Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Tuesday Tips: A career in the Artistic Field-Decoded

I am the eldest of 6 children, belonging to a somewhat conservative family( though my father was pretty relaxed about his rules as long as we knew our boundaries) and my mom mostly bore the brunt of letting her daughters spread thier wings and fly... but he always played along, thank God!
Which was a big thing a couple of decades back when girls even thinking of getting a job were heavily frowned upon... 
But as the first child to flex her wings... I had quite a struggle to get where I wanted to, with no one to charter the direction or give me options....And there was no Google to help me out!
Having secured a high percentage in my 10th exams, my father was ecstatic that bas! This daughter of mine is good enough to become a doctor.
No matter how much I protested that I wanted to become a Fashion Designer (that was the only career I knew that let you draw and sketch)...
So science stream in 12th it was!
But in my 12th, I studied biology less and practiced my art more. I kept sketching and drawing fashion figures and models and tried my hand at everything that I thought would get me through the NIFT entrance after my 12th.
With no one to guide me as to what was required for the entrance.
And I had no idea whatsoever that there was any other college or any other stream that could take my love for art and turn it into a career!
I obviously couldn't crack the entrance exam for NIFT and obviously didn't go anywhere near to getting through the Medical Entrance!
My life was finished.
I was demoralised, dejected and resigned myself to doing English and hopefully become a teacher or a writer someday, much to the despair of my father.
He had finally realised that I didnt have what it takes to get through a Medical college, so henceforth should now start looking around for a suitable groom for his first-born, brilliant yet disappointing daughter!
but a chance meeting with a cousin of mine who was doing BFA (whats this?) got my hopes up and my creative antenna buzzing...
I appeared for the entrance, got through and was finally doing what I wanted to do... draw, paint, sketch, and lo and behold even had the option of a career after it.
I worked as a Graphic Designer, an Animator, a freelance illustrator and now a creative blogger!
So to bring this rambling of mine to a close... even though these days we have a plethora of choices in terms of career options and all the information is at our fingertips... parents and kids are still confused.
Which line in the Art Field is good or better? which pays more?
What colleges are there?
What if you dont become the next MF Husain? what do you do then?
If you are creative, you love to sketch and draw and paint...
There are loads of options open to you now.
And I'll break them all down for you:

The main Colleges of Fine Arts that you can apply for, are all here at this link:

so to choose exactly what kind of field you want to follow even in the Fine Arts or Design genre is quite a mind boggling task...
There are soooo many options to chose from.
If you are very arty... that is you want to only draw and sketch and paint...
well then a BFA from a Fine Arts College is the one for you.
even in that, you can choose between Painting, Scuplture, Printmaking, Ceramics
The above are all part of Painting and Fine Arts.
  • And with this behind you, you can hold Exhibitions of your paintings and sculptures, become an art Curator or an Art Gallery owner, an Art Historian, a Museum curator, a Museum Manager.
  • Or else do an MFA and become an Art teacher in a school or a College,
  • Do a further course and become a professor in an Art College.
  • Or else. advertise and network and take you own Art classes.

These Fine Arts Colleges also offer Applied Arts in BFA.
In this they teach you graphic design and illustration and photography.
With the Applied Arts degree, you can work in:
  •  Advertising Agencies as visualisers, illustrators and move onto becoming big-shot Art Directors or Creative Directors.
  • Another logical step you can take is to become animators... whether 2D or 3D. Animation is a BIG industry that is the backbone of today's advertising and movie making world.
  • Or else you can also venture out on your own as a freelance illustrator and book designer. The Children's Book Industry is also a very lucrative industry and freelancing gives you immense freedom to work on your own terms.
  • You can do a multimedia course and become a Web Designer- a very good option in today's internet dominated world.

Then there are Top Design Colleges that offer you everything in terms of design in all forms- furniture, product, industrial, Fashion... to name a few!
They are all at this link:

With degrees from the above mentioned top Design Colleges, one can become become a fashion designer and work in a Fashion House ,
  • Become a Visual Merchandiser that sources products etc. for various big companies.
  • A Fashion or an Accessories Designer.
  • Costume Designer, or Set Designer and you can work for movies and TV.
  • Display Designer or Exhibit Installer that work for showrooms and exhibitions.
  • Interior Designer has a lot of scope in today's homes and hotels.
  • Become a Furniture or a Product Designer..
  • Have a technical mind? Become an industrial Designer
  • Landscape Designer also has potential.
  • A Textile or a Leather Designer.
  • Toy and Game Designing in which you can design Video Games
Many of these institutes also have degrees in Film and Media as well, wherein you can learn film making and commercials.

Now that you know what varied courses are available in the Art and Design world, to apply for them one can prepare via taking cues from the internet or coaching institutes that actually prepare you for the entrance exam of these colleges. Not like me who went into it blindly!
But my two bit is that, yes... a degree from these colleges is like an entry ticket into this industry.
Its important.
But the Colleges themselves don't teach you much, other than the basics... 
What I learned on the job, while freelancing or working in the Animation industry is something that the colleges don't teach....
YOU have to strive... learn... learn from your peers, learn from the internet, and learn from your seniors.... but keep learning and evolving.
Try getting summer jobs during college in various advertising and design firms to se what works for you.
Dont stagnate. 
You might feel after joining an industry... that maybe this is not for you (like I felt when I worked in advertising).
Don't despair.... try another genre in the Art world.
Maybe that will work out for you?
And stick to the job if you are loving it, because nothing is better than to love what you do... count yourself lucky.

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