Building Better Future for Gen-Z with an Aptitude for Visual Arts

Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Vice-Chancellor, World University of Design shares insights on the significance of visual arts. 

Commonly perceived as a means of creative expression, Visual Arts Education offers a lot more in terms of designing innovative solutions for a complex futuristic world.

Creative art forms that are visual in nature and appeal to the sight constitute visual art. However, visual art is not just limited to this restrictive definition and extends to other artistic disciplines. These include ceramics, drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, design, crafts, photography, video, film making, and architecture in addition to performing arts, conceptual art, and textile art that involve various elements of visual arts. 

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Significance of the Visual Arts

Visual arts not just allow us to appreciate creativity in all its forms but also nourish and enhance the human experience, thus benefiting the society in a positive way. Living and appreciating visual art is an integral part of human existence which highlights the manner in which different individuals perceive the world and appreciate it.

Strengthening our visual skills, through visual art education, is a significant step to prepare ourselves and shape the workforce of the future. Visual expression is a part of everyday communication and needs to be strengthened and recognized as an equally fundamental skill similar to numeracy and language skills. 

Why Visual Arts is important?

Visual arts are integral in developing a cultural element and acquire a range of important skills that are otherwise not found in the curriculum. It also provides a platform to highlight the various issues of our present time and build self-reflective and empowered communities.

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Exploring the scope of Visual Arts Education

According to the 2016 World Economic Forum report on ‘The Future of Jobs’, the primary and important skills required for the fourth industrial revolution ‘will be complex problem-solving, critical thinking and creativity, alongside emotional intelligence and cognitive flexibility’. Extremely specialized, rigidly structured degree courses aimed at a specific job outcome will be redundant in this emerging environment. 

Higher education with a strong visual arts foundation will ensure individuals will flourish, not flounder under the impact of disruptive technologies that will dramatically change the way we work. Knowledge & practice of visual arts changes attitudes, and if creativity and imagination are there in abundance, a career in visual arts is your calling with a plethora of opportunities waiting to be explored. 

The scope of a designer or a visual artist in the country is enormous and growing. According to industry estimates, the country needs 10,000 to 12,000 designers every year and the industry is set to grow from 7,000 in 2016 to 62,000 in 2020.

With the design experts occupying integral positions in core business teams in big corporate offices and retail chains, the demand for design professionals is constantly growing. The scope of work for designers has also grown and it now encompasses roles like collaborating, as well as managing the overall workflow and processes that are critical in expressing design as a larger function.

If visual arts interest you as a professional/education stream, the skills gained as part of your degree course (dedicated art careers as well as general graduate roles) will come handy in resolving complex real-world issues across sectors in the near future, including.


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Interdisciplinary curriculum & the Role of Academia

To achieve a balance and provide students with a wider base to explore the job market, post gaining knowledge in the field of visual arts, it is required that these upcoming design professionals are provided with an interdisciplinary curriculum.

It is essential that design universities work towards developing the capability for critical thinking and design curiosity among these students by taking inspiration from not only visual arts but from technology, history, and liberal arts. 

Top Visual Arts Courses and Career Opportunities

Realizing the potential of Visual Arts in nurturing the creative and emotive capabilities of talented individuals, the World University of Design (WUD), India’s first and only university dedicated to the creative domain, has launched interesting courses in Visual Arts.

The institute combines traditional and non-traditional methods of art-making to nurture and develop conceptually and methodologically strong design structures within the students.

The term ‘visual artist‘ is a broad term that refers to individuals working as animators, digital compositors, game developers, fine art or multimedia artists, and graphic designers across industries. A visual artist has the option of exploring a multitude of disciplines including drawing, painting, and sculpting in the digital or analog category, graphic design, digital photography, and film amongst others.

Additionally, the growing presence of social and digital media is also opening up newer and greater avenues for the students of visual arts. A recent study by NASSCOM revealed that the Indian gaming industry is close to $890 million. While the country seems to be in a little primitive spot in terms of game developers, this NASSCOM study presents a defining business and career opportunity in Visual Arts. 


Charting a ‘Visual’ Way Forward

With visual arts having the power to illuminate our inner lives, impact our economy, and the education sector, its significance for the society cannot be undermined. The segment can aid in the creation of a thoughtful, emotive, expressive, and progressive society that is in sync with the evolving times. 

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