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Career Options After 12th Arts 2023 - Top 8 Courses Arts

Sep 5, 2023 27K Reads

Every year thousands of students pass out from the 12th boards from different streams. One mind-boggling question that riddles students is the college course they should take up after completing school education. Here in this blog, we have handpicked a few of the top courses that a student with humanities stream in grade 12tth can go for. 

Although often regarded by the majority as a stream having a limited scope of career growth and educational options, Arts and Humanities as a stream allows significant flexibility to students, allowing them to explore both mainstream career options and offbeat, up and coming areas of career. But choosing the right degree course after completion of one’s school education is crucial to shaping the career journey one wants to pursue ahead. 

In this blog, we have curated a few of the most demanded and most useful courses that a student from an Arts background can take up after completing class 12th. 

1) Bachelors of Arts (BA)

Bachelors of Arts is a three-year undergraduate program, divided into six different semesters, that can be pursued after the completion of Higher Secondary examinations, i.e. class 12th boards from the Arts and Humanities stream. The learning options for a course like B.A. are versatile and diverse, as students can choose the program depending upon their unique career journeys–one can go for an Honours course or a B.A. Program, both of which are of 3 years duration. Moreover, the modes for taking up a B.A. degree are numerous, ranging from regular physical mode to distance mode and online learning mode.  

With a B.A. Hons degree, students can pursue a specialisation subject for three years while with a B.A. Program, students can pursue a combination of subjects like English, Hindi, English, Economics, Political Science, History and many more. 

A Bachelors of Arts course can be a useful course for career development. Firstly, being a flexible degree, there are a number of modes through which students can take the course up. Modes like ODL and online learning allow the student to pursue the course while working alongside thus allowing skill development.

Apart from the option of working alongside course completion, the vast number of specialisations in which B.A. can be pursued, provides a vast scope for developing communication, linguistic, creative and other skills.

The job scope after completing a B.A. degree course are vast, depending upon the specialisation. These job domains are fairly compensated, ranging from INR 3 LPA to INR 7 LPA, depending upon job domain and experience. According to the statistics by PayScale, the average annual salary of a B.A. graduate is INR 4.7 lakhs. 

Source: Payscale

Top Universities/Colleges for BA:

  • University of Delhi 
  • Loyola College, Chennai 
  • Aligarh Muslim University
  • Banaras Hindu University
  • St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai 
  • Christ University, Bangalore 
  • Fergusson College, Pune 

Mentioned below are a few of the top Bachelors of Arts specialisations:

BA Political Science Online

BA Journalism

BA Animation

BA Social Science

BA Economics

BA Archaeology

BA English

BA French

BA History

BA Psychology

BA Geography

BA Travel and Tourism

BA Hindi

BA Sanskrit

BA Philosophy

BA Program

BA Linguistics 


Course details of B.A 


B.A (Hons or Program)


10+2 from any Recognized Board

Course Fee

INR 5,000- INR 3,50,000

Job Positions

Blogger, Content Writer, Teacher, Researcher, Analyst, Psychologist, Archaeologist etc. 

Average Salary Package

INR 3 LPA to 7 LPA

Admission Open In Online Mode

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2) Bachelors of Business Administration (BBA)

BBA is a three-year undergraduate professional degree program for management aspirants. It is one of the most popular courses in the corporate, financial, and management sectors. BBA is one of the most coveted and most pursued bachelor’s degree programs after completion of 12th boards from the Arts stream. This course is open to all the students from all the three streams such as, Arts, Commerce, and Science.

One of the prime factors contributing to the widespread popularity of a BBA degree is the vast range of appealing job opportunities in sectors like Marketing, Sales, Finance, Hospitality, Education, Healthcare etc. that can be taken up after course completion.

A few of the most pursued specialisations in a BBA program include Human Resource Management, Sales & Marketing, Finance, Economics, Operations, Supply Chain, Logistics Management etc. Students can select the specialization course as per their choice of interest to develop a successful career in that specific field. 

