Government College of Art and Craft, Calcutta is one of the oldest and premier institutes of art education in India. Boasting about 1864 years legacy, the college has always been a seat of academic excellence. GCAC is a co-educational seat of learning and affiliated to University of Calcutta. Currently the institution follows the Choice Based Credit System (C.B.C.S.) for its undergraduate programmes. From 2005 the institution has also commenced the doctoral degree programme (Ph.D.) in Fine Arts. It is the only fine arts institution in the country to offer a specialized course in Painting indian style. The institution has received an ‘A’ from the NAAC accreditation committee in 2007.

Located at the historic Chowringhee neighbourhood of Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) and adjacent to the Indian Museum, the college is spread over 1.58 acres of eco-friendly land. It is well connected by bus, taxi and underground metro railway. The college is a thriving space for intellectual and artistic exchange.

Exhibitions, workshops, film-screenings, special lectures, cultural events, sports, and many other events are organized frequently. The Annual Exhibition and Annual Social along with the Alumni Day have come up as a winter fest in Kolkata for decades, where artists, connoisseurs, art lovers all visit the college campus. An excursion to sites of historic and cultural importance has been conducted on a regular basis. The student matters have been successfully represented by the members of Student’s Union which has always been an apolitical representative body; a healthy feature, seldom found in Kolkata college campuses.

The landmarks of central Kolkata: Indian Museum, Asiatic Society, Victoria Memorial, Academy of Fine Arts, Rabindra Sadan, St Paul’s Cathedral, Birla Planetarium, Maidan, Park Street and New Market all are located in the vicinity of the campus. An in house canteen is operational in the campus. Students common rooms and a small playground inside the premises is available for sports and recreation.