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Art Therapy To Combat Stress And Relax yourself

Art ‘Meditation’ Therapy

By Dr Anindita Roy (

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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NID Exam Syllabus 

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:

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




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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