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Bachelor of fine arts, College of Art, New Delhi

Established in 1942, the College of Art in New Delhi offers advanced training in visual as well as creative and applied arts, leading to a bachelor of fine arts (BFA) and master of fine arts (MFA).

The objective of the college is to help students achieve an overall refinement of perception that is not confined to his or her professional skills, but leads to creativity of thought and action. It aims to prepare students for creative and applied responsibilities in the world of art and design. In its existence of over 60 years, the college has made a name for itself in the teaching of fine arts. There are extensive student research development projects, illustrated lectures by invited guests, workshops and study tours to create a rich learning experience.

The faculty comprises practising artists — painters, sculptors and graphic designers of national and international repute. Eminent and contemporary artists, designers and entrepreneurs are also invited for guest lectures.

The college hosts a seminar each year in which students from various art colleges participate.

Students who graduate from the College of Art go on to become freelance artists, designers and visualisers in advertising agencies and publishing houses, teachers and administrators, besides finding work in the multimedia industry.

The four-year BFA offers specialisation in painting, sculpture or applied art. The emphasis is on practical studio work, study of theory subjects and research in selected fields. The two-year MFA also offers the same specialisations.

Application forms are available from the first week of June. Candidates have to apply on the prescribed format, available along with the prospectus from the academic cell of the college, on payment of Rs 500 (Rs 250 for SC / ST candidates) in cash or by a crossed postal order payable to the principal, College of Art, New Delhi, at the New Delhi post office. Request for application forms by post will be entertained only if accompanied by a crossed postal order for Rs 500 (or Rs 250 as the case may be) along with a stamped, self-addressed envelope (10"x6"). The application has to be sent to 20-22, Tilak Marg, New Delhi-110001. The form can also be downloaded (www.delhigovt.nic.in/arts).

Eligibility

Candidates should have passed Plus Two in any subject with at least 50 per cent marks. However, those who had fine art as a subject in their qualifying exam will be allowed a concession of five per cent.

Entrance exam

An aptitude test is held in the first week of July.

Pattern of exam

The entrance examination consists of three sections — general knowledge about the art and culture of India, composition and object drawing. It also has questions on object drawing and illustration.

How to prepare

For knowledge of Indian art and culture, the Spectrum or Pearson’s guide on culture is useful. Take the expert guidance of an art teacher to hone your drawing skills. Practise sketching images of people, nature and abstract themes. Get an unbiased opinion on your drawing and creative skills from a practising designer.

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