How to become a Arts Administrator

Arts administrators manage artistic and cultural venues such as theatres and art galleries.

Personal requirements of a Arts Administrator

  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Able to relate to people of diverse backgrounds
  • Good organisational and management skills
  • Able to handle finances
  • Able to work under pressure and to deadlines
  • Able to work varying hours
  • Appreciation of the role of the arts in the community

Education & Training for a Arts Administrator

To become an arts administrator you usually have to complete a degree with a major in an area of the arts, followed by a postgraduate qualification in arts administration or arts management. You may also consider a bachelor degree that emphasises management or financial and business skills. To get into the degree courses you usually need to gain your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education. Entry to postgraduate courses usually requires completion of an appropriate bachelor degree. 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

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:

very strong growth

Employment by state:

ACT 3.4%

NSW 32.1%

NT 1.3%

QLD 18.4%

SA 8.5%

TAS 1%

VIC 25.6%

WA 9.6%

Hours worked:



below average

Gender split:

Male 63.2%

Female 36.9%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 3.3%

Not completed Year 12: 9.7%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 9%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 14.7%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 16.8%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 21.5%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 25.1%

Age bracket:

Below 35 years: 25.3%

Above 35 years: 74.8%

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

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