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“Pratibimb”- An Art Exhibition at Sushant University

By: Erric Ravi

March 4, 2023

The Exhibition is taking place at JK Choudhury Gallery, E block, Sushant University. The exhibition encompasses A wide range of works by BFA students. From Traditional techniques like Tempera, Gouache on Paper, Sculpture making To modern techniques like Photography, Digital design, Character design, Animation, etc. are taught in the university.

Sushant University took an effort to start a Bachelor of Fine Art in 2021 so that students from Gurgaon and nearby place can join and nurture their creative abilities easily. The program follows a multi-disciplinary approach and is carefully designed by top professionals in the field incorporating the best practices followed by international and Indian universities. It elevates students’ knowledge and prepare them for the competitive global market. Since its inception in 1989, the School of Art and Architecture (SAA) has strongly emphasized art as an integral part of education. The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) is a four-year degree program that emphasizes multi – and interdisciplinary methods and the use of new media in art practice, keeping the same spirit of creative expression.

The course has been approved by UGC. Through this program, students can develop their personalities as artists within a global framework, with a wide range of opportunities to explore and experiment beyond traditional academics.

Students here are given exposure to modern art and industrial trends, they are motivated to innovate using new media and the latest technology. Also, interaction with working professionals is an integral part of trraining to keep them up to date with the market.

To procure a seat in the program, students need to have minimum pass marks aggregate in 10+2(any stream) from a recognized board or equivalent. Furthermore, they have to go through an aptitude test in the form of an interactive session and an interview.

The specialization offered in the college are Painting and Applied Arts. First year also called as the foundation year students will grasp an overall knowledge of different areas of art for example Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, Design, Computer Applications in Art and Graphics, the Introduction to Fundamentals of Visual Arts, Introduction to Indian Art and Aesthetics and also English communication and Environmental studies are offered as ability enhancement module.

Further, from 2nd year onward students are given chance to choose their field of study according to their interest. Specializations are introduced after the foundation year. Different subjects that are taught in Applied Art and Painting are as follows.

Foundation Year(1st and 2nd Semester)

Foundation year is common for Applied Arts and Painting Students. The focus is on underpinning observational and basic skills which are required to express and practice visual arts.With Courses like Painting, Drawing, students develop fundamental skills, while courses like Design, Sculpture, Computer Applications exposes students to think creatively through 2-Dimensional 3-Dimensional and Virtual Space(s). Theory courses like Fundamentals of Visual Arts and Introduction to Indian Art and Aesthetics become stepping stones for students to understand elements of Art and History of Indian Art to develop aesthetic sense.

Applied Arts

The Applied Arts specialization a student will learn courses like Graphic design, Animation(2 and 3D) Drawing and illustration, Typography, User Interface design, Photography, History of Visual Communication and Design, Advertising profession and practice, along with them they’ll explore electives courses like, Film and Design, Print-Making and Public Art. The aim is to create a working professional who is well aware of the latest industry trends and can think and articulate ideas in a creative fashion with the use of technology. 

The Second year(3rd and 4th Semester)- curriculum includes Graphic Design studios for Applied arts Design, The objective of the course is to understand and explore various applications of Graphic Design.

Drawing & Illustration: The aim is to develop skills in creative drawings and illustrations in both mediums (Manual and Digital).

Typography: To make students aware of the role of typography in design, in terms of legibility and communicate the message better.

History of Visual communication and Advertising Theory: are the theory courses to impart to learners the lineage of communicating through visuals, and making students aware of major aspects of the advertising industry.

PhotographyStudents will be introduced to the concept of Photography, composition, basic understanding of cameras.

Animation: In today’s fast changing world, the demand for animators who can create engaging content is increasing rapidly, students learn to build characters and explore 2D animation

Along with that in elective course Print-making: Students will learn the knitty-gritty of relief printing technique.  

The Third year(5th and 6th Semester)

Graphic Design, a practical course in Advanced Computer Application focuses on creating intelligent and powerful visual communication.

