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Artists create artworks to express, communicate, challenge and react to ideas or impressions.


Formal qualifications are not required to work as an Artist in Australia. However, many aspiring artists wish to gain qualifications in visual arts, fine arts or design.

Develop a body of work. You can then work as an artist or undertake formal qualifications in visual arts, fine arts, creative arts or design. This may be a course such as a Bachelor of Arts (Fine Arts) or a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Entry to these courses usually requires the successful completion of secondary school, an interview and/or submission of a folio of work.


  • Autonomy
  • Artistic
  • Creativity
  • Detail Orientated
  • Initiative
  • Imaginative
  • Open-Minded
  • Passionate
  • Receptive
  • Self-Motivation

Key Skills

  • Presentation
  • Time Management
  • Drawing
  • Knowledge of proportions and perspective
  • Composition

Future Prospects

There are a number of areas of specialisation for artists including painting (fine/visual arts), performance, printmaking, photography and sculpture.

Career progression in this field can lead to other roles such as: