Careers in the Arts


"Employers are looking for people who are creative and who are able to think critically, solve problems, communicate well, conceptualize, make decisions and learn and reason. The sought after worker is a continuous and highly adaptable learner, and an imaginative thinker who possesses a wide range of higher level thinking skills. Arts education can help students develop and reinforce these essential higher level skills."
Making the Case for Arts Education, Ontario Arts Council, March 1997

Advocate for the arts!

Read about the benefits of an arts Education or what school leaders can do to raise the profile of the arts in their school.


Future Pathways: Primary - Secondary

The journey of becoming a professional artist or arts in education specialist can start as early as in primary school.
Public schools offer a variety of primary education and challenge courses as well as specialist 
program and courses for gifted and talented students.
For more information visit the Department of Education:
Primary Extension and Challenge (PEAC) Programs
The PEAC program provides opportunities for talented students in Years 5 and 6. Students learn alongside their intellectual peers at PEAC centres on a part time basis (usually one morning or afternoon each week) during school and also online for country students. Many PEAC students progress to programs for gifted and talented secondary school students. Schools in local areas may also get together to run extension programs for students in areas such as art, technology and languages. Discover more about PEAC at your local primary school.

Tertiary Courses of Study

There are several high quality tertiary courses of study in the Arts in Western Australia.
Course providers include:
Courses are available in Art, Design and Media including Fashion and Textile, Film and Television, Furniture, Industry and Interior Design, Graphic Design, Jewellery, Music, Photography, Printing, and Visual Arts and Craft.
In addition, TAFE runs courses on Digital Content, such as Information Services, Information Technology, and Interactive Multimedia.
Curtin offers a variety of degree courses in Fine Arts, Fashion, Design, Media Culture and Creative Arts, Textiles, Screen Arts, Digital Design, Photography, Illustration, Creative Writing, Performance Studies and Indigenous Australian Cultural Studies.
Advanced Diplomas, Bachelor and Masters Degrees are available in Performing Arts (Acting, Dance, Music), Visual Arts, Professional Writing and Arts Management.
The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) at Edith Cowan University is recognised nationally and internationally for the quality of its graduates. WAAPA provides the most comprehensive range of performing arts training in Australia and students can choose from a range of internationally recognised courses.
Bachelor Degrees in General Arts are offered, including Theatre and Drama, English and Creative Writing and Events Management.
The Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences run courses in Music, Art History, English and Cultural Studies (including Indigenous arts and culture), Fine Arts and Design.
University of Notre Dame Australia has three campuses; two in Western Australian – Broome and Fremantle, and one in New South Wales - Sydney. Undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the Arts are available, including Aboriginal Studies (Broome campus) and English Literature and Theatre Studies (Fremantle campus).
SAE QANTM: Creative Media Institute
SAE is an international educator in creative media industries. Established in 1979, it now spans the globe with 54 campuses in 28 countries. In Australia, SAE provides courses across six campuses - Brisbane, Byron Bay, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth. Courses include certificates, diplomas, and bachelor degrees in 6 specialist discipline streams: Animation, Audio, Design, Film, Games, and Web & Mobile.
Information on training providers can also be obtained from the Western Australian Department of Training and Workforce Development

Where do I study to become a teacher of The Arts?

Diploma of Education and Degree courses are also available from:

What do I need to know to work as a professional artist?

Visit the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries - Culture and the Arts website for information on arts and cultural funding, research and practice development.
Information for professional artists can also be obtained from the Australia Council for the Arts

Arts sector and Creative Industry Traineeships

National body ArtsReady partners with arts organisations and creative industries to provide young people with entry-level training combining practical experience with vocational education. ArtsReady allows young trainees to get their 'foot in the door' of a career in the arts and creative industries. Further information about the program and Western Australian traineeship providers is available at 

Careers advice and Job board

Student Edge is the largest member-based organisation of high school, TAFE, VET and university students in Australia, with more than 800,000 members nationally. Started in 2003 by four students from Willetton Senior High School in Western Australia, the organisation helps students navigate their way through student life by offering financial management, jobs, and information to inform career choices. If you are considering further study or a career in the arts or creative industries visit

How do I find an artist?

Find a Western Australian artist or arts and cultural organisation here