Drawing & Illustration New things are introduced in the form of ‘Style and identity’ illustration practice along with commercial illustration in Indian traditional art.

Animation Introducing motion graphics will help them stay updated to the new design trends and also make them more diverse in their animation skills.

Film and Design 

Public Art 

The Fourth year(Graphic Design) Discover the how and why behind creating inclusive designs. ( Drawing & Illustration) You will Learn to refine your Sketches into Polished Artwork. (User Interface Design) (UI) defines the way humans interact with the information systems.( Animation ) we will Introduced 3D animation ( Drawing & Illustration)


Painting still life, Portrait, landscape/Outdoor and Composition, traditional methods and techniques of representation like Mural, Miniature painting techniques, Tempera, Wash techniques, Contemporary Art practices, Digital methods and techniques of visualization, along with them they’ll explore electives courses like, Murals, Film and Design, Print-Making and Public Art. The aim is to create a working professional who is well aware of the latest industry trends and can think and articulate ideas in a creative fashion with the use of technology. It is not intended at creating a singular focus in traditional mediums only. The importance given to Art as thinking and willingness to deploy new media and new techniques – digital or other is what differentiates Bachelors at Fine Arts at Sushant from other such programmes.

Second Year curriculum includes observational drawings from live objects, learning to capture still moments in the form of painting still life, plant study, portraiture, outdoor studies in oil or acrylic Mediums. Whereas Students will understand traditional methods like Tempera and Gouache. To be at par with the digital realm, students will explore pixel art, glitch art, and virtual storytelling on various digital platforms.Students will also work in techniques like relief Printmaking. In theory they’ll be taught Western Art History and Medieval Indian Art history till modern time.

End of the fourth semester of 2nd year Painting, students have to do Summer Internships under practicing artists and art organizations, to get a sense of various processes and practices of current times.

Third Year Painting curriculum includes Painting creative Composition in painting medium and at the same time motivates students towards experimentation with new mediums. Students will learn traditional ways of casting Murals. Drawing course will focus on more creative endeavors and as a structure for individualistic language. In Art Photography, students will be familiarized with the camera as an apparatus. Students will learn alternative photographic methods like cyanotypes. Third year starts orienting students for Contemporary Art practices by introducing students with various non-traditional forms of practices like that of zines, artists books, virtual games making or web based works. In Elective courses like Film and Design students will understand the basics of the creative process of filmmaking. A course on Public Art provides the student with understanding of publics and community engagement.

End of the fourth semester of 3rd year Painting, students have to do Summer Internships under practicing artists and art organizations, to get a sense of various processes and practices of current times.

Fourth year painting curriculum incorporates advanced learning of all the core courses like Drawing, Painting, Contemporary Art, students will be motivated for research backed conceptual learning and where the main focus is on students building their own authentic individual language. There will be a special emphasis on portfolio development to make the students industry ready.

We would like to share a few glimpse of the exhibitions.

Students with respected Vice Chancellor, Mr. Rajan.

Ribbon cutting ceremony with Mr. Ranjan (Vice chancellor) and Dr. Piplani (Creative Cluster Director)

Group photo with Students and Faculty members.

Students showcasing their works

These art works are made by using traditional painting technique, which requires preparing canvas, making the layout and painting with either acrylic paints or oil paints. The process allow students to get comfortable with the material and to create something unique using their creative thinking process

Painting by Ikshita Mehta, Acrylic on canvas

Painting by Twinkle Sahni, Acrylic on canvas

Painting by Priya Yadav, Acrylic on canvas

Gouache painting

– Gouache is a traditional Indian technique of painting in which a gum or an opaque white pigment is added to watercolors to produce opacity. In watercolor the tiny particles become enmeshed in the fiber of the paper; in gouache the color lies on the surface of the paper, forming a continuous layer, or coating.

Gouache painting on board by Priya Yadav

Gouache painting on board by Ashi Yadav

Still life

– Still life is an art practice where real objects are placed in an aesthetic setting and then it is observed and studied by the students. It allows students to empower there observational skills.

