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Bachelor of Visual Arts is a 3-year full-time undergraduate course divided into 6 semesters. Students, aside from core studies, are imparted lessons in:

  • art history
  • life drawing
  • research-led industry practice
  • sculpture
  • animation
  • performance
  • painting
  • drawing
  • photography
  • printmaking and film
  • contemporary and avant-garde trends in art
  • new dimensions of visual art in the contemporary language.
Bachelor of Visual Arts in Uttar PradeshBachelor of Visual Arts in MaharashtraBachelor of Visual Arts in RajasthanBachelor of Visual Arts in Tamil Nadu

The average annual course fee charged in India ranges between INR 50,000 to 6 lakhs, depending upon the institute offering the course.

The average annual salary offered in India to successful graduates of the course ranges between INR 2 and 20 lakhs, depending upon the candidate’s expertise in the field.

Top Colleges for Bachelor of Visual Arts [BVA]

  • BA in Delhi-NCR
  • BA in Maharashtra
  • BA in Chennai
  • BA in Uttar Pradesh
  • BA in Telangana

Bachelor of Visual Arts: Course Highlights

Tabulated below are some of the major highlights of the course.

Course LevelUnder Graduate
Duration3 years
Examination TypeSemester System
Eligibility10+2 from a recognized educational Board
Admission ProcessCounselling after qualification of entrance examination
Top recruiting organizationsAVM, Harvard
Top recruiting areasArt studios, Photography studios, Art councils, Film industry, etc.
Top job profilesCostume Designer, Visual Designer, Art Director, among others.
Course FeeINR 50,000 to 6 lakhs
Average Starting SalaryINR 2 to 20 lakhs

Bachelor of Visual Arts: What is it About?

The program typically includes advanced lessons in:

  • studio art core.

  • art history.
  • concentration in a specific discipline.
  • occasionally, completion of a professional portfolio that provides evidence of a student's marketable skills.

Areas of specialization offered as part of the course include:

  • acting, musical theatre, dance
  • computer animation
  • creative writing, dramatic writing
  • drawing
  • stage management, film production
  • animation/ visual effects
  • graphic design, industrial design
  • illustration, visual arts
  • interior design
  • technical arts
  • metalworking, ceramics, fibre
  • new media
  • music, painting
  • printmaking, photography
  • sculpture, television production.

Top Institutes offering Bachelor of Visual Arts

Some of the top institutes offering the course in the country with the corresponding locations and fees charged by the respective colleges are listed below.

NIMS School of Fine ArtsJaipurINR 85,000
Sandip UniversityNasikINR 90,000
Sanskriti UniversityMathuraINR 1,20,000
D.Y Patil College of Applied Arts and CraftsPuneINR 3,17,000
CT Institute of Higher StudiesJalandharINR 56,565
Amity UniversityMumbaiINR 2,55,000
Mahatma Jyoti Rao Phoole University JaipurINR 1,20,000
Amity UniversityJaipurINR 2,41,000
Chandigarh UniversityChandigarhINR 2,40,000
Amity UniversityKolkataINR 4,53,000
GD Goenka UniversityGurgaonINR 2,80,000
Parul UniversityVadodaraINR 1,60,000
PDM UniversityBahadurgahINR 1,49,000
Manipal UniversityJaipurINR 3,31,000
Royal Global UniversityGuwahatiINR 2,40,000
Assam UniversitySilcharINR 48,615

Eligibility for Bachelor of Visual Arts

Listed below are the minimum criteria of eligibility that interested candidates need to fulfil in order to apply for the course.

  • 10+2 educationcompleted in any stream from a recognized educational Board.
  • A minimum aggregate score of 50% (45% for SC/ST/OBC candidates) at the 10+2 level.
Bachelor of Visual Arts in AssamBachelor of Visual Arts in Andhra PradeshBachelor of Visual Arts in HaryanaBachelor of Visual Arts in Kerala

Bachelor of Visual Arts: Admission Process

Most institutes and colleges offering the course admit students based on their accomplishment in a relevant entrance examination, conducted mostly at institutional level, followed by a round of personal interview. 

In the personal interview round, candidate’s general aptitude for the course is examined and a merit list is then issued by each institute, declaring the names of all the selected students. Admission procedure generally varies across institutes.

A few institutes also provide direct admission to candidates on the basis of their score at the 10+2 level and some other criteria as well.

Bachelor of Visual Arts: Syllabus and Course Description

A semester - wise breakup of the course’s syllabus is tabulated below.

Drawing from natureDrawing from human figure
Print making3 D design
Fundamentals of artsFundamentals of arts with 2D design
Indian culture artsIndian culture arts
Regional languageRegional language
Still lifeStill life
Head studyHead study
Print making IIPictorial composition
Indian culture artsIndian culture arts
Fundamentals of computerHistory of western arts
Drawing from lifePainting from life
Mural design IMural design II
Western aestheticsIndian aesthetics
History of western artHistory of western art

Bachelor of Visual Arts: Career Prospects

Popular job opportunities for such graduates include:

  • art teaching.
  • direction, photography.
  • clothing, television and fashion.
  • architecture, academia, the film industry.
  • creative advertising agencies.
  • magazines, newspapers.
  • publishing, textile industries.
  • art gallery, media, and public relations.
  • museums, private galleries.
  • studios, arts and crafts shows, art stores.
  • motion picture or video gaming industries.

Some of the top professional profiles open to such graduates are listed below with the corresponding salaries offered for the respective positions.

Visual Designer

Visual Designers are hired to design products and advertisements for products. Some examples include a company website, a soup can label, a billboard or the layout of a print journal or a book jacket.

Practically every product created by people has been designed by an individual or team of designers. Often, video game companies employ teams of visual designers to create graphics for the games. Advertising firms need Visual Designers to help create visually appealing advertisements for clients.

INR 10,81,000
Graphic DesignerGraphic Designers are visual communicators who design and develop print and electronic media such as television graphics, magazines, logos, and websites. They may also be employed by advertising agencies that need design professionals.INR 2,58,000
Costume Designer

A Costume Designer first reads the script to learn about the personalities of the characters. If production is set in an earlier time period, Costume Designers research the clothing styles worn in that era. If production is set in the future or has a unique theme, Costume Designers consult with the director to interpret that vision into the costumes.

They base their costume-art on the number of speaking and non-speaking characters in each scene of the production and what they would wear. This is especially important in a theatre performance, where characters may need a quick costume change during successive scenes.

INR 8,50,000
Associate Art Director

Art directors oversee the creation of visual material for advertisements, product packaging, print publications, film productions and other outlets. They typically manage other staff members including artists, designers, and writers.

They may also look over specific elements which are original or stock artwork, design concepts, layouts and the stylistic components of written materials. They may create budgets and deadlines, collaborate with other departments like copywriting or production, and communicate with clients throughout the project's lifespan.

INR 12,00,000
Audio Visual Artist

The work of a Visual Artist involves a variety of different disciplines including drawing, sculpture, painting, and textile design. Artists can also specialize in graphic design photography and film, among others areas.

Many of them work independently to create art-works that convey messages of emotion, ideas or information. Also, some artists are self-taught, and conversant with art form, visual colour and composition, in addition to techniques specific to their chosen medium.

INR 5,00,000

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