| Department of Art Design & Performing Arts

MFA in Fine Arts

An additional semester may also be necessary when a student having a diploma or equivalent qualifications is admitted on merit for a Masters degree program. He/she shall have to complete 12 extra credits over and above the required number of 48 Credits for the MFA. These courses may be taken from art theory, seminar or art history courses being offered each semester and not from Studio courses. These credits can be taken concurrently with the MFA program and may be completed within the two-year period or an extra semester may be taken to complete the above.
48

Total Credits

40

Core Credits

8

Major Electives

Core & Elective Courses

Core Courses

Course code
Title
Credit
ART609
Painting and Drawing/Cross Media Project I
4

Painting

Painting and Drawing are explored as language and disciplinary framework, and in addition re-defined in terms of their changing function within different contexts and times, and in relationship to other art forms. Further, they would provide a basis for explorations in other media, or could be incorporated into other forms of practice.

Through active engagement with the medium in all its aspects, a combination of perspectives unique to each student would emerge during the first semester, which would enhance not only their knowledge of the visual world but also their capacity to interpret and comprehend it. Short, intensive workshops based on folk, classical and street/popular/traditions would also be organized in addition to interactions with contemporary artists. Apart from the learning experience that this entails, it would build an understanding between different kinds of practitioners, extending beyond art into community.

The studio component of the course would be complemented by adequate theoretical support. Talks, relevant reading, consultations with other faculty etc. would form an intrinsic part of the instruction. In addition, the course would offer occasional refresher sessions in Life Studies, Portraiture, Landscape and Still Life; both faculty and students could avail of the facility. 

Drawing

To widen an understanding of Drawing today, in addition to the formal sessions mentioned above, an attempt will be made to compile the different methods and applications that have come into being over time.  Short modules that would explore forms of drawing which find extensive application outside of its hitherto prescribed realm would be invaluable. Experienced visiting faculty from the disciplines of architecture, engineering, botany, the digital media, etc. could conduct short modules on ways in which drawing supports most forms of research. At the end of every year, the course material would be put together as a growing body of knowledge that spreads beyond the boundaries of its specific disciplines, and which would in turn create a new curriculum for Drawing.

Students would gain perceptions to do with space, scale and dimension as seen from varying perspectives, and could put it to good use in creating their own propositions. It needs to be said that this is as yet an uncharted area of research and that our department would be one of the very few, if not the only, that might offer such possibilities.

Cross-Media Project

Equally important is the fact of being located within a landscape and among communities;             to find ways of building networks through projects, investigations, and friendships.  It would involve field trips related to local histories/sites, or any subject of the student’s choice, carried out with a range of investigative visual media.  It is believed that these explorations could, apart from exposing and sensitizing students to the multiple realities that surround them, create practices that would go beyond the homogeneity of an exclusive ‘art school’ language.  It further creates a genuinely engaged viewership – with a breadth of scope and agency that would continue to grow with each exchange, beyond the currently prescribed boundaries of what constitutes art.  Students would be encouraged to re-imagine cultural and economic frameworks for practice, either collectively, individually or through institutional/organizational affiliations; there is a need at the present time to re-create and extend contexts for art and its supporting structures.

The course is seen as complementing the core area of Drawing and Painting and is experimental and process-based. The notion of Praxis is central to the module, and the emphasis is on finding a grammar that binds medium (explored in the earlier module), concept and subject-matter in an integrated approach to the excavation of meaning.  Theoretical support that could expand and enrich the field of inquiry would be provided by core/visiting faculty and by other departments.

It will be expected that the students would produce a dissertation pertaining to their choice of project, or to reflections on their own practice. Articulation through speaking and writing about one’s work and related concerns would be encouraged throughout the course. Students would present their work to an audience at the end of each year.

ART610
Painting And Drawing/ Cross Media Project II
4

Painting and Drawing are explored as language and disciplinary framework, and re-defined in terms of their changing function within different contexts and times,  in relationship to or even as a part of other forms of art practice.

An attempt will be made to examine the different methods and applications of Drawing that have come into being over time.  Short modules would explore forms which find extensive application outside of its hitherto prescribed realm. Drawing during field trips is seen as a means of engaging with the communities that one encounters, apart from serving as valuable field notes for future reference or as an art form in itself. The psychogeography of landscapes and journeys is intensely personal while still taking place on shared ground.

