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Visual communication is an emerging discipline in which opportunities abound.

Higher study options in anthropology

Q. I am a graduate diploma holder in fashion design. I would like to have information about higher study options in anthropology (preferably in Kerala).

- T.S. Girish, Kochi

A. First, you should ensure that your graduate diploma in fashion designing in recognized as an equivalent to a bachelor's degree in any other discipline by the University you have chosen for your study of anthropology at the master's degree level. If your present qualification is recognised as equivalent to a bachelor's degree, you can purse higher studies in anthropology.

Anthropology is mainly the study of the origin and evolutionary development of human beings.

Anthropology is offered both under the Arts and Science faculties. At the post-graduate level, MA and M.Sc. courses are available in anthropology. Some of the specialised branches in this field are Physical Anthropology, Archaeological Anthropology, Socio-cultural Anthropology, Linguistics Anthropology, Applied Anthropology, etc.

The power of observation, an analytical approach, research orientation and language proficiency are pre-requisites for studying anthropology at the higher level. Students should have interest in history and sociology.

In Kerala, the Department of Anthropology under Kannur University offers a MA course in Anthropology. The intake is 12 seats. Any bachelor's degree holder of Kannur University or those with qualifications recognised as equivalent by the University with 45 per cent marks in aggregate are eligible for admission. M.Phil. and Ph.D. study facilities are also available.

The School of Social Sciences under Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, also offers an MA Anthropology course. The eligibility is a degree in Social Science with 45 per cent marks in part III. A M.Phil. course in Anthropology is also available here. Those with a master's degree in Social Science with not less than 55 per cent marks are eligible for admission to the M.Phil. programme.

Some other Universities offering Anthropology at the post-graduate level are:

Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati - 517 502, AP - M.Sc. Anthropology (two years)

University of Delhi, Delhi - 110 007 - M.Sc. Anthropology

University of Allahabad, Allahabad - 211 002, U.P. - M.Sc. Anthropology

Punjab University, Chandigarh - 160 014 - M.Sc. Anthropology

School of Social Sciences (Chepauk Campus), University of Madras - 600 005 - MA Anthropology

Pondicherry University, R.V. Nagar, Pondicherry - 605 014 - MA Anthropology. M.Phil. and Ph.D. in Anthropology courses are also available.

Those who successfully complete MA/M.Sc. course in Anthropology may pursue M.Phil./ Ph.D. programmes in the same discipline for improving their career prospects in research. The UGC-NET (Junior Research Fellowship / Lecturership) qualification is required for research/teaching.

Anthropologists get job opportunities in projects taken up by museums and Universities involving archaeological investigation, biological evolutionary studies and other research areas including languages. International organisations like WHO, U.N. volunteer programmes and some Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) involved in tribal development, etc., also provide job opportunities to anthropologists. The Anthropological Survey of India, Kolkata, employs trained anthropologists as and when required.

Fashion designing

Since you are a graduate diploma holder in fashion designing, as a higher study option, you could also try for admission to the graduate programme in fashion management offered by the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT). Graduates in any discipline are eligible for admission. It is a premier institute offering courses in fashion technology.

KITEX Institute of Fashion Technology offers post-graduate diploma courses in Computer-aided Fashion and Textile Management (One-and-a-half years) and post-graduate diploma in Fashion and Apparel Design (1-year programme)

Institute of Handloom and Textile Technology, Thottada, Kannur - 7 (affiliated to Kannur University), offers post-graduate diploma courses in Fashion Designing. B.Sc. degree holders/equivalent thereto, with 50 per cent marks in part III main, are eligible for admission. Aptitude test is conducted for selection.

School of Fashion Technology, Pune - 411052, conducts PG programmes in Apparel Production and Merchandising Management (one-and-a-half years), Fashion Design and Clothing Technology (2 years) and Textile Design (2 years). Admission is open to any graduate.

Visual Communication

Q. I am a plus two student. I would like to study B.Sc. Visual Communication after Plus Two. Which are the institutions offering this course?

- Vivek V. Kumar, North Paravoor

Q. I am pursuing my graduation in visual communication at Coimbatore. Could you provide me with information about colleges and institutions which provide advanced courses in graphics and animation, especially in south India.

- Indhu Thomas, Coimbatore

A. Visual communication is an emerging discipline. The visual media comprises video, electronic media, multimedia, computer graphics, digital communication, web page design, etc. Communication design deals with knowledge and information transfer using various visual media. Graphic artists use multimedia technology for the creation of visuals. All such activities have strengthened the visual communication process.

Even though three-year Visual Communication courses are available at the B.Sc. degree level, four-year professional degree/graduate diploma programmes in design are available at a few institutes, which are considered a better option for a good career.

The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Guwahati, offers a four-year B.Des. (Bachelor of Design) course. Selection is based on IIT - JEE ranking.

Graduate diploma programmes in design (GDPD) are geared towards helping students develop attitudes and skills necessary for further specialisation in specific areas of design.

This four-year intensive professional under-graduate programme is offered by the National Institute of Design, Paldi, Ahmedabad - 380 007. The three faculty streams of this course are Industrial Design (Product Design, Furniture and Interior Design, Ceramic & Glass Design); Communication Design (Graphic Design, Animation Film Design, Film & Video Communication, Exhibition Design); Textile and Apparel Design. Admission is open to students who have passed or are appearing for the higher secondary 10+2 / equivalent examination. Selection is based on an admission test and interview. Upper age limit 20 years (relax able by three years for SC / ST). Intake to the graduate diploma programme is 60. Total expenditure for studies at National Institute of Design including hostel and mess charges can amount to Rs.1,20,000 a year at present.

Visual communication courses at the degree level are available at a few colleges in Tamil Nadu.

Prominent among them are Madras Christian College (Autonomous) Tambaram, Chennai - 600 059. This college is accredited by NAAC at the A+ level to conduct B.Sc. Visual Communication course for students who have passed Plus Two, in the self-financing stream.

BSc Visual Communication regular courses also at:

Asan Memorial College of Arts & Science (affiliated to University of Madras & NAAC accredited) Chennai - 601 302.

SRM Institute of Science and Technology (Deemed University), West Mambalam, Chennai - 33.

Hindustan Educational Institutions, Coimbatore - 28.

Bharthiar University, Coimbatore - 641 046, Tamil Nadu and University of Madras, Chepauk, Chennai - 600 005 offer B.Sc. Visual Communication degree course of three years duration. Plus Two is the qualification for entry.

Government College of Arts and Crafts, Chennai - 500003, and

College of Fine Arts and Design, Chennai - 600 029 (these two colleges are affiliated to University of Madras) conduct BFA (Visual Communication Design) course.

School of Distance Education (under Bharathiar University) Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, conducts B.Sc. Visual Communication through distance education mode. HSC-passed or diploma holders in engineering are eligible.

Those who have successfully complete degree courses in Visual Communication can go for higher studies in M.Sc. Visual Communication to improve career prospects.

Film and television institutes offer some courses to Plus Two students with Physics and Chemistry which are also related to this field. The Film and Television Institute of Tamil Nadu offers courses such as cinematography, film processing, sound recording & sound engineering, editing, etc.


Author and career consultant based in Thiruvananthapuram

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