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Integration Of Art In Studies

The first day I entered my Design class, my professor wrote me off as a hopeless case as I was a science student! That a science student cannot be a good artist and a designer was somehow etched in her mind.. However, as the class progressed, she had to agree that this science student was definitely an artist too!! And in a few days time she had to completely change her mind about science students not being able to create art! Now even experts agree that Design is ‘Science’ integrated with ‘Arts’.

My father, himself a science professor, was an artist at heart! His elder brother, my Jethu, was a commercial artist and a great one at that. He used to send us postcards with his pen and ink drawings on the front side with a small note on the reverse. I used to collect and copy his artwork as a little girl.

Our father was very strict about our science diagrams in school and in college both. He taught us the ‘art of observation’ at a very young age. He was a stickler for minute details and we got scolded for not being able to draw a perfect diagram at times. I also learnt to draw small sketches for every subject and topic.

When we were young, our books were not quite illustrated! I still have nightmares involving the thick History book with small fonts and no pictures at all! Children nowadays are so lucky to have all text books illustrated with sketches and artwork! But I was lucky to have a scientist father who was an artist at heart to teach me the art of observation and eye for detail. When the world was oblivious to mind-mapping, he taught us to map and chart out topics for better remembrance. So armed with this ‘power’ of observation, I entered my design college after my Postgraduation in Life Sciences.

Power of Observation is a skill that all children need to learn. Art integrated learning makes any subject interesting and enjoyable. It also enhances the power of observation in a child.

Now there are two basic kinds of arts, the visual arts and the performing arts. Visual art is that art which we can see- like sketches, paintings, photography and sculpture. Performing arts are music, dance, drama and other arts involving kinaesthetic activities. Integrating creative arts to mundane subjects make them more interesting and the students are able to retain the information better. Also, it is now known that our brain retains colourful and interesting information. Visual stimuli activates the brain’s ability to retain and process information in a better manner. So, here we get the concept of whole brain thinking! And it has now been proven that individuals practicing whole brain thinking are more successful in life.

The Government’s initiative to incorporate ‘Art Integrated Learning’ in schools is a commendable one. However, an issue commonly brought is that “not all teachers are artists,” meaning that there aren’t enough teachers capable of doing art to teach in every classroom. But here we would like to state that whether or not a teacher can do these things is irrelevant. The aim here is not to create master artists, but rather teach basic arts skills, processes, and aesthetic quality, and encourage creative teaching techniques.

The skills of art integrated teaching are simple and easy to learn and teach. We believe that these methods will be infinitely useful to creating interesting lesson plans and once put in practice will be enjoyed by both the teacher and the student. Once an arts-integrated environment is established, techniques, examples, and information can be shared and used.

As a Design Teacher and Mentor I have been consciously and sub-consciously using Art Integrated learning for my students from when I started to teach. I remember a batch of students whom I was coaching for Design Entrance exams. The whole bunch of students were scared of mathematics!! So I started them with copies a book which had lots of illustrations on the sides. I asked them to first colour the cartoons illustrated on the sides and then start reading the chapter. I am pleased to inform you that all of them picked speed in solving complex mathematical problems thereafter. They had learnt to integrate creativity into the subject of mathematics which they found mundane otherwise!

I also see many teachers of subjects like Marketing and Finance, encourage story and graphic techniques to the learning process. My son, studying Economics, once made a storyboard for one of his college topics using a drawing software and created a very creative presentation alongwith his team and I was very impressed by the way they were learning! They really made use of lots of interesting graphics to understand Economics and Finance!

So dear teachers, parents, guardians and our dear students, the era of Arts Integrated Learning is here to stay! Do try out Visual and performing arts techniques to teach and learn any subject from now onwards. Engage the students creatively for all subjects. A reminder again, the aim here is not to create master artists, but rather teach and learn basic arts skills, processes, and aesthetic quality for better retention of information and cognitive learning. It is learning with Fun.

