Fine Arts courses teach performing arts of different forms to students. They are offered certificates, diplomas, and PG diplomas, bachelors, masters, and doctorate level programs. Candidates with a more creative bend of mind will flourish in these courses and make way for a successful career in the future.
Fine Arts certificate and diploma in fine arts courses are available in online and offline modes. In online mode, one can learn fine arts courses from foreign universities and teachers from different corners of the world. Course fees wise, most certificate courses are either free or a nominal fee is charged from the student. Fine arts online course from Coursera, Udemy, or edx is very popular option. Diploma in Fine Arts is one of the most pursued Diploma in fine arts courses in India.
|Diploma and PG Diploma||
- The fine arts course duration varies from a few hours for certificate courses to 6 to 9 months for diploma courses, 2 years for PG diploma courses. For bachelors and masters level courses, the standard duration is 4 years and 2 years.
- Online courses are self-paced and can be pursued by working individuals at their own time.
- Some popular fine arts specialization courses are Painting, Sculpture, Graphic Design, Printmaking, Music, Dance, etc.
Upon completion of the course, candidates get to work as Art Director, Photographer, Graphic Designer, Art Teacher, Musician, Animator, Painter, Editor, Illustrator, etc. and can earn around INR 2 to 5 LPA.
Creativity, imagination, detail oriented skills such as drawing and sketching ,knowledge of graphics and animation softwares are some of the skills required for fine arts jobs.
Fine Arts Courses: Highlights
Fine Arts courses are offered in multiple specializations in fine arts colleges in India. The course structure, duration, eligibility criteria are different depending on the type of course. The highlights of the courses are as follows.
|Type of Courses||
|Types of Online Courses||Free and paid online certificates available at Udemy, Coursera etc.|
|Top Job Prospects||Art Director, Photographer, Graphic Designer, Art Teacher, Musician, Animator, Painter, Editor, Illustrator etc.|
Certificate Fine Arts Courses
Fine arts certificate courses are offered in both online and offline modes. Fine Arts courses online are a popular and preferred medium of education for many. Most online Fine Arts certificate courses are self-paced and there is no pressure to complete the program within a specific timeline.
- The time duration of certificate courses ranges from a few hours to over 6 months.
- Most of the courses are free and for a few paid courses, the average course fee ranges up to INR 9,600. Occasional discounts are also available on the Fine Arts Certificate course fee.
- A certificate is also issued at the end by many institutes upon completion of a project.
The eligibility criteria to be admitted into a certificate fine arts course is 10th or 12th pass out.
A fresher in the field of fine arts can start his career with somewhere INR 10,000 per month which entirely depends on your talent and skill. Freshers working with magazines, publishing houses or advertising agencies can also expect to earn around INR 15,000 to 25,000 a month.
Online Fine Arts Certificates
The most popular fine arts courses available online are as follows.
|Graphic Design||Coursera||6 months||Free Enrollment|
|The Art and Science of Drawing Basic Skills||Udemy||4 hours 18 mins||INR 2,240|
|Creative Writing Specialization||Coursera||6 months||Free Enrollment|
|Photography Masterclass: A Complete Guide to Photography||Udemy||22 hours 33 mins||INR 9,600|
|Print Production||Alison||1.5 to 3 hours||Free|
Offline Fine Arts Certificates
Offline certificate courses, provided by Indian institutes, are mentioned below.
|Certificate Name||Colleges Offering||Average Fees||Duration|
|Certificate Course in Handloom Weaving and Handicraft||Banaras Hindu University||INR 10,000||6 months|
|Certificate Course in Painting||Banaras Hindu University||-||1 year|
|Certificate Course in Animation Technology||Manipal Academy of Higher Education||INR 60,000||6 months|
|Certificate in Calligraphy||Jamia Millia Islamia||NA||NA|
|Certificate Course in Bharatanatyam||Bharathiar University||NA||NA|
|Certificate Course in Music||Andhra University||INR 63,522||3 months|
How to Get Admission in Fine Arts Courses?
