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The master’s course always adds more value to your resume and can better your career growth as well. Here in this article, I am sharing with you the complete details about my career as a Master of Fine Arts. We will see the required eligibility criteria to pursue this course and what are career options available after the completion of the course. Let’s see the complete article below to get detailed information about this.

There are many courses available for fine arts. One has an option of Diploma course, Certificate courses, Undergraduate courses as well as the master’s degree course etc. Here we will only see the details about the Career as Master of Fine Arts and what are the career options available after the completion of the course etc.

What is Master of fine arts course:

If art has been your favourite part and you are doing excellent in this field and want o make your career where your interest lies then a Master in fine arts will prove to be your best choice. The duration of the course is 2 years and this course basically trains you well in the field of arts which includes art, photography, creative writing, graphic designing, acting, painting, ceramics and many more. After having specialisation in this field, you can grab the best high paying job because the demand for this field never goes down. 

This master in fine arts course is designed with the only motive to provide assistance to the candidate who is talented and are dedicated and passionate about the arts to enhance their skill in a particular field. If art has been your passion and you to make your career in this field then you must opt for MFA (Master in Fine Arts). It is the best course with lots of job opportunities. Let’s see the details about the required eligibility criteria for admission to this course.

MFA Eligibility Criteria:

In order to pursue this master course in fine arts, there is nothing much required in the eligibility criteria section. For admission, the candidates must match the following standards which are mentioned below:

  • The candidate must have Bachelor’s degree in fine arts.
  • Some institutions put the criteria of particular percentage in bachelor’s degree (normally 60%) to take the admission in Master of fine Arts.
  • The minimum age of the candidate must be 20 and maximum there is no limit. But the maximum age should be as per the Indian Education standard.

There is no relaxation for anyone regarding educational qualification. It will be the same for all. There may be some relaxation in marks for the OBC (Other Backward Classes), SC/ST (Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribes) etc. Let’s see the details about the Admission Process in the MFA.

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Admission Process MFA:

The admission in the course depends on colleges. Some colleges offer admission through the entrance exam. The entrance exam is conducted at the Institute-level. The admission is done through any of these following:

  • Merit-Based Admission
  • Entrance Exam
  • Direct Admission

So, whichever college you select for admission, check the admission process of that particular college. Now let’s see the Syllabus of the MFA.

Syllabus of Master of Fine Arts:

The Syllabus of the course may be a bit different as per the colleges, Universities or institutes etc. But overall it would be similar in nature. Some have divided these two years into four semesters while some colleges follow the annual pattern. Here is the detail about the master in fine arts syllabus:

Semester ISemester II
History of European Art-IHistory of European Art-II
Advertising Principles and PracticesAdvertising Principles and Practices-II
Occidental Aesthetics-I Occidental Aesthetics-II
Visualization/ Illustration/ Photography (Anyone)Visualization/ Illustration/ Photography (Anyone)
Creative Painting/ Mural Design/ Portrait/ Landscape (Anyone)Creative Painting/ Mural Design/ Portrait/ Landscape (Anyone)
Semester IIISemester IV
History of Modern Indian Art-IHistory of Modern Indian Art-II
Advertising (Principles and practices)- IIIAdvertising (Principles and practices)- IV
Oriental Aesthetics-IOriental Aesthetics-II
Visualization-III Illustration-III Photography-IIIVisualization-IV Illustration-IV Photography-IV 

Top Colleges for Master of Fine Arts:

There are many colleges, It is hard to mention the names of the top colleges. Here is the list of some top colleges that have done well in the past few years and are now known for this course. I have also mentioned the location and their fees structure. Well, we think knowledge here does not promote any colleges here. The names have been shared just to help the students.