Thank you for reading my take on the subject of ‘Art Integrated Learning’. I will be back soon with more on the subject.

Dr Anindita Roy,
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Art Therapy To Combat Stress And Relax yourself

Art ‘Meditation’ Therapy

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Stress is one of the world’s largest health problems, leading to exhaustion, burnout, anxiety, a weak immune system, or even organ damage. During this stressful times of COVID-19, instances of stress have increased manifold and psychologists are busier than ever before.

Cortisol, also known as ‘the stress hormone’ is a biological indicator to measure changes in stress response in patients and also their caregivers.

Studying art making’ activities, with cortisol as a “Biomarker” , has been effectively used to measure stress levels in the body. Cortisol can be  measured through saliva samples; the higher a person’s cortisol level, the more stressed a person is likely to be. (Reference: )

Studies have also shown that meditation can help control cortisol levels . Focusing on ‘one experience’ e.g ‘making art’, happening in the ‘present moment’ or ‘mindfulness’ can help you relax and improve creativity & cardiovascular health.

So we can say that ‘making art’ can be used as a meditative technique to relieve stress and lower cortisol levels and keep us anchored.

Research has also shown that increased cortisol levels give rise to complications such as Blood pressure, type2 diabetes, osteoporosis, weight gain, impaired brain functions and also lowered immunity so that the body caught infections readily.

Now, every individual is creative and can be expressive in the visual arts. Doing art of any kind  allows you to put into perspective things that are bothering you.

Academic stress in young college students and high school students needs to be dealt with and I think that creative arts can help. Younger persons are developmentally still raw and are still figuring out ways to deal with stress and challenges. Including creative art making techniques have helped many young people to effectively deal with stress.

The skill level of ‘making art’ does not matter. Here we are not aiming at making high grade artists . The idea here is to engage in ‘visual art making’ using easy techniques.

Some easy creative activities that help relieve stress are :

·         Abstract art with pencils, colour pencils or paint
·         Doodling with markers
·         Making structured or unstructured collages
·         Making Posters, cards, postcards
·         Clay modelling
·         Write with colours
·         Keeping a scrap book.

Playing a soft and  soothing music while ‘making visual art’ adds to the benefits manifold. Online support groups , in these critical times of COVID-19 can help boost and motivate you to engage in therapeutic art making activities. Making ‘Mindful Art’ can help you to achieve what psychologists refer to as flow which leads to improved performance and lowered stress levels. Start your journey to live a stress free life by creating a ‘dream journal’, ‘gratitude journal’ or just a daily ‘art journal’. 

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• The question paper will consist of two parts: Part-A and Part-B. It is compulsory to attempt

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Details from both the parts are given below:

Part-A (Total marks: 240 marks; Maximum time: 2 hours 30 mins)

• Part-A of the question paper will be administered through a computer based test.

• Part-A of the question paper will consist of 3 sections.

Section 1: NAT (Numerical Answer Type): 18 questions (4 marks for correct answer ; no negative

marks). For these questions, the answer is a number that needs to be entered using a virtual

keyboard in the computer screen. No choices will be shown for these questions.

Section 2: MSQ (Multiple Select Question): 18 questions (4 marks each only if all correct answers are

entered; 0.19 negative marks for any incorrect answer). Each MSQ has one or more correct answer(s) out of the four given choices.

Section 3: MCQ (Multiple Choice Question): 32 questions (3 marks each for the correct answer; 0.71

negative marks for incorrect answers). Each MCQ has four choices out of which only one is the

correct answer.

Part-B (Total marks: 60 marks; Maximum time: 30 mins)

• Part-B consists of one question that is aimed at testing the candidate’s drawing skills which will

require subjective evaluation. The question in Part-B will be displayed on the computer screen and

the answer has to be written/drawn in the answer book provided by the invigilator only. In case of

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the nature of the question and evaluation of a candidate’s drawing skill.

• Part-B answer booklets will be collected at the end of the examination.

• Part-B question is mandatory.

