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Courses after 12th for Arts Students

Author : Palak Khanna

Updated On : April 19, 2022


Arts deals with studies in the academic discipline that deal with the analysis of History, Political Science, Geography, Sociology, developing critical, and creative skills of the student and so much more. 

In recent years, we have seen a surge of female students opting Arts field as per the latest statistics. 

In 2019, a survey showed that 93.49 lakh students have enrolled in arts courses at the undergraduate level in India, making it the more popular course.

If you find yourself drawn to explore and acquire such versatile skills here are some amazing career opportunities. 

So, what are the career prospects for students in the Arts stream? Here’s a list curated to help you. 

List of Arts courses after 12th

Here’s a list of the top 10 best bachelor’s courses you can choose after the 12th. These are courses commonly chosen by students after passing class 12 in the Arts stream. 

Let’s dive into the list of courses and their details. 

  1. Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
  2. Integrated Law course (B.A + L.L.B.)
  3. Bachelor of Journalism and Mass Communication (B.J.M.)
  4. Bachelor of Fashion Design (B.F.D.)
  5. Bachelor of Hotel Management (B.H.M.)
  6. Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.)
  7. Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.)
  8. BHM in Hospitality & Travel
  9. B.Des
  10. Bachelor of Event Management

Now let’s check the eligibility, career prospects, entrance exams, and more for each of the courses mentioned above. 

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Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) is a 3-year undergraduate program offered in various specializations like French, English, German, Hindi, Spanish, Chinese/ Mandarin, Greek, Japanese, Latin, Political Science, Economics, History, Sociology, Philosophy, Archaeology, Religious Studies, Psychology, and Communication Studies. 

Eligibility requirement: 10+2 or equivalent from a recognized board with the minimum marks provided for your chosen program and university.

Entrance exams: DUET, BHU UET, JSAT, etc. 

Best colleges in India: 

  • Lady Shri Ram College for Women
  • Loyola College
  • St. Xavier's College
  • Christ University
  • Hindu College

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Integrated Law course (B.A + L.L.B.)

Bachelor of Law is offered for 3 years and the integrated program is offered for 5 years. These programs are offered in the following specializations like Law, Economics, Politics, Humanities, Criminology, Human Resource Management, Arts, Management, Accounting, Business Law, Social Policy, International Relations, and Education. 

Eligibility requirement: 10+2 or equivalent from a recognized board with the minimum marks provided for your chosen program and university.

Entrance exams: All India Bar Examination (AIBE), Common Law Admission Test (CLAT), Delhi University LLB Entrance Examination (DU LLB), Delhi University Entrance Test (DUET), All India Law Entrance Test (AILET)

Best colleges in India: 

  • NLSIU Bangalore - National Law School of India University, 
  • NLU Hyderabad - NALSAR University of Law
  • Jindal Global Law School, Sonipat
  • NLU Delhi - National Law University
  • Gujarat National Law University

Bachelor of Journalism and Mass Communication (B.J.M.)

This program is offered for 3 years for those interested to pursue their career in the fields of Journalism and communication. 

Eligibility requirement: 10+2 or equivalent from a recognized board with the minimum marks provided for your chosen program and university.

Entrance exams: MU OET, SET, IPU CET, WLCI AICET

Best colleges in India: 

  • Indian Institute Of Journalism And New Media, Bangalore
  • Symbiosis Institute Of Media And Communication, Pune
  • Lady Shri Ram College For Women, New Delhi
  • Christ College, Bangalore
  • School Of Communication, Manipal
  • Delhi College Of Arts And Commerce, New Delhi

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

BFD is a 3-4 year program offered to interested students in the specializations of Fashion Design, Fashion Communication, Textile Design.

Eligibility requirement: 

  • Passed Class 12 or equivalent with an aggregate of at least 50% marks from a recognized board. 
  • Candidates who have completed a Diploma in a related fashion specialization are also eligible to apply through direct admission to colleges.

Entrance Exams: NIFT, AIEED, CEED ,etc.

Best colleges in India: 

  • NIFT Delhi
  • NIFT Mumbai
  • NIFT Bangalore
  • Symbiosis Institute of Design
  • Parul University

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

Students who are interested to have a career in the field of hotel management can take up this course. 

This course is offered for 3 years to eligible students. This course is a merit or entrance exam based offering specializations in Forestry Management, Catering Technology, Hospitality Science, Hospitality Management, Political Science, etc. 

Eligibility requirement: 

  • Students must have cleared 10+2 with 50-60% which varies from college to college. 
  • The age limit for GN category students is 22 and 25 years for the reserved category. 

Entrance Exams: UPSEE, AIHMCT WAT, IIHM ECHAT, etc

Best colleges in India: 

  • Welcomgroup Graduate School of Hotel Administration [WGSHA], Manipal
  • Army Institute of Hotel Management and Catering Technology [AIHMCT], Bangalore
  • Bharati Vidyapeeth College of Hotel Management and Tourism Studies, [BVCHTMS] Navi Mumbai
  • Christ University

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Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.)

