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Q1.What the career of fine-arts hold for creative people ?
Q2.What are the courses involved intraining for Fine-Arts?
Q3.What are the Personal Attributes ?
Q4.What are the Career Prospects ?
Q5.What is remuneration ?

Q1.What the career of fine-arts hold for creative people ?
A1. Fine arts include drawing, painting and sculpture. These fields are each very expansive. Most artists choose to keep their talent alive but alongside take up another career, since there are very few options open where pure painting and sculpture work is concerned. Artists today wish to use their skills in other areas such as commercial art, which is relatively more popular. The use of art to express ideas or rather sell 'ideas' has long been used because in general, 85% of our thoughts and views are nurtured by what we 'see'. Therefore, the use of art is definitely a valuable asset in today's businesses.

A relatively new area - commercial art - is the application of the different types of art media for commercial purposes - such as creating advertisements, billboards, book jackets, window displays, cinema slides, technical catalogues, packaging etc. Someone joining this field would not only need to be a good artist but also be adept in the 'art of marketing and publicity.

The Work Painting involves designing murals, portraits, sceneries using various types of medium and on different surfaces. Sculpting is creating statues, monuments by either chiseling stone or carving wood or handling clay. This is a highly involving and time-consuming task. Modern sculptors use materials like reinforced cement, concrete, white bronze or plaster of Paris, which all give amazing results. Some of the areas that utilise commercial art are:

Design - A designer is someone able to balance artistic talent and training with technical knowledge and business know-how, to meet the industry's requirements. First priority is given to create something that reaches the commercial and technical standards rather than only being a good work of art. Designers work with people of different disciplines to reach this goal.

Graphics - This involves illustration coupled with photography, lettering, designing symbols and logos for companies etc. Entry into the Field Natural interest and talent needs to be enhanced with formal training since this helps foster and embellish the artistic skills. Secondly, being in contact with experts in the field, one gets to feel the pulse of the industry, learn about what the career is like, what is to be expected of them once enter the business world and so on.

Q2.What are the courses involved intraining for Fine-Arts?
A2.
There are a large number of fine arts courses offered at the certificate, diploma and degree level at a number of institutions. The courses have become more challenging and diverse involving textile designing etc. making the career very inviting. Training in commercial art is given in various schools and is often associated with fine arts. The certificate diploma is of a varying duration of 1-5 years. Details of eligibility criteria for the various institutions.

Q3.What are the Personal Attributes ?
A3. One needs to really enjoy creating and imagining; this is one discipline where learning from others plays an important role in the growing process. One should know how to be radical in their ideas but be practical enough to create original, inspiring work.

Q4.What are the Career Prospects ?
A4. Art students have a large spectrum of options in front of them, ranging from working in art studios, advertising companies, publishing houses, fashion houses etc. A number of artists chose to be freelance workers; this allows for variety in their projects. Other related careers are teaching, direction, photography, television, clothing and fashion, as art directors for magazines, on-line services, software companies, publishing houses, manufacturers, advertising, promotion and product design.

Q5.What is remuneration ?
A5. This can vary depending on the jobs. Those designing magazine covers can start with a pay of Rs. 3,000 to Rs. 4,000 per month, with the senior level getting around Rs. 10,000 - Rs. 11,000 every month. Freelance artists can be paid anything from Rs. 2,500 to 15,000. All one need to do is look around - there are endless things one can find.

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