Posted on Monday, December 18, 2017
The Arts stream encompasses a variety of subjects and areas that have applications in various fields. Students have the option to select from the fine arts, performing arts and humanities.
Fine arts include painting, sculpture, textile design, etc. Performing arts focuses on music, theatre and dance. Humanities include a number of courses and subject combinations that allow students to explore several career profiles. Also, the trend in higher education is multi-disciplinarity that provides students a broader perspective.
Swarali Karulkar, who recently completed her Master of Science (MSc) in dance movement therapy as a part of the creative arts therapy programme from Pratt Institute, New York, says, “I wanted to pursue a course that combined my two passions – dance and psychology. This course was perfect for me; it is not restricted to performance and allows me to help people express themselves through movement. The course focuses on helping individuals with mental illness and/or physical disabilities. As a part of my programme, I have worked as a dance therapist with children on the autistic spectrum. I used dance movements as a medium to help them communicate and express their creativity.”
Students who wish to pursue humanities should have a keen interest in reading, should possess the ability to critically analyse what they read and should be able to write crisp reports, as the value lies in the ability to understand human situations from diverse perspectives of psychology, history, sociology and economic background.
Sangeeta Kohli, principal, SK Somaiya College of Arts, Science and Commerce, Mumbai, says, “Under humanities, specialisation at the undergraduate and postgraduate level can be done in subjects such as economics, psychology, political science, philosophy, sociology, history, geography, statistics, languages, and literature.”
It is no more considered a ‘soft’ option. According to AC Grayling, philosopher and founder of the New College of the Humanities, London, “The aim of an education in the humanities is to produce people who go on learning after their formal education has ceased.”
“Most of today’s students will have long working lives and will engage in several career changes, with many of those future careers offering challenges and invitations which we cannot currently anticipate. Preparedness for this is an essential outcome of education, and the study of humanities is well-equipped to provide it,” he said.
Pratibha Jain, a Mumbai-based counsellor, says, “Students from the humanities stream are valued for their skills in qualitative analysis, understanding of people and communities.” Many students of humanities join the creative industries such as journalism, advertising, films/television as script writers, translators, or think-tanks and academia, to name a few. Though more options are emerging with the advent of technology.
Economics combined with data or business analytics and logistics can offer job opportunities in the mutual fund industry, corporate and e-business. Students can also consider making a career in journalism with focus on finance, political economy or corporate news. Financial planning, actuarial science and teaching are also options available to students.
Psychology students can specialise in counselling, abnormal psychology, industrial psychology, etc. Students can also take up a job in the human resources sector. They can also conduct various programmes focusing on motivation, stress management and skill development. If interested in counselling, students can also cater to children with special needs. Students majoring in psychology can also practice as an independent counsellor, consultant and facilitator. Students of political science and history can pursue research, teaching, journalism or join the civil services.
Vijay D Pamarathi, who is currently pursuing a Master’s degree at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Hyderabad, says, “I had already completed a Master’s degree in mass communication and journalism. I felt a Master’s degree in public policy and governance would sharpen my skills and provide a stronger academic foundation for my profession. The curriculum focuses on economics, and explores various links between other disciplines such as sociology and political science. It focuses on building competence and understanding of policy analysis, processes, and challenges.” Pamarathi adds, “On completion, the career options are many from policy research, journalism to working with the government or with the corporates.”
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