Vijay GargArts is the most versatile stream that students can opt for during their High school or Class 11 and Class 12. It is the stream that deals with a variety of subjects, disciplines and domains and thereby offers students a number of course options and career opportunities in the future. However, there is also a common misconception among the students and parents that only those students, who are academically not that bright and are unable to secure admission to Science or Commerce streams, choose Arts.This is a completely baseless and misplaced prejudice and doesn’t hold true when it comes to real world situation. Arts stream also has equal challenges and offers good opportunities to the students be it for further studies or career. In fact, for certain professional exams like UPSC Civil Services, the Arts stream subjects that you study during your high-school will help you build a strong foundation that can help you crack exams in the future.Key Sub-DomainsArts stream is the stream of opportunities. It is one stream in which students have the opportunity to pick the domain that appeal most to them. So, let’s look at some of the key sub-domains of the arts stream.HumanitiesHumanities is a vast field and defining it within a few words is very difficult. In general, humanities deal with the study and understanding of the ‘human condition’. It includes unearthing the historical background, understanding reasons behind the evolution of human behaviour, socio-cultural, economic and political systems in human society. This domain covers a vast array of subjects and the key among them include:History, Languages, Literature, Law, Philosophy, Religion, Performing Arts, Anthropology, Communication, Sociology, Psychology and Fine Arts.By definition, Fine Arts refer to an art form that is practiced solely for its aesthetic value and beauty. Fine Arts is a general umbrella term that includes Visual Arts, Performing Arts and Literary Arts. As a study stream, it refers to the development of creative skills and thought-process in all the three sub-domains mentioned above.Visual Arts: As the name suggests, visual arts is the field that is associated with development of visual art forms. It covers learning about famous artists and their works and understanding their motivation. In addition to these, it also involves developing one’s creative skills to create their own pieces of visual art i.e. drawing, painting, sculptures and others. The key sub-domains within visual arts stream include:Painting, Drawing, Sculpture, Photography, Conceptual arts, Architecture, Weaving, Fabrics and other Performing Arts.Performing Arts is also a sub-domain of the fine arts and involves development of performing arts skills in a student. The study of performing arts covers domains such as music, acting, dancing and theatre. Students will be involved in learning about the key techniques and skills required for performing arts. The key study domains within the performing arts stream include:Music,Theatre, Dance, Singing, Acting, Comedy, Direction, Choreography, Editing, Martial art and Literary Arts.As the name suggests, the literary arts deals with development of literary art works i.e., books and novels. Writing and story-telling are the key skills one focuses upon while studying literary arts. Nowadays, it also involves script writing for movies, advertisement and creative copy writing for ATL and BTL marketing campaigns. The key specialisations and domains in literary arts domain include:Poetry, Novel, Short stories, Epics and Writing.Scope of further studies in the Arts stream: Among the many factors that students need to consider while picking a stream after Class 10th; one of the most crucial one has to be the scope of further study. While the science and commerce streams have their key subjects as common; the case is quite different when it comes to Arts stream. For the Arts stream, the plethora of options available for further studies making it important for the students to pick right subjects during high-school level itself. For instance, someone looking forward to build their career in Cartography, it is important for them to select Geography as one of the electives during high-school. In addition to this, the Arts stream also offers a host courses and training programmes to the students. The key among them are mentioned below:Bachelor’s Degree CoursesBachelor of Arts / B.A is most popular undergraduate level course that is available to the students after completion of their high school. The course is offered in a variety of subjects which students can choose as per the career path they want to pursue. Generally, during first year of course, students have to pick three key subjects and during final year, one core subject has to be picked for specialisation. The popular Bachelor’s degree courses available for Arts stream students include:B.A in History, B.A in Geography, B.A in Political Science, B.A in Public Administration, B.A in English Literature and B.A in Economics.Technical Courses:Just because you picked the Arts stream doesn’t mean that you don’t get to tech oriented courses. There are a few technical courses also available for the Arts stream students at the undergraduate level which can put you on the path to building a bright career in technical domain. The key among them include:BCA – Bachelor of Computer ApplicationB.Arch – Bachelor of ArchitectureLaw Courses: If legal services and law is something that interests you, Law courses at undergraduate level would be an ideal choice for you as an Arts student. Generally, the eligibility to join an LLB programme is a graduate degree; however, nowadays students can opt for a 5 year integrated programmes in law. The key among them include:B.A + L.L.B – Bachelor of Arts & Bachelor of Legislative Law andBBA + L.L.B – Bachelor of Business Administration & Bachelor of Legislative LawManagement Courses: Management has been the buzzword as far as career planning and growth is concerned. For Arts stream students as well, there are a host of management programmes available after completion of Class 12. These include bachelor degree level programmes, integrated five year programmes and even short-term certification programmes. However, the most popular among them are: BBA (Bachelor of Business Administration)BMS (Bachelor of Management Studies)Integrated BBA + MBA program (5 years duration)BHM (Bachelor of Hotel Management) andRetail Management (Diploma).Fashion Design / Design Courses: Designing is a big career domain for arts students, especially for students who specialise in visual arts stream. Therefore, several undergraduate level courses in design stream are available to the students of the Arts stream. Apart from the full-time three-year gradation courses in design, students can also take up certification and diploma courses as well which are offered by different institutes. The popular among them include:Bachelor of Textile Design, Bachelor of Design (Accessory), Bachelor of Fashion Communication, Bachelor of Interior Designing, Bachelor of Product Design, Furniture and Interior Design course, Bachelor of Design (Leather) and Bachelor of Fashion Design and Technology.Performing Arts Courses: For those students who are interested in performing arts and want to build their career in it, there are a host of performing arts courses available after Class 12 Arts. These courses have been specifically designed to help gain necessary knowledge and develop essential skills. The most popular course in this domain is Bachelor in Performing Arts or BPA. Apart from these, short-term diploma and certificate level courses specific to respective performing arts is also provided by different institutes i.e., Certificate in Acting, Diploma in Script writing and Diploma in Dance, etc.
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