Career In Fine Arts

Do you like to do sketching, drawing & creativity?

If yes!

Then, study in Fine Arts will suit you.

A fine art is a fine collection of art that is done to create beautiful things.

The term “Fine Art” refers to an art form developed primarily for its aesthetic value and its beauty.

What Does Fine Art Include?

The main fine arts were film, dancing, painting, photography, architecture, pottery, conceptual art, sculpture, music, print making, interior design and drama.

In a simple way it is defined as”

“Fine Arts is the study & making of visual works of art. It can be in the form of dancing, paintings, photography, film, architecture, etc.”

It teaches and prepares students to become artists and to follow other practices that are associated with the making of art.

According to Aristotle “the main aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but also their inward significance”.

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As per some writers the idea of fine art was invented early modern period in the West. Larry Shiner in his book: “The Invention of Art: A Cultural History” finds the invention of fine arts in the 18th century.

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Courses & Duration

There are a large number of certificate, diploma and degree level courses in fine arts courses that are offered by various Institutions. You can also pursue postgraduate & Ph.D courses in Fine Arts. The duration of the courses varies from 1 to 5 years.

Diploma Course:

  • Diploma in Fine Arts: It is one year course. This course can be pursued after class 12th.

Undergraduate Courses:

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) or Bachelor in Visual Arts (BVA): The duration of this course is 4 to 5 years.
  • Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts (BA): It is three year duration programme.

Postgraduate Course:

  • Master of Fine Art (MFA) or Master in Visual Arts (MVA): It is two years duration programme.
  • Master of Arts in Fine Arts (MA): The duration of this course is typically two years.
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Some institution offers Bachelor courses through correspondence and distance education. Two famous institutions are IGNOU, Delhi and School of Open Learning at Delhi University offer fine arts course in correspondence.

Some of its specialized fields are:

Skills required in Fine Arts

  • The drawing made by you should be realistic in the visitor’s eyes.
  • You have to be full of art materials & how to proper use of them.
  • The presentation & displaying of your work should be in a proper manner and accurate.
  • You must possess creativity
  • The techniques used with colors and color theory.
  • The communication & interpersonal skills are required to be present within you.
  • You have to be knowledge of all digital media used with some latest technologies.


  • You can pursue a diploma or degree course, after completing higher secondary education (12th) examination from any recognized board. You can get admission in the bachelor course after qualifying the aptitude test that is conducted by few BFA Institutes.
  • If you want to pursue education in master programme, you have to qualify the bachelor degree in fine arts.

Some of the famous colleges that offer UG & PG courses in Fine Arts:

  • University of Hyderabad
  • University of Delhi
  • Aligarh Muslim University
  • Kurukshetra University
  • Amity University
  • International Institute of Fine Arts, Delhi

Top Colleges in abroad offering Fine Arts:

  • Northeastern Illinois University, USA
  • University of New South Wales, Australia
  • University of Auckland, New Zealand
  • Newcastle University, UK
  • University of Southampton, UK

Career & Jobs

Why Study Fine Arts?

Today, the opportunities in Fine arts are increasing at a rapid rate in the various sectors.

Presently, to obtain excellent salary, popularity and prestige, youth population of India are getting attracted to this field.

After completing graduation, students have a choice to work as an art teacher, artist in government offices or photographer. You can also start your career as a freelance worker & go for direction, clothing, photography, television and fashion.

You can also pursue careers in academia, architecture and the film industry. You can join creative departments of magazines, advertising agencies, and newspapers in the publishing or the textile industry.

Fine art graduates may also apply for mainstream graduate employment and training in a broad range of industries, for example, banking, art gallery, insurance, media and public relations.

The fine artists work is to produce artwork by using a wide variety of media and techniques.

You can display your work in museums, private galleries or have a private collections and get rewarded for your work. The objects made by you will sell in studios, auctions, stores or at arts and crafts shows.

The scope in fine arts is quite good, you can earn respect & money both under this professional career. The multimedia artists and animators work in the motion picture or video gaming industries.

Some of the Job profiles are:

  • Art therapist
  • Multimedia programmer
  • Drawing Teacher
  • Set Designer
  • Production Artist
  • Music Teacher
  • Creative Director
  • Editor
  • Furniture Designer
  • Art Director
  • 3d Artist
  • Animator

Employment Areas are:

  • Advertising companies
  • Boutiques
  • Art Studios
  • Theatres
  • Tailoring Shops
  • Fashion Houses
  • Education Institutions
  • Television Industry
  • Animation
  • Teaching
  • Textile Industry
  • Sculpture

Salary Package

The salary will vary depending on the Jobs. A graduate in fine arts can start their career in between Rs. 2 to 3  lacs per annum that depends on the basis of their talent. The salary package will be increased along with experience as well as knowledge. Those peoples want to work in advertising agencies & publishing houses, they can earn attractive compensation of nearly Rs. 4 to 5  lacs per annum. The average annual wage of fine artists in abroad is $58,250.

