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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’ll need a high level of skill and talent in your chosen art form.
You may need some training in art or design, like an HND, first or higher degree in:

  • art and design
  • art history with fine art
  • fine art
  • visual art

You’ll also 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
  • volunteering with community arts projects

You could also:

  • get an agent
  • raise funds through crowdfunding websites like Kickstarter
  • enter competitions and open exhibitions
  • illustrate products like books or greetings cards

The Society of Artists Agents, a-n The Artists Information Company, and Writers and Artists have more information on 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

National Government Policy states that all students should have achieved at least a Grade 4 or C Grade in English & Maths at GCSE.  Achieving this minimum grade in these subjects will increase the opportunities open to you, support your future career development and prospects.

Students who do not meet this standard will be supported to continue to study English and Maths through full-time education or an Apprenticeship.

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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