Career Options after 12th Arts

Career Options after 12th Arts
There is a myth that arts stream students doesn’t have much career options available but the truth is that the arts students have various career options available which are quiet interesting and have a lot of monetary benefits also. Let’s discuss them one by one:
·      Humanities

In general, humanities deal with the study and understanding of the ‘human condition’. This domain covers a vast array of subjects and the key among them include:
  1. History
  2. Languages
  3. Literature
  4. Law
  5. Philosophy
  6. Religion
  7. Performing Arts
  8. Anthropology
  9. Communication
  10. Sociology
  11. Psychology

·      Fine Arts

Fine Arts refer to an art form that is practiced solely for its aesthetic value and beauty. Fine arts include Visual Arts, Performing Arts and Literary Arts. As a study stream, it refers to the development of creative skills and thought-process in all the three sub-domains mentioned above.
·      Visual Arts

As the name suggests, visual arts is the field that is associated with development of visual art forms. It covers learning about the famous artists and their works and understanding their motivation. In addition to these, it also involves developing one’s creative skills to create their own pieces of visual art i.e. drawing, painting, sculptures and others. The key sub-domains within visual arts stream include:
  1. Painting
  2. Drawing
  3. Sculpture
  4. Photography
  5. Conceptual arts
  6. Architecture
  7. Weaving
  8. Fabrics

·      Performing Arts

Performing Arts is also a sub-domain of the fine arts and involves development of performing arts skills in a student. Students will be involved in learning about the key techniques and skills required for performing arts. The key study domains within the performing arts stream include:
  1. Music
  2. Theatre
  3. Dance
  4. Singing
  5. Acting
  6. Comedy
  7. Direction
  8. Choreography
  9. Editing
  10. Martial art

·      Literary Arts

As the name suggests, the literary arts deals with development of literary art works i.e. books and novels. Writing and story-telling are the key skills one focuses upon while studying literary arts. Nowadays, it also involves script writing for movies, advertisement and creative copy writing for ATL (above the line)and BTL (below the line) marketing campaigns. The key specializations and domains in literary arts domain include:
  1. Poetry
  2. Novel
  3. Short stories
  4. Epics
  5. Writing

·      Bachelor’s Degree Courses

The popular Bachelor’s degree courses available for Arts stream students include:
  1. B.A in History
  2. B.A in Geography
  3. B.A in Political Science
  4. B.A in Public Administration
  5. B.A in English Literature
  6. B.A in Economics
Generally, during the first year of the course, students have to pick three key subjects and during the final year, one core subject has to be picked for specialization.

·      Technical Courses

There are a few technical courses also available for the Arts stream students at the undergraduate level which can put you on the path to building a bright career in technical domain. The key among them include:
  1. BCA – Bachelor of Computer Application
  2. B.Arch – Bachelor of Architecture

·      Law Courses

Generally, the eligibility to join an LLB programme is a graduate degree; however, nowadays students can opt for a 5 year integrated programmes in law. The key among them include:
  1. B.A + L.L.B – Bachelor of Arts & Bachelor of Legislative Law
  2. BBA + L.L.B – Bachelor of Business Administration & Bachelor of Legislative Law

·      Management Courses

These include bachelor degree level programmes, integrated five year programmes and even short-term certification programmes. However, the most popular among them are:
  1. BBA (Bachelor of Business Administration)
  2. BMS (Bachelor of Management Studies)
  3. Integrated BBA + MBA program (5 years duration)
  4. BHM (Bachelor of Hotel Management)
  5. Retail Management (Diploma)

·      Fashion design/ Design Courses

Apart from the full-time three-year gradation courses in design, students can also take up certification and diploma courses as well which are offered by different institutes. The popular among them include:
  1. Bachelor of Textile Design
  2. Bachelor of Design (Accessory)
  3. Bachelor of Fashion Communication
  4. Bachelor of Interior Designing
  5. Bachelor of Product Design
  6. Furniture and Interior Design course
  7. Bachelor of Design (Leather)
  8. Bachelor of Fashion Design and Technology

·      Job Opportunities

As discussed above, arts stream students have various career opportunities and some of them are:

1.       Teaching
2.       business managers,
3.        lawyers,
4.       musicians,
5.        dancers,
6.        Artists,
7.        actor, are also
8.        businessman,
9.       economist,
10.    statistician,
11.    architects,
12.    fashion designers,
13.     writers,
14.     historian and
15.    Archaeologist etc.

Also many Arts stream student are choosing various government jobs in different departments and ministries. The UPSC civil services exam which is the qualifying exam for IAS, IPS, IFS and other high-level bureaucrats is also a preferred career option among the Arts stream students. Alternatively, they can also appear for Banking sector recruitment exams, SSC / Staff Selection Commission Exams or State PCS exams to join the bureaucracy.

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