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Fine Arts


Fine arts refer to the usage of art as a form and requires passion for imagining or creating. Its focus is on creating objects using concepts and ideas which bring out the aesthetics of that object. A professional degree in Fine Arts enables the students to gain knowledge and education pertaining to visual and performing arts. A student of fine arts can pursue majors in either design, sculpture, drama, music, pottery, painting and/or any other similar subject. Today, there are immense opportunities in the sector of Fine Arts with high income, popularity and prestige.

Career Opportunities in Fine Arts

  • Art Studios
    These studios refine an artists' technical skills and creative talents which guides them to develop their own artistic style and creating a visually enjoyable art form, such as photographs, paintings, prints, drawings, sculptures or ceramics.
  • Advertising Companies
    Getting hired in advertising companies is a good platform for the upcoming artists to showcase their creative side through designing content catering to their organisations or clients.
  • Graphic Arts
    It is a combination of art and technology. It involves production of designs for magazines, brochures, advertisements etc. that are captivating and inspiring to the consumers.
  • Fashion Houses
    Fine arts in fashion designing has a lot of scope in fashion industries. It reinforces one's ability in fabric textures, styles and techniques. A degree in fine arts is very important right from the initial sketch to the final garment.
  • Print Making
    A job in print making includes art setup, graphic manipulation and colour matching. This would also require an individual to have the familiarity of working with different kinds of printing machines.
  • Publishing Houses
    Having done fine arts can also help in finding a job in various publishing houses for cover designs, layouts and content design. Illustrations may be prepared for advertisements, brochures, galleries, annual reports, medical textbooks, magazines or storybooks.
  • Freelance Working
    One can also make a living through freelancing, which not only involves creating something new but also promoting the work that has been done. It is important to mention here that freelancing does not promise flow of money as it is highly dependent on the kind of work that has been done.
  • Electronic Industry
    This involves the work of creating animation sequences or storyboards for gaming and other software which requires technical competence in computer arts and designing.
  • Animation
    Animation involves creating visual effects, sequences, movies, and or electronic game. Animators usually work in teams and then accumulate their work to produce a larger whole. It is an interesting combination of technology and creativity.
  • Textile Industry
    A degree in fine arts (preferably fashion designing) can help person get a job in textile industry which may include fashion designing, costume designing, wallpaper designing, upholstery designing, craft artists etc.
  • Films and Theatre
    People skilled in Fine arts are extremely important in films and theatre for the creation and designing of backdrops, sets and also for animation and special effects. Multimedia artists and animators are involved in creating visual special effects for animated television shows and films.
  • Art Teacher / Professor
    Person with Fine Arts degree can be employed as the Art teacher's schools and/or colleges or a self-employed setting to guide their students. They impart drawing lessons to their students. They help them develop artistic skills by cultivating creative expression and fostering an understanding of shapes, colours and texture.
  • Multimedia Artist
    Multimedia artists and animators are experts in creating visual special effects for animated television shows, films and video games. They may draw images by hand or use computer software to generate scenes.

How to Pursue a Career in Fine Arts

Stream Graduation After Graduation After Post Graduation
Path 1
Clear Class XII in Any streamPursue Bachelors ?n Fine or Visual Arts for 3 yearsPursue Masters in Fine or Visual Arts / PG Diploma / Study Abroad for 2 years-
Path 2
Clear Class XII in Any streamPursue Diploma in Visual /Fine Arts For 1 yearPursue PG Diploma in Fine Arts or Study Abroad for 2 years -

Important Facts

  • Person with entering knowledge of any form of art can perform better in the field of Fine Arts.
  • Most college have eligibility criteria performance score of minimum 50% aggregate marks in Class XII
  • Some colleges/ universities also have an age limit.
  • Some colleges require English as a mandatory subject in class XII.
  • Portfolio creation necessary for admission in some colleges.

