The field of arts opens up a myriad career options and job opportunities. Learn about courses and education in the field of arts in India, with this write-up.

Careers In Arts

In India, the field of arts is one of the traditional and most popular streams, which open up a plethora of career prospects. The arts stream is broadly categorized into humanities, fine arts, visual arts, and performing arts. Arts encompass history, literature, philosophy, ancient and modern languages, law, religion, visual and performing arts (including music), and several more subjects. Most of the times, subjects that are considered as social science subjects are intermingled with humanities, such as area studies, communication studies, cultural studies, and linguistics. The capability of excellent communication, precise writing, and understanding is always an advantage for individuals who wish to make a career in the field of arts.

Course Details
Almost all subjects of humanities are offered at graduate and postgraduate levels in colleges and universities. One can opt for research programs also upon completing the relevant qualification. There can be some specific conditions regarding eligibility and admission, for a particular subject. Otherwise, there is a general criterion, which is a pass in 10+2 examination for undergraduate programs. A graduate is eligible for applying to postgraduate courses. There are subject related conditions for pursuing PhD programs. Besides, some certificate, undergraduate diploma, diploma, vocational, job-oriented courses are conducted in some fields related to performing arts at various leading institutes. Students are usually given theoretical knowledge in all arts programs. However, there are many subjects that demand practical exposure as well, such as performing arts.

Career Prospects
With a degree in humanities, one can build a career in the following fields - teaching, writing, research, public relations, internal communications, policy research and analysis, program planning, administration, information, and management. One can also look for a prospering career in the fields of agriculture, journalism, anthropology, archaeology, NGO, geography, industrial relation, liberal arts, library science, philosophy, psychology, research assistance, social work, and many more. Recruitment can be explored in museums, galleries, schools, advertising agencies, magazines, newspapers, and movie studios.

Top Colleges Offering UG/PG/Other Courses
Humanities courses are offered in almost all colleges and universities in India. Institutes that offer high quality of academic teaching in different subjects of languages, visual arts, and performing arts are: National Institute of Design and Development, New Delhi; IASE University, Rajasthan; MCM DAV College for Women, Chandigarh; Government College of Art & Craft, Chandigarh; Academy of Bharatanatyam, Bangalore; Adarsh Sangeet Mahavidyalaya, Sagar - Madhya Pradesh; Academy of Arts of India, Chennai; Abhinaya Sudha, Chennai, Abhinaya Institute of Dance, Mumbai, Aavirbhaav School of Creative Arts, Ahmedabad, Institute Of Music & Fine Arts, Jammu & Kashmir; Seth Jaiprakash Mukundlal Women’s Polytechnic, Uttar Pradesh; and all degree colleges affiliated to Delhi University (DU).

Remuneration of humanities graduates purely depends upon the nature of the work and the field chosen. The salary package can also vary according to the college/university from where they have graduated. However, in general, humanities students can earn anywhere between Rs. 10,000 - Rs. 12,000 at earlier stages.

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