The jobs that a BBA graduate can take up after completing the course are quite highly paid and offer high scope for career development. The average salary for a BBA graduate can range from INR 4 LPA to INR 8 LPA. The scope of salary hike increases rapidly with experience. 

Source: Payscale

Top Universities/Colleges for BBA:

  • Christ University, Bangalore
  • Amity University, Noida 
  • Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies, DU
  • Symbiosis International University
  • Lovely Professional University (LPU)
  • NMIMS University 
  • Indian Institute of Management

Mentioned below are a few of the top specialisations in Bachelors of Business Administration (BBA):

BBA in Marketing

BBA in Computer Applications

BBA in Finance

BBA in Digital Marketing

BBA in Human Resource Management

BBA in Entrepreneurship

BBA in International Business

BBA in Logistics Management

BBA in Supply Chain 

BBA in Hospital & Healthcare 

Course details of BBA 


Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA)


10+2 from any recognized board with a minimum of 50% aggregate marks + Entrance Exam (Non-Mandatory)

Course Fees

INR 50,000 to INR 5 Lakhs

Job Positions

HR Manager, Project Manager, Analyst, Consultant, Sales & Marketing Manager, Financial Manager, Investment Banker etc. 

Average Salary Package


Admission Open In Online Mode

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3) B.A.+ LL.B (Integrated Law Course)

As the name of this course suggests (“integrated” law course) – this course offers dual degrees within one period of 5 years during which the student pursues the course. One of them is a B. A (Bachelors of Arts) and the other is an L.L.B (Bachelor of Legislative Law). It combines the study of two full-fledged courses into a single curriculum. The total duration of this course is 5 years, comprising of ten semesters. This degree is one of the most lucrative options for students who can afford a long-term commitment to the course and want to obtain dual degrees related to law.

The curriculum of this course is designed in such a way that it teaches the pertinent courses of both the domains of subjects such as Political Science, Economics, History, etc. with the legislative subjects like Company Law, Criminal Law, Human Rights, Law of Evidence, International Law, Environmental Law, Civil Procedure Code (CPC), etc. It is one of the coveted and well-compensated careers for an Art stream student to make a career of.

To pursue this course and career a student needs to qualify a national level or university level entrance test such as the CLAT (Common Law Admission Test), AILET (All India Law Entrance Test), DU LEE (Delhi University Law Entrance Exam) etc. 

The course has a good scope of career advancements after the period of 5 years. An average salary of INR 5 LPA to INR 7 LPA can be earned by a graduate in entry positions and initial years. The scope for career development is also large, both in and beyond India. Students can pursue jobs in a number of fields like corporate control, attorney, law consultant, criminal law etc. 

Source - Payscale

Top Universities/Colleges for BA + LLB:

  • Delhi University 
  • National Law University, Jodhpur
  • NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad, Telangana 
  • Army Institute of Law 
  • National Law Institute University, Bhopal
  • Banaras Hindu University 
  • Lloyd Law College
  • Aligarh Muslim University

Course details of BA + LLB


Bachelor of Arts & Bachelor of Legislative Law (BA + LLB) 


10+2 from any recognized board with a minimum of 50% aggregate marks 

Course Fees

INR 15,000 – INR 5 Lakhs

Job Positions

Legal Advisor, Legal Manager, Private Attorney, Legal officer, Advocate, Court Reporter etc.

Average Salary Package

INR 5 lakhs – INR 7 lakhs per annum

4) Bachelor of Fashion Design (B.F.D)

Bachelors of Fashion Design (B.F.D) or Bachelors in Designing (B.Des), Fashion Design is a three to four years undergraduate degree program that is divided into six to eight semesters depending upon total course duration. This course is designed for aspirants who want to venture into fashion designing after completing higher secondary education.

