Create visual concepts and forms through painting, sculpting, drawing, printmaking, carving, performance, music, film, photography and computers.

Visual arts and crafts professionals:

  • conceive and develop ideas for artistic presentation, and select and arrange their subject
  • select artistic medium, method and materials and prepare materials
  • paint and draw or sculpt stone, wood, clay, wax or other material into desired shape
  • use photography, modelling, film-making, music, acting, dancing, video and computers to communicate an impression or idea

Artists are generally self-employed and work in studios either alone, or share space with other artists. They may also be commissioned or employed as designers or performers for a variety of organisations such as marketing and advertising agencies, film or theatre companies and galleries.

Source: myFuture and Australian Bureau of Statistics


Disclaimer: This page provides study pathway and career options as a guide only. You should contact the Admissions Centre, International Centre or relevant Faculties for full details.

Study pathways

The following study pathway shows the most common and direct route for a UWA student to pursue this career.

  1. Undergraduate

  2. A degree is not necessarily required for professional qualification, however relevant majors include:

  3. Postgraduate

    Postgraduate study is not required for this occupation, but may be helpful for career advancement.

    Relevant postgraduate courses include:

  4. Research

    Research study is not required for this occupation, but may be helpful for career advancement.

    Relevant research courses include:

Graduate profile

Joanna Meredith

Interiors Australia

Art history isn't just a qualifying course – it’s life enhancing, tracing human endeavour through sensory experience.

Studying Art History at UWA gives you the framework and references to assess the visual world critically and trains your eye to see and enjoy your surroundings. These skills enriched my travels overseas, heightening my understanding and visual perceptions of new places.

Art history really tested me whilst studying and has been a continual source of pleasure since.