Books & Study Material

  • The Art Forger by Barbara A. Shapiro
  • The Art Spirit by Robert Henri
  • Vision and Art: The Biology of Seeing by Margaret S. Livingstone
  • History of Art by H.W. Janson
  • Wall and Piece by Banksy
  • American Painting by Donald Letcher Goddard
  • The Paintings Of Samuel Palmer by Raymond Lister

For more information about Career in Fine Arts, you can ask  your query below.

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  1. SHARANAGOUD R B says:


  2. Tanya Singh says:

    I have completed my 10+2 with sci stream nd am intrstd in fine arts now my dad want me to do b.a eng hnrs bt i want to do B.F.A can i do both together? Plzz suggest….

  3. bhavesh solanki says:

    Hey…..I m going to take fine arts….but I don’t want to be an artist……what should I do….Can you suggest me….

  4. Divya Santhoshi says:

    I am divya ,this year 2017 i will be completing my graduation b com ,the next i want to build up my career opting for fine arts,as i am interested in it.So, is it good for me to take up such course?suggest me if good wt course to opt for and where?

  5. Varad saoji says:

    Which clg is better in Maharashtra for bfa painting

  6. Chandru A S says:

    I think i can buy a great job with your help…….

  7. eacher says:

    Looking for a fine arts teachers job.

  8. mehta says:

    I want to study for fine arts where I can apply ND which clg is better for it in Ahmedabad

  9. Rajesh kumar says:

    what is technical drawing?
    is technical drawing course run by any university /institution through distance mode?
    what is career scope of it?

  10. Rajesh kumar says:

    what is career of diploma course in fine arts.
    which recognized universities /institutions include diploma,degree courses in fine arts through distance mode.

  11. mintu says:

    I am post graduate fine art of painti is my can I apply for an artist jobs…

  12. Diksha Sharma says:

    I have done my graduation in animation and vfx from arena animation affilliated by mahatma gandhi university… I m a sketching artist and a graphic designer… Now i want to do masters can i persue in m.a. fine arts directly… If not then what should i do for further education… To do masters and more i want to continue my sketching nd want to learn more…

  13. Valli says:

    I have a unique art style. I started it as a hobby and now, am really Good at it. Am not sure under what art form it falls under though. I have not seen anyone else do this kind of art till date. Either am the only one with this style of art or I have met very few people in this domain. Is there a way to contact concerned authority to show my artwork and help decide where I fit in terms of career? Please guide.

  14. monika says:

    I am post graduate fine art student in Ludhiana’s college. I want to know what should be next for me which can help me to make my carrier . I want to join some advertising company in ludhiana. please suggest me some thing best .

    • Sarvgyan says:

      you can look for job opportunities in this field. As you mentioned advertising company is a good option to start your career, you can make your portfolio by doing some freelancing work, or doing some internship in arts school, Fine arts events & exhibitions etc. This will help you to gain some experience and also help you in getting a good job.

  15. Shivaprasad.M says:

    I need to how can apply for art rltd jobs

  16. nayan choubisa says:

    I want big business i am not another person dependent not job fear out of me

  17. gunjan sharma says:

    I want to career in art….what should I do after 12 state board….how much percentage to get to in 12 to admission in top college..

    • Sakshi says:

      U need at least 85%

    • Mrunendra Jengthe says:

      Candidate should be an Indian National and should have passed/appeared the HSC (Std.XII /10+ 2 Level) examination of Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (any stream) or its Equivalent examination with English as one of the subject and secured minimum 45% marks in aggregate. (40% marks in aggregate for backward class Category candidates belonging to M.S. only).
      In case percentage, Marks (converted out of 100) in the subject added together at H.S.C. (std.XII), comes in fraction then percentage of marks shall be rounded off as explain in the example for the purpose of deciding the eligibility of the candidate. Example: – if the percentage of marks comes out to be 44.50% to 44.99% then it shall be rounded to 45% and if the percentage of marks comes out to be 44.01% to 44.49% then it shall be rounded to 44%.

      • Harshad says:

        Which course should I do for drawing,panting & photography. What will be fees for such types of courses?

  18. subhasis paul says:

    i need to … can i aply for art related jobs

  19. ravi says:

    I have want to a job an artist

  20. .megha says:

    Where we can find for job as an artist mostly in which city pls reply

  21. yasin ali says:

    Time in Admission opene in yeare 2016

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