MFA - MVA Master of Fine Arts

Fine Arts in terms of academics, is the study and creation of visual works of art. Visual works of Arts can be in the form of painting, sculpture, dance, theatre, architecture, photography etc. Master of Fine Arts is a Post Graduate Academic Degree in the field of Fine Arts. It is popularly known as MFA or MVA which is an abbreviated form of the Master of Fine Arts degree or Master of Visual Arts degree. Both are one and the same thing. Generally, under this course a candidate undergoes training by registering under any Lecturer, Reader or Professor under the guide-system or system of the institution. The emphasis of MVA program is on practical studio, prescribed theory subjects and research in selected fields.

Duration - MFA programs duration is 2 years.


  • For pursuing Fine Arts Degree in Fine Arts one requires to have acquired the BFA Degree from any recognized University.
  • Some Institutes allow candidates appearing for the final year degree examination to apply for the program, provided they are able to produce their mark sheets as per the stipulated time specified by the Institute.
  • Foreign students studying in Indian Universities are required to appear in the Common Entrance Test. Foreign students, who have already qualified from Indian universities, are required to submit their latest GMAT scores failing which their applications will not be considered. Those foreign students do not belong to either of the above categories, i.e. (i) and (ii), are supposed to submit their latest GMAT or TOEFL scores.

For a list of Fine Art School and Bachelor of Fine Arts Colleges in India, click on the link - https://targetstudy.com/institutions/institute/fine-arts/.

Fine Art Courses are also provided through Correspondence or Distance Education by various Institutions. Two amongst these are - School of Open Learning in Delhi University and Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), Delhi provide fine arts courses in correspondence.

Online Fine Arts Masters Degree

There are several Online Fine Arts Colleges which provide Online Fine Arts Degree. Students should have a Bachelors Degree in order to be eligible for the enrolment for the Masters Program in Fine Arts. There are several accredited schools and colleges offering Online Masters Program in Fine Arts. Enrolment specifications and admission requirements for the masters program vary from one institute to another.

Some of the Schools that offer Online Programs in Fine Arts are:

  • International academy of design and technology, Chicago.
  • Ashford University, Clinton.
  • American Inter continental University Online, Hoffman estates.
  • ICS Canada,Quebec.
  • Penn Foster Career School, Scranton.

In order to get detailed information, one can visit the respective websites of the Institutes mentioned above.

Master of Fine Arts Subjects

Master of Fine Arts Subjects vary depending upon one's choice of specialisation.

Master of Fine Arts Specialisations

  • Architecture.
  • Comics.
  • Conceptual Art.
  • Dance.
  • Music.
  • Illustration.
  • Painting and Drawing.
  • Photography.
  • Printmaking And Imaging.
  • Sculpture.
  • Theatre.

Who can and Who should pursue Master of Fine Arts Degree

  • Those who want to gain advanced skilled within the discipline and practice of the fine arts are the one's who should apply for this degree. Master of Fine Arts Degree is meant for those who want to inculcate creative talent, self confidence, perseverance, awareness of, and interest in the social environment and community needs, tastes, and customs would benefit most from the MFA degree.
  • MFA Fine Arts Degree is also meant for those artists who are all ready in the business environment and are willing to acquire the acumen which enables one to take responsibility as well as criticism, to appreciate economic constraints of clients, to communicate with clients and take interest in all types of assignments.

Advantages or Benefits of Master of Fine Arts Degree

  • After MVA, one can pursue, Ph.D. (Doctorate of Philosophy) degree.
  • Fine Arts Degree at Masters level hones individuals talent, motivation, interest and creates awareness of market for their creativity, experience and exposure.

Master of Fine Arts Jobs

Professionals in Fine Arts have many avenues open to them depending on their talent, personality and perseverance. Graphic Arts Specialists help out in Typography. Artists may design stamps for Postal Departments and also Travel Brochures for Transport and Tourism Industry. After completing M.F.A. / M.V.A. one can join in government or private colleges as Lecturers/ Reader/Professors. One can also be independent Artist or be Self Employed.

