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Government College of Arts & Crafts

Government College of Arts & Crafts

Established : 16th August, 1854
Type : Co-Education
President : --
Principal / Teacher-in-Charge : Chandan Das
Former Name : Government College of Arts & Crafts
Location : Kolkata
Affiliation(s) : University of Calcutta
Category : --
Accreditation / Recognition : NAAC accreditation of B++
Department(s) : Arts & Crafts
Admission Information
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Courses Offered:

  • Bachelor in Fine Arts (BFA)
  • Master in Fine Arts (MFA)
  • Master in Visual Arts (MFA)
  • Ph.D.


  • Paintings

    3-years full time Specialization Course Main studies in

    • Drawing
    • Portrait Making
    • Life Study
    • Antique Study
    • Still Life
    • Composition
    • Mural
    • Print Making
    • Sketch
  • Paintings (Indian Style)

    3-years full time Specialization Course Main studies in

    • Drawing
    • Life Study
    • Mural
    • Composition
    • Museum Study
    • Nature Study
    • Copy from Old Masters
    • Print Making
    • Sketch
  • Modelling & Sculpture

    3-years full time Specialization Course Main studies in

    • Life Study
    • Head Study
    • Portrait
    • Composition
    • Moulding and Casting (Bronze and Fibre Glass casting)
    • Stone Carving
    • Direct Plaster
    • Clay Modelling
    • Wood Carving
    • Terracotta
    • Repousse (embossing)
    • Mixed Media
  • Graphic Design / Applied Art

    3-years full time Specialization Course Main studies in

    • Drawing
    • Sketch
    • Advertising
    • Print & Electronic Media
    • 3-D Design
    • Typography
    • Out-of-Home Advertisement
    • Illustration
    • Print Making
    • Photography
  • Textile Design

    3-years full time Specialization Course Main studies in

    • Weaving
    • Printing (Block Printing, Screen Printing and others)
    • Dyeing (Tie and Dye, Batik, etc.)
    • Design
    • Drawing
    • Life Study
    • Sketch
  • Ceramic Art & Pottery

    3-years full time Specialization Course Main studies in

    • Designing
    • Finishing
    • Glazing
    • Firing
    • Ceramic Mural
    • Ceramic Sculpture
    • Functional and Expressional Pottery Drawing
  • Wood & Leather

    3-years full time Specialization Course Main studies in

    • Design and Execution in Wood and Leather
    • Mixed Media Composition
    • Water Colour
    • Oil Colour
    • Mixed Media
    • Object Drawing
    • Life Drawing
    • Sketch
    • Painting
    • Mural
    • Wooden Sculpture
    • Interior Design
  • Print Making

    2-years full time Specialization Course
    (Degree in Post-Graduate Level only)Main studies in

    • Relief Process: Lino or Traditional Wood Surface
    • Planography: Litho
    • Intaglio: Etching
    • Stencil: Silk Screen
    • Computer Graphics and Digital Printing

Bachelor in Fine Arts (BFA)

Eligibility for Applying for BFA

Academic sessions at GCAC begin in June every year. A candidate seeking admission to GCAC must pass the Higher Secondary Examination (10+2) or equivalent examination from a recognized Board/Council, with 40% marks in Bengali and English. He/she should be 23 years or below on 1st July 2014 (the year of admission). Forms will not be issued to over-age candidates.

Admission Test Subjects:

  • Drawing
  • Aptitude Test
  • Viva-Voce*

*If necessary, the candidates may have to sit for a language test too.

Selection Criteria: Selection for admission will be strictly on the basis of merit.

Reservation of Seats: Reservation of Seats for Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes/O.B.C. is as per rules by the Govt. of West Bengal.

Master’s of Visual Arts (MVA)

Admission Procedure

The minimum qualification for admission to the first year of the Two-Years Master’s Degree Course in Visual Arts shall be BFA/BVA Degree with 55% marks (aggregate) in the previously mentioned specialization or such a degree from any other university recognized as equivalent as per the rules framed by the University of Calcutta.

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The Government College of Art & Craft in Kolkata is one of the oldest Art colleges in India. It was founded on August 16, 1854 at Garanhata, Chitpur, "with the purpose of establishing an institution for teaching the youth of all classes, industrial art based on scientific methods." as the School of Industrial Art. The institute was later renamed as the Government School of Art and in 1951 it became the Government College of Art & Craft.

The school opened on August 16, 1854 at Garanhata as a private art school. The school was shifted to the building of Mutty Lall Seal in Colootola in November, 1854. In 1859, Garick joined as Head Teacher. In 1864, it was taken over by the government and on June 29, 1864 Henry Hover Locke joined as its principal. It was soon renamed as the Government School of Art. Locke made a comprehensive scheme of Curriculum of studies for the institution. The venue of the school was shifted to 166, Bowbazar Street in the 1880s. After the death of Locke on December 25, 1885 M. Schaumburg became the new principal. A new post of an Assistant Principal was created and on January 29, 1886 an Italian artist O. Ghilardi joined the post. In February, 1892 the institute was shifted to its present site adjacent to the Indian Museum. After the death of its principal, Jobbins Ernest Binfield Havel joined the school as its principal on July 6, 1896.

Only a few Institutions in world-history have contributed as decisively and diversely to a country’s culture as Government College of Art & Craft, Calcutta has. Government College of Art and Craft, Calcutta is not only a living identity today, as one of the pioneer institutions of India, imparting art education, it is also explicable as a fertile patch of soil, where each young entrants like the seeds of dreams are individually implanted by the creative hands of the master-mentors, artists and craftsmen, and the yield is cropped in course of time by the society. The institution has a humble beginning during the Raj ruling in India and almost one hundred and forty four years back by the British educationists coming from abroad and later nurtured by the rare artist-patriots and ‘gurus’ of the soil. That had created the history very soon and earned fame for this institution by producing talents spread all over the country, taking its chapters from one peak to other. Artists and Designers produced from this college are still the frontline names of Indian Art and Design. Art meets the need as a society demands. Art has a greatly charged raw resource in itself that it could nurture a society not only in a specific timeline, but for centuries. It can spring ‘cult’ which wraps the mind of a country. ‘Freedom’ is a keyword in Art practice, and that disseminates genetic chromosomes that a society receives for its life and revival. Unchained are the ideas, so limitless are innovations and technicalities to communicate them. One has to understand this mandate, though not very simply.

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