Arts is a broad discipline wherein the emphasis is given to the development of critical and analytical thinking, acquiring knowledge in meaningful ways or creative expression. It is concerned with powerful forms of cultural, social, and personal expression. Therefore, students who are interested in learning about human psychology, world affairs or have an inclination towards creativity can pursue courses falling under the arts discipline....
It incorporates a wide variety of fields like literary arts (poetry, scriptwriting or creative writing), games (animation, graphic designing) performing arts (music, dance, singing, martial arts, theatre), and visual arts (photography, painting, interior design, sculpture). With the use of VFX, animation, multimedia across different industries, the popularity of art courses has been increasing the world over. After completing a degree under arts discipline students can make their career as an animator, commercial artist, art director, VFX artist, illustrator, art director, etc
The Study in India partner institutes offers a wide range of art courses across 3 program levels, namely - Undergraduate, Postgraduate, and PhD. The choice of the subjects within each of these levels depends on students and eligibility set by different institutes.
1) Undergraduate (UG)
A bachelor’s degree in arts discipline is a full-time course with a duration of 3 years and students can pursue it after completing their 10+2 in any stream.
2) Post-graduate (PG)
A master’s degree in arts is a full-time course with a duration of 2 years and the students can pursue them after completing their undergraduate degree.
PhD is a doctorate level degree and the students can pursue it after their post-graduation in the science discipline.
Please note, the eligibility for various courses under the arts discipline differs across institutes. Therefore, before applying students can confirm the minimum required percentage across all the levels (and other eligibility) through the Institute Search page.
Branches of Arts:
The branches provided by the Study in India partner institutes under the arts discipline are mentioned in the table below.
However, some of the popular branch choices under arts discipline include:
Animation and Graphic Design
Animation and Graphic design is a subject that has lately gained popularity. Students are taught to create animations, multimedia applications, logos, interactive applications, packaging, web pages, etc. They are encouraged to develop skills in conducting research, creative thinking, and building visual languages. In a nutshell, it deals with animation or design technologies and practices.
In the current time, liberal arts deals with the knowledge of a handful of fields such as literature, sociology, creative arts, psychology, and much more. The study of liberal arts usually consists of four major areas namely arts, humanities, social science, and natural science. The main focus lies on the development of soft skills, communication, analytical thinking, and problem-solving skills as well.
Education is an art subject that enables specialization in childhood education, health education, primary / secondary / vocational teaching. In general, students opting for education are trained to teach a specific subject matter. Moreover, education as a subject puts emphasis on effective communication skills, problem-solving skills along with planning lessons, target learning, and curriculum designing.
In today’s time, English is one of the most widely spoken languages (native and non-native speakers). As a subject, it involves the study of literature, cultural studies, and literary history. It also offers a deep understanding of English grammar, written, oral, and communication skills. A degree in English opens up a host of career opportunities for students (across many fields) such as teaching, language experts, publishing, etc.
History as an art subject consists of vast domains/ fields (such as art history, ancient history, cultural history, economic history, and world history) and the curriculum often differs across countries. Therefore, it is concerned with the study of how human civilization has evolved from prehistory to the present time.
The study of journalism mainly revolves around developing searching/collecting skills as well as effective presentation of information to the audience. A course in journalism equips the students with theoretical knowledge of media and ethical or social issues. Apart from print media, a journalist can work in companies that deal in magazines, newspapers, television, or radio.
Media and Communication
In general terms, media and communication is majorly concerned with disseminating information/news among the masses. Apart from this, it also incorporates other branches such as reporting, film production and direction, event management, public relations, advertising, and corporate communication.
Political Science is one of the most sought-after subjects around the world and it is concerned with the study of global politics, how different governments, states, or agencies work. In addition to this, students are taught the practical application of all the learnings for the betterment of the country. Not only this, but students also get to learn about incorporating political ideologies, policies, and the study of diplomacy as well.
Psychology is a multidisciplinary subject that delves deep into the study of human behaviour, personality, memory, reasoning, emotions, consciousness, and human development too. In addition to this, the study of psychology puts an emphasis on understanding mental health as well. Students are taught a range of topics from human behaviour, psychological disorders, psychology of individual differences, social psychology, and developmental psychology.
