Department of Visual Arts
The Department of Visual Arts was formed in the year 2008. The two-year post-graduate (M.F.A) degree course in Painting conducted by the Department under the Faculty of Music & Fine Arts at the University of Kalyani concentrates on both the traditional and new aspects of practical exploration in this field. The course creates the scope for different dimensions of technical expertise and motivating the students for critical enquiry of the works done in the class-rooms. Concern about the environment, social and cultural issues as well as knowledge of history is stressed upon. Besides the objective of academic oriented tasks, stress is also laid upon future professional advancement of the students. A dedicated team of Faculty comprising of both permanent and guest teachers who have also made a mark in the professional field impart guidance to the students.
Head of the Department
Shri Ritendra Roy
Contact no. of the Department
Minimum qualification for admission – Candidates must have passed 4 years Bachelor of Fine Arts / Visual Arts (BFA / BVA) degree course with specialization in any discipline from any UGC recognized University. Employed candidates must apply through proper channel.
Selection for admission will be on the basis of merit. Marks /Grade of the qualifying exam including performance of the written and interview tests will be taken into account. Reservation of seats for SC/ST/OBC as per Government rules.
The two-year course comprises of 4 semesters as per the UGC guidelines. Examinations are held at the end of each semester. Each semester comprises of 200 marks for practical exams and 100 marks for theoretical (written) exam papers. The total marks for the four semesters taken together is 1200, out of which 800 marks are allotted for the practical(studio-based) work and 400 marks are assigned for theoretical papers which also includes the submission of dissertation paper and outdoor project papers. The medium of instruction is both English and Bengali. Besides the class-room teaching programmes, the academic curriculum includes academic study tours undertaken by the Department once in every year which is meant for outdoor project work with respect to the history and culture of the place visited. Besides this the department organizes students’ exhibition both within and outside the campus to help them acquaint with the professional world. Annual art fair, workshop and seminar are also arranged for the overall development and community fellow-feeling. The participation of students in all these events is compulsory and encouraged for the sake of academic and professional growth.
An individual vision and style of image-making is encouraged for the studio-based practical work. Subjective compositions based upon figurative or non-figurative idioms are included with an emphasis on the experimental nature of the approach. The students are given the freedom to choose any medium or a combination of different mediums for their work. The theoretical portion includes a critical reading of the art and culture of India with respect to the traditional aspects and the folk art of eastern India. Significant phases and the different traditions of painting with regard to the modern as well as contemporary trends prevalent are emphasized upon. Study of the Modern Masters of Indian Art is taught within the development of pre and post-independent art of India. Appreciation of western art and the modern practitioners is also given due importance through lessons. Students also have to submit a dissertation paper in the final semester which is a research upon a subject derived from the visual exposition of the art and culture that a student has learned or perceived.
The students of the Department have achieved considerable success in the professional field. They have been recognized with awards, and their works have been selected in important exhibitions in the country. A group of devoted teachers have committed themselves to this task of guiding the students for the path ahead.