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Bring out your paintbrushes, chisels

Stereotypes go that those who pursue a degree in art will ultimately lead the life of a struggling artist. But several examples of graduates from College of Art and from Department of Applied Art, Jamia Millia Islamia University, getting lucrative careers have bust this myth.

education Updated: Jun 13, 2009 01:07 IST

"There are so many jobs in the market that we do not need to have campus placements for our students."

Many readers would think we are talking about a typical MBA degree once again owing to a lucrative career it promises. But we are not. The quote is by M Vijayamohan, Principal of College of Art, affiliated to Delhi University. Yes, art.

Stereotypes go that those who pursue a degree in art will ultimately lead the life of a struggling artist. But several examples of graduates from College of Art and from Department of Applied Art, Jamia Millia Islamia University, getting lucrative careers have bust this myth.

"Even before graduation, our students are recruited by various production houses, television channels, multimedia companies and galleries. The popular puppets series Gustakhi Maaf on NDTV India is made by one of my students," Vijayamohan said.

In view of the current demand, the College of Art has started three new BFA specialisations — BFA Art History, BFA Print Making and BFA Visual Communication. Older courses like BFA Applied Art, BFA Painting and BFA Sculpture are still there. Jamia also offers a BFA in Applied Art. Here's a look at the courses and what they offer:

BFA Applied Art

The applied art course uses traditional theories of art and applies it to modern technologies of photography, films, television, printing and computer to create art. It includes the study of subjects in drawing and illustration, lettering and typography, etc.

What can you become: Designer, photographer, jobs in production houses, interior designer, teacher, cartoonist.

BFA Art History

This course uses issues from politics, religion, patronage, gender, function, and ethnicity to understand works of art within their historical context. The course includes theoretical knowledge on art, fundamentals of visual art, historiography and methodologies of art history and Sanskrit.

What can you become: Museologist, art collector, art historian, teacher, artist representative librarian, architectural conservation, antiques dealer, antiquarian book trader, conservationist.

BFA Painting

The object of the specialisation is to give students technical competence to enable them to put their thoughts and dreams into paper. Students are exposed to all schools, traditions and techniques and the media of painting from the early to modern times. Practical papers include drawing and painting, still life, from life (portrait and full figure and outdoor) composition and subsidiary subjects of printmaking, mural and weaving.

What can you become: Artist, jobs in media and production houses, art galleries.

BFA Print Making

The print industry has opened up in a huge way and this course was started to meet the demand. Exploring new digital technology through papers in photography and computer graphics. Specialisation also includes theory papers in aesthetics, history of art.

What can you become: Various jobs in print media as designer, illustrator.

BFA Sculpture

This specialisation explores the nature of the three-dimensional form. Students are exposed to various subjects like woodcarving, stone carving, ceramics and assemblage.

What can you become: Sculptor

BFA Visual Communication

This course provides training essential for conveyance of ideas and concepts associated with two-dimensional images. Students gain exposure using drawing, illustration, composition, photography, video, traditional 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional animation, etc.

What can you become: Animator, game designer, web designer, short filmmaker.