Best career options for arts students after 12th in India

Safeer Bhola - Friday 25th September 2020 | Articles
career options after 12th arts

More than the class 12th board examinations, the period after it when you start planning and preparing to take a Bachelor’s course, is more daunting. This is especially true when you are wanting to pursue your career in the field of  arts and humanities. While there is a buffet of options available for students who completed their 12th in the Arts field, choosing between them and convincing everyone around that this is the best field for you is very difficult.

Arts and Humanities is probably the only stream that is constantly underplayed even though it constantly gives out individuals that change the face of an industry. If only generation Y and Z could have done away with the stigma of choosing this stream, we would have had many more people exploring this field today and many new opportunities would have been available for the generation to come. Nonetheless, there is no wrong time to enter a stream of study and conquer the industry that follows.

If you completed your 12th in the Arts stream and now are wondering if the taunts of the society are going to come true, dont worry. Weve got you covered!. We have taken it upon ourselves to make sure we bring you a list of options that are trending and are the most apt for the career trends that we are anticipating for the times to come. 

Here is a list of courses that you could take up after 12th in the Arts stream:

1. Bachelor of Arts(B.A.)

As cliche as this degree type sounds, the BA program has a specialization for everyone right from Economics to Language to Music to Journalism. Almost every university in the country offers a B.A. course. Some of these also allow you to choose a major and a minor i.e. 2 fields of specialization for your degree. Here are a few specializations that are classics and a few that are laying foundation to some new careers:

  • B.A . (Psychology)
  • B.A . (Economics)
  • B.A . (Journalism)
  • B.A . (Literature)
  • B.A . (Music)
  • B.A . (Political Science)
  • B.A . (Philosophy)
  • B.A . (Geography)
  • B.A . (Tourism Studies)
  • B.A . (Travel and Tourism management)
  • B.A. (History)
  • B.A. (English, Hindi, Marathi, French, German and many more…)

Some universities also offer a B.A. (Hons) or Honors degree for those who want to explore their specialization subjects in depth across the program. All in all, there is a plethora of options in the Bachelor of Arts degree across the country.

2. Liberal Arts

Liberal art is an academic program that provides student with the flexibility to combine subjects from different disciplines. Student can study different subjects of humanities, social science, natural science, mathematics, statistics together. Student can also choose an area of specialization based on their interest. The understanding of liberal arts would provide one with a broad spectrum of skills and knowledge.

Liberal arts course spectrum is divided into 2 categories

1. Major Subjects

Major are those subjects that student will choose for specialization

  • Psychology
  • Philosophy
  • Business Studies
  • Marketing, Journalism, 
  • Advertising & Public Relations
  • Economics
  • Political Science
  • English Literature
  • Finance
  • Computer science

2. Minor Subjects

Minor are those subjects that will be complimentary to major subjects

  • Performing Arts
  • Visual Arts
  • Creative writing
  • Environmental studies
  • International Relations
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Media science

3. Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)

Another upcoming degree type that opens doors to multiple unconventional careers is a BSW. This course is for anyone out there who would want to work in the field of a sustainable increase in the well-being of communities in India and across the globe. The course has a mix of topics ranging from social development to law to economics to psychology and even public health. 

This course is also good for those who want to have a broad scope of practice. Social Workers are employed both in the public and private sector as Educators, Counsellors, Researchers, Public Policy Consultants, Labor Welfare Specialists, NGO C-suite members and more. The broad spectrum of subjects covered in this course gives graduates of a BSW program a large buffet of careers to choose from.

4. B.Sc or B.A. in Mass Communication, Journalism & Advertising

Conventionally only for those who were wanting to get into news anchoring or work with companies with huge marketing budgets, this course is a go-to for current times. This course is the best for anyone who wants to pursue a career in the digital content sphere. Be it youtube content creation or working with startups to design their marketing campaigning or to become an influencer this course gives you a good view of understanding marketing trends and consumer behaviour. Careers you can pursue with this degree are:

  • YouTube Content Developer
  • Marketing Consultant
  • Copywriter
  • Social Media Strategist
  • Podcast Host
  • Radio Jockey
  • News Anchor
  • Print Journalist
  • Video Journalist
  • Brand Management Consultant
  • External/Internal Communications Manager
  • Digital Marketing Manager
  • Content Creator

