Is It The Perfect Career for You?

If you are creatively inclined with an active imagination and blessed with artistic skills, Fine Arts is a great career choice for you. Fine Arts broadly represents various art forms like pottery making, painting, music, drama, sculpting, mural and ceramic design, and dance.

Until recently, Fine Arts wasn’t considered a part of mainstream education and career in our country. It wasn’t a high paying career option either. With the professional studies costing a leg and an arm, more and more people are increasingly becoming aware of alternative career opportunities in lesser known fields. Fine Arts has slowly graduated from being an indulgence or a hobby to a professional career choice.

You have the option of turning your extra-curricular activity or hobby into a successful career by pursuing further studies in any of the performing arts such as dance and theatre that claims your interest. There is a significant increase in the number of people opting for a career in Fine Arts in pursuit of prestige, fame, and high remuneration.

A course in Fine Arts centers on art as a form and focuses on conceptualizing and creating things based on the aesthetics of an object rather than its utilitarian value. This conventional art form has evolved over time into a profitable commercial venture hugely based on one’s expression of art through (various) media outlets available to us. Beside auditory arts like music, visual arts such as ceramic & glass design, crafts, filmmaking, graphic painting, industrial design, printmaking, sculpture, textile designing, photography & videography, mural painting, metal work, interior decoration and design are also exciting options for a career in Fine Arts.

Fine Arts is now part of a curriculum in most of the schools and colleges thereby encouraging students to look at it as a viable career option. A degree in Fine Arts opens up a large spectrum of job opportunities ranging from being self employed to holding high positions of regard in large art houses and Studios as Art Specialists and Evaluators. Your remuneration is hugely dependent on your talent and skills.

Industry Snapshot

The Indian Art market has just about begun its journey along the long winding road but is chugging along steadily gaining steam. Its market share in the global market is less than 1 per cent. It is interesting to note that while the global market has only doubled in the span of nine years, the Indian Arts sector has grown 20 times during the same time period. The growth potential of the Indian fine arts industry is humongous and is steadily finding its pride of place in the global market.

In the recent years, the emergence of a museum-going culture in the country along with the rapidly expanding base of high income individuals and of Indian organizations have been driving the market growth of the Fine Arts industry in India. If you are creative by nature and artistically inclined with skills and talent to match, there is no dearth of career opportunities in Fine Arts.

Nature of Work

The work in any fine arts industry can be majorly divided into three main streams:

Whatever your chosen field is, you can easily bring it to the categories mentioned below, though the nature of work will differ with the kind of association that you have chosen and the industry type that you have opted to pursue your career in.

  • Individual working as a freelancer: You will be preparing your work and then selling it to the client's industry or anyone internationally. There is no time schedule, you are your own boss, but you have to be self motivated to continue your career in the industry. If you lose the rhythm, you will fade off and there will be someone else taking your market share.
  • Working with organizations: There are timings, rules and regulations which you will have to adhere to. But the completion of assigned tasks is vital, for which you may have to present in the office for 48-72 hrs till the work gets completed. Fine Arts are no easy work.
  • Work on the project / assignment basis: You will be associated with any company on the basis of the projects they have, then you can associate yourself with another client again. In this while you have a project you are working same like in the organization. But in case you don’t have a project in hand, then you will have to try harder to get a project and meanwhile maybe you can work as a freelancer during that time period to keep enhancing your skills.

Skills Required

A Fine Arts degree also provides you with transferable skills that are valued by many employers. These include:

  • Individual ideas and ability to collaborate with others.
  • Strong observation, research and analytical skills.
  • Creativity
  • Expressive and good communicator.
  • Patience and determination.
  • Ability to learn from criticism and be commercial in approach.
  • Openness to new influences and concepts.

Different Disciplines of Literature/Arts

Fine Arts are broadly divided into 4 disciplines, which further have the following list of disciplines:

Auditory Arts

  • Music 

Education

  • Art Education
  • Art History 

Performance Arts

  • Dance
  • Performing Arts
  • Theatre Arts 

Visual Arts 

  • Applied Art
  • Ceramic & Glass Design
  • Crafts
  • Creative Painting
  • Drawing & Painting
  • Film-making
  • Graphic Painting
  • Industrial Design
  • Interior Decoration
  • Interior Design
  • Metal work
  • Mural Painting
  • Photography & Videography
  • Portrait Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Textile Designing

Education

Fine Arts graduates can pursue a number of Fine Arts careers as a result of their education. A Fine Arts education is by nature broad and diverse, rather than narrow and specialized. Fine Arts graduates are highly sought after because their broad education base has helped them shape their inquiring minds, which in turn  can help employers evaluate conflicting points of view during their business operations.

After 10th

After 10th standard, students should opt for the right subject combinations offered in their school. The Arts group subjects are History, Geography, English Literature, Economics, Political Science, Sociology and Psychology and so on. Students looking at the Fine Arts as a career should also opt for Music, Drama or Arts as one of the subjects if the board gives them the opportunity. They can also go for Diploma courses after 10th and private coaching in the area of interest would always help enhance their skills. Taking elementary exams conducted by the state board in creating Art is always an advantage while seeking admission to such courses.

After 12th

After 12th, one can pursue Bachelor of Fine Arts or Bachelor’s degree in Music or Performing Arts.  Often, a master’s degree or Diploma in Liberal Arts will be needed for specialization to get a higher paying job.

In order to apply for Bachelor’s Courses in Fine Arts, i.e. B.A (Fine Arts), BFA the candidate must have passed their higher secondary education (10+2). The general course duration for UG courses in Fine Arts is for three to four years.

For someone who is interested in applying for Master’s Courses in Fine Arts, needs to have passed their graduation in Fine Arts. The PG courses last for two years. Many colleges and universities offer bachelors and masters degrees in Fine Arts. In addition to Studio Art and Art History, programs may include core subjects, such as English, Social Science, and Natural Science.

Independent schools of Art & Design also offer post secondary training, which can lead to a certificate in an Art-related specialty or to an associate’s, bachelors, or master’s degree in Fine Arts. Education gives artists an opportunity to develop their portfolio, which is a collection of an artist’s work that demonstrates his/her styles and abilities. Portfolios are essential, because Art directors, Clients, and others look at them when deciding whether to hire the artist or to buy their work.

Those who want to teach Fine Arts at public, elementary or secondary schools usually must have a teaching certificate in addition to a bachelor's degree. Advanced degrees in Fine Arts or Arts administration are usually necessary for management or administrative positions in government, management positions in private foundations, and teaching positions in colleges and universities.

Career Prospects & Job Opportunities

Art students have a large spectrum of options in front of them, ranging from working in art studios and advertising companies, to working in publishing houses, fashion houses etc. A number of artists choose to be freelance workers. This allows for variety in their projects. Other related careers are Teaching, Direction, Photography, Television, Clothing & Fashion, as Art directors for magazines, on-line services, software companies, publishing houses, manufacturers, advertising promotion and product design. About half of all Craft and Fine Artists are self-employed. Others are employed in various private sector industries or in the government sector. Some Artists work in museums or art galleries as Art directors or as Archivists, Curators, or Museum workers, planning and setting up exhibits. Others teach a craft or art classes or conduct workshops in schools or in their own studios.

Angels and Demons

Pros

  • One who is famous earns huge money.
  • Some of the professions till today are done excellently without formal education.
  • Many options to earn money from working with a firm till freelancing.
  • You can work from any place in the world.

Cons

  • Many people are not able to strategize themselves properly in the market.
  • Not every creative person is able to make huge money.
  • Hard work can be futile if not converted to money.
  • Failure can be frustrating.

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