Performing and Visual Arts

Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Certificate | Postgraduate Diploma


Introduction to the programme

The aim of this inter-disciplinary programme is to provide an opportunity for students to develop a sound academic base to their work in visual and performing arts. The division of Visual and Performing Arts encompasses a broad theoretical as well as applied curriculum, and brings artists and performers from across a wide spectrum of artistic genres to the Institute to lecture, to engage in masterclasses, and to perform with students.


Programme Structure and Delivery

Small classes facilitate the opportunity for students to engage in interactive lectures, discussions and debate. Focusing on the development of critical analysis, reflection, research as well as performance skills, helps students advance their knowledge of practice and research applied to their area of interest in the broader artistic industry. The Kohima Institute also employs blended learning methods, with the use of some online teaching. This allows for greater flexibility. Students form small study groups to provide mutual peer support and arenas for discussion, debate, and for artistic performance and work in artistic exhibitions.

Students are encouraged to attend our annual interdisciplinary arts workshop, regular research days, and seminars, and learn about the latest research and practice developments from international and national scholars and artists.


Additional course costs
Year 1
Year one commences with two full weeks in August and thereafter one or two days per week for the remainder of the 9 month academic year (depending on whether the course is being undertaken full-time or part-time).
Year 2
Attendance at workshops throughout the academic year. A blended learning approach is utilised in the delivery of theoretical content which includes lectures, group discussions and self-directed learning.

Why The Kohima Institute?

The Performing and Visual Arts faculty at the Kohima Institute is distinguished in the Northeast as a centre for theoretical as well as applied learning across the multiple professional fields within the artistic industry, but more specifically, the growing fusion of Indian, western and vernacular artistic expressions in the region. Although students may, for instance, focus on musical performance, the curriculum at all levels combines a rigorous research agenda, with internships and placements grounded in theoretical approaches and understandings, and collaboration with partners and programmes throughout the state and Northeast India. This enables students to develop an intellectual approach to their artistic work in the performing and visual arts that informs their professional work.

The Institute provides a rich environment for postgraduate students with access to staff from a range of professional backgrounds. Academic staff within the Performing and Visual Arts programme are energetic, professional, and experienced artists, and often celebrated nationally and internationally for their achievements.