Art has many genres like Fine Arts, Music, Poetry, Drama, Architecture, Applied Arts, Fashion Designing, Interior Designing, and cinematography etc. Since ancient times Indians are known for their excellent artistic skills in all spheres of Art, whether it is temple architecture, classical music, pottery making, sculptures of Buddha era, or the paintings of M F Hussain. All these forms of art were developed in different periods of time. Like the cinematography & music and the use of computer technology for recording & developing virtual & visual creative art is developed in the current era of science and technology. But when we talk about the Fine Arts then we are talking about a particular form of art which mainly includes Painting, sketching, drawing, sculpture designing, and pottery making etc. The existence of Fine Arts in India is known from the time of Harappan & Mesopotamian civilizations and perhaps much prior to that.

But the golden time in the world when all forms of arts developed especially in Europe is the Renaissance Period. Renaissance Period is the period of art and culture between the 14th and 17th century when all forms of arts flourished to its maximum peak throughout the world especially in Europe. Though there are numerous universities, colleges and institutes both government and private that offer courses on Fine Arts in India. But a list of top 10 universities, colleges and institutes that offer courses on fine arts is listed below for the students who are interested in learning Finer arts courses like painting, sculpting, and applied arts etc.:

List of Fine Arts & Applied Arts Colleges in India

  • 1. Delhi University, College of Arts

    College of Arts is a college of Delhi University governed by the Govt. of NCT of Delhi. It is one the best government institutes to learn Fine arts in India. It has a renowned faculty and it offers both graduate and post graduate courses. The list of the courses are listed below:

    Bachelor’s in Fine Arts (BFA) in Applied Arts Courses in Delhi University, Colleges of Arts.

    •     Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art History.
    •     Bachelors of Fine Art in Painting.
    •     Bachelor of Fine Arts in Printmaking.
    •     Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture.
    •     Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Communication.

    The college of Fine Arts also offers Master’s Degree in the above courses.

  • 2. Banaras Hindu University, Faculty of Visual Arts

    Banaras Hindu University is one of the Premier University of India. It is imparting the knowledge of visual arts & applied arts through its Department of Visual Arts. It offers five courses on visual arts. The list of the courses is given below:

    Fine Arts Courses in Banaras Hindu University, Faculty of Visual Arts

    • Painting
    • Applied Arts
    • Plastic Arts
    • Pottery and Ceramic
  • 3. Jamia Milia Islamia, Faculty of Fine Arts

    Jamia Milia Islamia is also one of the premier central Universities. It has four Departments through which it imparts the education on Fine Arts. It offers both graduation and post-graduation degrees on Fine Arts courses. The name of the four Departments is listed below:

    • Department of Painting.
    • Department of Applied Arts.
    • Department of Art Education.
    • Department of Sculpture.
  • 4. Sir JJ Institute of Applied Arts, Mumbai

    Sir JJ Institute of Applied Arts is affiliated to the University of Mumbai and it is also approved by the All-India Council of Technical Education (AICTE). It offers both graduation and post-graduation courses. It is one of the oldest institutes of India in Fine Arts. It was established in the year1935. The aim of the institute is to provide a facility for professional and specialized training in visual communication. Its specialized areas are Lettering-Typography, Illustration, Photography, Computer Graphics, and Exhibition design and stagecraft. It offers 4 years of graduation and two years of master’s degree.

  • 5. Faculty of Fine Arts, Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Vadodara

    The Faculty of Fine Arts was founded in the year 1950. Since then, many renowned artists are connected with the Faculty of this Institution. The vision of this university is to develop the creative potential of every student in the wide spectrum of world art. The Faculty offers a wide range of courses in Fine arts both Graduation and Post-graduation courses.

  • 6. Jawaharlal Nehru Architecture and Fine Arts University

    It is located in Hyderabad, Telangana. It has two schools one is School of Planning & Architecture and the second one is the College of Fine Arts. The College of Fine Arts offers courses on Painting, Applied Arts, Photography, Animation, and Sculptures etc. The college of Fine Arts was established in 1940.

  • 7. College of Fine Arts, Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram

    It’s a 130 years old college and a premier institute for visual arts in Kerala. It offers both graduate and post-graduate programmes in Fine Arts, namely Painting, Sculpture and Applied Arts. Bachelors in Fine arts is a 4 years degree course and Master’s in Fine Arts is a 2 years course. The institute provides a learning environment to the student so that they can understand the knowledge, concept and techniques to express their art and design work. You can become an artist, art historian, sculptors, art curator or an art critic after completing a degree in these courses.

  • 8. Fine Arts College, Chennai & Kumbakonam

    These are two colleges that impart education on Fine Arts. First is the Fine Arts College of Chennai and the second is Government College of Fine Arts in Kumbakonam. The College of Kumbakonam was started in 1887 and taken over by the Govt. of Madras in 1965. It offers both Graduation and Post-Graduation courses in Painting, Sculpture and Visual Communication Design. Bachelor’s is a 4 years course and Mater’s is a 2 years course.

    The Fine Arts College of Chennai was founded in 1850 by Dr Alexander Hunter. This institute has a colonial history of its establishment and it has one of the best libraries amongst all the art schools of Chennai. This College has two Departments first is Artistic and Second one is Industrial. It offers both courses 4 years of Graduation and 2 years of Masters in Painting, Sculpture, and Visual Communication design.

  • 9. Department of Fine Arts, Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapith, Varanasi

    It offers both graduation and post-graduation courses in Fine Arts. Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) is a four years course and Masters in Fine Arts is a 2 years course. The mission and objective of the institute is to develop and promote aesthetic vision in the students and to import full technical knowledge in the field of Fine Arts.

  • 10. Chandigarh University, Department of Fine Arts

    It offers graduate degrees in Fine Arts. It’s a 4 years course. The course curriculum is available on its website that includes the elective subjects like Painting, Sculpting, Applied Arts and Graphics. This course is a blend of both theoretical and practical aspects of the Fine Arts. Here students will get many opportunities to meet industry experts, renowned artists, painters & sculptors which helps them developing their knowledge in visualizing better forms of conventional and modern art.

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