Master's of Fine Arts Admission Announcement: 2024-25

The Department Art, Media and Performance at the Shiv Nadar Institution of Eminence would like to announce that admissions to the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) program are now open for the academic year beginning in August 2024.

The MFA is a two-year/four-semester (minimum) program. Graduates from this program will go on to practice as artists with informed perspectives on current social and political discourses. The department has a dynamic teaching faculty whose work is widely shown in the country and abroad, thereby impacting the arts regionally, nationally and internationally. A worldwide network of partnerships and collaborations in the institutional and professional spheres is maintained and facilitated for the growth of the department and the benefit of the students.

(Please see the graduate prospectus of the department for more details).


The minimum entry qualifications for the MFA program are:

  • A Bachelor of Fine Arts degree/diploma or equivalent U G
  • Applicants must also have a portfolio of work demonstrating the necessary skills and aptitude. Applications from international students with relevant qualifications are welcome

Admission Process

  • The first step in the admission process is the online submission of the application form with all the required
  • Last date for submission of the online form is 23 June 2024.
  • Based on the application and review of work, a shortlist will be drawn up by the faculty members by 5 July 2024.
  • Shortlisted applicants will be invited for an online interview by 8 July 2024.
  • The dates for the online interviews are 11-18 July 2024. Candidates applying for the program are advised to keep the dates free for the online interview process.
  • The final list of selected applicants will be declared by 20 July 2024.
  • The last date for the payment of fees would be the 7August 2024.

Application Instructions:

  • All interested applicants should apply online from the link given below APPLY NOW. Please follow the instructions carefully.
  • Fill all the mandatory fields.
  • Online upload of following documents is
  • Passport size color
  • All Mark sheets/Degree Certificates (10th Standard onwards).
  • Upload a portfolio in PDF format of up to 20 images.


  • PDF portfolio has to be less than 20 MB in file
  • Only 20 images will be considered. Do not upload more.
  • In the case of sound or video works, please upload them to any trusted video-sharing website and provide links.

Images in the PDF file must be labeled with:

  • Name
  • Title of Artwork
  • Medium
  • Dimensions
  • Year
  • Download Link
  • Duration (in case of Video/Sound Works)

The application requires all students to:

  • Write an artist’s statement of 500 words in English or in the applicant’s mother tongue.
  • Write a statement of 400 words about any one work by any one artist from the given list below stating how that work connects conceptually to your own work practice. You may also expect question on artists from the list given below:

Amar Kanwar, Anandjit Ray, Anand Patwardhan, Anita Dube, Annapurna Garimella, Anju Dodiya, Anshuman Dasgupta, Archana Hande, Ashish Rajadhyaksha, Asim Waqif, Atul Dodiya, Ayesha Abraham, B.V. Suresh, CAMP (Ashok Sukumar, Shaina Anand), Gayatri Sinha, Geeta Kapur, Ghulam Sheikh, Gigi Scaria, Indra Pramit Roy, Jitish Kallat, Justin Ponmany, Kaushik Mukhopadyay, Manisha Parekh, Mithu Sen, Nalini Malani, Nikhil Chopra, Nilima Sheikh, N.S. Harsha, Nick Ferguson, Pushpamala N., Prajakta Potnis, Rakhi Peswani, Ram Rehman, Ranbir Kaleka, Raqs Media Collective, Ravi Agarwal, Rohini Devasher, Sanchayan Ghosh, Shakuntala Kulkarni, Shilpa Gupta, Shefali Jain, Shukla Sawant, Sonia Khurana, Valsan Kolleri, Vasudevan Akkitham, Vidya Shivadas.

In case of any difficulty with the online form please call one of the following:

  • Mr. Kamal Arora: +91 8860101807
  • Prof. Atul Bhalla: +91 99715 37771 (HOD)
  • Iram Ghufran: + 91 9891105757 (Graduate Advisor)
  • Deepti Mulgund : +91 98915 58809
  • Anupam Roy : + 91 9717818197
  • Hemant Sreekumar: + 91 9818463337

About Shiv Nadar Institution of Eminence, Deemed to be University

Shiv Nadar Institution of Eminence (SNIoE), Deemed to be University is a comprehensive, multidisciplinary, research-focused and student-centric institution that is bringing a paradigm shift in higher education in India through its innovative curriculum, interdisciplinary focus, and scross-disciplinary thinking across a wide range of disciplines. The University is building an eco-system of knowledge to promote recognition of the inter-connectedness of ideas, systems, and environments in the world inside the campus, and those outside it. The University has 5 Schools, 18 Departments and 6 Research Centers engaged in teaching, practice, and research in disciplines as diverse as Engineering, Humanities & Social Sciences, Management, Natural Sciences, Art, Design, Performing Arts, Communication, and Extended Education & Professional Development. The Schools offer Bachelor, Master’s, and Doctoral degrees along with multidisciplinary curriculum to enable students to explore subjects and disciplines that may be widely different from their chosen Majors.

  • The University received Institution of Eminence Deemed to be University status by the Government of India in August 2022.
  • In the NIRF (Government's National Institutional Ranking Framework), SNIoE has been the youngest institution in the 'top 100' Overall list, and the score has been rising steadily. SNIoE ranked 62 in the University category, and 95 'Overall' in NIRF 2023.
  • The University has been accredited with ‘A’ Grade by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), valid for a period of 5 years from 26 November 2019.
  • SNIoE is also among a select group of green-field institutions in the country, which were awarded the prestigious Atal Incubation Center grant by the Niti Aayog, Government of India, in the very first round in 2017.