The course of the curriculum teaches the key concepts to students such as developing their own original designs in their respective selected specialization of designing such as, Footwear, Jewelry, Garments etc. Students from this field are exposed to international fashion, modern trends, contemporary to historical fashion and more during the period of the course.

Aspirants can also pursue related fashion and designing courses such as Bachelors 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 Leather Designing, etc. Some colleges have their own institutional entrance tests such as NIFT Entrance Exam, NID Entrance Exam, UCEED for students to seek admission to the course.

The career scope of the course is especially high in the contemporary decade, with options for career exploration in fields like fashion designing, luxury brand designing, luxury footwear etc. Average salaries of INR 3 LPA to INR 7 LPA can be earned in the initial stages of career development and fresher positions. 

 Source:  Payscale

Top Universities/Colleges for BA in Fashion Designing :

  • National Institute of Fashion Technology, New Delhi 
  • Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE) 
  • Pearl Academy, New Delhi 
  • Amity University, Noida

Course details of BA in Fashion Designing


Bachelor of Fashion and Designing


10+2 from any recognized board with a minimum of 50% aggregate marks

Course Fees

INR 50,000 – INR 3 Lakhs

Job Positions

Fashion Designer, Interior Designer, Fabric Analyzer, Stitching Expert, Sketch Designer, Exhibition Designer, Luxury Brand Designer etc.  

Average Salary Package


5) Bachelor of Journalism & Mass Communication (BJMC)

B.JMC or Bachelors of Journalism and Mass Communication is a three-year undergraduate degree course for students interested in pursuing a course in journalism and mass communication. Students belonging to any discipline or stream can pursue this course and make their career into the much coveted field of journalism and mass communication. The curriculum of this course includes the study of fields such as print journalism, radio production, television production, anchoring and hosting, media writing, copywriting, film studies, media law, ethics etc.

This course is for candidates who aspire to venture into fields like film-making and film studies, anchoring, news hosting and reporting, media writing, editing etc. The full fee for a BJMC course ranges from INR 50,000 to INR 3 lakhs for three years. Both public and private institutions offer the degree. 

Job scope for the course is also currently quite prosperous, with newer channels and mediums of journalism and mass communication coming up. Conventional job domains like  film-making and film studies, anchoring, news hosting and reporting, media writing, editing etc. already offer an appealing job CTC and up and coming fields like digital media writing, awareness campaigns and journalism, fashion journalism etc. are also well-paid. The average salary a BJMC graduate can earn at entry level positions ranges from INR 2 LPA to INR 6 LPA. 

Top Universities/Colleges for BA in Journalism:

  • Indian Institute of Mass Communication 
  • Asian College of Journalism, Chennai 
  • Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi 
  • Symbiosis Institute of Media & Communication, Pune.
  • University of Delhi 
  • Christ University, Bangalore

Course details of BJMC


Bachelor of Journalism & Mass Communication


10+2 from any recognized board with a minimum of 50% – 60% aggregate marks.

Course Fees

INR 50,000 to INR 3 Lakhs

Job Positions

News Writing, Anchor, Reporter, Journalist, Media Manager, Sub-Editor, Creative Director, Camera Person, Radio Jockey etc.

Average Salary Package


Admission Open In Online Mode

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7) Bachelor of Hotel Management (B.H.M)

Bachelor of Hotel Management is a 3-4 year undergraduate program designed for aspirants interested in venturing into the hospitality arena. The course exposes students to a number of subjects like Food Production, Food & Beverage Service, Front Office, Hotel Engineering, Housekeeping etc. to build their skills in the areas of food production and services, housekeeping, production, catering, etc. This is one of the perfect careers for those who are keen on the hospitality industry.

The average course fee for a B.H.M degree ranges from INR 1,50,000 to INR 5,00,000, varying as per the chosen institution. After completing this course, a student can get ample career opportunities to explore diverse job roles like Hotel Management, Event & Meeting Planning, Food Service Managing, Catering Officer, Food & Beverage Management/Inspection, etc. The average salary that a BJMC graduate can earn after completing the course ranges from INR 3 LPA to INR 5 LPA.

