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University of Madras, Chennai

About Government College of Fine Arts, Chennai

Established in 1950 with the name as a Madras School of Arts by surgeon Alexander Hunter. It is one of the oldest art institutions in India.

Later in 1852, the government was taken over this college and renamed as Government School Arts. In 1962, it was again renamed as the Government School of Arts and Crafts and the Government College of Arts and Crafts.

Due to some reasons, it was finally renamed to its present name as Government College of Fine Arts, Chennai and at present, the college offers courses as per the norms and conditions of University of Madras, Chennai.

It is a co-educational State Govt. Institute aims to prepare the students for creative and applied responsibilities in the world of Arts and Design by providing regular courses in which is located in the urban part of Chennai played a pioneering role in the field of higher education.

The college has received many awards and accolades at a city, state and national level for their educational advancements also received the numbers of achievements awards in the field of sports and curricular activities under the affiliating University.

At present, the college offers courses leading to the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in painting, sculpture, printmaking, visual communication design, industrial design in textile, and industrial design in ceramics. It also offers postgraduate programmes i.e. Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in painting, sculpture, visual communication design, industrial design in textile, and industrial design in ceramics.

The college has its own selection process unlike other colleges under the affiliating University. The college has an online application process where prospective applicants are expected to fill in their interests and academic achievements.

Admissions here done are based on the merit obtained by the aspirants with the minimum aggregate of 50% in their previous courses in the relevant field.

Such candidates should examine whether their percentage marks (Best of Four/PCB/PCM, whichever is applicable) falls within the cut- off percentage declared by the college for admission in different courses.

University examinations of different courses, examinations conducted by the affiliating University, and various other examinations are held in the college premises.

  • 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, seminar halls, hostel, canteen, multipurpose halls, playground, & hostel etc.
  • 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
  • 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 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
Levels of study
Streams Mode Duration Eligibilty
Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Full Time 4 Years 10+2
Master of Fine Arts Full Time 2 Years BFA / Qualifying Bachelor's Degree
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  • Reading Rooms
  • Multipurpose Hall
  • Conference Hall
  • Medical Facility
  • Common Rooms
  • Computer Lab
  • Cafeteria/Canteen
  • Public Transportation
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