What to do After 12th in Humanities/Arts?

Arts is the most underrated stream in our country. While this stream has the power to give the most talented students in professions ranging from languages to journalism to psychology, politics, and sociology, students opting for humanities are still looked upon in our society. But the reality is different. We are here to give you an insight into all the courses you can follow after completing your 12th in humanities/arts stream.

After 12th humanities

  • B.A:

    Although it sounds prevalent, the Bachelor of Art includes the study of humanities, social and cultural studies, languages and music. B.A. specialization courses are also available like B.A. Psychology, B.A. History, B.A. Archaeology, B.A. Economics, B.A. Journalism and Mass Communication, B.A. English, B.A. Hindi, B. A. in other languages (state wise), B.A. Sociology, B.A. Politics, B.A. Geography, B.A. Indian Culture, B.A. Social Work, B.A. Physical Education etc. So depending on your own interests, you can choose the path that you find right.

Duration of Course: 3 years
Admission Procedure: Entrance exam of various universities.
Application Form Submission: Varies for each college.
Eligibility: Minimum 50% marks in the secondary examination.
Top Institutes:
1. St. Stephens College (Delhi)
2. Hindu College (Delhi)
3. Panjab University (Chandigarh)
4. Miranda House (Delhi)
5. Christ University (Bangalore)

  • B.F.A.:

    Bachelor of Fine Arts includes the study of Visual or Performing arts. The research of visual arts focuses on subjects like painting, sculpture, photography, literature, animation, etc. On the other hand, the study of Performing Arts involves topics such as dance, theatre, and music. A Bachelor of Fine Arts degree often requires an area of specialization to be chosen by the candidate as per his/her interest. Depending on the candidate’s chosen specialty, BFA is typically a three to four-year duration course that can be pursued as a full-time, part-time, online or distance-learning programme.


A BFA course not only educates but reforms the skills of candidates to enable them to become artists in their chosen field. Career opportunities for fine arts graduates are ample wherein they can choose to be an art teacher, writer, fine artist, actor, art director, and a lot more. These days many students are opting for a career in Fine Arts not only to earn high remuneration but also to gain popularity and prestige.

Duration of Course: 3 to 4 years depending on the specialisation.
Admission Procedure: Entrance exam of various universities.
Application Form Submission: Varies for each college.
Eligibility: Minimum 50% marks in the secondary examination.
Top Institutes:
1. College of Art (Delhi)
2. Faculty of Visual Arts, BHU (Varanasi)
3. Faculty Of Fine Arts, Maharaja Sayajirao University Of Baroda (Vadodara)
4. Faculty Of Fine Arts, Jamia Milia Islamia (Delhi)
5. Government College of Fine Arts (Chennai)

  • Journalism and Mass Communication:

    Now a day’s immense growth is not only seen in the traditional field of media like print and electronic but also in online media. This has resulted in considerable demand for Mass Communication professionals. Film Studies, Client Servicing, Radio & Television Production, Ad Film-making are some of the specializations that you can choose in this course.

Duration of Course: 3 years
Admission Procedure: Entrance exam of various universities.
Application Form Submission: Varies for each college.
Eligibility: Minimum 50% marks in the secondary examination.
Top Institutes:
1. Symbiosis Institute of Media & Communication (Pune)
2. Xavier’s Institute of Communications (Mumbai)
3. AJ Kidwai Mass Communication Research Centre (Delhi)
4. Manipal School of Communication (Manipal)
5. Amity School of Communication (Noida)

  • Hotel Management:

    With the tourism sector of India going places these days, the Hospitality sector is also growing at a sharp pace. It trains students for various responsibilities that they have to take on in the hospitality sector. You get a chance to learn skills like Guest Service Management, Housekeeping Management, Kitchen Management, Communication Fundamentals, etc.

Duration of Course: 3 years
Admission Procedure: Entrance exam of various universities.
Application Form Submission: Varies for each college.
Eligibility: Minimum 50% marks in the secondary examination.
Top Institutes:
1. Institute of Hotel Management, Catering, and Nutrition (Pusa)
2. Welcomgroup Graduate School of Hotel Administration (Manipal)
3. Institute of Hotel Management, Catering, and Nutrition (Mumbai)
4. Institute of Hotel Management, Catering, and Nutrition (Bangalore)
5. Banrasidas Chandiwala Institute of Hotel Management and Catering Technology (Delhi)

  • Fashion Designing & Retail and Fashion Merchandise:

    Fashion Designing is a course for students who want to learn about the Elements of Textiles, Pattern Making, Fashion Studies, Design Management, Fashion Forecasting, etc.
    Retail and Fashion Merchandise course, as the name suggests, focuses on merchandising, marketing and selling of products. You get to learn concepts like the technology behind garment manufacturing, import & export procedures, retail management, etc.

Duration of Course: 4 years
Admission Procedure: Entrance exam of various universities.
Application Form Submission: Varies for each college.
Eligibility: Minimum 50% marks in the secondary examination.
Top Institutes:
1. National Institute of Fashion Technology, NIFT (Delhi)
2. National Institute of Fashion Technology, NIFT (Mumbai)
3. National Institute of Fashion Technology, NIFT (Bangalore)
4. National Institute of Fashion Technology, NIFT (Chennai)
5. Pearl Academy of Fashion (Delhi)

  • B.El.Ed.:

    The Bachelor of Elementary Education (B.El.Ed.) is designed to integrate the study of subject knowledge, human development, pedagogical knowledge, and communication skills. You learn subjects like Child Development, Human Relations and Development, School Planning and Education, etc. and help the coming generations get a better education.

Duration of Course: 4 years
Admission Procedure: Entrance exam of various universities.
Application Form Submission: Varies for each college.
Eligibility: Minimum 55% marks in the secondary examination.
Top Institutes:
1. Miranda House (Delhi)
2. Jesus and Mary College (Delhi)
3. Institute of Advanced Studies in Education (Sardarshahr)
4. Teerthankar Mahaveer University (Moradabad)
5. Invertis University (Bareilly)

Why Civil Services after Graduation in Humanities/Arts?

Students graduating with humanities or arts as their subject have a clear advantage over candidates coming from other backgrounds. The subject matter is identical to their previous studies, so it is comparatively easier to understand the concepts. UPSC Civil Services has a vast, comprehensive syllabus that requires thorough research. But the students with graduation in arts have already studied most of those subjects. Apart from this, this allows you to serve the country generously. As an IAS officer, you are a direct participant in the decision making the process of the government. You have the opportunity to design the policies for the betterment of society. So, take the step to prove you have what it takes to reach the highest bureaucratic post in India.

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