Top Universities/Colleges for BA in Hospitality Management:

  • Institute of Hotel Management, Catering & Nutrition, New Delhi 
  • AIMS Institute, Bengaluru 
  • Army Institute of Hotel Management and Catering Technology (AIHMCT), Bangalore
  • Institute of Hotel Management, Calcutta 
  • Institute of Hotel Management, Pusa 


Bachelor of Hospitality Management 


10+2 from any recognized board with a minimum of 50% – 60% aggregate marks. 

Course Fees

INR 1.5 Lakhs to INR 5 Lakhs 

Job Positions

Hotel and Resort Manager, Travel Counselor, Cruise Staff, Chef, Event Manager etc.

Average Salary Package


8) Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) is a 3-year degree course that can be an appealing option for higher education for students who are interested in artistic creations. BFA includes subjects like visual arts, fine arts or performing arts. Accordingly, a number of specialisations can be taken up by a BFA student such as music, theatre, film studies, drama, fine art, textile designing, sculpting etc.

The full fee for a BFA degree ranges from INR 30,000 to INR 3,00,000 and higher secondary graduates who qualify entrances like the CUET, UET, UPSEE, AUCET etc. can apply to the course. Both private and public sector institutions offer a BFA course to higher secondary graduates to pursue. 

Career development in fine arts provides a vast variety of options to students to explore. Being a creative field, its scope is continually growing, especially in India. The common career options include those like fine arts professorship, fine artist, graphic designing and animation, art direction etc. The average salaries that a fine arts graduate can earn can range from INR 3 LPA to INR 6 LPA. 

Top Universities/Colleges for BFA:

  • Amrita School of Arts and Sciences(ASAS), Kochi
  • Jawaharlal Nehru Architecture and Fine Arts University
  • Jamia Millia Islamia University
  • Delhi University, College of Art
  • Bangalore University(BU)


Bachelor of Fine Arts


10+2 from any recognized board with a minimum of 50% – 60% aggregate marks. 

Course Fees

INR 30,000 to INR 3 Lakhs 

Job Positions

Fine Artist, Fine Arts Professor, Graphic Designer, Animator, Sculptor, Art Director etc.

Average Salary Package


Diploma Options After Completing Class 12th in Arts Background

Some of the popular diploma courses that are pursued by students graduating grade 12th with humanities and arts stream have been listed below. 

Diploma in Film, Television, and Digital Video Production

Diploma in Multimedia 

Diploma in Hotel Management 

Diploma in Retail Management

Diploma in Public Relation and Corporate Communication

Diploma in Travel and Tourism 

Diploma in Education 

Diploma in Creative Writing

Diploma in Project Management

Diploma in Photography and Videography


In the detail of this blog, we have mentioned all the top career options available to class 12th graduate students from the Arts and Humanities streams. As listed in this blog, the courses and options available for students, both in terms of degrees and diplomas after completing school education can provide the scope for successful career development and subsequent escalation. Thus, the options of courses and careers for students from an Arts and Humanities background are vast and diverse. 

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

Candidates who belong from the Art orHumanities stream can explore jobs in domains related to fields like media, journalism, content and copywriting, editing, hospitality and hotel management, fine arts etc. Government jobs are also a highly appealing job domain to explore for students from an Arts background.

To enrol in a course related to Arts and Humanities, students must have completed their Higher Secondary education, i.e. qualified class 12th education with at least 50% to 60% aggregate marks in the qualifying examination. 

Yes, students who belong from any other streams can apply for art-based courses as well as job opportunities. 

Some of the top paying jobs for students from an Arts or Humanities background include civil services examinations, journalism, law and consultancy, fashion and hotel management.  

Some of the popular courses that students with an Arts background in class 12th can take up include integrated B.A.-LLB course. B.A. Hons, BFA, BHM etc.

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