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Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) is a 3- 4 years under-graduate degree which can be pursued either for full-time graduate course or part-time graduate course. This course is also known as BVA Bachelor of Visual Arts. The degree is for students seeking a professional education in the visual or performing arts. Visual works of Arts can be in the form of painting, sculpture, dance, theatre, architecture, photography, etc. This course leans towards creativity and aesthetic aspect of arts.

Some of the BFA Specialisation courses are:

  1. Architecture
  2. Calligraphy
  3. Cartooning
  4. Dance
  5. Graphic Design
  6. Illustration
  7. Music
  8. Photography
  9. Printmaking
  10. Painting
  11. Sculpture
  12. Theatre

Eligibility: 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 Process: 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. Though there are no entrance tests for this course but a few institutes may conduct these. 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:

  • B.H.U BFA Entrance Examination conducted by Banaras Hindu University
  • Delhi University entrance exam conducted by Delhi University
  • JNAFAU Entrance Exam conducted by Jawaharlal Nehru Architecture and Fine Arts University

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.

Colleges offering Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA): In India almost all Colleges which offer Undergraduate programs offer a BFA course for prospective students. Some of the top colleges offering the degree are:

  1. Kamla Nehru college for Women
  2. Chhatrapati Sahuji Maharaj University
  3. University of Lucknow
  4. University of Delhi
  5. Jamia Millia Islamia University
  6. Osmania University
  7. Mumbai University
  8. Amity University
  9. Savitribai Phule Pune University.

For the list of colleges in India offering BFA visit: Top BFA colleges in India

Career Prospects: After completing graduation, students have a choice to work as an art teacher, artist in government offices or photographer. Graduates can also start their career as a freelance worker & go for direction, clothing, photography, television and fashion. Graduates can join creative departments of magazines, advertising agencies, and newspapers in the publishing or the textile industry. They can also apply for mainstream graduate employment and training in a broad range of industries, for example, banking, art gallery, insurance, media and public relations. Some of the job profiles are:

  • 3D artist
  • Art Critic
  • Furniture Designer
  • Art Teacher
  • Freelance Worker
  • Animator
  • Drawing Teacher
  • Art Director
  • Creative Director
  • Sr.Art Director
  • Editor
  • Graphic Artist/Designer
  • Sr.Graphic Designer
  • Music Teacher
  • Production Artist
  • Set Designer

Academic Options: Graduates interested in pursuing higher studies in the discipline may go for MFA degree which is available at universities like University of Delhi and 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. 

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