In simple terms, fine art is a vast subject concerned with the study of performing arts (including painting, sculpture, photography, literature, and animation) and visual arts (including dance, theatre, and music). A course in fine arts is good for students who have a creative bent of mind as they are trained to become artists in the field of their choice.
After obtaining a degree in arts the students have multiple career options to choose from. Some of them are mentioned in the table below.
Frequently Asked Questions:
1) What are the best career options after completing Arts Courses?
After completing a degree in Arts courses, you can choose from a wide range of career options like fashion designer, graphic designer, social workers, career counsellor, journalist, teacher, event manager, etc.
2) What are the skills required to have a good career in the Arts field?
Skills required to have a good career in the arts field include interpersonal and social skills, creativity, social awareness, problem-solving and decision-making, ability to work in a team, verbal and written communication skills.
3) What is the eligibility criteria for arts courses?
The minimum requirement for pursuing an undergraduate degree in arts is 10+2, for pursuing a postgraduate degree it is bachelors, and for pursuing a PhD degree, it is a masters degree. However, you should check the specific eligibility criteria for different Arts courses at the time of applying.
4) What is the course duration of popular Arts courses?
The duration of popular Arts courses depends on different program levels. For undergraduate courses, it is 3 years, for post-graduate courses, it ranges between 1-2 years and for doctorate courses, it ranges from 3-6 years.
5) Why should you consider a degree in arts?
You can consider pursuing a degree in arts discipline as they equip you with soft skills, practical learning, problem-solving skills, critical thinking skills, etc. These skills help you make a successful career across different fields.
6) The difference between journalism and mass communication.
Journalism is concerned with gathering information or news of the day to day matters and making the public aware of the same. On the other hand, mass communication refers to different ways of conveying information or news to the public through the use of mass media.
7) What is the difference between fine arts and applied arts?
Fine arts involves the study of painting, sculpture, drawing, pottery, literature, printmaking, etc. It deals with the aesthetic value of artform. On the contrary, applied arts involves the study of architecture, interior designing, graphic designing, fashion designing and visual communication. It deals with the application of design and aesthetics to objects of function and everyday use.
8) What is the difference between visual arts and performing arts courses?
Visual arts refers to art forms like architecture, painting, printmaking, sculpture, photography, videos, filmmaking, design and crafts whereas performing arts refer to creative activities like theatre, dancing, singing, public speaking, etc.
9) I am interested in pursuing a career in psychology. How can I begin?
If you wish to make a career in psychology then the first step is to pursue higher education in this field. Once you are done with your 10+2, you can apply for a bachelors in psychology. You may find this course under the Arts discipline on the Study in India website.
10) Is pursuing a career in political science a good option?
Political Science is one of the most sought after arts subjects and is concerned with the study of global politics, the function of different governments and states. If you are interested in learning about political ideologies, policy-making or diplomacy then you can go ahead and pursue political science.
11) What can I do after BA in Political Science?
After you have obtained a BA degree in Political Science you can either continue your higher studies and pursue masters in the same field or you can start your professional career by finding a job.
12) Can I pursue a masters in Arts if I am a Science graduate?
Yes, you can pursue masters in Arts if you are a Science graduate. However, it is advised that you check the specific eligibility at the time of applying.
13) Do Art courses have scope in future?
Arts is one of the fastest-growing fields and it provides a wide range of job options to the students opting for Art courses like Advertising Companies, Art Companies, Theatre Production Product Designing, Publishing Houses, Magazines, Television, Graphic Arts, etc. Hence, arts discipline has a bright scope in the present times and will have even in the future too.
14) What are the skills required to have a good career in Art?
Students opting for art courses are required to have creative and artistic skills, good drawing skills, eye for details, time management skills, visual imagination, observation, story-telling skills, etc
15) What is the difference between a BA and a BFA?
Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree is for students who want to pursue a career in the art-related field only. On the other hand, a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree is for students who want to pursue a career in graphic design, or want to become a professional artist.
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