Master of Arts [MA] (Fine Arts) - Course Overview




    2 YEARS


    Fine Arts


    Post Graduation

    Master of Arts in Fine Arts Eligibility, Top Colleges, Syllabus, Duration, Salary

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    MA Fine Arts is a 2- year postgraduate degree program, the minimum eligibility of which is Bachelor degree from a recognized school board or its equivalent exam.

    Some of the top colleges and institutes which provide admission to MA Fine Arts are as follows:

    The average tuition fee charged for the course in India ranges between INR 1,000 to 2 lacs, for a span of 2 years.

    This program is designed to help candidates refine their skills and abilities and unite their knowledge in artistic creation.  Other than artistic development on an individual premise, candidates will be urged to carry out independent research in their selected medium or topic through critiques and seminars. 

    Admission to M.A. Fine Arts is based on candidate’s performance in a relevant entrance exam and subsequent rounds.

    This course aims at providing candidates with a theoretical establishment important for their artistic creation through examining Chinese traditional art concepts and their characteristics on the basis of textual materials and works of art.

    Such postgraduates are hired in capacities such as Art Teacher, Musicians, Music Teacher, Art Director, Graphic Artist/Designer, Photographer, Creative Director, Drawing Teacher, Art Restorer, Senior Graphic Designer, Art Critic Grafter & Writer, and Animator etc. MA Fine Arts course postgraduate can expect an average salary of INR 2 to 8 Lacs per annum.

    MA Fine Arts: Course Highlights

    Given below are some of the main highlights of the course

    Course LevelPost Graduate
    Duration of the Course2 years
    Examination TypeSemester and Annual
    Admission ProcessEntrance exam and Merit Based
    Average Course FeeINR 1000 to 2 lacs
    Average Starting SalaryINR 2 to 8 lacs
    Top Recruiting CompaniesTimes of India, Colors TV, New York Academy, ITech Mass, EXL, IT Jack, Eggfirst Advertising Pvt Ltd., Octane Technologies, BIPA, CATPLTD, Inbound Mantra, Epica, Flintobox, Oodio Studio, Kamani Auditorium, Lok Kala Manch, Tagore Hall, India Habitat Centre, Shri Ram Centre of Performing Arts, Aiwan-e-Ghalib Auditorium, Siri Fort Auditorium, Mavalankar Auditorium etc.
    Top Job AreasTheatres, Animation Companies, Tailoring Shops, Publishing Houses, Music Companies, Fashion Houses, Educational Institutes, Advertising Companies, Television Industry, Art Studios & Art Consultant, Tourism Industry, Art Criticism Comics etc.
    Top Job PositionsArt Teacher, Musicians, Music Teacher, Art Director, Graphic Artist/Designer, Photographer, Creative Director, Drawing Teacher, Art Restorer, Senior Graphic Designer, Art Critic Grafter & Writer, Animator etc.

    MA Fine Arts: What is it all about?

    MA Fine Arts course plans to give a platform for the development of individual art practices through their skills and experience, the teaching staff will give support to candidates peer groups and, through encouraging important debate and offering practical help and advice, energize the development of personal tasks.

    MA Fine Arts is the practice of Contemporary Art; fields of specialization include sculpture, painting, Chinese painting, mixed media, and calligraphy. The course is comprised of components in Culture Theory, Art History, and Studio.

    This is a postgraduate-level degree in arts, with particular concentrations in the field such as filmmaking, creative writing, photography, performing arts and visual arts. Some focuses are separated significantly further. Such as, creative writing candidates can focus on poetry, fiction, or nonfiction, and visual artists can work particularly in painting, drawing, photography, and sculpture. Candidates practice their methods and gain academic skills in art movements, theory, and history.

    Those candidates who are interested in Fine Arts and have solid observational and systematic or analytical skills, offering opinions on your own projects are most appropriate for this program. Those candidates who are willing to go for teaching jobs in colleges and universities either private and government institutions are also a good match for it.

    M.A. in Fine Arts help candidates to go for Fine Arts programmes either state and center level, for example, the creative arts that include crafts, advertising, cultural heritage, music, design, literary performing and visual arts. On the other hand, it prepares them for higher degree programs in separate subjects, for example, M.Phil.

