Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)is the standard under-graduate degree for students seeking a professional education in the visual or performing arts.
It is an interactive course having duration of 3 to 4 years. This course is also known as BVA Bachelor of Visual Arts.Students who have completed their 10+2 can pursue Bachelor of Fine Arts.
The course can be pursued either for full-time graduate course or part-time graduate course .i.e. through correspondence or distance learning.
The average tuition fee for this course varies from 2 Lakh INR to 6 Lakh INR or as according to the fee structure of different universities.
After completing Bachelor of Fine Arts a person can get jobs in advertising companies, art studios, boutiques, educational institutes etc.
Fine Arts includes Visual Arts and Performance Arts. Visual Arts and Performance Arts have always been an important part of cultures and traditions all over the world. From cave paintings to exquisite paintings of M.F. Hussain, all such art forms fall under the arena of Fine Arts.
In recent years, public’s knowledge as well as interest towards Fine Arts has increased, thus adding in to the curiosity towards this course. In this course students learn to create and appreciate visual works of art. This course leans towards creativity and aesthetic aspect of arts.
Candidates who have a natural interest for Visual Arts or possess natural skills as sketching, drawing and visualization are perfectly suited to pursue this course. This course is perfect for those who really enjoy creating and imagining and are interested in pursuing a career in visual and/or performance arts.
Bachelor of Fine Arts course is of 3 to 4 yearsdepending upon the specialization selected by the student. Some universities follow semester system in which there are two semesters in each year. For the correspondence or distance mode education, the minimum duration can be 3 years to 5 years or as according to the university.
Name of Institute
Kamla Nehru college for Women
Chhatrapati Sahuji Maharaj University
University of Lucknow
University of Delhi
Jamia Millia Islamia University
Savitribai Phule Pune University
After completion of the course, students can opt for further studies in Fine Arts. One obvious choice is MFA degree which is available at universities like University of Delhiand University of Mumbai. Other option is MA in Drawing and Painting which is available at J.V. Jain College, Saharanpur. Those interested in aesthetic aspects of a course can opt for an MA in Arts and Aesthetics available at Jawaharlal Nehru University or MA in History of Indian Art and Culture which is available at Queen Mary’s College, Chennai.
Candidates who have passed 10+2 or Higher Secondary School Examination from a recognized board of education are eligible for admission to this course. Although there is no other set criteria but certain universities give preference to students who have studied arts in Higher Secondary and possess some knowledge of Visual and Performance Arts.
Admission forms for the BFA course are generally available along with other undergraduate courses’ application forms in the month of May. Mostly the admission is merit based and universities declare a common cut off list for admission to the program.
However, there are some institutes that conduct the entrance examination. Some fine arts institutes carry out Aptitude test and based on that, admission process is carried out.
Some of the popular B.F.A Entrance exams in India are listed below:
B.H.U BFA Entrance Examination
Banaras Hindu University
Delhi University entrance exam
JNAFAU Entrance Exam
Jawaharlal Nehru Architecture and Fine Arts University
The duration of the entrance exam is 2 hours. The Question Paper consists of objective type questions and number of question ranges from 100 to 200 questions.
The test paper may contain two sections. While one section contains objective type questions, the other sections checks drawing prowess of the candidate.
Some universities offer admissions after 2nd year. If a student posseses 1 year certificate course in Fine Arts or 2 year diploma in Fine Arts they are eligible for admission to the 3rd semester of the program.