Leading Institutes

Top Fine Arts Institutes in India
College Location Website
Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda Baroda www.msubaroda.ac.in/faculty.php?action=home&fac_id=2
College of Art, Delhi University Delhi www.delhi.gov.in/wps/wcm/connect/lib_collegeofart/collegeofarts/home
Sir JJ Institute of Applied Arts Mumbai www.jjiaa.org/home.htm
Banaras Hindu University Varanasi www.bhu.ac.in/visualarts
Visva Bharti, Kala Bhavan West Bengal www.visva-bharati.ac.in/InstitutionsCentresSchools/Contents/InstitutionContents.htm?f=KalaBhavana.htm
Jamia Millia Islamia Delhi www.jmi.ac.in/ffa
Department of Fine arts, Kurukshetra University Kurukshetra www.kuk.ac.in/information.php?action=showContent&L01_id=OA==&L01_direction=H&L03_id=NzQ=&L02_id=NDE=&sublevel=y
Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapeeth Varanasi www.mgkvp.ac.in/admission.aspx
Aligarh Muslim University Uttar Pradesh www.amu.ac.in/departmentpage.jsp?did=15
International Institute of Fine Arts Uttar Pradesh www.iifaindia.org
University of Mumbai Mumbai www.mu.ac.in/portal/faculties/arts
Apeejay College of Fine Arts Jalandhar www.acfa.apeejay.edu
Allahabad University: Faculty of Arts Allahabad www.allduniv.ac.in/index.php?option=com_k2&view=itemlist&layout=category&task=category&id=59&Itemid=1681
Banasthali University: Faculty of Fine Arts Banasathali www.banasthali.org/banasthali/wcms/en/home/lower-menu/faculties/fine-arts/dept_of_visual_arts/index.html
College of Arts & Crafts, Chennai Chennai www.artandculture.tn.gov.in/art-culture2.htm
Top Fine Arts Institutes in the World
Institution Location Website
Royal College for Art London, UK www.rca.ac.uk/schools/school-of-fine-art
Parsons School of Design US www.newschool.edu/parsons/bfa-fine-arts/?show=program-profiles
Rhode Island School of Design RI, USA www.risd.edu
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) US www.arts.mit.edu
Pratt Institute US www.pratt.edu/academics/school-of-art
School of Art Institute of Chicago US www.saic.edu/index.html
Glasgow school of art UK www.gsa.ac.uk/study

Fine Arts Entrance Exams

College Tentative Date Important Elements Website
Sir JJ school of Applied arts NA Online Aptitude test, Personal Interview www.sirjjschoolofart.in
Sri Aurobindo Centre for Arts and Communication Admission on the basis of first come first Service Entrance exam, Personal Interview, Panel Interview www.sac.ac.in/admission-process
Institution Tentative Date Important Elements Website
National Institute of Photography Admission on the basis of first come first Service ? www.focusnip.com/terms_conditions.html
Nation Institute of Design Nov - Jan Design Aptitude test (Objective/ Subjective questions), Studio test (Practical test + GD) and Interview www.nid.edu/admissions/downloads/MDes_Form_2015-16.pdf
Mass Communication Centre, Jamia Millia Islamia April - May Written exam (Subjective/Objective) + Interview +Portfolio www.jmi.ac.in/upload/menuupload/JobForm.pdf
Light & Life Academy Admission on the basis of first come first Service Portfolio Review, Interaction on skype and personal Interview (should be over 20 years of age) www.llacademy.org/courses/pg-diploma-in-professional-photography-programme
Sir JJ school of Applied arts NA Online Aptitude test, Personal Interview www.sirjjschoolofart.in
Sri Aurobindo Centre for Arts and Communication Admission on the basis of first come first Service Entrance exam, Personal Interview, Panel Interview www.sac.ac.in/admission-process

Work Description

  • Create artwork in the form of sketches, paintings, sculptors or craft
  • Specialise in the 2D, 3D or 4D forms of art
  • Apply the knowledge of colours, texture, drawing, design, material, etc, to their creation
  • Work with editors, authors, art directors, technicians, designers to build and install creations
  • Sell the created artwork through galleries, exhibitions, shops, craft markets and trade fairs
  • Modify the products as per the requirements of the client or the organisation
  • Promote one's artwork to gain popularity
  • Build or join the network of group of artists

Pros & Cons of a Career in Fine Arts

  • This course will provide you a solid foundation for self-expression.
  • Provides endless opportunity for creativity.
  • This course trains you to become skilled visual communicator
  • One should be ready for criticism as creativity is not always appreciated
  • Salary and perks are not high in initial stages of career
  • A lot of time investment is needed, so often family gets neglected
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