How to become a Illustrator

Illustrators create drawings and designs for books and magazines, advertisements, film, television and multimedia. Illustrators work on paper, and two-dimensional (2D) and three-dimensional (3D) models. They may use traditional or computer-based techniques, or a combination of both. Illustrators can specialise in illustrations for websites, phone apps, augmented reality development, magazines, children's books, scientific work, technical manuals, fashion and product packaging. Many work as freelancers. They may have to work very long hours when a deadline has to be met.

Personal requirements of a Illustrator

  • High level of drawing skill
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Excellent listening skills
  • Willingness to experiment with different techniques
  • A feeling for movement and timing
  • Aptitude for working with computers

Education & Training for a Illustrator

You can work as an illustrator without formal qualifications. Skills are usually developed through practice and experience. Entry to this occupation may be improved if you have qualifications. You may like to consider a VET qualification. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information. You can also become an illustrator by completing a degree in animation, graphic design, digital media, new media design, fine arts, creative arts, visual arts or visual communication. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education with English. Applicants may also be required to attend an interview and/or submit a folio of work. Institutions have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements or offer external study. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information. For further details, visit www.gooduniversitiesguide.com.au.

Avg. weekly wage:

$1,150

Future growth:

strong growth

Employment by state:

ACT 1.4%

NSW 39.3%

NT 0.2%

QLD 12.3%

SA 6.8%

TAS 0.9%

VIC 34.6%

WA 4.6%

Hours worked:

39.4

Unemployment:

average

Gender split:

Proportion of male workers 56.5%

Proportion of female workers 43.5%

Education level:

Proportion of workers who have not completed Year 10: 0%

Proportion of workers who have not completed Year 12: 3.4%

Proportion of workers whose highest qualification is secondary school: 8.9%

Proportion of workers whose highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 4.7%

Proportion of workers whose highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 25.5%

Proportion of workers whose highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 48.8%

Proportion of workers whose highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 8.7%

Age bracket:

Proprortion of workers aged below 35 years: 48.6%

Proportion of workers aged above 35 years: 50.1%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.




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