Traditionally, the study of arts is divided into visual arts and ap plied arts. With an increasing number of creative profiles across industries, students can choose from a range of specialisations in fine arts and performing arts.
Students who wish to pursue a career in fine arts can opt for a fouryear Bachelor of fine art (BFA) or a Bachelor of visual art (BVA) and specialise in painting, sculpture, metal works, textile design, interior decoration, etc.
Informs Sanjay Jain, dean – fine arts, Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, “While institutes are not offering any new specialisations in BFA, there is a renewed interest in the BFA painting programme.”
Those aspiring to pursue careers in the commercial arts sector can pick animation, new media art, graphic design, industrial design, fashion designing, interior designing, etc. Specialisations in performing arts, wherein students can take the Bachelor of performing art degree, include dance, music and drama.
While admission criteria vary from state to state and institute to insti tute, students are usually required to have completed class XII. Some institutes also require students to take state-level or in-house entrance tests, others insist on completion of a foundation course in their chosen area of study. Each year, students are required to undertake theory as well as practical assignments. In the final year, they have to work on a dissertation project and appear for a viva.
On completion of the degree, grad uates can work as multimedia artists, art directors, art teachers, directors, painters, craft artists, creative directors, 3D artists or graphic designers with art galleries, museums, theatres, production houses, advertising agencies, publication houses, media houses, etc.
Students who wish to pursue multiple specialisations can pursue a diploma or certificate in animation alongside their Bachelor’s. A Upcoming areas Animation offers good scope not only in India, but overseas as well.On completion of a Bachelor’s in animation, one can work as a tex ture artist, character modeller, character an imator, storyboard artist, conceptual illustrator, VFX animator, etc, and join the video gaming industry, production houses or the mobile app development sector.
“A BFA in commercial arts has a mix of advertising and designing. The course equips students with skills in communication design, branding, visual communication and photography,” says Pooja Vaidya, final-year student, BFA (commercial arts), Rachana Sansad, Mumbai. Adds Jain, “Students looking to pursue the course in painting need to be creative. Drawing skills are an added advantage.” However, mere creativity is not enough. Elaborates Sisir Sahana, Principal, Kala Bhavana, VisvaBharati University, Santiniketan, West Bengal, “These days, fine arts does not require one to be only artistic and different. It is crucial to be updated with the latest technology, softwares, updates in the digital world, etc. One should be able to depict the reality of the society through their work. Students should showcase their creative aptitude in the medium of expression they choose.”
“Portfolios are a reflection of a student’s creativity, capability and overall aptitude. It becomes a direct representation of student’s potential to utilise his skills. Thus, building a good portfolio is a must throughout a student’s college years,” says Shruti Nigudkar, associate professor, Bharati Vidyapeeth’s College of Fine Arts, Pune.