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NATA Preparation: How to Attempt 2D Compositions?


Nata 2024 will be conducted in a new format.

There are a few changes in the online test, but the main pattern change is about the re-introduction of drawing portion.

There will be 3 questions in Drawing & Composition Test:

The first question is on "Composition & Colour" and will carry 25 Marks

As per Nata Brochure 2024, this question is about "creating suitable compositions for various situations and coloring them appropriately. Re-Arranging various shapes in visually appealing manner and coloring it suitably."

In this article, we'll discuss "how to answer this question well in order get maximum marks?" 


For convenience sake, we'll address this question as "2D Composition."

Let's simplify this question: Basically the student needs to create interesting 2D Composition with the help of basic geometrical shapes like squares, circles, rectangles and triangles.


Let's understand this problem with the help of the following practical exercise:

(Note: In order to have a better understanding of the exercise the task is being attempted using coloured paper cut – outs of basic geometrical shapes and thread to represent lines.

 In the exam, the composition needs to be drawn on paper with a pencil & then colored.)

Task : Make an interesting 2 Dimensional Composition using

  • Only circles
  • Only triangles
  • Only Squares
  • Only curved lines
  • Only circles and triangles
  • Only circles and squares
  • Only squares and triangles
  • Only lines and circles
  • Only circles, rectangles and triangles
  • Squares, circles, rectangles and triangles

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  • Playing with shapes is fun & enjoyable.
  • Helps in better understanding of exercise.

         ……..And this is what the attempts look like

About the Author: Anu Handa is an Interior Designer, DIY Artist, Co-Founder and Educator at Mosaic Institute of Design. She has been the lead blogpost writer at since 2009. Her educational background in Interior Design, Urban Planning and the English Language has given her a broad base to cover a range of topics in her articles. Anu has spent 15+ years training Design & B.Arch Aspirants for entrance exams.

Passionate about Design Education, she’s briefly worked with Annamalai University as a paper setter for Design Exams. Likes to write about Design, Architecture and related fields, on online platforms like Quora. Aims at challenging the conventional & age old teaching methodology 


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Very good

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