Arts: Career Scope, Colleges and Pay Scale

Arts or Humanities is defined as the learning concerned with human culture, especially literature, history, art, music, and philosophy by the Oxford Dictionary. It is one of the three broad academic streams among Science and Commerce in India and has various career options and specializations. With junior college STD 12 results out, a student will wonder- what is the career scope after Arts?

Before opting for Arts, you must thoroughly understand its details from course to pay scale. Also, after excelling in it in STD 12, one can still opt for a course that may not be a generic B.A.


Source: Paterson Public Schools


Below are the top courses chosen by Arts students after clearing STD 12.

  1. Animation
  2. Aviation
  3. Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA)
  4. Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)
  5. Bachelor of Management Studies (BMS)
  6. Bachelor of Mass Media (BMM)
  7. Event Management
  8. Fashion Designing
  9. Filmmaking
  10. Graphic Designing
  11. Hotel Management (HM)
  12. Integrated Law course
  13. Interior Designing
  14. Language and Linguistics
  15. Performing Arts
  16. Photography
  17. Retail and Fashion Merchandise
  18. Teacher Training Courses
  19. Travel and Tourism

If you wish to pursue a career in Arts, below are helpful elements of the course.

Under Graduation Course: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

Eligibility: Passing STD 12 with the required percentile as per the college cut off (it varies from college to college).

Course Duration: Three Years 

Number of Semesters: Six Semesters 

Post Graduation Course: Master of Arts (M.A.)

Eligibility: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) graduate or other equivalent graduation course.

Course Duration: Two Years 

Number of Semesters: Four Semesters

Important Subjects

Below are the top most important subjects in the syllabus of Arts.

  1. Anthropology
  2. Archaeology
  3. Economics
  4. History
  5. Language
  6. Literature
  7. Logic and Mathematics
  8. Philosophy
  9. Political Science
  10. Psychology
  11. Sociology

Top Colleges

Below are some of the top B.A. and M.A. colleges in India. 

  1. Christ College, Bengaluru
  2. Fergusson College, Pune
  3. Hindu College, Delhi
  4.  Lady Shriram College for Women, Delhi
  5. Loyola College, Chennai
  6. Madras Christian College, Chennai
  7. Miranda House, Delhi
  8. St. Stephen’s College, Delhi
  9. St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai
  10. Stella Maris College, Tamil Nadu


Know the pay scale offered to graduates and experienced professionals.

Fresher: Rs 200,000- Rs 300,000

Have some experience and/or is a Master of Arts (M.A.): Rs 600,000 and above (sky is the limit).

If you have strong inclination towards this creative stream, research well, plan a future and get going.

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Vinny Ahluwalia

Senior Content Writer at StudMonk
Miss Vinny Ahluwalia is a versatile professional content writer having worked in the field of entertainment and culinary arts. She is now working with StudMonk as Senior Content Writer and writes about Education. She believes in providing up-to-date information to students preparing for Engineering and Medical entrance examinations in India.
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