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. For further details, visit

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:

very strong growth

Employment by state:

ACT 3.7%

NSW 37.9%

NT 0.5%

QLD 18.3%

SA 4.1%

TAS 1.4%

VIC 22.3%

WA 11.8%

Hours worked:




Gender split:

Male 26.9%

Female 73%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 0%

Not completed Year 12: 7.8%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 20.2%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 0%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 6.1%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 37.6%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 28.3%

Age bracket:

Below 35 years: 50.4%

Above 35 years: 51.9%

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

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.
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