5. Bachelor of Event Management (B.A. or B.B.A. or B.E.M.)

This is yet another course that opens doors to many careers in the entertainment industry. While the name seems to be self explanatory people with this degree actually way more than just “Event Management”. These courses teach people the A to Z of an event right from promotions to logistics to finance. Here are some fields that people with this degree can explore after their graduation:

  • Public Relations Manager
  • Promotion Manager
  • Marketing Executive
  • Brand Development Manager
  • Event Choreographer
  • Stage Production Manager
  • Artist Manager
  • Media Consultant/ Buyer
  • Event Anchor
  • Event Promotion Designer

6. Bachelor of Hotel Management (B.H.M. or B.A.)

With the cafe and cloud kitchen culture booming in the country, the field of Hotel Management and Hospitality has been on fire. Graduates of the Hotel Management course can also work in the events industry as Catering Managers and Food & Beverage (F&B) directors. In fact in todays day and age more and more companies are hiring F&B managers and directors to make sure that their employees get the best dining experience and their overall efficiency hence improves.

7. Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.)

An undergraduate degree course which deals with the study of Visual or Performing Arts, BFA covers subjects such as animation, painting, photography, theatre and music. Important skills implemented and learnt in this course are drawing and sketching, visualization, problem solving, communication, graphic designing etc. This is a great choice of course for those people who want to get into the performing arts or visual arts. Graduates of this course also pursue their career in the following fields:

  • Stage Designer
  • Visual Artist
  • Content Writer for Sketches
  • Screenplay Writer
  • Theatre and Film director
  • Art teacher
  • 3D Designer
  • Animator/Cartoonist
  • Storyboard Designer
  • Set Designer
  • Textile Design
  • Musician/Dancer
  • Spoken Word Poet
  • Creative Content Marketer

8. Bachelor of Fashion Design (B.F.D.)

With more and more people worrying about their social appearances and social media presence being a major contributor to people’s lives, Fashion Design is becoming a booming field of study.This course helps students enhance their skill of imagination, visual sensibility, artistic talent, global vision of design, creativity and market trends. While most of the work involves working with fabrics, colors and designing and crafting looks, this industry has far more career options to offer in each of its vertical. Here are a few possible careers one can choose after completing their graduation in Fashion Design:

  • Costume Designer
  • Fashion Consultant
  • Personal Brand Manager
  • Fashion Stylist
  • Fashion Marketer
  • Fashion Blogger/Influencer
  • Trend Forecaster
  • Product Developer

9. Bachelors in Interior Designing

With the rise of the Instagram influencer world, more and more people want to have beautifully designed and decorated houses. The need for beautiful looking homes has almost become a necessity and no one buys a home without consulting an Interior Designer. Interior designing is hence a promising field that has opened many more opportunities to the world. If you have a knack for art and decoration and want to bring it to your use in the professional world, this is the perfect field to enter right now. There are 4 types of courses that one can do to get their career started in this field

  • B.Design (Interior and Furniture)
  • B.Sc. (Design - Interior and Furniture)
  • B.A. (Interior Design)
  • Diploma in Interior Design

Some universities also offer shorter certificate courses in Interior Design which may also facilitate a career in this field. Interior Designers may be able to work as freelance contractors and even be employed by architecture and construction firms that deal with larger projects. With the field still booming, this is indeed the right time to enter this field.

So what’s stopping you?

This may be a long list of courses and corresponding career that you could pursue but these are still not the only options. The stream of Arts and Humanities actually opens a lot of doors for you which will allow you to do something that pays as much as a 9 to 5 job while not being a desk job. So the next time someone says Arts has no scope you can let them know that most careers in the times to come are related to the stream of Arts and Humanities. And irrespective of what people say around if this is the field that you see an opportunity to grow in, dont hesitate. This is simply because there is nothing worse or more expensive than a missed opportunity.

If you’re still confused as to which course to enrol in or how to go about finding the most ideal course for you, visit to meet and get help from some of the best career counsellors and coaches in the country. 

I hope this article has given you some valuable insights into various career options and courses for arts students after 12th.

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