Shaping Narratives: Public Policy Careers for Applied Arts Students in India

Dr Arjun Kumar


In the intricate tapestry of India’s societal fabric, where challenges and opportunities converge, the role of public policy becomes paramount. For students immersed in the realm of Applied Arts, the prospect of influencing policies that impact culture, creativity, and societal dynamics is both compelling and transformative. This article explores the diverse avenues within public policy for students of Applied Arts, underscoring the significance of specialized learning through platforms like IMPRI’s online courses.

The Canvas of Possibilities: Applied Arts and Public Policy

Applied Arts students bring a unique lens to public policy, leveraging their creative insights to address societal issues and foster cultural enrichment. The marriage of artistic expression and policy formulation holds the potential to redefine narratives, influence perceptions, and contribute to the nation’s development.

Key Areas of Impact

  1. Cultural Policy Development: Applied Arts students can actively shape cultural policies that preserve and promote India’s rich heritage. This includes initiatives to support traditional arts and crafts, cultural preservation projects, and policies that encourage cultural diversity.
  2. Creative Economy Policies: The intersection of creativity and economics is a fertile ground for policy innovation. Professionals in Applied Arts can contribute to policies supporting the creative economy, including strategies for intellectual property protection, funding for creative enterprises, and fostering innovation.
  3. Art Education Advocacy: Crafting policies that enhance art education is crucial for nurturing the next generation of artists. Applied Arts students can engage in advocacy for policies that prioritize art education in schools, colleges, and community centers.
  4. Public Space and Urban Art Policies: Transforming public spaces through art requires thoughtful policies. Students in Applied Arts can contribute to the development of policies that facilitate public art installations, beautification projects, and cultural events.

IMPRI Online Courses: Tailored Learning for Applied Arts Professionals

IMPRI (Impact and Policy Research Institute) provides a range of online courses designed for aspiring policy professionals, including those from Applied Arts backgrounds. These courses offer a unique opportunity for students to gain specialized knowledge in public policy. Relevant courses include:

  1. Cultural Policy Analysis and Advocacy: This course delves into the analysis and advocacy of cultural policies. It equips students with the tools to understand, assess, and influence policies that impact the cultural landscape of India.
  2. Creative Economy and Policy Formulation: Focused on the nexus of creativity and economics, this course explores the policy dimensions crucial for the growth of the creative economy. Students learn to engage with policies supporting artistic endeavors and innovative enterprises.
  3. Art in Education Policy: This course addresses the policy aspects of art education. It provides insights into the development of policies that enhance art education accessibility, quality, and inclusivity.
  4. Public Art and Urban Policy: Centered around the intersection of art and urban policies, this course offers practical insights into formulating policies that foster public art, cultural diversity, and the integration of art in urban development.

Crafting a Palette for a Policy Career

For Applied Arts students aspiring to pursue careers in public policy, strategic steps are imperative:

  1. Internships with Cultural Organizations: Seek internships with cultural organizations, museums, or government bodies focused on the arts. Practical experience in these settings provides valuable insights into the policy landscape.
  2. Advocacy through Art Initiatives: Engage in art initiatives that carry a policy advocacy message. Art has the power to influence opinions and drive change, making it an impactful medium for advocating policy causes.
  3. Policy Research and Publications: Conduct research on policy issues at the intersection of arts and culture. Publish articles, blogs, or reports showcasing your perspectives and recommendations. Establishing a thought leadership position enhances your influence.
  4. Continuous Learning and Skill Diversification: Stay updated on developments in both the arts and policy. Platforms like IMPRI offer continuous learning opportunities through online courses, ensuring you remain informed about emerging trends and policy advancements.


A career in public policy awaits Applied Arts students who are passionate about influencing cultural narratives and societal dynamics. The fusion of artistic expression and policy advocacy offers a unique and impactful pathway for those seeking to make a meaningful contribution to India’s cultural landscape. The IMPRI online courses mentioned provide a tailored and accessible route for Applied Arts professionals to enhance their knowledge and skills, paving the way for a rewarding career at the intersection of creativity and policy in India.

Dr Arjun Kumar is the Director of the IMPRI Impact and Policy Research Institute, New Delhi.

Disclaimer: All views expressed in the article belong solely to the author and not necessarily to the organisation.

This article was posted by Tanu Paliwal , a research intern at IMPRI.

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