Bachelor in Traditional Buddhist Art

Bachelor in Traditional Buddhist Art

4 years

The Bachelor in Traditional Buddhist Art (BTBA) program offers 120 credits in accordance with the qualification framework for Bachelor. Each semester carries 15 credits. As the main objective of this course is to create a good artist and it contains ample practical art classes. These practical classes include 60 credits which are more than half of the whole course. The remaining course consists of Basic Buddhist Philosophy and History. This course contains Buddhist art history, Buddhist iconometry, and iconography. The course contains basic Nepali and English including the topics in entrepreneurship.

Traditional Buddhist art of Nepal indicates the techniques adopted by Newah of Kathmandu Valley to furnish different objects of art in relation to Buddhist practice. After the emergence of Mahayana and Vajrayana, Buddhist art became even more vibrant and elaborate. In Newah society, this traditional art became so popular that the artists of this valley were in great demand in neighboring regions of Sikkim, Bhutan, Ladakh, Mustang, Tibet, China, and central Asia. In this course, students are taught the basics of these traditional art techniques, and eventually, they are given a guided practical course of making this traditional Buddhist art. Utmost priority is given to make them attentive to the theoretical and philosophic aspects of Basic Buddhist principles. Special attention is also given to the Buddhist art history and the development of Buddhist art from the time of Buddha to the present situation so they can evaluate the different evolution and changes according to the change of different dynasties and rulers. This course will also give them an idea of the prospect of entrepreneurship in the changing situation of world economy. The aspect of entrepreneurship is also focused on this course to make the student familiar with the business aspects of Buddhist art.


  1. This course will give students Buddhist art historical information so that they implicate their practical skills in replicating these arts for the reconstruction, renovation, preservation and remake the heritage which need repair.
  2. This course will give them a sound background in traditional Buddhist art, its practical implication so they will be able to produce fine Buddhist art themselves.
  3. This course will give students a basic knowledge of Buddhism and its philosophy including traditional process of making sacred images so as to enable them to present and make genuine Buddhist art.
  4. This course will give them ideas in entrepreneurship so they can promote their art works in the international and national markets.
  5. The aim of this course is to make students able artists with entrepreneur skills.

The program requires students to have 70% of class attendance in order to appear in the end-of-semester exam. For fieldwork, report writing, and internships, students must visit the field as a prerequisite of the evaluation.


Candidates with a second division in any Intermediate or equivalent degree (Higher Secondary School) from Gumba Education are eligible to apply for the program.

Eligible candidates may apply to Lumbini Buddhist University by filling in the appropriate online application forms available at

Admission takes place on a semester basis and to be eligible for any program the candidate should appear in a written entrance examination and a personal interview. The maximum number of candidates accepted per year is set to 45 students per class. Admission into the Bachelor’s Program in Traditional Buddhist Art is based upon Intermediate Degree scores, past academic records, and Entrance Examination results. At the end of the selection process, a merit list will be published based on the student’s combined merit scores.

For a successful application and admission into applying for BA Traditional Buddhist Art program of the University, the following steps must be taken:

  1. Submit a duly completed and signed application form;
  2. Enclose attested copies of certificates and transcripts/mark-sheets of their Intermediate or equivalent degree (Higher Secondary School) or 12 years studies from Gumba with the application form
  3. Make a payment of the application fee.
  4. Submit all required documents to the University Student Admission Office before the deadline.

Candidates will be asked to appear for the entrance examination only after they have submitted the documents and fees listed above,

Admission Criteria

Students with Plus 2 or equivalent degree from recognized educational institutes are eligible for this academic session.

Curricular Structure

1st Semester

Course Code Course Theory/Practical
BTBA311 English (Compulsory) Theory
BTBA312 Nepali (Compulsory) Theory
BTBA313 Early Buddhist History Theory
BTBA314 Introduction of Basic Traditional art, its fundamental and rules Practical
BTBA315 Fundamentals of art and its rules Practical

2nd Semester

BTBA321 English (Compulsory) Theory
BTBA322 Buddhist Principles and Concepts Theory
BTBA323 Implication of Traditional Art Designs and Patterns Practical
BTBA324 Basic Preparation for Sculpture on clay (Sculpture)


Various elements, mythical creatures, ritual objects Part I (Paubha)

BTBA325 Leaf design, Ritual objects, and facial parts of humans on clay (Sculpture)


Various elements, mythical creatures, ritual objects Part II (Paubha)


3rd Semester

BTBA331 History of Buddhist Art Theory
BTBA332 Traditional Ornaments Practical
BTBA333 History of Ancient Art Theory
BTBA334 Traditional Ornaments on wax (Sculpture)


Study of post-seventeenth-century Paubha Painting style Part I (Paula)

BTBA335 Detailed sketch of Facial Parts of the human Practical

4th Semester

BTBA341 Development of Buddhist Art Theory
BTBA342 Mandala (Part I) Practical
BTBA343 Portrait Sketch Practical
BTBA344 Basic knowledge of Buddhist Iconography Theory
BTBA345 Clay or wax modeling of various elements of Mandala (Sculpture)


Study of post-seventeenth-century Paubha painting style Part II (Painting)


5th Semester

BTBA351 Buddhist Art and Architecture in Licchavi period of Nepal Mandala Theory
BTBA352 Mandala (Part II) Practical
BTBA353 Wax modeling of hand gestures and asana of the deity


Study of Pre-seventeenth century styled Paubha Painting Part I (Paubha)

BTBA354 Drawing of Buddhist Deities’ Faces Practical
BTBA355 Entrepreneurship Fundamentals Theory

6th Semester

BTBA361 Buddhist Art in Malla Period Theory
BTBA362 Drawing the full body of peaceful Buddhist Deities Practical
BTBA363 Clay or wax modeling of a bust of a human and peaceful Buddhist deity (Sculpture)


Study of the pre-seventeenth century styled Paubha painting  Part II (Paubha)


BTBA364 Clay or wax modeling of the head of wrathful  Buddhist deity (Sculpture)


Individual innovation of the basis of post seventeenth century styled Paubha Part I (Painting)

BTBA365 Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Theory

7th Semester

BTBA371 Sadhana Bidhi for making Sacred Images Theory
BTBA372 Drawing the full body of peaceful and wrathful Buddhist Deities Part II Practical
BTBA373 Full body of peaceful Buddhist Deity (Sculpture)


Individual innovation on the basis of the post-seventeenth century styled Paubha Part II (Painting)

BTBA374 The iconography of Buddhist Deities (II) Theory
BTBA375 Entrepreneurship – The Practical Approach Theory

8th Semester

BTBA381 Internship with Senior Artist Practical
BTBA382 Iconometry of Buddhist Deities (III) Practical
BTBA383 The full body of a wrathful Buddhist Deity (Sculpture)



Individual innovation on the basis of the pre-seventeenth century styled Paubha Part I (Painting)

BTBA384 Individual innovation on wax


Individual innovation on the basis of the pre-seventeenth century styled Paubha (Painting)

BTBA385 Business Plan for Entrepreneurs Theory