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With such a huge number of job roles in the arts you don't just have to be a brilliant artist, musician or actor. Perhaps you would like to sell your artwork to galleries, design costumes, digital applications or games. Or maybe you'd prefer a career 'behind the scenes' working in technical production, management or libraries and museums.

The Arts and Creative industries cover 11 exciting and diverse sectors which include:

  • Community Development
  • Entertainment & Events
  • Film, Television and Radio
  • Library and Information Services
  • Multimedia, including Software Development,
  • Museums, Galleries and Cultural Heritage Site
  • Music
  • Performing Arts
  • Visual Arts, Craft and Design
  • Writing, Editing, Publishing and Journalism
  • Zoos, Botanic Gardens and Natural Heritage Sites


For more information on these sectors and related occupations please visit the sites below:

Job Roles

 There are a huge amount of different occupations that span the Arts and Creative sector. Check these out!

Art Conservator
Art Dealer
Art Director
Art Historian
Art Therapist
Art Administrator
Art Teacher
Band Manager
Box Office Staff
Broadcast Technologist
Camera Operator
Circus Performer

Costume Designer
Event Manager
Fashion Designer
Food Stylist
Furniture Designer
Gallery Assistant
Games Designer
Glass Worker
Graphic Designer

Industrial Designer
Lighting Technician
Make Up Artist
Model Maker
Museum Curator
Museum Attendant
Picture Framer

Production Manager
Program Director
Props Maker
Radio Announcer
Radio Producer
Set Designer
Stage Manager
Television Presenter
Venue Manager
Web Designer

Training Options & Qualfications

Training can be an essential way to sharpen your creative talent and gain the technical edge required to survive in a highly competitive industry. Currently about one third of the arts workforce have a Bachelor Degree or higher qualifications whilst the majority have Certificate III or higher level qualifications. Some roles, however, may only require short courses for you to gain the specific skills for the role. There are a wide variety of qualifications to choose from which are delivered by TAFESA, private registered training organisations and universities. Visiting the following website to find out what course are available:

Flinders University
Univeristy of South Australia
Univeristy of Adelaide

If you are still at school you can start your creative career through VET in SACE. Currently the VET in SACE options include qualifications in the following areas:
• Visual Arts and Creative Industries
• Music
• Screen and Media

For more information on what subjects are available check out the VET Recognition register

Personal Characteristics & Skills

  • Creativity
  • A high level of organisation
  • Confidence
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • The ability to work under pressure and to deadlines
  • To be innovative
  • Problem-solving skills
  • The ability to work in a team or independently
  • Business and promotional skills for self-employment 


Industry Entry

People can enter the Creative Industries via direct employment or after gaining VET or University qualifications. Entry to some creative arts courses is highly competitive and all courses involving an art practice require auditions and/or portfolios that display your work and talents. In some cases applications go direct to the institution rather than through the tertiary admissions centres. If you plan to go onto further study, you will need to develop a range of experiences and expand your portfolio of work to enhance your admission chances.

Festivals and events provide great opportunities to gain experience in a wide range of support roles. These are usually short-term and provide an opoortunity to gain skills in different areas such as box office, administration, logistics, marketing, event set-up and management.

Even if there are no paid work opportunities, a wide variety of arts organisations depend upon volunteers. Volunteering is an excellent way of gaining experience, building your skills and networks and can be a great stepping stone to your employment. Being involved in cultural and creative activities will develop your skills and knowledge.


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General Career Links
SA Traineeship and Apprenticeship Services

Industry Links
Australian Graphic Design Association 
Art Education Australia
Arts Hub
Arts Industry Council of South Australia
Arts SA
Ausdance SA
Australia Council for the Arts
Can SA
Carclew Youth Arts
Country Arts SA
Design Institute of Australia 
History SA
Libraries of SA
Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance
Media Resource Centre (MRC)

Music SA
Musicians Union of Australia (Adelaide)
National Association for the Visual Arts
National Institue of Circus Arts
National Institue of Dramatic Arts
Royal South Australian Society of Arts Inc
SA Film
SA Writers Centre
Songwriters, Composers And Lyricists Association (SCALA)
South Australia Museums 

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