intrinsically linked to positivism. In this social science model of research, knowledge is defined as something that is existing outside the researchers’ world and the objective of doing a research is to extricate this hidden knowledge and present it in an accepted written form. This written form is the classical way of writing a thesis or a dissertation. FGS at UVPA has also been following this classical model of social science research and has provided guidelines and supervision accordingly. However, with the advent of poststructuralist thought and feminist intervention in cultural studies, the question of knowledge and the researcher’s subjectivity within the research paradigm have been heavily debated and contested. Further, especially in visual and performing arts, new research methodologies and tools have been re-invented and re-interpreted in order for ‘practitioner-researchers’ to extricate new knowledge paradigms they generate through artistic and reflective practices. With these development and arguments, research in visual and performing arts needs to re-think and re-access its epistemological and knowledge generation. The ongoing developments of new way of looking at knowledge and knowledge development in arts-based research have been a turning point in creative practices. Hence, the FGS at UVPA proposes a short course on research in Visual and Performing Arts, bringing novel approaches to research in creative arts practices.

1. To introduce basic tenants of research and academic writing skills
2. To develop competence in formulating a research project
3. To introduce basics of practice-based-research in visual & performing arts
4. To introduce abstract writing and writing research proposals
5. To enable students to relate to other researchers’ research projects and learn

A Bachelor’s Honours Degree

Fifteen weeks

Delivery method

In-class lectures and learner-centered learning can be used to enhance the delivery and student learning opportunities exist to link the delivery of the course. Continuous practical learning is in the field.

Special note: In pandemic situations and in unavoidable circumstances the lectures are intended to hold in the method of online technology in distance mode.


Evidence of outcome is measured by the written assignment and final presentation. To receive the certificate for ‘Short Course on Research in Visual and Performing Arts’, the student must obtain minimum marks of 55%.

In order obtain the certificate, applicants should meet following criteria:

  • Minimum 80% of attendance
  • obtain minimum marks of 55% for the assignments and presentations.
  • Submit all the assignments (5)
  • Complete 15 minutes presentation with a PPT


Method of evaluation

Final Mark calculation for the Short Course will be based on following


a. Continuous assessment

Marks allocation for assessments as indicated in the course contents:


Type of Assessment After the Lesson Number Week Schedule Marks Allocated from the Total Marks
Summarize 3 peer-reviewed journal articles (500 words each) 1 1 15
writing a 500 words reflective writing on their respective practice 2 2 15
Write a research proposal (1500 words) 4 5 20
Write a literature review (1000 words) 7 9 15
Write a methodology for a proposal (500 words) 8 11 15



b. End Short Course Examination


Type of Assessment Time Allocated No. of Question to be Answered Marks Allocated
 Presentation 15 Minutes N/A 20

Application Fee – Rs. 500.00

Course Fee – Rs 40000.00