College of Fine Arts, Thiruvananthapuram was established in 1888 as H. H. The Maharaja’s School of Arts, Travancore but later in 1975/76 the college was upgraded and changed the name as College of Fine Arts, Thiruvananthapuram.
It is one of the premier government colleges established to impart & provide in the field of higher education for the deserving candidates and prove to be a milestone on the part of progress.
The college is affiliated with the University of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram and it is recognized by the University Grants Commission (UGC) under section 2(f) & 12(B) under Act, 1956.
It is a co-educational college, providing regular courses at primarily the higher secondary and undergraduate levels which are located in an urban part of a Thiruvananthapuram played a pioneering role in the field of higher education.
The college was founded in 1888 by Moolam Thirunal Sir Rama Varma, the Maharaja for the state of Travancore. The college was first known as H. H. The Maharaja’s School of Arts, Travancore.
M.R.Madhavan Unnithan was heading the institution during the 1920s. He was superintendent during 1920s to 1930s. After him, T.S. Seshadri was designated as the superintendent and appointed by the Diwan of Travancore, Sir. C.P. Ramaswami Iyer. Seshadri was a Travancore palace artist who was very famous for oil paintings and portraits.
In the beginning, the school offered courses for drawing and painting, and three subjects of handicrafts namely ivory work, pottery, and smithery. There were a two years junior course and two years senior course. An entrance test was there in freehand drawing even during the 1930s.
In 1957, after the formation of first democratically elected government in Kerala, the School of Arts was brought under the Directorate of Technical Education.
At present, the college offers 4 years of the program in Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) and 2 years of Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Courses.
The college has a vibrant campus life with a wide range of opportunities to fill your free time
The college has an impressive and pollution-free campus with panoramic green surroundings, elegant landscaping and beautiful flower-beds
The college has separate individual departments for all subjects with young, dynamic faculty and non-teaching staff and with good results
The college has the most eminent Faculty members and they are really well qualified, experienced and truly committed towards enhancement and development of the students
The college has well-equipped with modern facilities like library, laboratory, classrooms, computer lab, common rooms, multipurpose halls, & playground etc.
A sufficient number of classrooms with varying sizes are made available for the smooth conduct of different classes in the college
The college has a library with a good number of books (both text and reference) on various subjects to meet the needs of the students as well as the teachers with reading room facility. Daily Newspapers and selected journals are also regularly subscribed
The college has a book bank for helping the poor and backward class students
State of the Art Laboratories with sufficient space and all the necessary equipment are made available to various departments
The college has taken up the responsibility of imparting necessary, effective and practical education to the students so that they can reach great heights and attain maximum achievements in their life
Internet facilities may be availed for the students and teachers as per their needs
Transportation facility is available for the students
The college has a large playground with well-equipment for different sports
A medical facility has been available in the college for the benefit of the students
State Government and Central Government offers a number of scholarships to the meritorious students and the students belonging to SC / ST / OBC
To sharpen the skill of students and their personality development, various curricular and extra-curricular activities are the regular features of the institution
The college also organizes workshops, seminars, and conferences for improving teaching skills and methodology