Have a flair for arts? Apply for four-year graduation courses in Kerala

An artwork used for representational purpose. Photo: IANS

Those who have a flair for arts can apply for the four-year Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) programme in painting, sculpture, applied art and art history and visual studies. Graduates in fine arts can go for extensive design courses at major institutes in the country including the National Institute of Design. 

The first year of study mainly has common subjects and classes. The students could opt for specialisations from second year onwards. The specialisation stream should be decided at the beginning of second year. The annual tuition fee is around Rs 3,000. 

The last date for application is 15 July. 


The applicants should have passed plus two or equivalent exam in any stream. There is no minimum marks criterion. However, the candidates should be 17 years of age as on 31 December 2022. There is no upper- age limit to apply for this course. 

Courses and colleges

1. College of Fine Arts, Palayam, Thiruvananthapuram is affiliated to University of Kerala and has 44 seats. 

2. Raja Ravi Varma College of Fine Arts, Mavelikkara too is affiliated to University of Kerala. There are 41 seats here. 

3. College of Fine Arts, Thrissur is affiliated to University of Calicut. There are 48 seats up for grabs. Seven seats are available here for art history and visual studies. Applicants who wish to join for this course should specifically mention it in their application. 

The reservation guidelines of the government of Kerala would be followed during the admission process to these professional courses. 5% seats have been reserved for persons with disabilities. One seat would be available at any one of the institutes for the ward for ex–servicemen. Meanwhile, two additional seats have been allowed for transgender persons. 


The aptitude test has four sections comprising written and practical ones.

Those who have applied to all the four streams should attend all the sections. This would be a five-hour test and carries 305 marks. 

Those who choose painting, sculpture and applied arts should attend sections 2, 3 and 4. Its duration is four-and-a half hours and carries a total of 225 marks.

However, those who are interested in art history and visual studies need to write only sections 1 and 2. This 75-minute-long test is for 105 marks. 

The exam centres are at Thiruvananthapuram, Mavelikkara and Thrissur. 

How to apply

Online applications could be submitted via the website www.admissions.dtekerala.gov.in. The application fee is Rs 600; it's only Rs 300 for Scheduled Caste/Tribe candidates. The necessary documents should be uploaded along with the application. There is no need to send the hard copy via post. 

Refer the prospectus for more details. 

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