Fine Arts

BFA - The Bachelor of Fine Arts

The Bachelor of Fine Arts, or BFA, is an undergraduate degree program that focuses on the visual and performing arts. The program is also known as Bachelor of Visual Arts (BVA), and the study of Visual Arts comprises areas like painting, sculpture, photography, literature, animation, and so on. The study of Performing Arts, on the other hand, includes areas such as dance, theatre, and music. A Bachelor of Fine Arts degree frequently requires the individual to select a specialization area based on his or her interests.

A BFA program not only educates but also modifies students’ skills, preparing them to become artists in their chosen field. Fine arts graduates have a wide range of career options, including art teacher, writer, fine artist, actor, art director, and many others. Many students nowadays choose a career in Fine Arts not only to make a large salary but also to obtain fame and reputation.

Aspirants can specialize in subjects that will not only improve their abilities and fine-tune their creativity but will also provide them the opportunity to explore a variety of choices. BFA aids the candidate’s development in the chosen subject area. Aspirants can search for universities that offer BFA programs in fine arts, visual arts, and performing arts based on their region.

MFA - The Master of Fine Arts

The Master of Fine Arts (MFA) is a postgraduate degree program that focuses on visual and performing arts. The course lasts two years (typically divided into four semesters) and is offered by most colleges and universities with a specialization.

A Master of Fine Arts program is intended to help students hone their talents and develop as artists in their chosen discipline. Candidates with an MFA degree can work in a variety of fields, including advertising, clothes, printmaking, periodicals, dance studios, digital media, publishing houses, and so on.

MFA offers specialization in several different areas. Some of the specializations are mentioned below:

Creative writing




Drawing and Illustration


Graphic design

Applied Arts

Computer animation


Eligibility Criteria

  • BFA
    • Candidates who have completed Standard XII in any subject from a recognized board are eligible for the Bachelor of Fine Arts program. 
    • Although there are normally no extra requirements, some universities/colleges may impose a minimum percentage (usually 50–60%) that candidates must achieve in Class 12th in order to be admitted to a BFA program.
    • Aside from that, individuals who studied Arts/ Humanities in 12th grade and have some basic knowledge of the Fine Arts subject they choose to study are occasionally given preference at the time of admission.


  • MFA
    • Possess Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) or any other equivalent degree from a recognized institute or university
    • Obtain the minimum aggregate percentage (usually 50% – 60%) as stipulated by an institution in which a candidate is applying for admission
    • Sometimes candidates with a bachelor degree in Humanities are also eligible to apply

Skillset Required



Sketching skills

Drawing skills

Visualization skills

Imaginative skills

Artistic skills

Presentation skills

Problem-solving skills

Communication skills





Realistic and constructive drawing

Composition skills

Colour techniques

Organization skills

Decision-making skills

Research skills

Attention to detail

Interpretive skills


Course Curriculum

  • BFA
    • The duration of a BFA course is between three to four years that is typically divided into six to eight semesters.
    • Specialization in BFA are mentioned below:
      • Painting
      • Applied Arts
      • Plastic Arts
      • Pottery & Ceramics
      • Textile Design
      • Music
      • Drama & Theatre
      • Digital Arts
      • Calligraphy
      • Cartooning
      • Dance
      • Graphic Designing
      • Illustration
      • Photography
      • Printmaking
      • Sculpture
    • The BFA program includes both academic and practical elements in its curriculum. Aside from that, several universities encourage applicants to publish their own artworks as research papers or to keep their own artwork journals.
  • MFA
    • The MFA program’s curriculum includes both academic and practical areas. Candidates are given practical information through seminars, research projects, workshops, viva-voce, and other methods. Candidates are sometimes urged to create full-fledged artworks as part of a portfolio.
    • Some of the core subjects include:
      • Aesthetics & Principles of Art Appreciation
      • History of Indian Art
      • History of European Art
      • History of Indian Architecture
      • History of Indian Painting and Sculpture
      • Principles and Sources of Art
      • History of Oriental Art
      • Sociology
      • Mechanism of Artistic Perception

