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Master of Fine Arts [MFA] - Course Overview




    2 YEARS


    Fine Arts


    Post Graduation

Updated On - December 3rd 2018

Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Top Colleges, Syllabus, Scope and Salary

MFA is a postgraduate course in the study of visual and performing arts. A candidate has to be a Bachelor of Fine Arts from a recognised university in order to be eligible for this course. 

Top Institutes offering MFA degree are:

Masters of Fine Arts is a two year program and some colleges offer the course with a specialisation or give the candidate the freedom to choose a specialisation while doing the course. The course is completed over the duration of four semesters.  The mode of admission is either through Entrance Examination or on the merit marks in qualifying examination followed by a personal interview.

The average tuition fee for the entire course ranges between INR 75,000 to 1.5 lakh.

MFA degree graduate can obtain jobs in sectors like Graphic Designing, Electronic/ Print Media, Art directing, and Consultancy and can work as Graphic Designer, Illustrator, Art designer, Design Consultant, and Production Manager. A fresh graduate of this course can expect an average annual salary of INR 1 to 2.5 lakh.

About MFA Degree

Fine Arts is a course in visual arts and designing. Fine Arts often studies the importance, applications of Arts and its aesthetic values. It is a term which covers multiple disciplines under it. The course imparts knowledge and skills of visual and performing arts which would help students make a stunning career in the art and craft industry and contribute further contribute in the art and culture of the country. 

Who should opt for MFA?

Anyone with creative mind and soul, who love colors and art should go for this course without any second thoughts. Person who is interested in learning new techniques and ways to play with paper and pencil, this is the field for him/her.

MFA Degree: Specialization

As stated earlier, the term ‘fine arts’ covers up many specialisations. Some of the specialities of Fine Arts are as follows:

  • Acting, Theater and Stage management
  • Ceramics
  • Computer animation, animation and graphic design
  • Creative writing and Dramatic writing
  • Drawing and Illustration
  • Painting and Sculpture
  • Photography
  • Interior design


This course is completed over the duration of two years. Since the course follows a semester system over annual mode, the duration of the course is divided into four semesters like in Patna University, Patna, Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, Aurangabad and Amity University, Lucknow.

MFA Degree: Where to study?

Masters of Fine Arts is a rare course in India and is found in limited Arts College that offer Master’s program. The top colleges for Master of Fine Arts are as follows:

Name of College


Patna University


Maharshi Dayanand University


Aligarh Muslim University


Savitribai Phule Pune University


Amity University


Bundelkhand University


Mangalayatan University


Academic Options after MFA Degree

After this Masters course, interested students can also pursue a Ph.D. in Fine Arts from colleges like Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapith, Varanasi, Lovely Professional University, Jalandhar, Mangalayatan University, Aligarh.

How to Get Admission in Master of Fine Arts [MFA]

Admission to the programme is based on Entrance Exam and/or Merit marks in qualifying examination followed by a personal interview. Few colleges taking Entrance Exam for Fine Arts are Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapith, Varanasi and Aligarh Muslim University

AMUET: Aligarh Muslim University Entrance Test application forms are available in the months of April and May. While the Entrance Exam and the process that follows take place in the month of June. Application forms are available offline and have to be collected from the college.

Entrance Exam

The exam consists of two papers: Theory and Practical. The theory paper consists of 60 questions consisting of both of objective and descriptive questions.

This entrance exam will be of 4 ¼ hours.

There is no negative marking for the exam.

Students appearing for this course will be assessed on the following topics in the question paper:

Topics for Exam

History of Art


Indian Aesthetics


Western Aesthetics


Communication and English comprehension


Drawing from Life

Selection Process

The final selection of the candidate will be made keeping in mind the score acquired by the candidate in Entrance Exam and personal interview.  

If the entrance is through Entrance exam and academic record then the weightage is 70% and 30% respectively.



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