Still life, Watercolor on paper by Anupama Tyagi

Still life, Watercolor on paper by Mudotsulu Rhakho

Still life, Watercolor on paper by Hunny


- In sculpture making students are encouraged to build 3d objects based on their surroundings and interest. The process involves building 3d forms in clay, further taking a mould out of it’s structure and casting the final product.

Sculpture by Mudotsulu Rhakho

Sculpture by Anupama Tyagi

Erric Ravi

https://www.storifynews.com Erric Ravi is an entrepreneur, speaker & the founder of Storify News and Gurgaon Times of India He is the Co-Founder of The Storify News Times. Forbes calls him a top influencer of Chief Marketing Officers and the world’s top social marketing talent. Entrepreneur lists him among 50 online marketing influencers to watch. Inc.com has him on the list of 20 digital marketing experts to follow on Twitter. Oanalytica named him #1 Global Content Marketing Influencer. BizHUMM ranks him as the world’s #1 business blogger.

JKC Gallery of Art & Architecture

SAA with Jugal Kishore Chowdhury Charitable & Educational Trust has launched the JKC Gallery at its premises. The aim of the gallery is two-fold – to provide a platform to collate and exhibit the works of architects and artists in architecture and to become a national-level resource centre and repertoire for architecture in India. The museum and exhibition space will house curated collections of the Indian Modernists, post Modernists and counter-Modernists and other artists in Architecture.

C P Kukreja: Sustainability and Materiality, showcased works from the architect’s formative years through five decades of his practice ranging from housing, institutions, healthcare facilities, hospitality sector, offices, industries, commercial, religious and recreational Infrastructure. The idea was to highlight CPK’s understanding of design principles, which integrate strong architectural and environmental design philosophies, successfully blending with material science and sustainable construction technology.

An exhibition on the work of the Modern Architecture firm Anand Apte Jhabvala curated and designed by Iftikhar Mulk Chishti and sponsored by the Jhabvala Family was first displayed at the IIC in conjunction with the CSH Jhabvala Memorial Lecture and was organised by the School of Planning and Architecture New Delhi. The exhibition was displayed from 12th Feb to 12th March 2019 at the JKC Gallery of SAA as a part of iPAC 2019. The existing exhibition was augmented with new research work by SAA students, including video interviews of students of C.S.H. Jhabvala to run parallel with the exhibition.

The third JKCMemorial Lecture 2019 was delivered on 16th February by the eminent architect Hafeez Contractor at the Sushant School of Art & Architecture in conjunction with the International Planning and Architecture Conclave (iPAC) 2019.

The second J K Chowdhury Memorial Lecture 2018 ‘Talk to the Finger – Saying No to What’ was delivered by Roger William Connah at the School of Art & Architecture. Frank Gehry once used the middle finger to ‘insult ‘journalists and to make a point – this lectures discusses whether that was a reasonable response and whether in it there is message to the next generation – Forget Frank Gehry?

The idea behind holding the Degree Show 2018 was to give that stand to students’ works, which not only shine but also set a precedent for years to continuously uplift the thesis work at SAA. The Degree Show 2018, our first ever degree show, showcased some of the best B.Arch, B. Planning and Masters level theses works that contributed to the boundless realm of inventiveness in their chosen discipline. This platform has the capability of steadily manifesting innovative minds and accumulating stimulating ideas often narrated through a journey of flamboyancy.

The show focused on the works of Architect & artist Golak Khandual.
Golak studied architecture in SPA between 1976 and 2003 and the displayed works spoke of his architectural training. He has led a nomadic life practicing architecture in an intensely hands-on and participatory way. His motto has been ‘Work with nature. Not against it.’

Jugal Kishore Choudhury was among the first generation of architects of post-independence India. An exhibition curated by Uday Bhanu Pattnaik, Manjari Gupta and Piyush Das with support from SPA Delhi and JKC trust was exhibited in Guwahati during January 2015 along with the first JKC memorial lecture. SAAA, Sushant University, JKC Trust with Council of Architecture displayed this Exhibition along with a Panel Discussion on the master architect in March 2017.