Job Profiles

  • BFA
    • In India, Fine Arts graduates can choose from a wide range of job opportunities. BFA graduates are in high demand in industries such as film, television, advertising, animation, publishing, textiles, art studios, boutiques, and educational institutions. BFA graduates’ work profiles, on the other hand, differ depending on their selected specialization.
    • Let’s take a look at different job profiles:
      • Fine arts: A fine artist’s primary responsibility is to create artwork utilizing diverse techniques. A fine artist might work as a painter, sculptor, illustrator, or printmaker at a commercial art studio, design firm, publishing house, or advertising agency, for example. Fine artists can also work on their own and sell their work through art galleries.
      • Actor: Candidates with a BFA degree in the theatrical specialization can work as actors on screen or on stage. In television, film, theatre, and other performing arts media, a candidate can express ideas and represent characters as an actor. Actors can also work at theme parks or at live events.
      • Multimedia artist: Candidates who complete their BFA with a multimedia specialization are in charge of generating animation sequences or storyboards. Ad agency, software, gaming, design, and television corporations are common employers for such candidates.
      • Art director: Candidates who complete BFA degrees with a graphic or multimedia design concentration are frequently hired as art directors. An art director’s main tasks include supervising the production of visual and written material through artwork and copy layout and design. A common job for an art director is to work for a publishing business or ad agency.
      • Writer: A creative writer, technical writer, copywriter, or freelance writer with a BFA in creative writing may find work as a creative writer, technical writer, or copywriter. A writer can work for a variety of industries, including advertising agencies, broadcasting companies, public relations firms, newspapers, and publishing houses.
      • Painter: A candidate who works as a painter can make a variety of artworks, including watercolor paintings, oil paintings, ink wash paintings, acrylic paintings, pastel color paintings, glass paintings, and encaustic paintings, among others. A painter typically works alone and exhibits or sells his or her work at art galleries.
      • Graphic designer: Typically, a graphic designer generates visual concepts by hand or using software to communicate ideas that both instruct and attract customers. For commercials, periodicals, brochures, and other printed materials, a graphic designer creates an overall layout and production design.
      • Animator: An animator’s primary responsibility is to create images and visuals for films, video games, books, television, and other media. Although most animation nowadays is computer-generated, animators still need to draw their initial concepts by hand.
      • Photographer: A photographer is a camera-wielding artist who utilizes both technical and artistic talents to capture images of people, places, landscapes, food, and much more.
      • Musician: A musician’s primary responsibility is to produce music and write catchy tunes. A musician might work as a solo artist or in bands, choirs, orchestras, and other ensembles. A musician can compose music for video games, advertising, and theatrical plays, among other things.
  • MFA
    • Candidates can work in a variety of industries, including animation, gaming, design manufacturing, digital media, advertising, academic institutions, television, theatre, tailoring shops, music companies, art studios, and more, depending on their MFA specialization.
    • Let’s take a look at some of the job profiles:

      • Art Teacher: An Art teacher is responsible for refining the practical skills of students along with teaching theory of various art forms such as drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, ceramics, etc. A candidate can obtain a BEd degree or clear UGC NET to become an Art teacher at the school or college level, respectively.
      • Musician: A musician is an artist who performs music for live audiences and recordings. A musician can perform as a solo artist or can also choose to work in bands, choirs, orchestras, etc.
      • Music Teacher: A music teacher is responsible for teaching music to students in the form of instrumental techniques, scales, music theory, etc.
      • Art Director: An art director is a professional who manages the teams of creative designers. An art director can choose to work in advertising agencies, publishing houses, television industry, film industry, gaming industry, theatre, etc. 
      • Graphic Artist/ Designer: A graphic designer creates and assembles pictures to make beautiful designs by using softwares such as Adobe InDesign. Such designers can choose to work for print, electronic or digital media.    
      • Photographer: A photographer uses his creativity along with technical expertise and composition skills to click pictures that visually tell a story.  
      • Creative Director: The main responsibility of a creative director is to head the creative team of a company. The creative team of a company mainly includes professionals like designers, copywriters, marketers, salespersons, and artists.
      • Art Restorer: An art restorer restores, preserves, and analyses artifacts and works of art. An art restorer or conservator usually specializes in a particular type of objects such as paintings, books, sculptures, or textiles.
      • Art Critic: An art critic is a professional who is specialized in analyzing, interpreting, and evaluating art. An art critic’s reviews are often published in different newspapers, magazines, books, and websites.

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