The first and final year examinations are conducted by the universities to which the colleges are affiliated, and the second and third year examinations are conducted by the respective colleges.
Graphic design is a form of visual communication. It can incorporate the use of illustration, iconography and branding, but it is not limited to these forms of representations.
Graphic designers develop the overall layout and production design of magazines, newspapers, journals, corporate reports and other publications. They are generally employed in advertising, publishing or design firms.
The National Institute of Design, Paldi, Ahmedabad, provides excellent study facilities for meritorious Plus Two holders in Graduate Diploma Programme in Design (GDPD). Selection is based on all-India level entrance/aptitude test and interview. The NID programme has high job potential www.nid.edu.
BFA (applied arts)
It basically deals with graphic design, visual communication and advertising.
The BFA (applied arts) course gives full exposure to print media, advertising and electronic media.
There are several universities and colleges that offer the BFA course. Some of them are:
- Goa College of Arts, Panaji, Goa.
- College of Arts, Tilak Marg, New Delhi-110001.
- Sir J.J. College of Architecture, Fort, Mumbai-400001.
- Bharati College of Fine Arts, Pune-411043.
- Padmashree Dr. D.Y. Patil College of Applied Arts and Crafts, Pune-411044.
- Indian Institute of Fine Arts, Modinagar, Delhi-201201.
- Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi.
- Bangalore University, Bangalore.
- Jamia Millia Islamia University, Jamia Nagar, New Delhi-110028.
- Nagpur University, Nagpur-440001.
- Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati.
- University of Madras, Chepauk, Chennai-600005.
Andhra University, College of Arts and Commerce, Visakhapatnam. College of Fine Arts, Palayam, Thiruvananthapuram. RLV College of Music and Fine Arts, Thripunithura. Fine Arts College, Thrissur. Raja Ravi Varma College of Fine Arts, Mavellikkara. The Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit, Kalady, and the Chinmaya Vidyapeetham, Ernakulam, also offer fine arts course.
Detailed information can be collected from the institutions concerned. The list is only indicative and details of more universities and institutions that offer BFA course can be collected from the university handbook published by the Association of Indian Universities, New Delhi.
Those who successfully complete BFA can go for Master of Fine Arts (MFA). Courses are offered at the Fine Arts College, Palayam, Thiruvananthapuram and the RLV College of Music and Fine Arts, Thripunithura. Entry qualification is BFA with at least a second class. Admission notification can be expected after the BFA examination results are announced.
The Amritha School of Arts and Science, Edappaly, Kochi-682024 offers MFA in visual media with specialisation in film and television, graphic arts and animation and communicative journalism. Entry qualification is graduation in any subject with 50 per cent marks www.amrita.edu.
The National Institute of Design, Paldi, Ahmedabad, also conducts postgraduate diploma programme in design. BFA (applied arts) degree holders can apply. Selection is based on an all-India level entrance test and interview.
Apeejay College of Fine Arts, Jalandhar www.acfa.apeejay.edu. offers PG diploma in commercial art. Graduates in arts, commerce, science are eligible for admission.
Visual communication is another suitable option. It is an emerging discipline in which graphic artists use multimedia technology for the creation of visuals. Three-year B.Sc. Visual Communication and four-year degree/ graduate diploma programmes in design are available at a few institutes. Bachelor of Design (B.Des.) course is offered at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Guwahati. Selection is based on IIT-JEE ranking.
B.Sc. Visual Communication courses are conducted at the following institutions:
- Madras Christian College, Tambaram, Chennai
- Asan Memorial College of Arts . Science, Chennai
- Hindustan Educational Institutions, Coimbatore
- Bharathiar University, Coimbatore
- University of Madras, Chennai
- College Fine Arts and Design, Chennai
BFA Courses have Good Job Potential