Who should pursue this Program?

Devised with keeping the trends of the entertainment industry and the needs of an artist in mind, this course is built for those students who fully intend on pursuing a career in the entertainment industry. A career in performing arts usually begins as a hobby in the early formative years of a student’s life.

This course aims at helping the students harness this early founded passion and convert it into a feasible and prosperous career. Presently, this course aims to help those students with a passion for the Music, Dance and Theatre domains. It aids in helping the student convert their unstructured hobbies into a structured form, presentable at an industry level.

This course is particularly designed to help the students achieve all-round development, not only in the field of performing arts but also in the understanding of languages and the necessary business acumen to build a successful career.

Placement Opportunities & Career Assistance

The Placement Cell of the University will facilitate the placement of the graduating students in the corporate world / academic institutions / healthcare sector / entertainment industry, besides providing monetary assistance and ideation to the budding entrepreneurs to initiate start-ups through the PESU Venture Labs.

Key Differentiators of this program at PESU

  • Variety of foundational courses in the earlier semesters to help students understand the breadth of the domain
  • In-Depth Language courses, especially in Kannada and Sanskrit, to enhance the comprehensibility of cultural art forms
  • Courses aligned towards Business, Social Media, Mass Media and so on, to help the artist build a brand and persona for their art
  • Minor and Major courses in the domain of Music, Dance and Theatre to build expertise
  • Practical sessions to enhance understanding of major and minor topics
  • Mandatory performances within and outside the college to help the artists build a platform for their work
  • Internship opportunities to give the students a feel for what the entertainment industry functions like

Programme Highlights

  • Variety of foundational and language courses to guide the student in their initial exploration of the domain
  • Impeccably structured Business, Social Media and Mass Media courses to help the student build a brand for their art form
  • Practical Sessions and Mandated Performances to give the student a feel for demonstrating their art form
  • Internship opportunities at locations of repute to give the student an in-depth understanding of the industry
  • Well-structured Major and Minor courses in the domains of Music, Dance and Theatre

Who should pursue this Program?

The course currently aims on focusing on the Music, Dance and Theatre Domains. In order to accomplish this, students will pursue foundational courses in their initial semesters to achieve breadth in the domain. Followed by this, students will pursue Major Areas and Allied areas in the domains of music, dance and theatre. The proposed set of Major and Allied courses is as mentioned below.

Music (Plans)

  • Major Area – Carnatic Vocal
    Allied Area – Violin / Mridangam
  • Major Area – Hindustani Vocal
    Allied Area – Harmonium / Tabla
  • Major Area – Mridangam
    Allied Area – Carnatic Vocal
  • Major Area – Mridangam
    Allied Area – Carnatic Vocal

Dance (Plans)

  • Major Area – Bharathanatyam / Kuchipudi / Kathak
    Allied Area – Vocal / Violin / Mridangam

Theatre (Plans)

  • Major Area – Acting / Direction
    Allied Area – Costumes / Set and Properties / Make-up / Lighting

Program Design and Delivery Method

The program is proposed as an in-depth 4-year course comprising of 8 semesters in total with graduating students earning 160 credits in accordance with the National Educational Policy of 2020.

The program will be offered in three domains – music, dance & theatre.

The program will have:

  • Foundational Courses – 6 Nos. (4 credits)
  • Mandatory Learning Courses – 2 Nos. (2 credits)
  • Language Courses – 2 Nos. (2 credits)
  • Common Courses – 6 Nos. (2 credits)
  • Domain Specific Theory Courses – 6 Nos. (4 credits)
  • Ability Enhancement Courses in Major Area – 4 Courses (5 credits)
  • Skill Enhancement Courses in Allied Area – 4 Courses (5 credits)
  • Electives – 6 Nos. in Different Plans (4 credits)
  • Internship + Public Performances (12 credits)
  • Capstone Project - Creation of Individual Album (12 credits)

The proposed structure and division of credits over the semesters is enclosed at the end of this document.

Focus Areas / Key Subjects (Specialization wise)

The focus areas and key subjects are from the domains of Music, Dance and Theatre courses. All of these courses have a Major and an Allied area for students to pursue in-depth knowledge in a specific art form. Additionally, students have a wide variety of electives to choose from as mentioned below.

Subplans for Electives in Music

  • Musicology & Ethnomusicology
  • Music, Science & Technology
  • Sound Recording & Editing

Subplans for Electives in Dance

  • Choreography
  • Music, Science & Technology
  • Sound Recording & Editing

Subplans for Electives in Theatre

  • Design for Theatre
  • Folk Art
  • Sound Recording & Editing

Extra-Curricular/Co-Curricular Activities in the Program

Presently, the department aims to motivate co-curricular activities in the form of Lab / Studio Sessions organized in addition to the theory coursework. The department also plans on a mandate of performances throughout the 7th Semester to help students get a feel for the work that goes into a Live Performance, on-stage and behind the stage. Internships are proposed during the 7th Semester to further improve student insights in the entertainment industry domain. A capstone project is proposed during the 8th Semester for students to present their art form to a panel of esteemed academia in their respective domains

Pedagogy Method

  • Classroom Teaching
  • Instructional Learning through Performances
  • Specialized Practical Training in Studios
  • Project Based Learning