The college offers the Bachelor of Visual Arts (B.V.A) and Master of Visual Art (M.V.A). The college houses Seven departments, Painting, Sculpture, Graphic Art, Art History, Applied Art, Animation and Ceramics. Students have to undertake a regular course of first and second language English and Kannada (or Hindi or Additional English) as per the University requirement. The language of instruction is English This autonomous institution will function under the guidance of the Governing Body, Academic Council and Board of Studies.
The institution was first established as “Chitrakala Vidyalaya” under the Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath in 1964. The founder secretary late M.S.Nanjunda Rao was instrumental in establishing and nurturing the institute. The institution was upgraded into a Degree college in 1983, Affiliated to Bengaluru Central University. The post-graduate/post diploma facility was extended in 1990. the College has been accredited for quality excellence in higher education for the period of 5 years with B+ grade by National Assessment and Accreditation Council, an autonomous institution of the University Grants Commission, New Delhi- 2005. It has obtained status as an autonomous institution from the academic year 2006.