MFA Syllabus and Subjects

Duration: 2 Years
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Surobhi Chatterjee
Surobhi Chatterjee

Updated on - Jan 4, 2023

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The MFA syllabus can be divided into four semesters. It covers topics such as healthcare, childcare, psychology, sociology, etc. The course, along with core subjects in the semester, even includes other specializations for further skill development. The course doesn't have a compulsory internship but has in-depth study and research work during the entire course period.

Semester wise MFA Syllabus

The MFA course consists of core and elective subjects. Depending on the university/college, they may differ slightly. It has two parts - a compulsory set of courses covering all foundation areas in literature and a set of elective courses that aims at building job-specific skills and knowledge. MFA course is the one meant for the specialization in the field of Art forms research and fieldwork. The semester wise courses are as follows:

MFA First Year Syllabus

Semester I

Semester II

History of European Art-I

History of European Art-II

Advertising Principles and Practices

Advertising Principles and Practices-II

Occidental Aesthetics-I 

Occidental Aesthetics-II

Visualization/ Illustration/ Photography (Any one)

Visualization/ Illustration/ Photography (Any one)

Creative Painting/ Mural Design/ Portrait/ Landscape (Any one)

Creative Painting/ Mural Design/ Portrait/ Landscape (Any one)

MFA Second Year Syllabus

Semester III

Semester IV

History of Modern Indian Art-I

History of Modern Indian Art-II

Advertising (Principles and practices)- III

Advertising (Principles and practices)- IV

Oriental Aesthetics-I

Oriental Aesthetics-II

Visualization-III Illustration-III Photography-III

Visualization-IV Illustration-IV Photography-IV 

MFA Subjects

The MFA subjects taught in the course are mostly similar for all the colleges, but it varies depending on the institution's course module. But, the overall subjects are quite similar but put in a different order, depending on the teaching method. The course overall makes them have a peculiar way of nursing, childcare and health.

Core Subjects:

  • Aesthetics & Principles of Art Appreciation
  • History of Indian Art
  • History of Indian Architecture
  • History of European Art
  • Mechanism of Artistic Perception
  • Sociology
  • Principles and Sources of Art

Elective Subjects:

  • Photography
  • Illustration
  • Creative Writing
  • Acting
  • Computer Animation

MFA Course Structure

The MFA course syllabus is designed to mainly include various works from Artforms and its origin and elective subjects, which gives the knowledge to work in the job sectors. This field sharpens a student's mind to tackle the daily obstacles faced in their workplace, studies & other similar aspects. The course involves subjects which include aspects like

  • Core subjects
  • FieldWorks
  • Workshops
  • Debates/ Research

MFA Teaching Methodology and Techniques

MFA is a course focusing on different aspects of arts and many more. The course is designed based on requirements and helps get the most exposure to the field, and the MFA course subjects deal with the same. Therefore, learning strategies have varying implications for courses.

  • Assignments
  • Following course module books
  • Case studies/ Research work
  • Fieldworks

MFA Projects

MFA project, known as a mini-thesis, is a compulsory project for the students to complete at the end of their semester. Students should regard their projects as an ideal opportunity to integrate what they have learned during the MFA program and apply it to their future working profession. some of the project topics are:

  • Acrylic painting on a pictorial representation of reading culture among students in fine art.
  • The influence of photographic images in advert design
  • An exploratory study of the charcoal market in painting using a restricted palette
  • Exploring the guitar form for the production of sculpture
  • Historical analysis of academic program of the department of fine and applied arts in Umar Suleiman College of education Gashua inception (1987-2017)

MFA Reference Books

The topics taught in the course module are very much enough. But, to get a deep or in-depth knowledge, there are certain books published by the -authors, who have opened up about their thought process, and thus helps in being more skilled and knowledgeable, which are a major part of MFA Subjects.

MFA Reference Books



Making a Good Layout

Lorisieber & Lisa Balla

Applied Art Handbook

Prof. S.K. Luthra

Airbrushing and Photo Retouching

Brett Breckon

Sign Design: Graphics, Materials & Techniques

Mitzi Sims

A History of Fine Arts in India and the West

Edith Tomory

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