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Fine Arts

Published On: 27 Jun 2012 | Last Updated On: 01 Aug 2013

Fine arts commonly include visual and performing art forms, such as painting, sculpture, music, dance, theater, architecture, photography, printmaking, graphic interior design, mental craft, pottery etc. A fine artist creates paintings, sculptures, prints, or other artwork that is meant to be visually pleasing, or in the case of a medical illustrator, instructive to the viewer. A painter may work with watercolors, oils, acrylics, tempera, or pastels. A sculptor often carves stone or wood, models clay, or works with plaster, metals, or plastics. A print maker makes woodcuts, etchings, lithographs, serigraphs, or combinations of these forms. Some artists utilize high-tech equipment to create visual images. Commercialization of these traditional art forms has widened job opportunities for aspiring artists.

Courses and eligibility:

The various courses offered in fine arts are:

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts
  • Bachelor of Visual Arts
  • Bachelor of Visual Arts and Media Arts
  • Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Visual Arts
  • Bachelor of Business/Bachelor of Visual Arts
  • Bachelor of Visual Arts/Bachelor of Education (Primary)
  • Bachelor of Visual Arts/Bachelor of Education (Secondary)
  • Master of Visual Arts
  • Master of Art
  • Master of Fine Art
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Faculty of Art & Design)

Minimum qualification for the bachelor's programme is 10+2 pass in any stream. Candidates who have completed their graduation can pursue the master's programme, who in turn can opt for further studies by applying for M.Phil and Ph.D programmes.

Career Prospects:

Most of the visual artists are self-employed. Others find employment in advertising agencies, magazines, book publishers, textile industries and media houses. An artist may find his niche in electronic media, films and theater productions which regularly require newly designed sets for their studios. Museum jobs offer the possibility of a curatorship and advancement to the position of museum director. Sculptors can engage in furniture designing. Painters and printmakers may do freelance illustration work. Competition is quite intense in this field, but highly agile professionals will be in demand.


Art professionals working in private sectors may receive a salary of Rs.10000-20000 per month. Also, their remuneration solely depends on the area of specialization and nature of the organization.

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