How to become a painter or visual artist

Express creative ideas through visual mediums including photography, sculpture, video, and installations.

What does a painter or visual artist do?

Artists put their own emotions into works, making art engaging for its audience. Traditional artists use mediums such as paints and canvas to create scenes or portraits. Visual artists prefer to use unusual mediums to share their stories. Artists call on their creativity, good hand-eye coordination, and a large amount of patience to create original pieces.

Duties and tasks

  • Capture and hold the attention of an audience through visual works.
  • Create unique, interesting, and appealing visual works.
  • May be commissioned to create specific pieces of art.
  • Work in fine detail for an extended period of time (some projects).

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Undergraduate CUR-FAV-DEG-2022

Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art) (Visual Culture)

  • Common Level 1 Subjects
  • Level 1 Major - Fine Art
  • Level 1 Major - Visual Culture
  • Level 2 Major - Fine Art
  • Level 2 Major - Visual Culture
  • Level 3 Major - Fine Art
  • Level 3 Major - Visual Culture

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