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Diploma and Certificate in Theatre (Online/Regular)

Course Duration

2 Semesters
(1 Years)

Eligibility Criteria

Certificate programme – Interested students in Art and Dance.

Diploma programme – Students should have passed 10th grade or must be 16 years and above of age.


The Certificate and Diploma programmes are vocational courses offered by the School of Performing Arts in the genres of Dance, Music and Theatre. The School offers the dance forms of Bharatanatyam, Kuchipudi, Kathak, Mohiniattam, Odissi and music forms of Carnatic and Hindustani genres for its Certificate and Diploma courses. The School is also offering a Diploma and Certificate in the Theatre arts. The students of these programmes learn the theoretical aspects of the art form along with the practical aspects which is the need of the hour. We are currently living in an era where the performing artists need to have a strong theoretical understanding of the art form they are pursuing to enable them to not just understand the intricacies of the art form but also for them to acquire a voice to talk about it on social platforms and also to pass it on to the next generations. The Certificate and the Diploma programmes of School of Performing Arts would instill in its students an enthusiasm to teach the subject and ensures that they become professional performers.

Course Curriculum

01Unit 1: History of Indian Theatre

  • Introduction to Natya Shastra of Bharata Muni
  • Major theatre forms in India – Traditional/ Folk
  • Theatre during Independence movement and Post-Independence period

02Unit 2: Western Theatre History

  • Greek Theatre
  • Roman Theatre
  • Medieval Period Theatre
  • Elizabethan Period Theatre

03Unit 3: Eastern Theatre History

  • Noh Theatre
  • Kabuki Theatre

04Unit 4: Acting Theories

  • Abhinaya (Rasa) Theory
  • Method Acting
  • Epic Theatre
  • Poor Theatre
  • Theatre of the Oppressed
  • Theatre of Cruelty
  • Ritualistic Theatre

05Unit 5: Knowledge of

  • Acting
  • Elements of Acting
  • Performance
  • Script
  • Character
  • Role of a Playwright, Director, Actor/ Actress and the Audience


  • Truth & Belief of an Actor/ Actress
  • Physiology of Emotions
  • Body training
  • Different Levels of Energy
  • Voice mechanism - Modulation & Variation
  • Speech Learning
  • Play Reading
  • Scene Works
  • Improvisations
  • One Act Play Production

01Unit 1: Indian Theatre

  • Dasha Roopakas
  • Major Playwrights of Sanskrit and their Plays
  • Evolution of Repertoire Theatres and Amateur Teams
  • Major Modern Playwrights, Directors and their Plays

02Unit 2: Western Theories which influenced the Evolution of Theatre

  • Realism
  • Naturalism
  • Symbolism
  • Expressionism
  • Surrealism
  • Absurd
  • Post – Modernism

03Unit 3: Understanding the Technicalities of

  • Stage
  • Lighting
  • Music / Sounds
  • Make – up
  • Costume
  • Sets
  • Properties

04Unit 4:

  • Major Playwrights across the World
  • Major Directors of theatre across the World
  • Play Criticism

05Unit 5: Socio – Cultural aspect of Theatre

  • Importance of Theatre in a Socio - Political Structure
  • Placement of a play in the society
  • Cultural responsibility of a Play
  • Treatment of audience varied with theatre forms
  • Theatre Economy


  • Perceptions of Acting
  • Body Toning and Anatomy
  • Analysis and Exploration of Emotions
  • Script Analysis and Scene Study
  • Character analysis / Characterization
  • Voice resonators training and usage
  • Implementation of acting techniques in monologues
  • Mask and property making
  • Budgeting of a play
  • Major production of a play

Career Opportunities

The students who study Certificate and Diploma in Performing Arts can have some of the unconventional career opportunities as below:

  • Actors and Actresses (Theatre)
  • Dance, Music and Theatre teachers
  • Arts Entrepreneurs
  • Arts Managers
Application Fee
  • Indian / SAARC Nationals₹ 1000
  • NRI Fee₹ 2000
  • Foreign NationalsUS$ 50