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What does an Artist do?

An Artist uses their skills to create pieces for sale or for public viewing. You might specialise in a particular kind of artwork such as paintings and drawings or sculptures and 3D models. You may use traditional media or make use of specific items such as recycled materials. An Artist will usually come up with their own designs but you may be commissioned to produce a particular piece of work for a buyer. Artists often hold exhibitions of their work or display their pieces for purchase either online or at a gallery or public space.

Being an Artist requires creativity and imagination but you’ll also need skill and talent in your chosen artistic field. You’ll have to be able to collaborate with other artists or with people and organisations who are commissioning your work. It’s important that you can communicate and you should be able to manage several artistic projects at one time.

Artist Courses

There are 9 courses available for people who want to become a Artist.

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How much does an Artist earn?

In Australia, a full time Artist generally earns $960 per week ($49,920 annual salary) before tax. This is a median figure for full-time employees and should be considered a guide only. As you gain more experience you can expect a potentially higher salary than people who are new to the industry.

What are the job opportunities for an Artist?

The number of people working as an Artist in Australia has increased steadily and there are now 11,000 people in this role. This number has increased from 8,700 five years ago. Artists may find work across all regions of Australia.

Source: Australian Government Job Outlook 2020

How do I become an Artist?

If you’d like to start a career as an Artist you could enrol in a Certificate I in Visual Arts. This qualification allows you to experiment with a range of different art forms including drawing, sculptures and metalwork. You could also consider a Certificate II in Design Fundamentals or a Certificate II in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Arts.

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Job Pathways

Here are some potential career pathways within arts and craft. Click on the occupation for information on the course you should enrol in to start your journey.

Sourced from The Australian Apprenticeships & Traineeships Information Service (aapathways.com.au) funded by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training and MySkills.gov.au.