Sir Jamshedji Jeejeebhoy School of Art, also known as, Sir J.J. School of Art is one of the pioneering institutes of fine art education in India since its establishment in 1878. The college provides 6 courses under the BFA program, 9 courses under the MFA program, 3 diploma courses, 1 certificate course and a few Hobby courses. Admissions to the undergraduate course is on the basis of a common entrance test and its subsequent counseling process. Admissions to the rest of the courses are made solely on the basis of merit in the academic qualifications, and on the interview process. Applicants seeking admission to the college may apply online as well as offline.

JJ School of Art Highlights

Established | Type 1878 | Private
Approved All India Council of Technical Education
Affiliated University of Mumbai
Courses BFA, MFA, Diploma, Hobby, and Certificate
Application Portal Online (UG), Offline (Rest)
Admission Criteria Entrance Test (for UG), Interview, Merit-Based
Accepted exam score MH-AAC-CET
Facilities Hostel, Library, Computer lab, Extracurricular Activities, Study Excursions
Scholarship Yes
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Sir JJ School of Art Courses

The college offers 6 undergraduate, 9 postgraduate, 3 diploma courses, 1 certificate course, and a few Hobby courses. The details of the courses are as mentioned below:



Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)

Duration: 4 years

Eligibility: Higher secondary pass (10+2) from recognized board or university

Intake: Total of 75 seats

Specializations: Painting, Sculpture, Metalwork, Ceramics, Textile Design, and Interior Decoration

Selection Criteria: Maharashtra Applied Arts & Crafts-Common Entrance Test (MH-AAC-CET).

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Master of Fine Arts

Duration: Two Years

Eligibility: Bachelor of Fine Arts degree

Intake: 45

Specializations: Painting in Creative Painting, Painting in Portrait, Sculpture, Painting in Graphic (Printmaking), Painting in Mural, Interior Decoration, Textile Design, Metalwork, and Ceramics.

Selection Criteria: Merit Based

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Diploma in Sculpture and Modelling

Duration: 4-Years

Eligibility: Must have passed Foundation Course conducted by the Directorate of Art, Mumbai.

Intake: 10

Selection Criteria: Merit Based

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Art Teacher Diploma

Duration: 2-years

Eligibility: H.S.C. examination (12th std) in Maharashtra

Intake: 30

Selection Criteria: Intermediate Drawing Grade Examination conducted by the Directorate of Art, Mumbai.

Diploma in Art Education

Duration: 1-year

Eligibility: Diploma/ Degree in Drawing & Painting or Sculpture & modeling or Applied Art.

Intake: 25

Selection Criteria: Interview

Certificate Course

Duration: 1-year

Eligibility: Art teacher's Diploma and a minimum of 3 years of Art teaching experience.

Intake: 25

Specializations: Art Masters Certificate

Selection Criteria: Interview

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Hobby Courses

Duration: 6 months

Eligibility: 10th Standard /Intermediate Grade Exam

Intake: 140

Specializations: Painting, Portrait Painting, Printmaking, Landscape Painting, Ceramic, and Metal.

Selection Criteria: Seniority and Merit-Based

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JJ School of Art Admissions

JJ School of Arts BFA admission is made on the basis of the Maharashtra Applied Arts & Crafts-Common Entrance Test (MH-AAC-CET), while admissions to the rest of the programs are made mostly on the basis of merit in the qualifying examination, and subsequently on the basis of interviews. 

How to apply?

  • Visit the website and click “New Registration”.  Fill in the online form.  
  • Upload the photographs and signature as specified. 
  • Pay the Application fee through the Online Payment Mode only. 
  • Select the CET Centre for the practical examination. 
  • Download the admit card from the website. 

Counseling will be conducted according to the merit achieved in the examination and admission will be based on the counseling sessions. 

Application to the College

The application forms of the respective courses can be either downloaded or taken from the office of the College. They must be then filled and submitted to the College Office. Based on the form, candidates will be called for interviews. 

The Interview will carry 100 marks, out of which 50 marks will be 50% marks of the grand total of the marks obtained at degree examination of B.F.A. (in respective branch), and the remaining 50 marks will be allotted to the candidate's performance in the interview. It is mandatory for the applying candidate to produce his / her B.F.A. Class/ Sessional/ Term-work entire portfolio at the time of the interview. The selected list of students will be displayed on the college website. 

Documents Required for Application

  • Marksheet of BFA examination or equivalent
  • College Leaving Certificate/ Transfer Certificate / Migration Certificate
  • Eligibility Certificate from the University of Mumbai
  • Caste Certificate, Non-Creamy Layer Certificate.

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JJ School of Art Scholarship

The college awards merit-based scholarships and freeships to the talented students. Scholarships are awarded to 6% of students and freeships to 10% of students in each class. The rate of scholarship is INR 25 per month for first-year BFA students and INR 35 for all other classes. INR 75 is also awarded as a stipend for Diploma in Arts Education Class students. There are several other merit scholarships, endowment scholarships prizes, and freeships which are regularly awarded to students as per regulations. The Registrar of the Institute may be contacted for information.

JJ School of Arts Facilities

Some of the facilities provided by the college include:

  • Hostel:  Students who are in need of hostel facilities may, after securing admission, apply for hostel accommodation to the rector through this institution. There is a hostel for male students at Bandra. Female students who are in need of hostel accommodation should apply to the Superintendent, Savitribai Phule Hostel for Women Students, Netaji Subhash Road, Mumbai 400 004, in the prescribed Application Form, at the address given above.
  • Computer Lab: There are multiple computer labs for all departments spread across campus equipped with Macs and PCs, as well as a Graphic suite of software. Here students can access the internet and it helps in the required assignments, presentations, reports, projects, etc.
  • Extracurricular Activities: The student organization, known as Kaladeep, conducts many cultural activities, sports, events, etc. The only condition is that these activities should not interfere with curricular activities. 

JJ School of Art FAQ

Ques. What is the reservation quota for this college?

Ans. The reservation quota at the college is as follows:

Scheduled Castes and Nav-Buddha 13%
Scheduled Tribes 7%
Vimukta Jatis 3%
Nomadic Tribes(NT-1)  2.5%
Nomadic Tribes(NT-3)  3.5%
Special Backward Class 2%
Other Backward Class 19%
Total 52%

Note: 30% of seats among these are also reserved for female students. 

Ques. What is the intake of the undergraduate courses?

Ans. The intake of the BFA courses for each specialization is as mentioned below:

Painting 30 seats
Sculpture 5 seats
Metalwork 5 seats
Ceramics 5 seats
Textile Design 15 seats
Interior Decoration 15 seats

Ques. What is the application fee for the BFA entrance exam?

Ans. For Candidates of Backward Class Categories and Persons with Disability Candidates belonging to Maharashtra State only, INR 1200 is required to be paid while for all General Category Candidates, INR 1700 is the application fee.

Ques. What are the criteria for an international student?

Ans. International students are also required to apply for the MH-AAC-CET with their respective qualifications. For the other programs, they will require the equivalent qualification as required. 

Ques. When will the entrance exam for BFA be conducted? Is there any age criteria?

Ans. The exam was supposed to be conducted on the 10th and 11th of May. However, due to the nationwide lockdown, the examination has been postponed. The last date to apply had been extended to 5th May. No, there is no age criteria for this exam.