How to become a Craftsperson

A craftsperson designs, makes and repairs objects that have both functional and artistic qualities, working with wood, metal, glass, leather, ceramics, textiles and other materials.

Personal requirements of a Craftsperson

  • Artistic design skills
  • Good hand-eye coordination
  • Promotional skills

Education & Training for a Craftsperson

You can work as a craftsperson without formal qualifications. Some craftspersons are self-taught and many work under the guidance of an established craftsperson when learning their craft. Entry to this occupation may be improved if you have qualifications. You may like to consider a VET qualification in a craft-related area, such as visual arts or design. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information. You can also become a craftsperson by completing a craft-related degree at university, such as fine arts, visual arts, creative arts or design. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education. In most cases applicants are required to attend an interview and submit a folio of work. A high level of talent is required. Universities have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements or offer external study. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information.

Duties & Tasks of a Craftsperson

A craftsperson:

  • designs the style and shape of objects
  • uses and manipulates materials to make objects according to the design
  • finishes objects to enhance their artistic and/or practical qualities
  • repairs damaged or defective craft objects.

Employment Opportunities for a Craftsperson

Most craftspersons are involved in small business operations and often rely on exhibition sales and commissioned pieces for income. Exhibitions and major commissioned pieces provide opportunities to become well known and, therefore, increase business prospects. Work is sold wholesale to shops, galleries and department stores or directly from the studio. Few craftspersons are employed full time in their craft. Often other career opportunities develop in craft education, administration, curating, museum and gallery conservation or community artwork.

Future growth:

Moderate

Employment by state:

ACT ACT 3.1%

NSW NSW 38.9%

NT NT 4.3%

QLD QLD 10.4%

SA SA 12.3%

TAS TAS 1.4%

VIC VIC 17.3%

WA WA 12.3%

Hours worked:

42.2

Unemployment:

Average unemployment

Gender split:

Male 45.6%

Female 54.4%

Education level:

Age brackets:

15-19 - 0%

20-24 - 6%

25-34 - 15%

35-44 - 20.1%

45-54 - 21.3%

55-59 - 8.4%

60-64 - 12.2%

65 and Over - 17%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

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