In 1948 Faculty of Fine Art (Former Institute of Fine Arts) established with only three departments under the leadership of Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin. In 1955 Department of Oriental Art established with some optimistic motivation. The objective of the Department of Oriental Art is to practice the glorious and rich traditional art of Asia to save and nurture the continuity of our own art trend, following the objective and ideal of Bengal School, which originated in opposition to western academic realism. The students of the Department of Oriental Art have been practicing art with great success since 1955. The students of this department synthesize modern Western and Oriental Art with tradition. So an innovative ground is created in this department where modern Western and Oriental Art blend together.

This department is determined to spread out of these achievements all over the world due to responsibility for our society and homeland. In this respect department’s reputation and the total number of students are increasing. The duration of BFA course is four years and MFA is for two years in this department. The department is playing an important role in the field of MPhil and PhD.