How to become a Artist

Artists conceive and create visual representations to investigate, respond to or communicate an impression or idea.

Personal requirements of a Artist

  • Artistic ability
  • Good hand-eye coordination
  • Creative and the ability to conceptualise ideas
  • Self-discipline
  • Promotional skills

Education & Training for a Artist

You can work as an artist without formal qualifications. Entry to this occupation may be improved if you have qualifications in relevant art-related disciplines, which may enhance your skills. You may like to consider a VET qualification in an art-related area, such as visual arts or design. Applicants may be required to attend an interview and/or submit a folio of work. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information. You can also become an artist by studying visual arts, creative arts, fine arts or design at university. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education. Prerequisite subjects, or assumed knowledge, in one or more of English and an arts or design subject are normally required. Applicants may also be required to attend an interview and/or submit a folio of work. A high level of talent is required. Universities 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

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Future growth:

strong growth

Employment by state:

ACT 3.7%

NSW 33.7%

NT 1.8%

QLD 7.3%

SA 9.1%

TAS 3.4%

VIC 27%

WA 14.1%

Hours worked:




Gender split:

Male 47.7%

Female 52.4%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 0%

Not completed Year 12: 18.3%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 0%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 15%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 18.3%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 26.7%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 21.7%

Age bracket:

Below 35 years: 14.8%

Above 35 years: 87.9%

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

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