Careers after class 12: Performing Arts

Industry: Performing Arts

What is Performing Arts?

Performing arts refer to creative activities aimed towards an audience such as music, dance and drama. Performing arts, an expression of the artists’ emotions and feelings, include numerous cultural expressions reflecting human creativity and heritage performed in front of a live audience. Performances may be organized in purpose-built buildings such as operas and theatres or in open-air venues such as street-performances and circuses. Performing arts are a diverse artistic form ranging from vocal and instrumental music, dance and theatre to pantomimes, sung verses etc.

Job Description

  • Responsibilities of a performing artist include engaging in public performances through live or pre-recorded shows, presentations and exhibitions
  • Interpret music/dance and convey emotion to tell a story using vocals, instruments and body movements
  • Read scripts and memorize lines, musical notes and dance choreographies
  • Attend rehearsals with other performing members and interpret criticism from the director

Eligibility and Courses
Class 12

Any stream (Arts/Commerce/Science) 

Under Graduate Courses

  • Bachelor or Performing Arts (B.P.A.)
  • B.A. in Performing Arts
  • B.A. in Music | Dance | Painting
  • Diploma in Music | Dance | Painting

Career Profiles

Career Profiles Performing Arts

Top Institutes for Performing Arts courses

1. Hindu College, New Delhi

Value for Money- 4.8/5

Bachelor Courses- B.A. (Hons.) in Music

Tenure- 3 years


2. Sastra (Deemed to be University), Thanjavur

Value for Money- 4.4/5

Bachelor Courses- B.A. in Dance

Tenure- 3 years


3. Chandigarh University, Punjab

Value for Money- 4/5

Bachelor Courses- Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)

Tenure- 4 years


4. Christ University, Bengaluru

Value for Money- 4/5

Bachelor Courses- B.A. in Performing Arts, English, Psychology

Tenure- 3 years


5. NIMS University, Jaipur

Value for Money- 3.7/5

Bachelor Courses- Bachelor of Performing Arts (BPA)

Tenure- 4 years


Career Progression

Career Progression Performing Arts


Pay Performing Arts

Expert View

Nimrat Kaur“Performing arts was something I was always part of. at was may be the only common thread that ran throughout my education, throughout my schooling years. That was the only thing I knew was with me wherever I went.”

— Nimrat Kaur,
Indian actress

Michael Tilson Thomas“The way you survive in the performing arts is by having a sense of your audience, and doing things which entertain and satisfy the audience, but in a more important way, cause the audience to question many things.”

— Michael Tilson Thomas,
American conductor, pianist and composer

Also read: The importance of performing arts

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