• The entire paper (both Part-A and Part-B) must be finished within stipulated time






NID Exam Syllabus 2022

NID Entrance Exam syllabus consists of questions from the following topics:

The written examination is followed by studio test and personal interview. The examination doesn't follow any prescribed syllabus and the question are included from the following area:
  • Visual Design
  • Thematic Color Arrangement
  • Subjects of Design
  • Sensitivity to Environment
  • Memory Drawing
  • Knowledge of Proportions and Perspective
  • General Mental Ability
  • Drawing Skills
  • Creativity
  • Composition
  • Communication Skills
  • Animation
  • Abstract Symbolism
NID Exam Pattern

NID Entrance Exam consists of three aptitude test of 60 marks each made to evaluates the candidate's aptitude and creativity along with innovative and critical analyzing power of the applicant. NID test areas include:

  1. Worldview
  2. Mental Ability
  3. Drawing
  4. Creativity
  5. Communication Skills

NID Exam Eligibility

The eligibility for NID exam is-

Educational Qualification

Students securing at least 50% marks in aggregate at 10+2 level or its equivalent in any stream from a recognized board can apply for the examination.

Candidate who are studying in the qualifying class can also apply for the exam, but at the time of admission, they must provide the eligibility proof.

Age Limit

Aspiring candidate should not be less than 17 years of age.

NID Exam Information

National Institute of Design is internationally acclaimed as one of the finest educational and research institutions for Industrial, Communication, Textile and IT Integrated (Experiential) Design.

It is an autonomous institution under the aegis of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India and is recognised by the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, Government of India as a Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation.

National Institute of Design Entrance Exam is conducted on National level for admission to:

4 years Undergraduate & Graduate Diploma Programme in Design (GDPD) and
2 years 6 months Post-Graduate Diploma Programme in Design (PGDPD)
In internationally acclaimed National Institute of Design (NID) having its campuses at:

Ahmedabad (Main Campus)
Gandhinagar ( PG Campus) and
Bengaluru( R&D Campus)

Other Campuses are at : Kurukshetra, Vijaywada, Jorhat, Bhopal

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Section Wise Exam Paper Breakup

The following table shows the section-wise distribution of questions in NIFT 2021-2022 for B.Des program.


No. of Questions

Quantitative Ability


Communication Ability


English Comprehension


Analytical Ability


General Knowledge and Current Affairs




The following table shows the section-wise distribution of questions in NIFT 2021-2022 for M.Des program.


No. of Questions

Quantitative Ability


Communication Ability


English Comprehension


Analytical Ability


General Knowledge and Current Affairs




The following table shows the section-wise distribution of questions in NIFT 2021-2022 for MFM, M.F.Tech, and B.F.Tech courses.


No. of Questions

Quantitative Ability

30 (10 questions for MFM)

Communication Ability & English Comprehension

45 (50 questions for MFM)

Analytical & Logical Ability


General Knowledge and Current Affairs


Case Study

25 (40 questions for MFM)



NIFT 2021-2022 Exam Syllabus

NIFT syllabus comprises Quantitative Ability, Communication Ability, English Comprehension, Analytical Ability, General Knowledge and Current affairs. 

Syllabus for both the GAT and CAT test has been mentioned below.

GAT Syllabus

Quantitative Ability: Addition, Multiplication, Division, Fractions, Percentage, Rate of Interest, Work & Task, Ratio & Proportion, and Distance

Communication Ability and English Comprehension: Synonyms, antonyms, word meanings, singular, plural, one-word substitutes, idioms & phrases, correct spellings.

CAT Syllabus

  • Discernment ability
  • Power of observation
  • Creativity in thought development
  • Design ability of the applicant

For Situation Test and Group Discussion, candidates must possess the following skills.