Admissions are on a merit basis. Not much is needed in terms of eligibility criteria as compared to bachelors or masters Fine Arts courses.
- Admissions can be done by enrolling on the certificate provider's website.
- Some certificate providers do analyze profiles before granting admission to the candidates.
- Documents that are required to be submitted for admission are 10th or 12th mark sheets.
Top Colleges Offering Fine Arts Course Certificates in India
Given below is a table of top colleges offering these certificates. We have categorized this according to colleges or institutes offering online certificates and offline certificates.
Colleges for Offline Fine Arts Certificates
NIRF’s annual Overall Rankings list states the following institutes that provide offline certificates for Fine Arts courses.
Diploma and PG Diploma in Fine Arts
Diploma and PG diploma in fine arts courses are not too different but they differ in terms of the eligibility criteria. Diploma courses admit 12th and also 10th class students while the PG diploma courses only admit bachelor’s degree holders.
- PG diploma courses are perfect for candidates who do not have the time to pursue a full-time degree.
- Admissions to the diploma in fine arts are done primarily on a merit basis and not through entrance examinations.
- Diploma courses are usually 1 year long while PG diploma courses are around 2 years long.
Candidates with a fine arts diploma or fine arts PG diploma degree the candidates earn between INR 10,000 to INR 15,000 per month.
Top Diploma Fine Arts Courses
The popular diploma courses in fine arts available for admission in Indian universities are as follows.
|Diploma Name||Colleges Offering||Average Fees||Duration|
|Diploma in Fine Arts||MIT Institute of Design, Delhi College of Art, FAD International, Graffiti Institute of Fashion Technology, Himanshu Art Institute, Institute of Design, Institute of Fine Arts||INR 10,000 to 1 lakh||1 year|
|Diploma in Music||Andhra University||INR 6,000||2 years|
|Diploma in Animation||Alagappa University||INR 3,500||1 year|
|Diploma in Animation and Multimedia||Morph Academy, T.G.C. Animation and Multimedia, Haryana Technical Institute, Animatix Computer Education||INR 10,000 to 1 lakh||1 year|
|Diploma in Graphic Art||Visva Bharati||INR 6,650||1 year|
Top PG Diploma Fine Arts Courses
The table below shows some of the top PG Diploma Colleges offered by various colleges in India
|PG Diploma Name||Colleges Offering||Average Fees||Duration|
|Advanced Diploma in Fine Arts||Bharathiar University||NA||2 years|
|Advanced Diploma in History of Art||Visva Bharati||INR 5,641||2 years|
How to get admission in Diploma and PG Diploma Fine Arts courses?
Admissions for diploma and PG diploma courses are on a merit basis. Institutes release cut off lists for the 12th standard aggregate score that applicants have to meet for admissions. No entrance examination score is to be submitted for admission.
- Diploma courses require candidates to submit a class 12th mark sheet and transfer certificate.
- For a PG diploma course, a bachelor's degree in fine arts is needed for admission.
- For online diploma courses, the admissions and eligibility criteria are also the same.
Colleges offering Fine Arts Diploma Course
As per NIRF’s Overall Rankings, the following institutes in India offer diploma courses in Fine Arts.
|NIRF Overall Rankings||Institute Name||Location||Average Fees|
|36||Andhra University||Visakhapatnam||INR 6,000|
|64||Alagappa University||Karaikudi||INR 3,500|
|69||Visva Bharati||Santiniketan||INR 6,650|
Colleges offering Fine Arts PG Diploma Courses
In India, the following institutes offer a PG Diploma course in Fine Arts.
Bachelors in Fine Arts
Bachelors in Fine Arts is a full time 4 year-long courses offered at the undergraduate level. The degree one can earn is Bachelor of Fine Arts or Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts in India.
- Bachelor in fine arts admissions is done either on a merit basis or through an entrance examination score.
- There are multiple Bachelors in fine arts specializations. Popular specializations include Painting, Sculpture, etc.
- Eligibility criteria for admission are 12th pass out from any stream with at least 50% aggregate score.
The average course fee is in the range of INR 1 to 3 lakhs annually. With a BFA degree, the average salary one can earn is INR 3 to INR 6 LPA.