    MA Fine Arts: Top Institutes

    Given below are some of the top institutes in India that offer the course

    Basanthali UniversityJaipurINR 54,500
    Chhatrapati Shahu Ji Maharaj UniversityKanpurINR 8,000
    Government Maharani Laxmi Bai Girls PG CollegeIndoreINR 1,130
    J.V. Jain CollegeSaharanpurINR 2,610
    Kanoria PG Mahila MahavidyalayaJaipurINR 6,000
    Atal Bihari Vajpayee Hindi VishwavidyalayaBhopalINR 8,100
    Queen Mary’s CollegeChennaiINR 590
    Sai Nath UniversityRanchiINR 9,000
    Amity UniversityLucknowINR 1,84,000
    Patna UniversityPatnaINR 7,400
    DR Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada UniversityAurangabadINR 9,200
    Stella Maris CollegeChennaiINR 477

    MA Fine Arts: Eligibility

    The candidates must have to complete their B.A. degree under any recognized College or University. The marks of entrance test and admission for this course may vary from college to college.

    Graduation and a bachelors degree obtained through the 10+2+3 system or an equivalent qualification with a minimum aggregate of 50% or equivalent CGPA of any of the Universities incorporated by an act of the central or state legislature in India. A Relaxation of 5% aggregate is there for SC/ST candidates.

    MA Fine Arts: Admission Process

    The admission into M.A Fine Arts course depends upon the merit of entrance test. The entrance test is conducted by institutes and is based on English and Fine Arts. During the admission process, candidate’s age and caste statuses are taken into consideration.

    Following are some entrance exam that is conducted by some of the MA Fine Arts colleges in India:

    • University of Hyderabad Entrance Test
    • University of Delhi Entrance Test
    • Aligarh Muslim University Entrance Exam
    • Kurukshetra University Entrance Test
    • Amity University Entrance Test
    • International Institute of Fine Arts Entrance Test

    MA Fine Arts: Syllabus and Course Description

    A semester- wise breakup of the course’s syllabus is tabulated below

    Semester ISemester II
    History of Indian ArchitecturePrinciples and Sources of Art
    History of Indian Painting and SculptureHistory of Indian Painting
    (B: Practical) Drawing and Painting(B: Practical) Drawing and Painting
    Drawing and PaintingDrawing and Painting
    Semester IIISemester IV
    History of Western Art from early times to ca. 1400 ADHistory of Modern Movements in Art in Europe and U.S.A.
     History of Western Art from ca. 1400 A.D. to ca. 1850 A.D.History of Modern Movements in Art in India
    (B: Practical) Drawing and Painting(B: Practical) Drawing and Painting
    Drawing and PaintingDrawing and Painting

    MA Fine Arts: Career Prospects

    After finishing post-graduation, candidates have an option to work as an artist in government offices, art teacher or photographer.

    Candidates may also begin their career as a freelance worker and go for direction, television, photography, and fashion. Candidates may also pursue careers in architecture, academia, and the film industry.

    Candidates additionally can join creative departments of advertising agencies, magazines and newspapers in the textile industry or publishing houses. Degree holders can also apply for mainstream graduate training and jobs in a wide verity of industries, such as art gallery, banking, media, insurance and public relations.

    Master of Arts (M.A.) in Fine Arts annual salary
    Art TeacherArt teacher is responsible for teaching students drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, photography and ceramics. They teach the practical skills and theory of various art forms.INR 270,000
    PhotographerPhotographers use their technical skills, expertise, creativity, and composition ability to deliver and preserve images that visually tell a story or record an event.INR 345,727
    AnimatorAnimator is responsible for creating animation and visual effects for television, video games, movies and other media.INR 353,173
    IllustratorsAs an illustrator, one could draw illustrations for books, periodicals, advertisements or merchandise, like calendars and greeting cards. You might also use a digital format to draw backgrounds for video games.367,000
    Graphic designerGraphic designers create and edit visuals, typically in graphic design software like Adobe InDesign.3-5 Lakh

    Master of Arts [MA] (Fine Arts) Fee Structure in India

    4.18 K (Minimum Fee)PUBLIC COLLEGES1.35 L (Maximum Fee)
    40.01 K (Average Fee)
    7.1 K (Minimum Fee)PRIVATE COLLEGES6 L (Maximum Fee)
    81.92 K (Average Fee)

    Master of Arts [MA] (Fine Arts) Fee Structure by State


    15.9 KPUBLIC COLLEGES80.63 K
    40.18 K
    47.87 K


    36.98 K
    38.38 K



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