Bachelor of Visual Art (BVA)

The visual arts consist of creative expression that considers innovation and individuality as its primary determinants. Objects-of-art thus produced with great skill or accomplishment invariably gains a degree of invested value that is culturally significant, which is why visual art has also been known as fine arts. A range of disciplinary specialization in studio-practice has led to subcategories like Painting, Painting (Indian Style), Print making, Applied Art, Sculpture, Crafts & Ceramics and Art History. etc. which are also medium specific categories within practice. In contemporary times visual art has moved beyond the singular discipline towards multi-media expressions that have even significantly transgressed the studio and gallery/museum as spaces and the market as its economic determinant. Thus, it now includes and incorporates the applied arts within it, while photography and digital modes are integrated into its world of postmodern practice. On the theoretical perspective, art history and criticism examines and analyses the past and present developments and innovations, providing a contextual awareness to studio-practice about the present and possible future(s). This syllabus thus integrates all of the above into a holistic understanding of the discipline(s).


Out of four years, first year is the foundation course and consisting two semesters and the specialization course is of three years or six semesters. The foundation course is mainly an orientation course imparted by tutorials and trainings in different subjects related to specialization streams of visual arts. The aim of this course is to develop artistic perception, vision, knowledge of different process and techniques as well as understanding of beauty and aesthetics.


Utkal University of Culture is one in this manner in the country was established in 1999. Art education (Creative and Applied) is one of the leading streams of the curriculum of the University which imparts both Degree in Visual Art (BVA) course offered is four years duration. The objective of the teaching programme and training are to achieve over all refinement of the students perception, not confined to the skills of the profession alone but also to create the right kind of intellect as well as emotional cultivation to arrive at a level of composite creativity and thought. The four year choice based credit system is a full time BVA Degree course is divided in to Two parts.

  • Foundation (Two Semesters)
  • Specialization (Six Semesters)

Each Semester shall have six month duration.

The specializations are offered as follows:

  • Commencement of the 1st Semester – The first Semester classes will begin from July to December every year , The working hour/ hours for the students in the college are 10.00 A.M. to 5.00 P.M.
  • The College will remain closed on all Public Holidays as will be notified by the University and Govt. of Odisha.

FOUNDATION COURSE: (1st & 2nd Semester)

The Foundation course is the first year of the four years degree course in visual arts consisting of two semesters. A semester is of six-month duration. The first Semester is of 550 (five hundred & fifty) marks or 22 credits and Second semester is of 550 (five hundred & fifty) marks or 22 credits. Hence, the foundation course is total1100 (Eleven hundred) marks or 44 credits. During the foundation course, the students have to learn in different departments such as Painting, Painting (Indian Style), Print making, Applied Art, Sculpture, Crafts & Ceramics and Art History. Besides English, M.I.L (O), Environmental-study and Indian Society and Culture are introduced to enhance knowledge in literature and culture.

SPECIALIZATION COURSE: [From 3rd Semester to 8th Semester]

After completion the foundation course the student have to re-admit into the Specialization course. The duration of the specialization course is three years consisting of six semesters. Each semester caries 300 marks of 12 credits. Hence the specialization course is of 1800 (Eighteen hundred) marks or 72 credits. In the specialization there are subjects such as 1: Painting, Painting (Indian Style), Print making, Applied Art, Sculpture, Crafts & Ceramics and Art History. The students have to take one core subject as a Specialization subject with an additional subject (other than the core subject) known as generic Elective subject. The elective subject is a practical other than the Core/ compulsory subject. The Elective subject is of 50 marks or 2 credits in each semester. Core-Theory subjects such as Art History and Aesthetics are compulsory in each semester.


The Academic year is divided into two sessions.

  • 1st session: July to December
  • 2nd session: January to June


Normal class hours of the college are from 10A.M. to 4P.M. except Sunday and holiday and from 6.30 AM to 12.00 PM during Morning session.

Application form can be obtained by Regd. Post on payment of cash through M.O. But the office will not be responsible for any loss or delay in transit.


(Only attested photo copies of documents to be submitted wit-the Application form)

  • Original Money receipt of Application form.
  • H.S.C /Matriculation certificate.
  • H.S.C /Matriculation Mark sheet.
  • +2 or equivalent Examination certificate
  • +2 or equivalent Examination Mark sheet
  • School/ College Leaving Certificate
  • Conduct certificate from the last studied institution.
  • Migration Certificate.
  • Income certificate from competent authority.
  • Residence certificate from competent authority.
  • Caste certificate from competent authority in case of SC/ST/OBC/SEBC
  • Physical handicapped certificate from the competent authority in case PH
  • Three recent Colour Passport size photographs.
  • Two Self Addressed Envelops with Postal Stamp of Rs.5/- attached.


After submission of the Application for Admission in due procedures the eligible candidate have to appear an Entrance test conducted on the date and venue fixed by the College. The entrance test comprising of three separate tests viz;

  • Candidates must appear for a written test and an interview. The test will be based on aptitude and general topics related to Art and Culture of India and Odisha.
  • The merit list will be drawn on the basis of the marks secured from the test examination (I) Written test of 20 marks, (II) Aptitude test of practical (a) Still life study of 30 marks (b) Composition from the memory of 30 marks and (III) career (i.e.) 20 percentile of qualifying (+2 pass) examination marks .

The candidate securing 40% or more than 40% of mark in the Entrance test will be eligible to qualify the Entrance test. The sum of Career marks and the mark obtained from Entrance test will be jointly tabulated and finally a merit list of the successful candidates will be prepared by the Principal. Then merit list will be notified on the Notice Board. The admission will be taken according to that merit list.

Any material other than pen, pencil and admit card are not allowed at the time of Entrance test. Mobile phones, calculators, camera and any text or image are strictly prohibited.

The candidates are bound to abide by the rules and regulations of the College and the decision of the Admission committee is final.

More information may be obtained from the office of the Principal Govt. College of Art & Crafts, Khallikote, Ganjam in office hour.