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Doodle Nandi

Doodle Nandi is a content editor for Hotcourses India- an IDP company, and helps write articles that help students with their study abroad journey.


04 Aug 2017 31.6K Book icon 3 mins Share

What & where to study in Canada after completing 12th Arts?

Indian students who have just completed their 12th grade in Arts/Humanities stream and are willing to study in Canada must read this piece of information.

04 Aug 2017 31.6K Book icon 3 mins Share
Doodle Nandi

Doodle Nandi is a content editor for Hotcourses India- an IDP company, and helps write articles that help students with their study abroad journey.


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Study in Canada after 12th Arts/Humanities

After the Brexit vote in the UK and the dubious US travel ban, many Indian students have shifted their focus of studying abroad to other equally popular countries. But it doesn’t mean that the UK and US have lost their charm and demand amongst the Indian student population. Many students still believe those countries have a lot to offer amidst political tensions.

Talking about equally popular countries, Canada is the growing heartthrob for many students who want to explore the country and its opportunities.

Earlier, we wrote a content piece on study in Canada after 12th commerce. This time we talk about study in Canada after 12th arts – for those Indian students who have completed their 12th grade and are looking to study arts/humanities in Canada.

Typically, any 12th Arts degree in India would comprise English, History, Geography, Political Science, Humanities & Social Sciences, Philosophy or Psychology. In certain instances you might find the term Arts & Humanities being mentioned together. Humanities is a broader term that involves an in-depth learning of several arts courses. Sometimes, arts might also encompass Fine arts & Design related courses, which could be categorised further into literary arts, performing arts, culinary arts, visual arts and so on.

Arts courses that you can choose in Canada:

  1. Bachelor of Arts (BA) in English, Literature & Creative Writing, History, Psychology, Journalism & Mass Communications, Economics, Sociology or any regional languages.
  2. Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Finance, Accounting or Economics. 
  3. Fine Arts
  4. Hotel Management
  5. Law courses (integrated courses are also available)
  6. Fashion Design/ Interior Design
  7. Retail Management
  8. Business
  9. Travel & Tourism Management
  10. Animation & Film making
  11. Game Design/Graphic Design
  12. Journalism & Mass Communications
  13. Education

Indian students can study arts at the following universities in Canada:

1. BA in Anthropology or Applied Economics, Film Studies, Law, Human Rights, Linguistics, Business Law, Philosophy, Sociology and many more courses are on offer at the Carleton University

Bachelors degree in Journalism & Political Science, Journalism & Media Studies, Journalism & Humanities, etc., are also on offer at the Carleton University.

2. BA in Literature, Creative Writing, Philosophy, Arts & Culture, History, Philosophy, etc. is on offer by the Brock University.

3. BA in Applied Economics is available at the Carleton University, University of Calgary and at Western University (Ontario).

4. Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), BFA in visual studies or Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Calgary.

5. BBA degrees are available at several Canadian universities, with several variations, such as BBA with Computer Science (double major), BBA with Financial Mathematics, BBA with Math and so on at universities like the Acadia University, Wilfrid Laurier University, Brock University and the Trinity Western University.

Also BBA courses in Supply Chain Management, Finance, Accounting and Economics are available at the Cape Breton University.

6. Bachelor of Design in Fashion & Technology and Fashion Design is available at the Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) and Ryerson University, respectively.

7. BA in Game Design is available at the Niagara College and Bachelor of Fine and Applied Arts in Game Design & Development is available at Wilfrid Laurier University.

Eligibility requirements to study in Canada after 12th arts/humanities

  1. 12 years of formal school education.
  2. IELTS/TOEFL score. Minimum 580 in TOEFL (paper-based exam) is needed for admissions.
  3. Some universities might ask for Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL), with a minimum score of 70.
  4. In certain instances, you might be asked to take a Pearson Test of English (PTE) and Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) as well.

The average cost to study an undergraduate degree in Canada ranges from INR 7 to 15 Lakhs. And for a postgraduate degree, a student needs to spend, on average, around 10 to 15 Lakhs.  

Career prospects of studying arts/humanities in Canada

Most Arts/Humanities students follow career professions like teaching/professorship/research or more advanced degrees. Graduates with Humanities degree can choose any of the following professions, such as journalism, management, public relations, business or financial analysis.

With a degree in Journalism you can work as a Communications Specialist, Content Writer, Sr. Editor, Policy Analyst, Proposal Writer and Copywriter. The average salary of a journalist working in any of the above fields is C$41,074 per year. Journalists working in Toronto get paid 6% higher than those working in other cities in Canada. 

The average salary of a BBA degree holder working in Canada ranges from C$36,000 to C$ 80,000. Students with BBA degrees can work with notable companies post studies, including Roger Communications Inc., KMPG, LLP, CIBC and RBC Bank.  

With a BA degree in Game Design, you can work in cities like Montreal and earn an average salary of C$49,330 per year. Montreal pays 25% higher than other cities in Canada. 

So are you planning to study in Canada after completing your 12th arts/humanities from India? Our study abroad counsellors can help you with your admissions. You just need to keep talking to them to gather as much information as possible so that you can make an informed choice. 

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