The art program at JSLH collaborates with leading contemporary artists and art schools from India and abroad. Our goal is to provide world-class art education comparable with the best art institutions around the globe. Our interdisciplinary approach to art and the integration of liberal arts and visual art education follow the scheme of the leading art programs world-wide. At the same time, we are also conscious of our geopolitical location and the rich visual and artistic traditions of the subcontinent. While training our students to become contemporary artists, we want them to develop a practice which is rooted in their milieu and thus to pave new paths for Indian art and the Global South.
The BFA program encourages students to develop their unique art practice and visual language. It introduces students to a variety of artistic techniques and skills, enabling them to focus on concept rather than medium. This interdisciplinary approach allows students to think beyond the boundaries of the medium and fuse media, in order to stay in sync with contemporary art practices.
Visual art is not a restricted field. Contemporary artists engage with social, political and philosophical issues, not only with formalist artistic concerns. The liberal arts provide a holistic education and a space for exploration, which are crucial for the development of contemporary artists. The various subjects which are taught in the liberal arts program provide the students with a wider perspective to interact with the world and thereby enrich their art practice.
Art education develops a unique set of skills that are rare to find in other disciplines and are highly sought after in different fields: creativity, innovation, imagination, problem solving, improvisation, critical thinking. Accordingly, there are varied career options that a BFA graduate can pursue. The following is a partial list:
Freelance Studio Artist
Art Acquisition Specialist
Theater Set Designer
There are no stepwise guidelines or prescribed sets of rules to teach creativity. It is gained through continuous efforts, perseverance and openness to discover and question oneself. There are several ways to develop artistic sensibilities: exposure to diverse art-making processes, continuous engagement with art techniques, and discussion with mentors and peers. The student should be willing to learn, open to chances, and have the courage to make mistakes.
We want students with a passion for art and creativity, and who are willing to learn and more importantly to unlearn. Art is a journey of self-discovery that does not yield quick results. We are looking for sensitive and intelligent students who are willing to embark on this unique voyage.
We believe in a holistic admission process that enables us to discover the unique personality of each candidate. We are open to accepting applicants with diverse academic backgrounds, not only art students. Apart from the entrance exam, we will conduct personal interviews with the candidates.