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Art is one of the oldest mediums of expression known to mankind. The term fine art was first attested in 1767, as a translation from the French term beaux arts. It referred to the arts that were "concerned with beauty or which appealed to taste".

The term has been used to designate a limited number of visual art forms, including painting, sculpture, and printmaking, and is still used by schools, institutes, and other organizations to indicate a traditional perspective on the visual arts, often implying an association with classic or academic art.

The word "fine" does not so much denote the quality of the artwork in question, but rather the purity of the discipline. This definition tends to exclude visual art forms that could be considered craftwork or applied art, such as textiles.

The difference between applied arts and fine arts is that t he work of a fine artist is a form of self-expression through the medium of paintings, drawings, and sculptures, whereas applied artists use various art techniques for commercial application  

Fine artists mostly work independently. They can choose any medium, and their art is mostly about self-expression. Although making a name for oneself in this field is not very easy and generally involves a long, hard period of struggle, those who are recognized make it big, both in terms of fame and money.

Areas of Specialization


Artistic painting is considered by many to be among the most important of the art forms. Evidence indicates that humans have been painting for about 6 times as long as they have been using written language. Types of painting techniques include creative painting and portrait painting.


Since a sculpture is three-dimensional, it is primarily concerned with space: occupying it, relating to it, and altering one's perception of it. Some practitioners of contemporary sculpture often use these concerns with space as formal methods of conveying content or meaning. While others develop upon previous traditions seeking to express content through figurative forms, symbolism or narrative, sometimes following a more classical tradition. Sculptors can specialize in creative, ceramics, stone, wood or metal sculpting.


An Illustration is a visualization such as drawing, painting, photograph or other work of art that stresses subject more than form. The aim of an Illustration is to elucidate or decorate a story, poem or piece of textual information (such as a newspaper article) by providing a visual representation of something described in the text.


A cartoonist is an artist who specializes in drawing cartoons and caricatures. It can also be applied to those who produce comic books, animation, as well as comic strip creators and those working in animation.


Printing is a process for reproducing copies of texts and images. The surface on which an image or text is printed can wary from paper to cloth and wood. Examples of printing are silkscreen printing, creating motifs for printing and so on. Graphic printing is used in book production, newspaper layout and web design

Graphic Designing

Graphic design is the applied art of arranging image and text to communicate a message, or facilitate understanding. It may be applied in any media, such as print, digital media, motion pictures, animation, product design, packaging, and Information signs. It erefers to the use of computers and other It services. Graphic designers use Computer aided designs (CAD) or software applications like Photoshop, Illustrator, Page Maker, and Flash for their artwork.

 Why Fine Arts?

Graduates in fine arts are in great demand these days because today designing and artwork is one of the most sought after profession requiring technically trained professionals. It is creatively also very demanding. One needs to come up with new ideas as the demand for designer houses and offices is on the rise.

New entrants in this field need to work with a passion of seeing the outcome of effort put in rather than the money you earned. Although making a name for oneself in this field is not very easy and may involve a long, hard period of struggle, those who are recognized make it big, both in terms of fame and money.

Courses Available

Many institutes today are offering a number of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in fine arts. The minimum eligibility required for entry into any fine arts course is 10+2 in any discipline with a flair for drawing/sculpting/painting. These days most institutes conduct an aptitude test before admitting students.

Undergraduate courses include Bachelors or undergraduate diploma in Fine Arts/Applied Arts/Painting. Bachelor courses are of the duration of 3 to 4 years and diploma courses are of the duration of 2 to 3 years. Students can specialize in areas like Painting/ Graphics/Sculpture and Animation

Postgraduate courses offer Masters degree or postgraduate diploma in Fine Arts/

Painting/Graphics/Sculpture. The duration of postgraduate courses ranges from 1 to 2 years. Students can specialize in areas like art history, art education, and ceramic sculpture.

Apart from these graduate and postgraduate courses, a number of short tem certificate courses are also available.


  • National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad
  • JJ Institute of Applied Arts, Mumbai
  • College of Art, New Delhi
  • Delhi University, Delhi
  • Jamia Milia Islamia, New Delhi
  • Amity School of Fine Arts, Noida
  • Kala Bhawan, Shantiniketan, West Bengal
  • University of Baroda, Faculty of Fine Arts
  • Aptech Computer Education (software related courses for Applied Arts)

Personal Attributes

Apart from professional qualifications, people aspiring to enter the field of fine arts, designing and artwork must have intrinsic artistic talent and a deep interest in art. A sense

sense of colour and an eye for detail is a must along with originality and a vivid and vast imagination. Curiosity coupled with a sense of adventure is important to sustain in this field. Apart from these attributes communication skills are extremely essential while dealing with clients. To keep abreast with the latest IT developments computer skills are also essential.

Job prospects

Fine artists can find jobs in the following areas:

  • Advertising- photography, graphics, printing, CD-ROM Publishing
  • Book Publishing- Illustrating, Designing jackets for the books
  • Multimedia Computer firms - Web Designing, brochure designing- layout, graphics, styling
  • Newspaper and Magazine Publishing
  • Television software development- Animation
  • Television/Films- Set designing, special effects
  • Teaching at Art schools/colleges
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