Top UG Fine Arts Courses
The following table lists the popular bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts courses in India.
|Bachelors Fine Arts Course Name||Colleges Offering||Average Fees||Duration|
|Bachelor of Fine Arts||Banaras Hindu University, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Aligarh Muslim University, Jamia Millia Islamia , Delhi University||INR 1-3 lakh||4 years|
|Bachelor of Fine Arts Sculpture||Jamia Millia Islamia||INR 21,100||4 years|
|Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts||Banaras Hindu University, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Aligarh Muslim University, Jamia Millia Islamia , Delhi University||INR 1 to 3 lakhs||3 years|
|Bachelor of Fine Arts in Applied Arts||Savitribai Phule Pune University||-||4 years|
|Bachelor of Fine Arts in Bharatanatyam||Bharathiar University||-||4 years|
How to Get Admission in Bachelors in Fine Arts Course?
Admissions are done on both merit basis and entrance examination basis for bachelors in fine arts courses.
- The normal duration of the course is 4 years.
- The popularly accepted entrance examination scores are BHU UET, Jamia Entrance Exam, AMU entrance exam etc.
- Each university conducts its own entrance exam for admissions. In some universities a personal interview round is also held.
|Entrance Exam||Exam Date||Conducting Body||Mode of Exam|
|BHU UET||May 2021||Banaras Hindu University||Offline|
|Jamia Entrance Exam||May 2021||Jamia Millia Islamia||Online|
|AMU Entrance Exam||April or May 2021||Aligarh Muslim University||Offline|
Colleges Offering Bachelors in Fine Arts Course
As per NIRF’s Overall Rankings, the following are the top colleges for a bachelor's degree in fine arts.
Masters in Fine Arts
Masters level courses are meant for candidates who wish to expand on and specialize in an area of study after a bachelor's degree is earned.
- All masters in fine arts degrees are of 2 years duration that also includes a summer internship.
- Popular specializations that are chosen during the second year of the program are Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture, Music, etc.
- Admissions are done through entrance exams like BHU UET, JMI Entrance Exam, DU entrance exam, etc.
Top PG Fine Arts Courses
The top masters in fine arts courses in India are as follows.
|PG Fine Arts Course Name||Colleges Offering||Average Fees||Duration|
|Master of Fine Arts||Faculty of Fine Arts, BHU Faculty of Fine Arts, Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Faculty of Fine Arts, Banasthali Vidyapeeth, Amity School of Fine Arts, Dept. of Fine Arts, Kurukshetra University, Dept. of Fine Arts, Aligarh Muslim University||INR 20,000 to 2 Lakhs||2 years|
|Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture||Jamia Millia Islamia||INR 21,100||2 years|
|Master of Arts in Music||Delhi University, Andhra University, Banasthali University, BHU, Kurukshetra University||INR 1,180- INR 1.10 lakhs||2 years|
|Master of Fine Arts in Painting||Lovely Professional University, Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar University, Kurukshetra University, Amity University, Aligarh Muslim University||INR 3,000 to 2 Lakhs||2 years|
How to Get Admission in Masters in Fine Arts Course?
Admissions are primarily through a qualifying entrance examination score at most colleges. At some colleges merit-based admissions through cut off lists are done.
- The duration of a Masters in Fine Arts is two years.
- Candidates choose a specialization on which more advanced studies are done and a dissertation also.
- Entrance exams based admissions also have a round of personal interview as part of the admissions process.
For candidates who are looking to earn a doctorate degree in an area of specialization, a masters degree is a must. The average course fee of a MFA degree is INR 4,000 to INR 2 lac.
|Entrance Exam||Exam Date||Conducting Body||Mode of Exam|
|BHU UET||May 2021||Banaras Hindu University||Online|
|JMI Entrance Exam||To be announced||Jamia Millia Islamia||Online|
|DU Entrance Exam||To be announced||Delhi University||Online|
Colleges Offering Masters in Fine Arts Course
According to NIRF’s annual Overall rankings, the following universities have a master's in fine arts degree.
