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Fine Artist


Job Description


The artist will create works of art with a number of different mediums, many artists specialise in different areas, such as landscapes, portraits, animals, abstract etc. Most artists work freelance therefore rates of pay and hours can vary enormously.

Entry Requirements

You can get into this job through:


You can do a college course like Fine Arts Diploma Level or a course similar like Level 2 or 3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design.

You may need:

  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course

The following local colleges offer courses in Art and Design:

Or your local 6th form may offer a relevant course.


You'll need a high level of skill and talent in your chosen art form. To develop these skills, you could train by doing a degree or postgraduate award in:

  • art and design
  • art history
  • fine art
  • visual arts
  • graphic arts

You'll usually need:

  • a foundation diploma in art and design
  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
  • a degree in a relevant subject for postgraduate study

Click here to search for a suitable course.

Other routes

If you're exceptionally talented and have taught yourself, you may be able sell your work without formal training or qualifications.

Career tips

You'll need to be able to promote yourself in different ways, like:

  • having an online presence through your own website, blog or through social media, like Instagram
  • joining together with other artists or 'collectives'
  • organising your own shows in galleries or other venues

You could also:

  • get an agent
  • raise funds through crowdfunding websites
  • illustrate products like books or greetings cards

Entering competitions or open exhibitions can also raise your profile as an artist. The Artists Information Company regularly lists opportunities.

Volunteering with community arts projects can open up possibilities and extend your network of contacts, which could be useful for finding work.

Guild Society of Artists, Artquest and Discover Creative Careers have more about becoming a fine artist.

Creative Choices has more information about working in a creative career, training courses and job opportunities.

Career Path and Progression

You could move into areas like art therapy or art conservation. 

Related careers you may be interested in:

  • Art editor
  • Art gallery curator
  • Art therapist
  • Art valuer

Required Skills

  • A strong creative flair
  • Self motivation
  • Determination and commitment
  • Able to communicate ideas visually
  • Good organisational skills
  • Able to communicate effectively

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