How to become a Teacher - Art

Art teachers in secondary schools teach students the practical skills, theory and history of art. Students receive tuition in aspects such as painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture and ceramics. Art teachers may specialise in one or more aspects of art in their tertiary studies (such as history and appreciation of art, ceramics, drawing, film and video, painting, pottery, printmaking, sculpture and visual communication), as well as studying the elements of design, graphics, product design and environmental studies.

Personal requirements of a Teacher - Art

  • Artistic talent
  • Enjoy creative work
  • Enthusiastic, patient and tactful
  • Good communication skills
  • A commitment to ongoing professional development
  • Creativity
  • Good organisational skills
  • Enjoy teaching and working with young people
  • Prepared to work outside of school hours

Education & Training for a Teacher - Art

To become an art teacher you usually need to complete a four-year integrated course or double degree in which the subject area and teaching components are taught throughout (a Bachelor of Education with a major in creative, graphic or visual arts, for example). Alternatively, you can complete a degree with a major in creative, graphic or visual arts, followed by a postgraduate qualification in education such as a Graduate Diploma of Education. To get into the degree courses you usually need to gain your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education. Prerequisite subjects, or assumed knowledge, in one or more of English, mathematics, visual arts and design are normally required. Applicants may also be required to submit a portfolio and attend an interview. Institutions have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information.

Additional Information

Before undertaking practical placements required by courses, students will need to obtain a Working with Children Check. A National Police Certificate may also be required. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information. You will need to register with the teaching board in your state or territory. Teachers are required by mandatory reporting laws to report suspected cases of child abuse or neglect.

Duties & Tasks of a Teacher - Art

Art teachers in secondary schools:

  • undertake general teaching tasks (see the separate entry for Teacher Secondary)
  • set up and maintain facilities such as photographic darkrooms, kilns for ceramic work, studios and storage areas
  • order and maintain art resources and materials within the budget allowance
  • demonstrate the use of art materials and tools such as oils, watercolours, palettes and palette knives, brushes, pens, pencils, dyes, clay, fabric, canvas and paper
  • inspire students and assist them to develop their creativity and self-expression through various art forms and media
  • arrange for exhibitions of student work in and out of school.

Employment Opportunities for a Teacher - Art

Art teachers are employed in both government and non-government schools, generally at secondary level. Graduate employment prospects are better for those who are willing to work in non-metropolitan areas.

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:


Employment by state:

ACT ACT 2.6%

NSW NSW 38.3%

NT NT 0.7%

QLD QLD 15.9%

SA SA 7.3%

TAS TAS 0.9%

VIC VIC 23.1%

WA WA 11.2%

Hours worked:



Average unemployment

Gender split:

Male 32.2%

Female 67.8%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 3.6%

Not completed Year 12: 4.8%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 27.4%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 6.5%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 11.3%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 32.4%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 14%

Age brackets:

15-19 - 11.9%

20-24 - 23.2%

25-34 - 17.2%

35-44 - 14.7%

45-54 - 14.7%

55-59 - 5.2%

60-64 - 2.9%

65 and Over - 10%

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

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