Programs in Aesthetic Education prepare students in the liberal arts with courses that encourage creative thinking

Department of Aesthetic Education

What we do

Aesthetic education aims to increase the student’s appreciation of arts and bring out individual creativity. Artistic perception, Creative expression, Historical & Cultural context, Aesthetic appreciation and Connection-Relationship-Appreciations are five main concepts identified in the of the Aesthetic curriculum for grades 6-13. It has been designed to achieve 21st-century skills through these concepts. The Department of Aesthetic Education provides 08 subjects in terms of three language mediums as Sinhala, English and Tamil. Subjects are as; Art, Oriental music, Drama and Theatre, and Dancing in Sinhala medium, Bharatha Nattyam, Carnatic music and Drama and Theatre in Tamil medium and Western Music in English Medium. The Curriculum of Aesthetic education has been developed with more emphasis on the practical aspect of arts that enables the development of a balanced personality.


  • Development of Aesthetics Syllabi for Secondary Education in Sri Lanka.
  • Preparation and Development of Student Modules, Teacher Guides and Other teaching-learning materials.
  • Awareness and strengthening the capacity of Subject directors, In-service Advisors and teachers in Aesthetic Education among 9 provinces of the country.
  • Conducting research related to Aesthetic Education to enhance quality education.


  • Recent academic and research studies on Aesthetic Education have shown that intellectual, physical and emotional development occurs in children. Aesthetics enhance children’s ability to experience artistic, intellectual, cultural and critical thinking that is central to children’s overall development and future well-being. Aesthetic education which is with unique knowledge and skills that can expand the spiritual dimensions empowers the ability to innovate inspiring of entertainment and design. Presently, the innovators with such aesthetic sensibilities are highly valued in achieving global trends and goals.

Academic Staff

MR. K.G.A.Rupasena
Senior Lecturer
Mr. T.A.R.Jayasena
Senior Lecturer
Mrs. N. Thirukumaran
Mrs. J.C.Thapaswarage
Assistant Lecturer
Mrs. K.Umavasuki
Assistant Lecturer
Mr. I.D.Kondasinghe
Assistant Lecturer

Non Academic Staff

Mrs. E.L.Perera

Management Assistant I

Mrs. K.A.N.P.A.Rodrigo

Management Assistant I

Miss. R.M.G.U.Rajakarunanayaka

Management Assistant III

Director's Message

The Department of Aesthetic Education shoulders the responsibility of academic quality of 07 subjects: Art(s), Oriental music, Dancing, Drama and Theater(s), Western music, Carnatic music and Bharatha Nattayam. Curriculum of Aesthetic Education that places more emphasis on the hands-on experiences and values contribute to the development of balanced personality of the students. Department of Aesthetic Education also provides a learning space and a space for critical evaluation of historical artifacts that support the development of practical skills and creative skills. In addition, the tri- lingual working culture of this Department is a better platform to enhance national and religious reconciliation. Aesthetic Education, which is at the forefront of the new educational reforms, is also embarking on a journey that is determined to achieve 21st century skills. Artistic Perception, Creative Expression, Historical & cultural Context, Aesthetic Appreciation and Connection-Relationship-Appreciations have been identified as the five main concepts to fulfil this purpose. Aesthetic curriculum of grade 6-13 is designed to achieve 21st century skills through these concepts.

Mr. M.G.A.K.U. Bandara

Director, Department of Aesthetic Education

Department of Aesthetic Education