Top Indian Art, Architecture and Dance Drama Colleges

Architecture refers to the art or practice of designing and constructing complex structure of something. It has been described as a social art and also an artful science which involves the utilization of technical skills of architecture in the creative aspect of art and designing structures of high quality.

It can be been seen from history itself that Indians have always pioneered in architecture and planning. From the intricate designing in the caves of Bhimbetka to the high rise skyscrapers that adorn the skyline of our cities, Indian architecture has always been the envy of the world. In fact post globalization, Indian architects have been high on demand even for multinational companies and international firms. The trend is so strong that we often see Indian architecture freshers being paid seven or even eight digit salaries.

Here is a list of colleges that offer Architecture courses. Cost as of August 2018.  

College Name

Course Name

Fees per annum.

School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi


INR 3,14,500

Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur


INR 9,00,000

Sir J. J. College Of Architecture, Mumbai



Faculty of Engineering and Technology, Jamia Milia Islamia, New Delhi


INR 3,78,750

IIT Rorkee


INR 3,86,000


Dance and drama  are forms of art which involves rthymic movement of body on some music and aptly depicting emotions through acting respectively. With expansion of Show business, many students take professional courses in these fields, from various colleges and institutions, some of which are – 

  • Tamil University, Tamil Nadu.
  • Christ University, Bengaluru.
  • Punjab University, Chandigarh.
  • Miranda House, New Delhi.
  • IIFA (Institute of Interior, Fashion & Animation) Multimedia, Bengaluru. 

When the aforementioned fields are combined they can be categorized under the Fine Arts category. India is home to a large number of fine arts colleges that attract a large number of students. Fine arts is one of the widest disciplines; students can specialize in a wide variety of subjects which in turn open doors for lucrative career options. Some of the top colleges are -


Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi: The Faculty of Visual Arts at Banaras Hindu University (BHU) is not only leading but is also the most popular fine arts centre in the country. The four-year bachelor's of fine arts (BFA) course with specialization in various fields from this university is popular across the country. 

College Of Art, University Of Delhi, New Delhi:  Established in 1942 with a mission to provide advanced training in visual, creative and applied arts. It offers both undergraduate and postgraduate courses in fields like drama, dance, singing, painting etc.

Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi:  It offers courses in fields such as applied art, sculpture, art education, graphic art, painting, appreciation and history. Various departments of the college like faculty of arts and faculty of Engineering and Sciences provide aforementioned courses with course name as BA and B.Arch.

Christ University, Bangalore:  The institution offers various undergraduate and post graduate courses in dance, drama, fine arts and architecture. The college is known for its student crowd and it is also considered one of the top colleges offering distance MBA in Mumbai

Sir JJ Institute Of Applied Art, Mumbai:  Affiliated to the University of Mumbai and recognized by the AICTE. It offers undergraduate and postgraduate courses in fine arts.

Stella Maris College, Chennai:  It offers over 13 undergraduate and 12 postgraduate courses in total and it is known for many of its courses in arts field. The college is affiliated to the University of Madras.

Chandigarh University, Chandigarh:  One of the oldest and finest colleges in India offering Architecture and BA dance drama courses. The college has various famous Alumni working at various prestigious places around the country.

L.S. Raheja School Of Art, Mumbai:  Founded in 1953 the art school in Mumbai offers foundation diploma courses in applied art, drawing, dance, drama and painting. The institution is run by the Raheja’s Educational society who run other famous institutions such as Sheila Raheja School of business management famous for its course MBA and Distance MBA in Mumbai

Bharati Vidyapeeth University, Pune:  The University offers courses such as, B.Arch and Bachelor of Fine Arts in applied art which is famous in this college and eligibility to pursue this course is a 10+2 certificate.

Colleges of University of Delhi:  Some of the colleges from University of Delhi such as Miranda house, Ramjas College, IP college of women etc offers popular bachelor of arts courses of the country with specialization in fields like dance, drama etc.

Career Opportunities 

Graduates passing with these courses can join various fields for their career growth. Some lucrative options are art studios, advertising companies and publishing houses. Most students are self-employed, which enables them to work on various projects. People in this career with outstanding talent receive very high commissions for their work.


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