BFA (bachelor of fine arts) as offered by the Sir J.J School of Art, Mumbai, and Delhi College of Art; BVA (bachelor of visual arts) as offered by the Government College of Art and Craft, Calcutta; or a diploma/certificate in fine arts.
Why do it?
Because you are a creative person and have a strong urge to express your feelings and reactions in an art form. You are imaginative and love to sketch and draw. As this is a form of self expression, there is a lot of satisfaction you derive from your work. Although the initial years will be a period of struggle, fame and fortune will come your way eventually. And moreover, these days, there are many other areas you can specialize in after fine arts, which can launch you into a great career. You can, for example, specialize in graphic design, animation design, ceramics, etc. opportunities in advertising agencies and media houses are good. It only need a little exploration.
What’s it about?
In the first year, you will have preparatory courses where you will be taught the basics of drawing, painting, design, clay modeling, sketching etc. you will have to study a language and literature and history of art. Later, you will have to specialize in one of the areas – drawing and painting (western style), drawing and painting (Indian style), graphic design/applied art, modeling and sculpture, ceramic art and pottery, textile design, woodwork, leather craft and toy making etc.
How long is a degree?
Four years for a BFA course after higher secondary and three years for BVA course after secondary examination. The duration of diploma courses vary. You can also go for an integrated five year course after class X.
How is it packaged?
In case of the four year course, the first year consists of the preparatory or the foundation course, with the next three years spent on an area of specialization in fine arts. Courses are typically designed as theoretical and practical work. There are annual exams at the end of each academic year. Outdoor sketching is compulsory for students of all streams. At the Government College of Art and Craft, Calcutta, there are 100 seats in the seven categories offered. The good thing is the number of scholarships and awards available here.
How cool is it?
Unlike other undergraduate areas, one should go for fine arts only if he/she is absolutely sure about the career he/she wants to pursue. For there is no turning back from here, besides it requires a lot perspiration and then some? But for the committed, the process of creativity is something that can keep one spellbound.
From outdoor sketching to studying live models, the learning process is very involving. The presence of famous artists is also very stimulating. Campus life is a discovery, from the intellectual aura to the close bonhomie with classmates, models and staff. The regularity of notes and classes is replaced by the rule of the muse.
What are the students like?
If there is a profusion of the pony-tailed and baseball capped in the campuses, it is a sign of the times. But lurking behind them, you will find the gangly boy from the village, or the girl in plaits from the mofussil, toiling away on a piece of canvas or driftwood. In general, the city bread show a liking for the more job oriented courses like commercial art, graphic design, textile design etc.
One thing common among most of them is the urge to be involved in their work. Creativity, for them is not just making something unusual, but an attempt to interpret the world in their own way. Thus observing and absorbing influences from everyday life, besides other art forms is a necessary part of their learning.
Where To Study Fine Arts In India?
GOVERNMENT COLLEGE OF ART AND CRAFT, 28, Jawaharlal Nehru Road, Calcutta 700016
VISVA-BHARATI UNIVERSITY, Santiniketan 731235
SIR J.J SCHOOL OF ART, 24 Tilak Marg, Delhi 110001
MAHARAJA SAYAJIRAO UNIVERSITY OF BARODA, Opp Drug Laboratory, Shastri Bridge Road, Fatehganj, Vadodara 390002
GOVERNMENT COLLEGE OF ART AND CRAFT, Chennai 600003
BANARAS HINDU UNIVERSITY, FACULTY OF FINE ARTS, Varanasi 221005