College NameLocationAverage Fees
College of Arts, Delhi UniversityNew DelhiINR 46,600 
Faculty of Visual Arts, BHUVaranasiINR 5300
Faculty of Fine Arts, Jamia Millia IslamiaNew DelhiINR 20,800
Sir JJ Institute of Applied ArtsMumbaiINR 20,000
Dept. of Fine Arts, Kurukshetra UniversityThanesarINR 72,000
Vishwa Bharti University, Kala BhawanShantiniketanINR 11,360
Dept. of Fine Arts, AMUAligarh NA
Bhartiya Kala MahavidhyalayaPuneINR 1.15 Lakhs
Amity School of Fine ArtsNoidaINR 80,000

Fees Structure MFA:

The fees of a master in fine arts vary from college to college. Some colleges ask for more fees according to their facilities provided. Normally the fees of government colleges are comparatively less than private colleges, but getting admission to government colleges is quite tough due to competition. The fees for a Master in Fine Arts is 5,000 to 1 lakh, depending upon the institution.

Career in Master of Fine Arts:

The scope of a master in fine arts is good and you can earn respect, social recognition and also money in this field. The opportunities are increasing rapidly in various sectors like,

GRAPHIC DESIGNER: The job of the graphic designer is to assemble pictures and writing material and make a wonderful design to be published or printed on any electronic media.

COMMERCIAL ARTIST: The work of commercial artists is the same as graphic designers, they collect pictures and writing content and make unique designs for the publication on electronic media.

ART DIRECTOR: The art director basically monitors the team of creative designers. The art director works in the film industry, theatre, advertising industry and gaming industry.

ANIMATOR: The animators are very famous, they make the cartoon character in such a way that they seem alive. They put life in the character and bring it between us. The animators work in Television, gaming industry.

LECTURER: To become a lecturer and to teach in institutions, you must qualify UGC National eligibility test.

CREATIVE DIRECTOR: The creative directors were hired to head the creative team department of the company. They lead the creative team and organise them in such a way to accomplish the work in the given time. They lead various departments like the advertising department, marketing companies, working with artists, designers, copywriters, sales team and marketers.

Some of the other job opportunities after MFA (master in fine arts) are:

  • Content Writer
  • Actor
  • Film Director
  • Scrip Writer
  • Artist
  • Illustrator
  • Graphic Designer
  • Sculptor
  • Cinematography
  • Photographer
  • Music Producer
  • Teacher
  • Art Critic
  • Animator
  • Graphic Designer
  • Cartoonist
  • Theatre Artist
  • Painter
  • Interior Designer
  • Lyrists
  • Art Museum Technician
  • Digital Designer

Employment Area:

The various employment areas for degree holders of master in fine arts are:

  • Advertising companies
  • Boutiques
  • Art Studios
  • Theatres
  • Tailoring Shops
  • Fashion Houses
  • Education Institutions
  • Television Industry
  • Animation
  • Teaching
  • Textile Industry
  • Sculpture

Top Recruiters:

The top recruiters of MFA (master in fine arts0 graduates are:

  • SKETS Studio
  • Technicolor
  • Prime Focus
  • DQ Entertainment etc

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Salary after MFA Course:

The salary of master in fine arts graduates starts from 2 lakhs and maximum there is no limit, the salary varies from work to work, the salary increases with increasing experience and promotion. Those who work in advertising and publishing agencies attract more salary from others, that is the salary in this field is around 5 to 6 lakhs per annum. Those who have talent are professional in the particular field gets more salary. I hope you got the complete details about the Master of Fine Arts course.

FAQs For MFA Course

Is there any entrance exam for admission to MFA Course?

Well, the admission is done through the entrance exam or on a merit basis. There is no specific entrance for this course.

How much one can get after MFA Course?

The Salary depends on many factors, But after the completion of the MFA. A fresher can get somewhere between 2.5 lakhs per annum to 3.8 lakhs. The salary may be a bit more in foreign countries.

Can I pursue MFA after BSc?

Yes, One just to have done graduation in any stream. Well, there are some colleges that may require BFA for admission.


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Dasharath Maurya