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Artist

Create artwork to express, communicate, challenge and react to ideas.

What's it like to be an Artist?

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

Artist

Tasks and duties

  • Creating two-dimensional or three-dimensional forms to realise and explore ideas.
  • Generating artwork based on commissions or briefs by clients, or the artist’s own creative desires.
  • Participating in applying for grants and residencies, exhibiting and selling work at galleries, stores, festivals and museums.
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An Artist may be a person who creates works in a number of mediums, such as painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, textiles, glasswork or pottery.

Artists are creative individuals, and depending on the field that they work in, they may produce different types of artwork using various mediums.

What can I earn as an Artist?

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The most common annual salary in AUS for an Artist is between $65k and $75k

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How to become an Artist


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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.

  1. 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.
  2. There are a number of areas of specialisation for artists including painting (fine/visual arts), performance, printmaking, photography and sculpture.

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Bachelor of Arts

This qualification gives you broad skills and knowledge in your chosen area of specialisation to get you started in your career.
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Bachelor of Fine Art

This degree provides specialised arts knowledge in visual and performing arts to prepare for careers in performance and production.

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Bachelor of Science

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How do Artists rate their role?

Latest reviews from 14 Artists surveyed on SEEK

Work-life balance
3.9
Job satisfaction
4.4
Career progression opportunities
3.4
Job security
3.5
Pay / Salary
3.0
Variety of work
4.4

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Nov 2018
An Artist is a craftsman/designer/engineer, you can't be in it for money or you will be disappointed, it has to be your passion and you have to do it for the love of it.
Reviewer's Qualification
Crt IV Visual Arts & Contemporary Craft
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
I'm self-employed
Specialisation
Artist
The good things
There is great satisfaction in doing what you enjoy as work and if you are creative you can do well.
The challenges
Being an Artist is hard work! It is a very competitive field and it comes down to being unique, creative, the economy and partly who you know in the business. Networking with other artists can help an...
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Oct 2018
It’s a rewarding job, but you’d be luck to find a role standalone.
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Arts (Visual Communication - Multimedia Design)
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Artwork & Systems
The good things
My role consists of Artwork handling and maintaining & development of in-house Systems (I.T.Techcian). Part role as a Mock Up Artist, I handle client artworks, making sure to obtain the highest qualit...
The challenges
You can’t prepare to be a Mock Up Artist, but you learn as you go and learn ways to better communicate with the client and to the production floor. Multimedia background helps a lot, or rather should ...
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Working hours for Artists

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What are the job opportunities for Artists?

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