In 1997, following the establishment of UPSI as a university, a music and arts department was included within the Faculty of Social Science and Arts. After several years a restructure of faculties occurred and, for the first time at UPSI, an independent Faculty of Music and Arts was created. Further refinement and growth led, in 2010, to the present form of the Faculty as the Faculty of Music and Performing Arts.
This faculty offers a growing range of programmes and degrees in music, theatre, and dance. These highly regarded degrees are offered at Diploma, Bachelor, Masters and Doctoral levels. The Faculty of Music and Performing Arts cherishes the diversity of local and global musical and performing arts traditions. It has world-renowned and specialist teachers and researchers in a wide range of music and performing arts styles which are targeted to meet the needs and expectations of professional working in the current global market.
Our courses encompass the rich and diverse range of Malaysian ethnic music, both traditional and contemporary, in addition to our performing arts traditions. We are equally proud of the wide scope of courses in Western Art, World and Popular Music in addition to courses in Contemporary Theatre and Dance.