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The Indian College of Arts and Draftsmanship

The Indian College of Arts and Draftsmanship

Established : 1893
Type : Co-Education
President : Smt. Anjana Rakshit
Principal / Teacher-in-Charge : Dr. Subimalendu Bikas Sinha
Former Name : --
Location : Kolkata
Affiliation(s) : Rabindra Bharati University
Category : Undergraduate
Accreditation / Recognition : University Grants Commission (UGC)
Department(s) : B.F.A. (Bachelor of Fine Arts)

Course Offered by the College for Day & Evening Section

The college offers the following courses leading to the Degree under the R.B.U.

Bachelor of Fine Arts (visual art) in Painting, Applied art, Graphic art (printmaking), Sculpture. Course duration 4 years specialization in painting, Sculpture, Applied Art, Graphic Art, (printmaking).

This 4 years integrated course comprises an initial one year Foundation Program introducing the students to all the departments, developing basic skill and responses to his environment. The specialization Program of the next three years is however for developing and educating the student power of observation and visualization, simultaneously with media-skill, without undermining his/her creativity. This is an Honours programme like Honours Degree course of other universities.

The course of study in Fine arts (visual arts) has been designed scientifically and methodically in consonance with the course prescribed by the R.B.U and incepted in the year of 1996.

B.F.A Courses

The dept. of painting provides training in basic skills in various media like pencil, water, color, gouache, oil acrylic and mixed applications in systemtic order. Studies from figure with characters, proportion, perspective, volume, etc./ studies from object, life, nature and rapid sketching with special attention to the application of line, tone and color. The dept. also provides further programmes for the development of conception in mass, texture, space, movement, composition, personal expression and skill of relating image to visual data with special emphasis an experimental work in comparative study and interrelating subjects, media and techniques.

Applied Art
The programme of applied art is based on the study of life, nature, typography and study of design (traditional and modern.) This programme also includes different publicity advertisement and printing activity, such as pressad, dangler, poster, illustration, folder, magad, lebel, calendar, CD cover, show card and logo design. This programme is supplemented by kiosk, campaign planning, various uses of photography and computer etc. with special emphasis on modes of modern techniques of reproduction and utilization of mass media.

Graphic Art (Print Making)
The Graphic Dept. registers their course-curriculum on study of life, nature, different categories of print making, lithograph, dry point, etching, aquatint, intaglio, calligraphy etc. relief stencil, e.g. serigraphy, paper making from rag pulp and vegetable fibers, dying and patterning of papers, paper relief and paper casts.

The programme of study in sculpture includes quick sketches, study-drawings from antique and life, animal and bird, nature, head in relief and round on paper and in clay composition in clay, plaster, cement, wood, stone, metal, fiber glass, plastic and epoxy resin, development through different casting and direct processes. The later part of the programme emphasizes on the development of individual expression and creative uses of materials.

Division of Subjects and Papers
B.F.A Foundation Course Theory in Art

Paper I (History of Indian Art)
Paper II (History of Western Art)
Paper III (For Eastern Art)
Compulsory studio course in Drawing / Painting, Graphic Art (printmaking), Applied art, Sculpture.

B.F.A. Specialization course Honours Papers: Theory in art
Paper I (History of Indian Art)
Paper II (History of Western Art)
Paper III (For Eastern Art)

Practical Papers: study & drawing – IV, Composition – V
Compulsory Papers: Environmental Studies, Tagore Studies / Rabindranath Charcha
Elective Papers: Practical

Admission Procedure

A student seeking admission to the first year class of the B.F.A. course must have passed the Higher Secondary or equivalent. Within first language or second language one must be English. Maximum age 23 years, on 30june 09 in the year of Admission. In case of SC/ST candidate age limit is 25 years. Break of studies for more than 2 years will not be eligible.

Application issued from the office and to be submitted to the office with the scheduled date and time announced by the college authority. The form must be signed by the applicant’s parent or guardian who, if the applicant is admitted, will be responsible for his / her conduct and payment fees.

Primary selection for admission to. .F.A. course will be conducted through a practical and written examination. The students will bring their own materials for the admission test.

Final selection for the admission to B.F.A. course will be performed through an oral test.

All application must be accompanied by copies of the educational certificates, originals of which must be produced at the time of admission.

One can apply simultaneously to the different sections and streams but different streams in one section or same in different sections.

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Manmathanath Chakravarty, the famous photographer laid the foundation of ‘The Indian School of Art’ at 240A, Bowbazar Street, Calcutta with just three students in the year 1893, At that time Henry Hover Locke, a student of South Kensington, who had taken over the charge of art education officially, introduced a new syllabus which aimed to make experts on copying, practical drawing and industrial drawings.

Under such method of teaching, students, at the outset, were not allowed to draw what they saw in the visual world, they would have to draw from copy books, printed materials, antiques, models and last of all from nature. Lot of altercations, of course, had ensured for and against such a system. Manmathanath was also one of them. Manmathanath’s school was against establishment. His viewpoint was rather in favour of learning technical art. As such, he shortly introduced draftsmanship course and renamed his school as ‘The Indian School of Arts and Draftsmanship’.

In 1948-49, syllabus contained Drawing, painting, Commercial Art as well as Engraving, Draftsmanship, Photography and Art Painting and allied subjects. But teaching of these subjects were gradually dropped and teaching was ultimately confined to three departments viz. Fine Art (Drawing-Painting), Applied Art (Commercial Art) and Sculpture, which are still in force. In 1956, this school was conferred by approval of the college in 1966 by the Rabindra Bharati University.

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