BBA is a common student taken by students of every stream. It offered for 3 years in specializations like International banking and insurance, Risk management, Investment banking, Treasury operations, projects, and Infrastructure. 

Eligibility requirement: 

  • Candidates must have passed their class 12th examinations from any stream and a recognized board in order to be eligible for the Bachelor of Business Administration course.
  • Candidates must have at least scored a minimum aggregate of 50% marks in 12th. Some premier colleges ask for 60% marks.
  • Candidates must be aged between 17 to 22 years for the general category, and 17 to 24 years for reserved categories.

Entrance exams: SET, DU JAT, IPMAT, CUET, AIMA UGAT, IPM Aptitude Test, NMIMS NPAT

Best colleges in India: 

  • All IIM’s
  • Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies, Delhi University
  • Keshav Mahavidyalaya, Delhi University
  • Deen Dayal Upadhyay College, Delhi University
  • Symbiosis Centre for Management Studies, Pune, Symbiosis International University

Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.)

Similar to BA courses, many students prefer to pursue their career in the Arts field choosing to study BFA. The course is offered for 3 years in various specializations like Applied Arts, Plastic Arts, Pottery & Ceramics, Textile Design, Music, Drama & Theatre, etc. 

Eligibility requirement: 

  • Class 12th with at least 50% is the minimum requirement.
  • English or Hindi must have been one of the core subjects in the candidate’s high school.

Entrance exams: BHU UET, UPSEE, AUCET, CUET, etc. T

Best colleges in India: 

  • Faculty of Visual Arts (Banaras Hindu University) - Varanasi
  • College of Art - Delhi
  • Visva-Bharati, Kala Bhavan (Institute of Fine Arts) - Santiniketan
  • Sir J J School of Art - Mumbai
  • Faculty of Fine Arts (Jamia Millia Islamia) - Delhi

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BHM in Hospitality & Travel

This course is offered for 3 years and interested students must satisfy the following criteria. 

Eligibility requirement: Candidates must have at least 50 percent aggregate marks in their Class 12 exams or should have studied English at their Class 12 level and secured passing marks in the subject.

Specializations: Finance, Human Resources, Sales & Marketing, Travel & Tourism Management, Hospital / Healthcare Management, HealthCare & Hospital, Front Office Management, HouseKeeping, Sports, Tourism Studies

Entrance exams: AIHMCT WAT, Christ University Entrance Test, UGAT and SPSAT

Best colleges in India: 

  • Christ University
  • Amity University, Noida
  • Techno Main Salt Lake
  • Jamia Millia Islamia [JMI]
  • Manipal Academy of Higher Education
  • Welcomgroup Graduate School of Hotel Administration, Manipal Academy of Higher Education
  • Graphic Era
  • V.M. Salgaocar Institute of International Hospitality Education
  • International School of Hospitality Management
  • UEI Global, Delhi


This course is offered at top universities and has several students appearing for its entrance exams every year. It is a 4 years course offered in the following specializations - Communication, Product Design, Communication Design, Industrial Design, Textile, and Apparel Design, etc

Eligibility requirement: 

  • You are eligible to take admission to a BDes course if you have graduated high school from a recognized educational board, through direct admission to colleges, or through various entrances and counseling afterward.
  • You can pursue BDes if you have completed your diploma course in design recognized by AICTE. The candidates, in this case, must have passed the entrance examination.

Entrance exams: NIFT, IICD, UCEED, etc.

Best colleges in India: 

  • NIFT Mumbai - National Institute of Fashion Technology
  • NID Ahmedabad - National Institute of Design
  • UID Ahmedabad - United world Institute of Design
  • Sharda University, Greater Noida
  • MIT Institute of Design, Pune

Check: Design As Career

Bachelor of Event Management

This is a newly introduced field having students admissions for 3 years of duration. Interested students must satisfy the following requirements. 

Eligibility requirement: 

Candidates who wish to secure admission in event management courses offered at colleges/universities at the UG level should have cleared their 10+2 from a recognized institute with a minimum aggregate of 45%. Most colleges also specify that candidates need to be fluent in Hindi as well as English if they wish to pursue event management courses.


Marketing Management, Advertising Campaign, Event Management

Entrance exams: Admissions are mainly offered based on merit 

Best colleges in India: 

  • National Institute of Event Management (NIEM), Ahmedabad
  • Indian School of Media, Mumbai
  • Primordial Centre of Excellence, Gurgaon
  • National Institute of Event Management (NIEM), Delhi

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I change stream after studying arts in 12th?

To take Integrated Law course (B.A + L.L.B.), what exam to write?

Is there entrance exam for Bachelor of Hotel Management (B.H.M.)

What is eligibility for BBA?

What is eligibility for BFA?

What eligibility requirement for BHM in Hospitality & Travel?

What is entrance exams for B.Des?


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