Students would gain perceptions to do with space, scale and dimension as seen from varying perspectives, and could put it to good use in creating their own propositions. This studio course would be complemented by adequate theoretical and visual support in the form of readings and documentaries. Talks and short, intensive workshops would also be organized.

Through active engagement with the mediums in all its aspects, a combination of perspectives unique to each student would emerge, which would enhance not only their knowledge of the visual world but also their capacity to interpret and comprehend it.

ART620
Sculpture and Installation 01
4

The course lays emphasis on the advancement of individual students concerns and engagements. Students will work in three dimensional space integrating sound/ mechanics/ new media etc. They will deal with making objects by carving/ assembling/ readymades. The students develop their practice benefiting from one on one critiques with the mentors as well as joint student critiques. Intra and inter school cross-disciplinary collaborations will be encouraged.

ART621
Sculpture and Installation II
4

The course lays emphasis on the advancement of individual students concerns and engagements. Students will work in three dimensional space integrating sound/ mechanics/ new media etc. They will deal with making objects by carving/ assembling/ ready-mades. The students develop their practice through benefiting from one on one critiques with the mentors as well as joint student critiques. Intra and inter school cross-disciplinary collaborations will be encouraged along with visits to museums, galleries and artist studios.

ART632
The Photographic Image I
4

This course explores through practice, the historical, expressive, critical, representational, formal, conceptual and technical aspects of this very varied, fluid, and pervasive medium through experimentation and research within the student’s own practice as a means of personal expression. An aesthetically based medium, photography, will be explored and discussed along with reading into the practice and work of other artists who use photography directly or as an take off point. Some potential subjects discussed will be appropriation, authenticity, truth, quality, performativity and transcendence. Also discussed will be some of the following: the problems of making judgments and issues of quality; the content of art and photography; the shifts in the definitions of 'mainstream,' and  'outsider, ‘and the role of the photographic image.

Learning Outcomes:

The students would be able produce conceptually mature and visually dense works with a criticality to examine appropriation, authenticity, truth and quality. Display and exhibition making along with addressing  artistic survival concerns  are also addressed . The students’ further build an ability place their own and works of others within certain art historical and contemporary art lens based contexts and practices.

ART652
The Moving Image- Form and Function
4

This course introduces students to the moving image, working with film and video to develope creative ideas. The focus will be on the fundamentals of the moving image and time-based media, towards developing an informed perspective that is abstract/ conceptual/ narrative/ personal/ political. Technical demonstrations and lectures along with viewing and discussions of a range of films and video works by other artists and projects made by  students will be included. The course includes developing concepts for moving image work- making storyboards/ narrative structure, capturing and importing video, editing- working with effects and transitions and sound. The discussion will be furthered by an analysis of video, moving media installation art, and works researched by students

ART660
The Artists Body
4

Happenings, performance, body-art, interventions: the artist has been using his body as subject and as actual material. The artist's body has throughout history been the subject of art -- primarily through painted self-portraiture. From the western post-war period and in India Post 90s, however, artists began using their bodies as the subject and the actual material of the artwork.

We shall be looking at how the artist’s body is/has been an important tool for intervention in contemporary Indian and world art. Students in this course are introduced to various aspects of the “performative”, the body and related art practices, exploring the historical background, and current issues within contemporary art.

Technical expansiveness, theoretical development and the role of the body as medium will be explored through individual and collaborative projects and research.

Learning Outcomes;

The students would be able produce conceptually mature and visually dense works with a criticality to examine appropriation, authenticity, truth and quality. Display and exhibition making along with addressing  artistic survival concerns  are also addressed . The students’ further build an ability place their own and works of others within certain art historical and contemporary art lens based contexts and practices.

ART671
Art In Public Domain: Intervention And Action
4

The course lays emphasis on the advancement of individual students’ concerns and engagements. Questions of responsibility and sensitivity, methods and medium, poetics and politics while working outside the secure space of a gallery will be deliberated upon. It could involve travelling to realize in-situ projects.

The students develop their practice benefiting from one on one critiques with  mentors as well as joint student critiques. Intra and inter school cross-disciplinary collaborations will be encouraged.

ART672
Aesthetics and Politics
4

The course will attempt to examine the social relevance of art and the role of the artist. The successes and failures of art and activism and the use of art as a tool for social and political change will be discussed following assigned readings and by examining relevant art works and projects. It could involve travelling to realize in situ projects. The students develop their practice benefiting from one on one critiques with the mentors as well as joint student critiques. Intra and inter school cross-disciplinary collaborations will be encouraged.