Career In Fine Arts

Do you like to do sketching, drawing & creativity?

If yes!

Then, the 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.

Fine Art is indeed an aesthetic and creative career choice. Aristotle once said that the major objective of art is to exhibit the inner creativity of things and not the outer significance

What Does Fine Art Include?

The main fine arts were film, dancing, painting, photography, architecture, pottery, conceptual art, sculpture, music, printmaking, 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”.

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 of 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 colours 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.


  1. My Daughter pursuing 10th board exam very much interested in drawing,can you guide her to master in that field.

  2. I’m a pencil sketch artist I did so many potrait pencil sketches
    Now I want to continue my career in art field
    Can any one guide me please

  3. Sir I’m completed my graduation in and now want to join art related course like M.A in art will u guide me

  4. I wants to become a famous and respected dancer……also a’m ready for all hardwork and struggles…now a’m thinking to apply for BFA but , will surely I can become dancer by fine arts ????? Plz solve my query….. thank you

  5. Sir/madam iam studing 12th and I interested in drawings can I apply in fine arts I have family support also so what I want to do for applying in fine arts.please say something sir/madam

  6. I’ve passed 10+2 from commerce but I am interested in drawing so what I should do to become a artist or a drawing teacher

  7. I’ve passed my 10+2 FROM COMMERCE SUBJECT but Im intrested in drawing so what should i do for drawing

  8. I am interested in drawing, painting, design, craft,etc and I also want to be an excellent enginner,so can apply for fine arts and science together after 10th

  9. i want goverment lecture job after complete MFA.recent I’m study in bfa 3year applied arts in Institute of fine art Modinagar.. so can you guide me.

  10. I want to do papercrafts but which course i should choose i didn’t understood can u help whinch me one i shouls choose

  11. if i want to learn comic art like characters , human , anatomy , prespective , clothing etc then what should i take ??? applied art or visual communication????

  12. Here anyone knows minimum how much percentage will need to get admission in j.j school of art I’m in 10th now

  13. I have a creative hand and I love art and craft stuff… I also love interior designing but I am a science student, which leads me to like biotechnology. Please recommend to me what do I do after the 12th… (I’m honestly very confused)

  14. After 10th I am in diploma from electronics branch. But I am also interesting in fine art. Can I get admission in this field.

  15. Now I am studying in science stream I am very poor in physics and chemistry and is there in scope for any better job in arts ?

  16. Hello, I am Zeina from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, I want to ask about fine arts, is it a major in itself or is it a college that contains multiple majors such as music and painting …)
    If I decide to take a BFA, will I study all types of art or should I major in one of them in my Bachelor degree years ?

    plz answer

  17. Hello I m in 12th now I want to go in this field (fine arts) but I had taken commerce stream and we got option in studies that instead of statistics we can take computer but my fav. Sub is statistics and I also want to learn computer because it is neccessary in fine arts so I didn’t learnt so can this colleges teach us about computer subject?

  18. Well I want to know that what kind of job we can get after completing bfa in painting or bfa in applied art,
    Which one will be better bfa in painting or bfa in applied art,
    Pls tell me something related to this I am totally confused.

    And how can we apply for the courses realated to restore of
    antient art?

  19. I am doing BSC non med but i love u draw or paint what’s the scope or what I have to do please suggest me a appropriate advise

  20. I complete my 10th class but.I can’t decided which subject can choose. I am thinking about Arts but my problem is how many line there in Arts.Because I show the lines in the site but i don’t like these line .Please help me to another line to visit .Thanks

  21. Hi, I am Athira. I am doing my graduation in B COM. But I am interested in this field. So, is it possible for me to do change my stream to this field in my further studies? I need some guidance for making the correct choice about my career.

  22. I have completed my Masters in Business Administration. But I am interested paintings and art and I wanted to know if getting a Fine arts degree is possible after an MBA. Will I have to do a 5 year bachleor’s program? or is there any other course similar to it that I can do?

  23. Hello,,can I do BA in arts first and then can i do BFA in fine arts to pursue a good career to become an architect which will provide a solid base for my further good career

  24. 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.

  25. 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 .

    1. 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.

  26. 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..

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