Fine Arts broadly refers to the combination of various form of art like painting, dance, music, drama, sculpting, interior design, ceramic design, mural design and pottery design. In recent times, with the growth of consumerism, these traditional forms of arts have been converted into commercially profitable sectors. Therefore, employment opportunities in Fine Arts are increasing day by day. A lot of young people are entering into this field in search of high remuneration, prestige and popularity. There have been various studies that examine how learning arts can positively affect the academic achievement and social development of children and youth. Learning the arts is academic, basic and comprehensive. It is as simple as A-B-C. Interestingly enough; it was reported in the journal Nature (University of California) that college students who listened to 10 minutes of Mozart before taking certain parts of an intelligence test improved their scores—a finding that came to be known as the ‘Mozart Effect’.
There are several courses in fine arts including Bachelors/Masters Degree in Fine Arts. For BFA courses, one needs to pass the Higher Secondary Examinations or 10+ 2 level. It is usually a four to five-year course. MFA course is open to BFA graduates. This is a two-year course. Other than these courses, there are diploma and certificate courses in various streams of fine arts. To pursue a career in fine arts, besides academic qualification, one should also have a creative bent of mind and an eye for detail.
Professionals in fine arts have many avenues open to them depending on their talent, personality and perseverance. They can seek employment in advertising agencies, textile industry and media houses. Fine arts professionals can also work in production houses, theatre and drama houses. Dancers, musicians and painters can work independently or on contractual basis. Many fine artists opt for teaching as their career option. They can also work as art critics and writers.
Colleges Offering UG/PG/Other Courses
There are several universities in India that offer courses in fine arts. Some of the important universities are Allahabad University, Andhra University, Vishakhapatnam, Anna University, Banaras Hindu University, Bangalore University, Goa University, Gujarat University, Guru Nanak Dev University, Jamia Millia Islamia, Karnataka University, Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra; Nagpur University, Nagpur; Punjab University, Rabindra Bharati University, University of Ajmer, University of Kolkata, University of Delhi, University of Chennai, University of Mumbai, University of Pune, University of Rajasthan and Visva Bharati, West Bengal.
Remuneration may vary depending on the nature of the job. Those who are working in media and publishing houses, advertising agencies and textile industries can get lucrative pay packages of R12,000 to R25,000 per month. Fine arts professionals working in theatre, drama and production houses can get a salary of R8,000 to R20,000 per month. Those in the teaching line also get a good pay package. Artists working independently earn depending on their skill and ability of innovation.
6 Essential Things Students Should Keep in Mind
1. Where you choose to go to art school is less important than imbibing an attitude of ‘doing whatever it takes’ to learn all you can about art.
2. If you get to attend a popular school but just do the assignments, you will leave with very little of value.
3. Rather than spending a lot of money trying to get into the premium institute, sign up at an affordable one where the staff is knowledgeable and experienced. Remember that your main objective is to work hard and hone your skills.
4. The school will not hand-feed you information. You will have to work hard to improve your skills and scores. If one instructor does not know the answers, go find another one to help you find solutions. Ask for help and it shall be given.
5. What you do outside the school (above and beyond student assignments) is where you will get a true idea about your strengths and weaknesses. After school, you will have to work four times harder than you did in art school so you might as well pick up the pace right from the beginning.
6. Art school is a blast but don’t let all the fun distract you from your studies. If you aim at becoming a professional artist, you will have to overcome distractions and focus on your art. The prospect of mingling and partying till the wee hours of the night may sound tempting but keep in mind that your priority is your art. Keep in mind that the course you wish to pursue should not only offer good career prospects but should also be something that you would love to do for the rest of your life. You can only achieve success at the workplace if you enjoy working and so choose a subject that you are passionate about. If you have a creative side and you are looking for a field to suit your artistic skills, then fine arts is an option that you must definitely consider. Not only will you be doing what you love but it will also help open doors to many exciting opportunities that you would not have thought possible.
Compiled with inputs and insights from Sheila Zago