Employment Areas

  • Art Critic.
  • Art Consultant.
  • Art Studios.
  • Advertising Companies.
  • Animation Companies.
  • Boutiques.
  • Cartoon Carping
  • Comics.
  • Educational Institutes.
  • Fashion Houses.
  • Music Companies.
  • Publishing Houses.
  • Tourism Industry.
  • Tailoring Shops.
  • Television Industry.
  • Theatres.
  • Web Designing Companies.

Job Types

  • 3d Artist.
  • Art Critic.
  • Art Restorers
  • Art Teacher.
  • Animator.
  • Art Director.
  • Creative Director.
  • Drawing Teacher.
  • Editor.
  • Furniture Designer.
  • Freelance Workers.
  • Graphic Artist / Designer.
  • Gemologist.
  • Jewellery Designers.
  • Musicians.
  • Music Teacher.
  • Photographer
  • Production Artist.
  • Professor.
  • Senior Graphic Designer.
  • Sr. Art Director.
  • Set Designer.
  • Teacher (Art, Music, Theatre).
  • Theatre Director.
  • Writer.
Bachelor Degrees
Bachelor of Agriculture (B.Sc. (Agriculture))
Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.)
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine & Surgery (B.A.M.S.)
Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.)
Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com.)
Bachelor of Computer Applications (B.C.A.)
Bachelor of Computer Science (B.Sc. (Computer Science))
Bachelor of Dental Surgery (B.D.S.)
Bachelor of Design (B.Des. - B.D.)
Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.)
Bachelor of Engineering - Bachelor of Technology (B.E./B.Tech.)
Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA - BVA)
Bachelor of Fisheries Science (B.F.Sc. - B.Sc. (Fisheries))
Bachelor of Home Science (B.A. - B.Sc. (Home Science))
Bachelor of Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery (B.H.M.S.)
Bachelor of Laws (L.L.B.)
Bachelor of Library Science (B.Lib. - B.Lib.Sc.)
Bachelor of Mass Communications (B.M.C. - B.M.M.)
Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (M.B.B.S.)
Bachelor of Nursing (B.Sc. (Nursing))
Bachelor of Pharmacy (B.Pharm.)
Bachelor of Physical Education (B.P.Ed.)
Bachelor of Physiotherapy (B.P.T.)
Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)
Bachelor of Social Work (BSW or B.A. (SW))
Bachelor of Veterinary Science & Animal Husbandry (B.V.Sc.)
Master Degrees
Doctor of Medicine (M.D.)
Doctor of Medicine in Homoeopathy (M.D. (Homoeopathy))
Master in Home Science (M.A. - M.Sc. (Home Science))
Master of Architecture (M.Arch.)
Master of Arts (M.A.)
Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)
Master of Chirurgiae (M.Ch.)
Master of Commerce (M.Com.)
Master of Computer Applications (M.C.A.)
Master of Dental Surgery (M.D.S.)
Master of Design (M.Des. - M.Design.)
Master of Education (M.Ed.)
Master of Engineering - Master of Technology (M.E./M.Tech.)
Master of Fine Arts (MFA - MVA)
Master of Fishery Science (M.F.Sc. - M.Sc. (Fisheries))
Master of Laws (L.L.M.)
Master of Library Science (M.Lib. - M.Lib.Sc.)
Master of Mass Communications (M.M.C - M.M.M.)
Master of Pharmacy (M.Pharm)
Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.)
Master of Physical Education (M.P.Ed. - M.P.E.)
Master of Physiotherapy (M.P.T.)
Master of Science (M.Sc.)
Master of Science in Agriculture (M.Sc. (Agriculture))
Master of Social Work (M.S.W. or M.A. (SW))
Master of Surgery (M.S.)
Master of Veterinary Science (M.V.Sc.)
Doctorate Degrees
Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D)
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Doctorate of Medicine (D.M.)
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