BFA - BVA Bachelor of Fine Arts

Fine Arts in terms of academics, is the study and creation of visual works of art. Visual works of Arts can be in the form of painting, sculpture, dance, theatre, architecture, photography etc. Bachelor of Fine Arts is an Undergraduate Academic Degree awarded in the course or a program in the field of Fine Arts. It is popularly known as BFA or BVA which is an abbreviated form of the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree or Bachelor of Visual Arts degree. Both are one and the same thing. Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree Course in it's initial year includes drawing, painting, figure drawing, portraiture, watercolour, art-making concept development, art history critique etc.


  • Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree can be pursued by those candidates who have successfully completed their HSC (10+2) examinations in any stream from a recognised board.
  • Though there are no entrance test for the Bachelor of Fine Arts course but a few Institutes do conduct these.
  • BFA Institutes may also conduct an Aptitude Test and on the basis of the test the final decision for admission is made.

Course Structure

  • Most of all the Institutions offering BFA, have a Foundation Course which involves the 1st year. In the first year all the subjects of Visual Arts or Fine Arts available are taught.
  • The 2nd year marks the beginning of the the 3 years Specialization Course. Based on the credits obtained in the 1st year, the 3 years Specialization Course is done.

For a list of Fine Art School and Bachelor of Fine Arts Colleges in India. Fine Art Courses are also provided through Correspondence or Distance Education by various Institutions. Two amongst these are - School of Open Learning in Delhi University and Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), Delhi provide fine arts courses in correspondence

Bachelor of Fine Arts Subjects

Bachelor of Fine Arts Subjects vary depending upon one's choice of specialisation.

Bachelor of Fine Arts Specialisations

  • Architecture.
  • Calligraphy.
  • Cartooning.
  • Dance.
  • Graphic Designing.
  • Illustration.
  • Music.
  • Photography.
  • Printmaking.
  • Painting.
  • Sculpture.
  • Theatre.

Who can and Who should pursue Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree

  • As the term, Fine Arts goes, there is no doubt that this field is meant only and only for Artists or people with Artistic Skills in any of the Visual Arts. Some people are not good at conventional degree which are normally pursued but they might have a strong hand in Visual Arts. One should be radical in their ideas and at the same time be practical enough to create original, inspiring work.
  • Candidates who have a natural interest for Visual Arts or natural skills such as sketching, drawing and visualization are perfectly suited for pursuing this degree. Those who really enjoy creating and imagining and are interested enough to carve a strong niche in the field of performing or visual arts should absolutely go for this one.
  • There are some who do have a strong liking for Visual Arts but are all ready involved in another occupation or there are some who did have the skill but it got buried by the requirement of acquiring a conventional degree as per the trend. Those who want to rekindle their hidden or buried talent can follow their heart with BFA.

Advantages or Benefits of Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree

  • After successfully completing BFA, one can pursue a Masters degree in Fine Arts i.e, M.F.A. (Master in Fine Arts) or M.V.A.(Master in Visual Arts).
  • The degree helps a student to develop an overview of the Fine Arts industry.
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts programme prepares the students for establishing a career in the field of visual communication and performing arts.

Bachelor of Fine Arts Jobs

After completing B.V.A. from any private or government Institution, a candidate can join in a school as an art teacher, as a photographer or as an artist in government offices. A graduate can also start a career as freelance workers and go for direction, photography, television, clothing and fashion. One can also start as art directors for magazines, on-line services, software companies, publishing houses, manufacturers, advertising, promotion and product design.

Employment Areas

  • Art Studios.
  • Advertising Companies.
  • Boutiques.
  • Educational Institutes.
  • Fashion Houses.
  • Publishing Houses.
  • Tailoring Shops.
  • Television Industry.
  • Theatres.
  • Websites.

Job Types

  • 3d Artist.
  • Art Critic.
  • Art Teacher.
  • Animator.
  • Art Director.
  • Creative Director.
  • Drawing Teacher.
  • Editor.
  • Furniture Designer.
  • Freelance Workers.
  • Graphic Artist / Designer.
  • Music Teacher.
  • Production Artist.
  • Senior Graphic Designer.
  • Sr. Art Director.
  • Set Designer.
Bachelor Degrees
Bachelor of Agriculture (B.Sc. (Agriculture))
Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.)
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine & Surgery (B.A.M.S.)
Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.)
Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com.)
Bachelor of Computer Applications (B.C.A.)
Bachelor of Computer Science (B.Sc. (Computer Science))
Bachelor of Dental Surgery (B.D.S.)
Bachelor of Design (B.Des. - B.D.)
Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.)
Bachelor of Engineering - Bachelor of Technology (B.E./B.Tech.)
Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA - BVA)
Bachelor of Fisheries Science (B.F.Sc. - B.Sc. (Fisheries))
Bachelor of Home Science (B.A. - B.Sc. (Home Science))
Bachelor of Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery (B.H.M.S.)
Bachelor of Laws (L.L.B.)
Bachelor of Library Science (B.Lib. - B.Lib.Sc.)
Bachelor of Mass Communications (B.M.C. - B.M.M.)
Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (M.B.B.S.)
Bachelor of Nursing (B.Sc. (Nursing))
Bachelor of Pharmacy (B.Pharm.)
Bachelor of Physical Education (B.P.Ed.)
Bachelor of Physiotherapy (B.P.T.)
Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)
Bachelor of Social Work (BSW or B.A. (SW))
Bachelor of Veterinary Science & Animal Husbandry (B.V.Sc.)
Master Degrees
Doctor of Medicine (M.D.)
Doctor of Medicine in Homoeopathy (M.D. (Homoeopathy))
Master in Home Science (M.A. - M.Sc. (Home Science))
Master of Architecture (M.Arch.)
Master of Arts (M.A.)
Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)
Master of Chirurgiae (M.Ch.)
Master of Commerce (M.Com.)
Master of Computer Applications (M.C.A.)
Master of Dental Surgery (M.D.S.)
Master of Design (M.Des. - M.Design.)
Master of Education (M.Ed.)
Master of Engineering - Master of Technology (M.E./M.Tech.)
Master of Fine Arts (MFA - MVA)
Master of Fishery Science (M.F.Sc. - M.Sc. (Fisheries))
Master of Laws (L.L.M.)
Master of Library Science (M.Lib. - M.Lib.Sc.)
Master of Mass Communications (M.M.C - M.M.M.)
Master of Pharmacy (M.Pharm)
Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.)
Master of Physical Education (M.P.Ed. - M.P.E.)
Master of Physiotherapy (M.P.T.)
Master of Science (M.Sc.)
Master of Science in Agriculture (M.Sc. (Agriculture))
Master of Social Work (M.S.W. or M.A. (SW))
Master of Surgery (M.S.)
Master of Veterinary Science (M.V.Sc.)
Doctorate Degrees
Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D)
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Doctorate of Medicine (D.M.)
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