Organization - The National Academy of Arts Culture and Heritage (ASWARA)

The National Academy of Arts Culture and Heritage (ASWARA)
Basic Information
English The National Academy of Arts Culture and Heritage (ASWARA)
Local language Akademi Seni Budaya dan Warisan Kebangsaan (ASWARA)
Country Malaysia
Category Government Agency Educational Institution
Domain Performing Arts
Function Research
Education and Training
Established year 1994

ASWARA is a premier institution of higher learning that provides teaching, research, academic publications, and professional advice in the fields of art, culture, and heritage.


Akademi Seni Kebangsaan (ASK) was established in 1994 under the Ministry of Culture, Arts and Tourism Malaysia, and is now known as Akademi Seni Budaya dan Warisan Kebangsaan (ASWARA) established on August 1, 2006, through ACT Academy of Arts, Culture and Heritage, 2006 (Act 653).

ASWARA is the only institution in the field of high teaching art solely by the Royal Malaysian supported under the Ministry of Culture. It provides learning, inquiry, academic publishing, and solemn professional advice in the fields of arts, culture, and heritage. ASWARA aims to produce knowledgeable employees and authoritative arts to strengthen the sustainability of the art heritage of the country and meet the changing state of the art industry.

ASWARA is responsible for producing graduates who are able to become scholars, advocates, perpetrators, and practitioners of art, culture, and heritage through courses that lead to diplomas and degrees in the fields of theater, dance, writing, animation, music, film, and television as well as arts and cultural management.


  • To become a human resource capital development institution in the fields of art, culture, and heritage, that meets high-quality standards;
  • To create employment and knowledgeable art professionals to develop creative industries, arts, and heritage;
  • To be a resource center, counseling and experimental art center focused on culture and heritage;
  • To become a professional practitioner accreditation center for art, culture, and heritage.


To become an institutional center for education and training in art, culture, and national heritage that is recognized at the national, regional, and international levels.

Major Activities

Akademi Seni Budaya dan Warisan Kebangsaan (ASWARA) is a center for arts education which enjoys the status of an Institution of Higher Education (IPT). ASWARA has carved a distinct name for itself since its inception in 1994.

Today, ASWARA offers seventeen programs under eight faculties which are: creative writing, theater, music, dance, film and television, animation and multimedia, visual communication design, and management of arts and culture faculties.

ASWARA has four centers which are: Center of Artistic Research, Excellence and Scholarship (PASCA Siswazah), Center of Traditional Performing Arts (PuTRA), Center of Foundation Studies Program in Creative Arts (ASASI) and Center of Arts Development Skills (PPKS). ASWARA also offers programs in post graduate studies which include Masters in Creative Arts and PhD programs.

The teaching staff consists of lecturers who are well-experienced experts in their respective fields and the list includes the country’s National Artiste, National Laureate and SEA Write Award winner. ASWARA plans to open branch campuses all over Malaysia to attract more students to pursue courses in ASWARA, in order to popularize the local arts among the people, especially the younger generation, in a more effective way. To be competitive in the academic world, the time has come for ASWARA to expand its wings all over Malaysia, just like other IPTA; and ASWARA will equip these branch campuses with all the required facilities to fulfill this objective. ASWARA is now regarded as a brand in creative arts education in Malaysia.

Today, arts cannot be ignored as an integral part in human capital development or regarded as second class. ASWARA thus provides space for the study of arts in a more academic and systematic manner. Our arts heritage should be preserved for the current and future generations to appreciate the nation’s identity. A nation is not deemed great if it does not glorify and uphold its arts and cultural legacy.

Contact Information (Organization)
Address The National Academy of Arts Culture and Heritage (ASWARA), 464, Jalan Tun Ismail, 50480, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tel +603-26971777
Fax +603-26975513

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