Courses After 12th For A Career In Performing Arts In India - Colleges, Admission Processes, And Career Prospects

April 14, 2021

Courses After 12th For A Career In Performing Arts In India - Colleges, Admission Processes, And Career Prospects

Is your 'niche' any form of creativity? Do you find utmost joy in painting, sketching, dancing, singing, or any sorts of artistic expressions? Then Fine Arts are the perfect stream for you.

Fine Arts is a combination of various art forms like Singing, Dancing, other vocational art forms, painting, sketching, drawing, pottery, instruments, printmaking, architecture, photography, drama, and many more. As Hank Green stated, "If you're wondering what the difference is, well fine art is like art that exists for its own sake." And if you're seeking to explore the uniqueness and utmost liveliness that 'art' offers, Fine Arts is the most suitable career path for you.

The courses that students can choose to pursue Fine Arts are –

1. Undergraduate courses:

A.Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)/ Bachelor of Visual Arts (BVA): 

Eligibility criteria: Minimum 50% marks required in the 10+2 board exam in any stream 

Course Duration: 4-5 years


·         Painting

·         Plastic Arts

·         Textile Design

·         Drama & Theatre

·         Calligraphy

·         Dance

·         Illustration

·         Printmaking

·         Applied Arts

·         Pottery & Ceramics

·         Music

·         Digital Arts

·         Cartooning

·         Graphic Designing

·         Photography

·         Sculpture

Fees: 5K-3Lakhs

Admission processes: 

Step 1: Registration

Step 2: Admit Card Download

Step 3: Appearing for Entrance Exam

(Main entrances are - DUET (Delhi University Entrance Test), JNUEE (Jawaharlal Nehru University Entrance Exam), Banaras Hindu University Entrance Exam, UPES DAT 2020, JMI Entrance Exam

Step 4: Declaration of results

Step 5: Final Counselling


Career prospects:

·         Choreographer 

·         Animator3D artist

·         Graphics Designer

·         Art director

·         Fine Artist

·         Art teacher

·         Visual designer



·       College Of Fine Arts, Trivandrum

·       Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapith (Fine Arts Dept.), Varanasi

·       Chitrakala Parishath, Bangalore

·      Government College of Fine Arts, Chennai

·       Jawaharlal Nehru Architecture and Fine Arts University, Hyderabad

·       College Of Fine Arts, Karnataka 

·        Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath, Bangalore


2. Post-graduation Courses:

Master of Fine Arts (MFA) or Master’s in Visual Arts (MVA):

Eligibility criteria: 

·         Minimum 50%-60% marks in Bachelor of Fine Arts from any recognized university

·         Students from humanities background can also apply

Course Duration: 2 years

Fees: 1Lakhs-4Lakhs

Admission processes:

·         Merit-based admission(based on under gradation marks)

·         Entrance based admission (main entrances: Anna University MFA Entrance Exam, Jawaharlal Nehru University MFA Entrance Exam, Delhi University MFA Entrance Test, etc.)

Career prospects:

·         Art Teacher

·         Musician

·         Music Teacher

·         Art Director

·         Graphic Artist/ Designer   

·         Photographer 

·         Creative Director 

·         Art Restorer

·         Art Critic

·         Animator


·         LPU - Lovely Professional University. Jalandhar

·         Lovely Professional University, Admission Office. Connaught Place, Delhi

·         Rabindra Bharati University(RBU)

·         College of Arts, University of Delhi

·         University of Hyderabad

·         College of Fine Arts, Hyderabad

·         Indian Institute of Photography

·         Annamalai University.


3. Diploma Course:

Diploma in Fine Arts:

Eligibility criteria: 12th board exam pass with minimum 50% in any field


·         Indian Art History 

·         Still life 

·         Clay Modelling 

·         Portrait Painting 

·         Landscape Painting 

Course Duration: 1 year

Fees: 10K-1Lakhs 

Career prospects: 

·         Graphic Designer 

·         Animator

·         Art Liaison officer 

·         Archaeologist

·         Art Teacher

Admission processes: 

·         Merit-based admission (based on under graduation marks)

·         Entrance based admission (Common Entrance Test (CET))


·         MIT Institute of Design

·         Delhi College of Art

·         FAD International

·         Graffiti Institute of Fashion Technology

·         Himanshu Art Institute

·         Institute of Design

·         Institute of Fine Arts

By Abhra Roy

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