As opposed to popular belief, students who wish to build a career in art/design need to work long and hard to get admitted to reputed institutions. The preparation for undergrad studies, ideally, should begin after the completion of 10th-grade examinations, however, if you wish to pursue art/design, these could vary a little. In this blog post, we have tried to pen down ideal timelines for students in 4 different situations. The best way to go about this blog would be to read the titles and see where you fit first, and then go along reading as directed, and understand the timeline.
Given below are 4 year-wise plans for students to work upon in order to pursue their graduation in design. Note that these timelines may still not fit your situation and that is completely alright. You could always create your own timeline using these as a base; else, we are only an email away. Drop us an email and we shall help you out to the best of our abilities.
I. For The Resident Early Birds:
(Who start in grade 9 and wish to study in India)
Apart from schooling; which is extremely important – you should also focus on building a foundation in arts and design. Your foundation should cover basic drawing, sketching, mediums, materials, techniques, elements of art, principles of design and mixed media. You should also make use of any opportunity to participate in competitions, attend art exhibitions and art festivals.
In this year, you should delve deeper into exploring the curriculum for art and design aptitude tests accepted by Indian colleges. This should be coupled with the exploration of various art and design disciplines, by the means of job shadowing, summer schools and internships, to realize your own personal interest. By the end of this year, you should be sure about your choice of the discipline and the colleges you wish to apply to.
Being the final year, this generally comes in with a lot of pressure. You should ideally dedicate your time in revising and refining everything you have learned over the past few years. Note that several entrance examinations may clash with your school examinations, and it is advised that you maintain your focus in the first half of this year.
II. For The Migratory Early Birds:
(Who start in grade 9 and wish to study abroad):
In the first 2 years, the students who wish to enroll in foreign universities to pursue their undergraduate studies in art/design, should follow the same path as those who wish to study in India, i.e. they should focus on building a Foundation in art and design amidst other things. (Scroll up to Situation I, Point 1. and read the details)
For students planning to study art/design abroad, it is extremely crucial for them to understand their own individual characteristics. Hence, this year is completely about you. Along with building an art portfolio, you should explore various disciplines of art and design by means of job shadowing, summer schools and internships to understand your interests. Furthermore, to help with your portfolio, you should do various exercises to understand yourself as a person – What do you like? What do you hate? Do you have any beliefs? What inspires you? Etc. By the end of this year, you should have finalized your choice of discipline and your choice of colleges.
This year should be dedicated completely towards building up your portfolio and your application. You should also explore unconventional methods of art or design and attempt to develop your own style. Ideally, you should finish your portfolio by November – December. (Read Situation IV. To learn more about what else you could do)
III. For Resident High School Starters:
(Who start in grade 11 and wish to study in India)
Along with building a Foundation in Art/Design (Read I, Point 1), you should also explore the curriculum for various aptitude tests organized by Indian colleges. You should also try to gain as much practical exposure as you can by means of competitions, art fairs, art festivals etc. It is also important to explore various disciplines of art and design to understand your own choice of interest.
In this year, you should ideally dedicate your time in revising and refining everything you have learned over the past year. Note that several entrance examinations may clash with your school examinations, and it is advised that you maintain your focus in the first half of this year.
For Those Who Want To Dash Overseas:
(Who start in grade 11 and wish to study abroad)
Building a Foundation in Art and Design is the first and the most important step of your timeline (Read I, Point 1. To learn more about what covers Foundation). In addition to this, you should also explore and learn about different disciplines of art and design simultaneously. This could be by means of job shadowing, guest lectures, internships, seminars, summer school etc. By the end of this year, you should be sure about where you wish to apply for your undergraduate studies and for what course. Also, it would help you even further if you finish your SATs, IELTS and other required examinations, before the start of your final year.
You should dedicate this year completely towards building up your portfolio. Attend university presentations or portfolio review sessions, to get a review on your own application. This may give you an insight towards completing your portfolio in the right manner. Further, explore unconventional methods of making art or design and attempt to develop your own individualistic style. Ideally, you should try and complete your portfolio by November-December.
These guidelines, though ideal, are flexible and there are no thumb rules that need to be followed. A creative mind, more often than not, is a slave to its mood and pestering it to stick to a timeline can slay its creativity. However, if you do wish to get a more personalized response to your timeline, do not hesitate to get in touch with us. We’re here to help you!