Australian Fine Artist

Art History Class May 8th, 2012

In this class we looked at the breadth and characteristics of the Visual Arts related industries that graduates can access.

In class we broke into groups and listed as many careers we could think of that could flow from a Visual Arts Diploma or Degree and their associated skill sets.

Below are some of the ideas we came up with. They include the job description and some of the skills required for the job. Many require further training and qualifications but the base qualification of a Visual Arts Course is good grounding for pursuing any of these careers.

Artist
Drawing, Composition, Understanding of Materials, Understanding of Colour Theory, OHS, Painting, Sculpting, Business Management, Computer Skills

House Decorator
Understanding of Colour Theory, Understanding of styles, Architectural Training, Interior Decorating skills, Computer Skills

Photographer
Knowledge of Cameras, Software Skills, Understanding of Colour and Composition, Computer Skills

Illustrator
Publishing skills, Understanding of print methods, Drawing Skills, Design Skills, Colour Theory, Computer Skills, OHS

Gallery Assistant
Computer Skills, Art History Knowledge, Business Skills, OHS

Graphic Designer
Computer Skills, Print and Web Understanding, Software Skills, Scanning and Image Manipulation Skills, Design Skills, Drawing Skills, Colour Theory for Web, Print and Fine Art, Colour Matching Skills, OHS, Business Skills, Time Management, Project Management Skills

Curator
OHS, Business Management Skills, Archiving Skills, Art History Understanding, Ability to Follow Current Events, Sales Skills, Computer Skills

Photo Stylist
Photography Skills, Computer Skills, Design Skills, Understanding of Colour Theory, Lighting Skills

Make Up Artist
Chemistry Training, OHS, Materials Skills, Understanding of Colour, Design Skills, Beautician Training

Set Designer
Sculpture Training, Design Skills, Materials Skills, OHS, Lighting SKills, Painting and Drawing Skills

Conservator
Archiving Understanding, OHS, Understanding and Training in Materials and Chemistry, Art History Understanding, Painting and Drawing Skills

Event Organiser
Business Training, OHS, Computer Skills

Home Stylist
Architectural Training, Interior Decorating Training, Understanding of Colour and Design

Fabric Designer
Understanding of Fabrics, Understanding of Dyes and Print Methods, Drawing and Painting Skills, Computer Skills

Set Designer
Sculpture Skills, OHS, Drawing and Painting Skills, Computer Skills

Film Maker or Animator
Computer Skills, Animations and Movie Software Skills, Drawing and Painting Skills, Business Skills

Model Maker
Sculpting Skills, Drawing Skills, Understanding of Materials, Understanding of Colour

Window Dresser
Carpentry Skills, Sculpting Skills, Drawing and Painting Skills, Design Skills, OHS, Understanding of Materials and Lighting

Arts Community Officer
OHS, Business Skills,  Understanding of the Arts Industry, People Management Skills

Teacher
OHS, Teaching Qualifications, People Skills, Arts Training and Skills, Working with Children Check, Possible Police Check

Art Therapist
Communication Skills, Some Arts Training, Some Understanding of Psychology, Training in Art Therapy, Possible Working with Children Check

Gallery Owner
Business Training, OHS, Arts Training and Understanding, Computer Skills, Sales Skills, Understanding of Advertising

Art Dealer
Business Training, OHS, Arts Training and Understanding, Computer Skills, Sales Skills, Understanding of Advertising, Dealer’s Licence

Art Courier
Business Training, OHS, Arts Training and Understanding, Computer Skills, Materials Understanding

Framer
Business Training, OHS, Arts Training or Understanding, Computer Skills, Sales Skills, Materials Understanding

Like many Degrees and Diplomas, formal education in Visual Arts proves to any future employer that you have skills and training that can be useful in other areas than those directly involving the application of art in it’s purest sense. The ability to complete a formal education should be included as a positive contribution you can provide.

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