FINE ART DEGREE SPECIALISATION OFFERED AT THE BFA AND MFA LEVEL
Programme Outcomes (POs) and Course Outcomes (COs) for all streams offered by the institution
Government College of Art and Craft, Calcutta, offers its courses and programmes in diverse streams like Painting, Painting Indian Style, Graphic Design/Applied Art, Sculpture, Ceramic Art and Pottery, Textile Design, Design Wood and Leather and Printmaking. The courses and classes are offered in manner so that they can encourage the artistic capabilities of the students. The courses and study programme helps in cultivating a creative mindset and the capacity to address problems in the arts with fresh perspectives. Our faculties inculcate new approaches to stretch the limitations of conventional artistic mediums. The students in the stream of Painting are trained considering the conceptual and aesthetic dimension of their art practice. Here the students are made aware of the contemporary art and curatorial practices, which help them to assess their art practice in light of the contemporary modes of art practice and exhibition making. Students in the stream of Graphic Design are trained in ways which help them in effectively conveying thoughts, meanings, and concepts via visual art, keeping in mind the utilitarian perspective of their art works. Painting Indian Style is a very unique stream, where students are made to learn Indian traditional techniques of painting, while keeping in tandem with subjects and concepts of contemporary relevance. The stream of Textile Design, Sculpture, Ceramic Art and Pottery, Design Wood and Leather, and Print Making are very exploratory, where students are trained in diverse ways which encourages their creative thinking abilities, while focussing on the individualities of each streams. The studio spaces of each discipline are designed in ways which encourages students to participate in collective discussion, appreciation as well as critical opinion about their own as well as other student’s artworks. They learn how to assess art in terms of its beauty, concept, and technique. Here, students learn to make a professional portfolio of their finest works from the displays throughout the semester. Their portfolios serve as a testament to their development, aptitude, and unique artistic abilities.
Here at GCAC, students participate in group art projects which help them to work collectively as a team. They investigate interdisciplinary methods that combine art with other disciplines of inquiry like technology, science, and even social studies. The theoretical courses offered in the subject of History of Art help them immensely to learn about the past artistic practice of India and across the globe. The students here learn about the social, cultural, and historical backgrounds of art. The dissertation as well as project papers for the Master’s degree program, help them immensely in developing a critical and research-oriented aptitude. The methodologies learnt for the dissertation not only encourages an analytical thinking, but also help in understanding the basics of a research work, which help them for approaching further higher studies. Each year, during the student’s annual exhibition, the students exhibit their year-round best art works, which draws a huge crowd of visitors. The exhibition appears as the most awaited event of the institute, where students are awarded based on their exhibited art works. Beside displaying the art work, the exhibition appears as the encouraging event where students are appreciated with many awards and scholarships, for their created art works. The pedagogical methods, syllabus, and the courses of each stream are designed and implemented in effective ways, which not only helps the students in learning the discipline of visual arts but also makes them competent as successful professionals for the future.
Evaluation and Assessment of POs and COs.
Evaluating the program outcomes here at Government College of Art and Craft, Calcutta, are carried out through a combination of assessment methods that consider both subjective and objective criteria. Some of the approaches includes the following:
Portfolio Review, Internal Assessments and External assessments:
portfolios during the semester examinations is a common method. A committee of faculty/s , professional artists from related field or industry professionals review and evaluate students’ artwork based on diverse criteria like technical skill, creativity, subjectivity, concept development, intellectual capabilities and overall artistic growth.
After each class assignments, as per the norms prescribed in the syllabus, a group of internal teachers evaluate the student’s work, keeping in mind both their class outputs and their attendance for the particular class. At the end of each semester, both internal faculties, and externals who are expert in the discipline/subjects are invited to evaluate the semester round student’s art works. The display sessions appear extremely helpful for the students considering the interactive nature of assessments where students are given valuable suggestions and feedbacks.
Presentations and Feedbacks: Students present their artwork and participate in critical discussions where they receive feedback from instructors, or visiting faculties from other institutions.
Student’s Annual Exhibition: Every year, the students get the opportunity to exhibit their artworks in the annual exhibition titled as “Parampara” which provides an opportunity to present their work to a larger public. The exhibition appears an as encouraging opportunity to the students inviting both appreciative and critical feedbacks, from the viewers and art connoisseurs.
Written Assignments: Assignments such as, research articles, dissertation papers, artist’s note and reflective essays helps in assessing students’ ability to articulate and develop critical thinking aptitude. This kind of assignments also helps in understanding their grasp over the language, their understanding of art history and theory, and their ability to contextualize their own work within a broader artistic and cultural framework at Post graduate level.
Practical Assignments: Students under CBCS system at UG level undergo practical interdisciplinary assignments where they are required to complete specific artistic tasks or projects within a given timeframe.
Multidisciplinary Works: At the post graduate level students are instructed to do multidisciplinary works where they learn specificities of a subject/discipline other than their opted stream. This assignment helps them to learn not only specific artistic tradition but also to interact with professionals who are experts in their individual field. This assignment helps in expanding their horizon of understanding art which very effectively enrich their own art practices.
We believe that it is essential to ensure that the assessment methods align with the program’s learning objectives and provide a comprehensive evaluation of the students’ artistic abilities, creative thinking, and understanding of art concepts.
- PAINTINGPainting: an iconic department that once championed aesthetics of western academic art, presently a seat of multiple experimentations.
- PAINTING INDIAN STYLEPainting Indian Style : the department created by Abanindranath Tagore and Percy Brown in 1916, has roots in India’s struggle for independence.
- MODELLING AND SCULPTUREModelling and Sculpture: a department where students create dialogues between material, processes, form and space.
- GRAPHIC DESIGN | APPLIED ARTGraphic Design | Applied Art: the department that is an expert in the field of advertising, media and produces visual raconteurs.
- TEXTILE DESIGNTextile Design: the department that weave stories with thread and dye, continuing the rich legacy of Indian textile.
- DESIGN: WOOD AND LEATHERWood and Leather: a cross-disciplinary unique department in the country, that follows the legacy of the industrial arts.
- CERAMIC ART AND POTTERYCeramic Art and Pottery: the department that creates magic with clay, wheel and the furnace.
- PRINTMAKINGPrintmaking: the department where the image makers make use of ink, press and the art of visual reproduction.