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It encourages the cultivation of inherent artistic skills among aspiring art students and promotes excellence in all forms of visual art. Prof V M Sholapurkar, of the J J School of Art was appointed Dean of the institute (1982-88).
Prof Sholapurkar adopted the best from the three prominent universities in the field of Visual Arts (Baroda, Shantiniketan and J J School) to carve CAVA’s own identity. The college is affiliated to the University of Mysore. The college offers a two-year foundation course and a three-year specialisation (BFA) course in six disciplines -- painting, graphics, sculpture, applied art, photography and photojournalism and history of art. During 2002-03 post-graduation courses leading to MFA in painting, graphics and sculpture were started. This is the only institute offering material expense to foundation and BFA students.
Since Mysore is a tourist center, art lovers visit CAVA and during their interaction, purchase the works of CAVA artists. Artists of repute conduct slide shows, exhibitions and seminars in the college.
The students are exposed to the present trends which facilitates the international art movement.
Annual educational tours are conducted for the students to Badami, Pattadakal, Aihole, Hampi, Belur, Halebid, Shravanabelagola, etc.,
The seniors go to Konark, Bhubaneswar, Jaipur, Jaganathpuri, Sanchi, Ajantha, Ellora, Elephanta, Mumbai, Jodhpur, Ahmedabad, Delhi, Kolkatta, Darjeeling and Mount Abu, which are of historical importance.
To gain professional exposure, students visit studios of photographers and artists, ad agencies and newspaper organisations.
The students are given scholarships under various heads.
The time-table is scheduled in such a way that a whole week is devoted to a single subject. Various assignments are given to the students and they are assessed on their performance.
The teacher gives individual attention to each student. The 40:60 (internal and examination) ratio is followed, while assessing the performance of the students. Students are also involved in creating logo designs of various organisations, (UGC, SUDI and KSOU). During the vacation the students were involved in workshops conducted for the mentally disabled and deaf and dumb children.
Benthin, a Danish artist now a resident of Mysore conducts classes every week on Wednesday in the department of painting. David Wells, a photojournalist from New York who was invited by the University of Mysore conducted classes in the Department of Photography and Photojournalism in the year 1999.
To create art awareness among Mysoreans, CAVA mela is held every year during Dasara. ( To be continued..)
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