List of Best Art Schools:
Arts is one of the most popular subjects for students to pursue for graduation. A degree in arts is not essential if you want to become an artist, however, it gives you hand’s on instruction from a professional and also builds up your contacts and network. Art schools give the artist the time and the liberty to making art with state of the art equipment and techniques. Most art schools have a well-designed studio space for the artist to experiment. If you want to become a well-qualified artist, then talent definitely helps but a degree from an art school is even better.
Here is a list of best art schools in India:
1. COLLEGE OF ART, NEW DELHI
This School is located on Tilak Marg, just off India Gate. The College of Art is home to a stellar Master in Fine Arts programme. It was designed by artist Satish Gujral and its alumni include famous artists the late Manjit Bawa, Rameshwar Broota, Gogi Saroj Pal and duo Thukral & Tagra, whose bright, pop art has its roots here. During their annual show, the college grounds are dotted with strategically placed sculptures (the canvases are housed indoors) that make it a pleasure to walk through.
2. THE MAHARAJA SAYAJIRAO UNIVERSITY, VADODARA
The Maharaja Sayajiro University is one of the oldest art schools in the country. The art department is known for everything from sculpture to painting, and printmaking to new media work. It is supplemented by a brilliant faculty and champions, including Jayaram Poduval, Indrapramit Roy, BV Suresh and Gulammohammed Sheikh; and former students include painters Nataraj Sharma, Surendran Nair, sculptors Dhruva Mistry and Jagannath Panda, to name a few.
3. SIR JJ SCHOOL OF ART, MUMBAI
This School was started under British rule to standardize art from the colony, the school is now an important space to find a more local language for contemporary art. This school’s alumni include artists like Atul Dodiya, Bose Krishnamachari, Riyas Komu, Shilpa Gupta and Jitish Kallat.
4. SHIV NADAR UNIVERSITY, DADRI
The latest entrant on the art scene is the MFA programme which is offered by the Department of Art, Design and Performing Arts at SNU. Students have found their expression at this young department, and are already working with galleries like the Clark House initiative in Mumbai. Faculty and visiting professors include artists like Vasudha Thozur, Atul Bhalla, Maya Krishna Rao, Sharmila Samant and Tushar Joag. Also, the graduate shows are held at another Nadar family outpost, the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art in New Delhi.
5. KALA BHAVANA, SHANTINIKETAN
This school is located about 160 kilometres from Kolkata, Shantiniketan. Rabindranath Tagore’s family-plot-turned-academic-institution, which has turned into a university town with the establishment of Visva-Bharati university, whose fine art department Kala Bhavana produced artists such as KG Subramanyan, Somnath Hore and Ramkinker Baij. All of them returned to teach, along with notable artists like Jogen Chowdhury and Nandalal Bose. The department’s annual art fair, is named after the latter. This school is a beaitiful and an interesting place for those who prefer the Santiniketan school of Indian art.
Attending art school allows you to move quickly through a structured curriculum which is designed to provide you with a broad base of useful knowledge. They also provide good networking opportunities and exposure to the artist. Many art schools offer career counseling or career placement services to help you find employment in your field after graduation and also teach the basics of how to run a small business, including how to make a budget, price your art, handle basic accounting tasks and market your work.