Doctorate Fine Arts Courses
Doctorate levels are the highest degree one can earn in India in a chosen area of study. It is a research level degree that is usually 3 to 5 years in duration.
- Admissions are done usually through entrance examinations. A research proposal is also to be submitted during the personal interview round.
- Candidates with a Ph.D. degree can work as professors or teachers in universities.
Top PhD Fine Arts Courses
The following table lists the top doctorate degree in fine arts in India.
|Doctorate Fine Arts Course Name||Colleges Offering||Average Fees||Duration||Mode|
|Ph.D. in Fine Arts||University of Lucknow, SavitriBai Phule Pune University, Amity University, Lovely Professional University, VELS University||INR 10,000 to 3 Lakhs||3 years||Offline|
How to Get Admission in a Doctorate Fine Arts Course?
Admissions for doctorate courses is through entrance examinations only. Upon qualifying the entrance exam, a personal interview round is held.
- During the personal interview, a research proposal is to be submitted stating the research objective, process etc.
- Candidates who have appeared for the UGC Net, GATE, SET etc. examinations are exempt from entrance examinations.
Colleges Offering Doctorate Fine Arts Course
Per NIRF’s Overall rankings, the following universities offer Ph.D. in Fine Arts.
What are the Fine Arts Jobs Available?
A degree in Fine Arts course opens up job opportunities in various industries. One can also choose to specialize in many different areas if one wishes to. The most popular fine arts jobs that most fine arts candidates are hired on are as follows.
Art Directors are hired onto work on all visual aspects of a creative campaign. They manage and work with artists, graphic design staffs to complete projects. They work in advertising firms, fashion, film, television, publishing etc.
Starting Salary: INR 4.8 LPA
- Interpersonal skills
- Communication skills
- Creative vision
- Artistic capabilities
Photographers are hired as a freelancer or in a full time capacity in organizations to take photographs. Photographers also work in post production and edit pictures to make them media ready.
Starting Salary: INR 3.03 LPA
- Detail oriented
- Technical photography skills
A graphic designer works in the graphic arts industry to create creative visuals. They work with images, videos, motion graphics, typography to create new designs. They work with an organization’s needs and wants from project to project.
Starting Salary: INR 2.03 LPA
- Knowledge of photo editing software
- Creativity and innovation
- Attention to detail
- Time management skills
Animators, an in-demand job, work in television and film industries. They help animate movies, short films, advertisements etc. They work independently and also full time in organizations.
Starting Salary: INR 3.01 LPA
- Creativity and imagination
- Drawing and sketching skills
- Detail oriented
- Knowledge of graphics and animation softwares
A sculptor is hired to create sculptures out of materials like wood, clay, metals, stones etc. Sculptors work independently and are hired to create sculptures for museums, private homes, offices etc. Fine artists also create ceramics, 3d pieces etc.
Starting Salary: INR 4 LPA
- Flexibility and patience
- Ability to work independently
What Skills are Required in Fine Arts Courses?
To be successful in the fine arts industry, one needs to be skilled in one particular skill. Gaining a certificate or a degree in one skill makes the candidate stand out from other candidates and make them more marketable.
- A number of top institutes in India offering bachelors level or masters level programmes in fine arts have painting as a specialization.
- Candidates are taught from the basics of painting to advanced topics.
- An example of topics covered are modern art, impressionism, oil paintings etc.
Top Painting Courses
The top courses in fine arts painting are as below.
|BFA in Painting||Banaras Hindu University||4 years||INR 2,407|
|MFA in Painting||Banaras Hindu University||2 years||INR 4,620|
|MFA in Painting||Jamia Millia Islamia||2 years||INR 21,100|
Painting Course Syllabus
At the bachelors level of fine arts in painting courses, the following topics are generally covered in the syllabus.
- Drawing from full figure
- Head study
- Still life
- Pictorial compositions
- Drawing from antique
- Anatomy drawing
Painting Job Profiles
With a degree in painting, the following career paths are available.
