£17,680 Average salary at age 20
£35,880 Average Salary
35 Average hours per week


Artists create artistic works using appropriate techniques, materials and media; design artwork and illustrations; and restore damaged pieces of art.

Main Tasks

  • Conceives and develops ideas and ways of working for artistic composition;
  • Selects appropriate materials, medium and method;
  • Prepares sketches, scale drawings or colour schemes;
  • Builds up composition into finished work by carving, sculpting, etching, painting, engraving, drawing, etc.;
  • Approaches managers of galleries and exhibitions in order to get finished work displayed;
  • Uses artistic skills to restore damaged artworks;
  • Liaises with writers and publishers to produce book illustrations;
  • Markets and sells finished work directly to customers;
  • Produces works on commission basis for clients.


No specific academic qualifications are required although a variety of vocational qualifications, degrees and postgraduate courses are available. Entry can be based upon portfolio work.

What Artists studied in higher education

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What Artists studied in higher education
Occupation Percentage Value
(W2) Design studies34
(W7) Crafts1
(W1) Fine art32
(V3) History by topic1
(W6) Cinematics & photography15
(I7) Computer generated visual & audio effects1
(K1) Architecture1
(W4) Drama3
(W9) Others in creative arts & design1
(P3) Media studies2
(I1) Computer science2

UK Prospects

55800 Workforce Size
0.51% Predicted growth 2024 - 2027
7157 Predicted Replacement 2024 - 2027

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