IN the last decade, Fine Art has metamorphosed from simply a hobby to a steady career option. Even in the undergraduate level, students are opting for Fine Art instead of a conventional course.
Explaining the reasons why Fine Art has gained in popularity, Jayram Poduval, faculty, Maharaja Sayajirao University (MSU), Baroda, says: “In the last few years people have become more aware of art. Magazines, art summits, exhibitions and art shows on TV have contributed towards this enhanced awareness. With the introduction of technology, art and art forms are now in a position of advantage.” A course in Fine Art covers areas such as sculptor and painting, applied art, art history, print-making with variations in subjects such as museology and print-making among others at the Bachelor’s and Master’s level.
One important skill for students who want to enter this field is that they must be able to draw. According to Rabi Dey, head, department of visual communication, Delhi College of Art, “Fine Art as a field attracts students who are creative and good in drawing. The interest can be honed and turned into a profession.” However, he has a word of caution. “Students should not opt for this course as a fallback when they haven’t got admission in any other course. You must decide in the beginning if you are passionate about Fine Art, and then pursue it.”
Sahaya Sharma, who scored 94% in the class XII exams from Welham Girls School, has decided to pursue Fine Art in Lasalle College of the Arts in Singapore instead of pursuing a conventional course. For her art has always been a passion. “From childhood, I have drawn and painted. I also sold some of my art works, which was a big boost to my confidence. For me, drawing and painting is something, which comes from within. There is no guaranteed success in this field but if one keeps working hard consistently and is open to ideas then one can make a mark,” she says.
Sahaya further adds, “After scoring 94%, I did not want to go to a regular Delhi University (DU) college to pursue a conventional graduation degree but follow my heart. Going abroad for an art course will give me a solid base and a good exposure, which I can’t get from any DU college.”
As a result of technology, new areas have emerged. “Animation, exhibition, advertising, printing, graphic designing, product designing, sculpture making, art critique, art photography, print media, illustrator, cartoonist, art teacher, creative director and working in an art gallery are some of the options that students can explore after they complete a course in Fine Art,” says Ashwini Kumar Prithviwasi, founder of Delhi Collage of Art.
With technological development, visualisation of art has completely changed.
“Now we can virtually compose our artwork even before it is completed physically. Now digital and experimental art is becoming more popular as well as animation. Computers and printers have revolutionised the entire world of advertising and printing,” he adds.
With art galleries mushrooming, being an artist is an exciting option. Archana Jahagirdar, CEO, Espace Corporate, says, “In India we are still growing in the art space and though we have fewer art galleries as compared to other Asian countries there is a huge opportunity in this sector because people are interested in art and many opportunities that are yet to be explored. This is a sunrise industry and people getting into this sector with the right skill-sets can contribute to the growth and take it to the next level.”
While Anupam Poddar, Devi Art Foundation, adds, “People who are creative should follow their calling since that will be the most satisfying job for them.”
• College of Art, New Delhi (www.colart.delhigovt.nic.in)
• Government College of Art, Chandigarh (www.artcollegechandigarh.org/preface.html)
• Faculty of Fine Arts, Lucknow University, Lucknow (www.lkouniv.ac.in/arts_college. htm)
• Faculty of Fine Arts, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi (www.jmi.ac.in/ffa/ffa.htm)
• Faculty of Visual Arts, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi (www.bhu.ac.in/visual.htm)
• Kala Bhavan, Institute of Fine Arts,Visva Bharati, Santiniketan (www.visva-bharati.ac.in)
• Sir J J School of Art, Mumbai (www.jjsa.in/index.htm)
• Faculty of Fine Arts, MS University of Baroda, Vadodara (www.msubaroda.ac.in)
• Government College of Art & Craft, Kolkata (http://gcac.edu.in)
• Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath, College of Fine Arts, Bangalore (www.karnatakachitrakalaparish ath.com)
• Indira Kala Sangit Vishwavidyalay (IKSVV), Khairagarh, Chhattisgarh (www.iksvv.com)
• Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata (www.rbu.ac.in)
• Parsons The New School of Design, New York (www.newschool.edu/parsons)
• Royal College of Art, UK (www.rca.ac.uk)
• Lasalle College of the Arts, Singapore (www.lasalle.edu.sg)