- Painting Engineer
- Art Teacher
- Commercial Artist
Printmaking is the process of transferring images and pictures onto other surfaces. Printmaking is done with fabric, paper etc. There are various techniques to do using woodcut, lithography or engraving.
Top Printmaking Courses
The top courses in India in Printmaking are as below.
|BFA Printmaking||Jamia Millia Islamia||4 years||INR 21,100|
|MFA Printmaking||Jamia Millia Islamia||2 years||INR 21,100|
Printmaking Course Syllabus
The syllabus for MFA printmaking covers the following topics.
- Clay modeling
- Plate making
Printmaking Job Profiles
As a printmaking graduate, the following job profiles are available.
- Digital Print Operator
- Printing Press Operator
Sculpture in Fine Arts is an area of specialization where candidates are taught to create sculptures out of various materials. The techniques to create 2D and 3D models out of clay, wood, metal etc.
Top Sculpture Courses
In India currently, the following courses are popular for sculpture.
|BFA Sculpture||University of Pune||4 years||-|
|MFA in Pottery and Ceramics||Banaras Hindu University||2 years||INR 4,620|
Sculpture Course Syllabus
A BFA in sculpture syllabus typically covers the following subjects.
- Design 2D
- Design 3D
- Drawing from cast figure
Sculpture Job Profiles
In sculpture, the following job profiles are open to graduates.
- Art Teacher
- Interior Designer
- 3D Texturing Artist
- Clay Modeller
Fine Arts Courses Online Fees and Rating Comparison
Among all the various online fine arts courses, only some are worth the fees charged. A comparison of the best courses has been done below.
|Graphic Design Specialization||Coursera||6 months||4.7||Free enrolment|
|The Art and Science of Drawing Basic Skills||Udemy||4 hours 18 mins||4.7||INR 2,240|
|Photography Masterclass: A Complete Guide to Photography||Udemy||22 hours 33 mins||4.7||INR 9,600|
|The Ultimate Drawing Course – Beginner to Advanced||Udemy||11 hours 8 mins||4.5||INR 8,640|
|Print Production||Alison||3 hours||4.2||Free|
Comparison of Online Fine Arts Certificate Course Providers
In order to help candidates choose the best fine arts course available online, a comparison between the top two providers of online certificates has been done.
|Certificate Name||Graphic Design Specialization||The Art and Science of Drawing/ Basic Skills|
|Fees||Free Enrollment||INR 2,240|
|Duration||6 months||4 hours 18 mins|
Fine Arts Courses: FAQs
Ques. Can I learn Fine Arts courses Online?
Ans. There are various online certificates and diploma courses for fine arts. There are different specialisations too one can choose from.
Ques. Which is the Fine Arts Free Online Course in India?
Ans. Among the various options for fine arts courses in India, it is pertinent to choose the best. The top providers of fine arts courses in different specialisations are as below.
Ques. What is the duration of a Fine Arts Course?
Ans. The duration of a fine arts course depends on the course chosen. For certificates course, the duration is from a few hours to 6 months. For diploma and pg diploma courses it is 1 year and 2 years. While bachelors, masters and doctorate level courses are of the standard durations.
Ques. How much does it cost to do a Fine arts course?
Ans. The fees of a fine Arts course depends on the level of course one chooses. There are plenty of free certificate courses in fine arts. The average fees for all courses ranges up to INR 3 lac.
Ques. Should I go for a Fine arts weekend course or MBA or should I look for a job in the fine arts and learn from experience?
Ans. Having a degree in the chosen area of study is recommended for all candidates. It helps one stand out from the crowd and legitimise one’s passion for the field.
Ques. Is it worth pursuing a fine arts course?
Ans. It is definitely worth pursuing a fine arts course. If it is in an area of choice, it is even better. One can earn while doing what they love.
Ques. What is the average salary after completing a fine arts course?
Ans. The average salary depends on the experience level of the candidates and their skill set. On average for beginners the highest salary one can earn is INR 4 LPA as a sculptor.
Ques. Do I get a scholarship to pursue fine arts certifications?
Ans. Yes. Some institutes or certificate providers do have financial aid for their applicants.