  • Conceptual Clarity
  • Knowledge of the topic assigned
  • Contribution made to the topic
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Ability to generate new ideas
  • Problem-solving approach
  • Leadership qualities
  • Effective Communication

Personal Interview

  • Career Orientation
  • Aptness for the field
  • Overall personal achievements in academics & co-curricular activities
  • Communication
  • General Awareness & Aptitude, creative & lateral thinking


Elaborate NIFT Syllabus 2021-2022: GAT for B.Des and M.Des

The General Ability Test or GAT for B. Des. and M. Des. consists of the following sections:

  1. Quantitative Ability
  2. Communication Ability
  3. English Comprehension
  4. Analytical Ability
  5. General Knowledge and Current Affairs
NIFT 2021-2022 exam syllabus for GAT is described below:



Quantitative Ability

The major areas of testing in this section are Addition, Multiplication, Division, Fractions, Percentage, Rate of Interest, Ratio and Proportion and Distance.

Communicative Ability

The candidates are tested on their language skills and its use in day-to-day communication in English. This sub-section includes questions from Synonyms, Antonyms, Words with corresponding meanings, Singular, Plural, One-word Substitutes, Idioms and Phrases, Spelling correction etc

English Comprehension

The examinees are tested on their reading abilities and comprehending abilities of a given situation in the given unseen passage. This section tests the basic English language skills through the questions based on the given passage.

Analytical Ability

This sub-section is designed to test the candidate’s capacity for the ability of inference and logic from the given information. This section picks up questions from the areas of logical reasoning where candidates are supposed to draw logical conclusions from the analytical reasoning questions.

General Knowledge and Current Affairs

This sub-section, as per the NIFT 2021-2022 syllabus is designed to test the candidate’s general awareness and current affairs. The questions in this section are taken up from the current affairs sections and general knowledge.

B.FTech & M.FTech Syllabus

NIFT Syllabus 2021-2022: GAT for MFM, B.FTech and M.FTech

The GAT for B. F. Tech. MFM, and M. F. Tech. has majorly the same sub-sections like the GAT for B. Des. and M. Des., however, there is a slight change. The various sections of this GAT are:

  1. Quantitative Ability
  2. Communication Ability and English Comprehension
  3. Analytical and Logical Ability
  4. General Knowledge and Current Affairs
  5. Case Study

The common sub-sections have a similar syllabus as per the NIFT Syllabus 2021 discussed above, while the Case Study sub-section is a new addition to this GAT. The Case Study is a test which is based on a situation of an industry environment which the candidate has to analyze and provide solutions to the questions. This test is designed especially to test the managerial skills of the candidate.

NIFT Syllabus 2021-2022: CAT for B.Des and M.Des

The Creative Ability Test or CAT is a test which is specially designed to judge and assess the intuitive ability, the observation power of the candidate in terms of concept development and design ability.

The major motive of this test is to assess the creative and innovative use of colour and illustration skills of the candidates. The candidates are required to work on their drawing skills and use their imagination to create new ideas by using colours. This exam is conducted for the candidates appearing for Bachelor of Design (B.Des.) or Master of Design (M.Des.) exam.

NIFT Syllabus 2021-2022 for Situation Test

The situation test is conducted for post announcement of written test for shortlisted candidates appearing for B. Des. This test is a ‘hands-on’ test to evaluate the candidate’s skills for material handling and the innovative ability on a given set of material. This test is helpful for the assessment of the creative aspect of the candidate’s minds and they shall be asked to prepare a model out of the given materials.

  • The model thus produced by the candidate would be evaluated on the basis of space visualization, innovative and creative use of the given materials,
  • The composition of elements, colour use, the skills added by the candidate in constructing the model, the finesse of the model and the overall presentation and neatness of work.
  • Along with the construction of the model, the candidate has to explain the idea and concept of the model in a write-up which would be the guide to the model. The write-up would be checked on the given parameters.

According to the NIFT syllabus 2021-2022, the candidates are required to be as creative as they can be. As this is a situation test, the candidates are not allowed to take help from any other source. The evaluation depends on the construction and the overall presentation of the model made.

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