THE field is all about self expression and helps students develop and refine artistic expressions through multiple mediums of art,” says Professor, Indrapranit Roy, MSU Faculty of Arts. Some colleges refer to the programme as Bachelor’s of Visual Arts (BVA) and other calls it a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts (BFA).
In all fine arts colleges, along with broad-based art education, students choose a specialization to have close focus on a particular art. The specializations include – Painting, Sculpture, Applied Art and Art Education. Sculpting is creating statues, monuments by either chiselling stone or carving wood or handling clay. Applied Art imparts knowledge on communication design. It caters training for design oriented industry (industrial, graphic, fashion, interior design).
G Katyayni, BFA Painting, MSU Faculty of Arts student who dreams to become an illustrator expresses, “I have a keen interest in literature, I plan to blend the two passions by getting into book making in future.” The test pattern comprises GK, life drawing and painting. For the GK paper, one has to be updated about the latest happening in the art field. The questions posed are like - Is MF Hussain a painter or sculpturer? Is Amjad Ali Khan a Sarod or Guitar player?
“For Life Drawing exam, we were given a still model to draw (bucket, football) and painting paper was based on a particular theme like a scene of bus-stand, railway station,” informs Devashish Sharma, third year BFA-Painting student of MSU Faculty of Arts. Besides this, some colleges do offer diploma courses and the duration ranges from 1 to 4 years.
Generally, the in-take is not more than 20 - 25 in art colleges. “During the selection process, we look for creative spark. Your expression must be nurtured by what you see. We expect the student to be a keen observer,” advises Professor M.G Kidwai, Dean, Faculty of Fine Arts, Jamia Millia. "Most commonly a student may draw a bus, bus stand, public queue. We are focusing something beyond it. Is he looking at things very carefully? Has he captured beggars, buskers and street kids well? We evaluate the memory of the spot and how well he expresses it in the painting.
One can witness newer dimensions in fine arts education, like design, graphics and commercial art – The art used for commercial purposes, primarily advertising (designing books, advertisements, posters and other displays to promote sale). In the print making class, students learn to combine typography and images to create wide variety of designs. They study different print techniques on blocks, wood, zinc, copper, litho graph (a special lime stone). It is said that print art form is much cheaper than other mediums of art.
In most businesses, the use of art is a valuable asset. Arts students can explore a range of options – art studios, animation, advertising companies, multimedia computer firms, newspapers, magazines, book publishing and fashion houses. A large number of commercial artists do freelance and they design a range of items. “BFA graduates can explore teaching. Arts Management is a new arena opening up,” shares Professor, Ruchika Wason, Delhi College of Art.
More course options after Class 12:
, Special Education
, Home Science
, Armed Forces
, Hotel Management
, Legal study
, exotic courses
, Indian Coast Guard
, Foreign Language
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