Contemporary artists are highly creative, highly motivated, disciplined and committed. To succeed in this creative profession you need to be willing to take...Read more
Contemporary artists are highly creative, highly motivated, disciplined and committed. To succeed in this creative profession you need to be willing to take risks, push boundaries and experiment with materials, textures and subject matter. If you think you've got what it takes, the job prospects for contemporary artists in Australia are looking great, with strong growth expected through to November 2020.
Careers to consider:
ceramicist: create ceramic objects or artwork
arts administrator: responsible for facilitating the day-to-day operations of an arts organisation
sculptor: manipulate hard materials to make three-dimensional artworks
art critic: specialise in analysing, interpreting and evaluating art
photographer: capture everything from portraits and landscapes to architecture, fashion and editorial. You can choose to be self-employed or to work for a range of industries as an in-house photographer
artist: create original artwork; fine artists are usually self-employed, but some artists may produce work during artist residencies or may be commissioned by an individual or organisation
jewellery and glass designer: design, repair and create jewellery
printmaker: create prints using a range of medium, including film, paper or wood
Learn from industry professionals, and benefit from their experience and real-world connections. During your second yearyou will have the opportuni...Read more
Learn from industry professionals, and benefit from their experience and real-world connections. During your second yearyou will have the opportunity to participate in an international study tour. You will also be given the opportunity to build networks and further broaden your understanding of contemporary arts practice when national and international artists visit as guest lecturers. We host regular University-wide employee master classes and employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.
Positives: There’s a lot of freedom to do what you want. There are opportunities to work in many visual arts areas for electives, and then have freedom to choose your project in your final year. The art facilities are great, they’re facilities you often wouldn’t find at other universities. I recently overheard that UniSA is o...Read more
Positives: There’s a lot of freedom to do what you want. There are opportunities to work in many visual arts areas for electives, and then have freedom to choose your project in your final year. The art facilities are great, they’re facilities you often wouldn’t find at other universities. I recently overheard that UniSA is one of two uni’s in Australia that has a full glass studio, though I can’t confirm that for sure.
Negatives: The course is new this year (2018), having changed from Bachelor of Visual Art last year. For me, as a second year student this year, this has affected me strongly. The course is still similar, and elective content hasn’t necessarily changed, but through this change I’ve found the staff to often be unreliable. I was told when I first started studying that I’d have the option to continue in the Bachelor of Visual Art, but halfway through the year I was told differently and that I’d have no choice but to study the new degree. The program director went on leave for the remainder of the second semester after announcing the changes, which I found to be a very unprofessional decision that inconvenienced a lot of the staff and students as we had a lot of questions about it.
Myself and a friend also had experiences last year with an almost-retired tutor who had little experience in teaching tutorials, which is bad enough as it is, not to mention his abusive behaviour towards students, both verbally in front of students and through email. He refused to believe valid reasons for extensions, and threatened students with plagiarism if they did not do things his way. When it came to placing complaints about this behaviour, the staff brushed it off as if it were nothing - in fact, I was told that, unless I was studying art history and theory electives this year, he would not be teaching me. So obviously I was quite angry when he turned out to be my tutor for one of my courses this semester.
As part of the new degree, they’ve also added in some new courses, which I feel have been very poorly planned as if the university rushed to create the content for the new degree. One of these courses, Contemporary Art Practice, is a prime example, as I’ve found staff do not know what they are doing and that the online content would be better suited to a lecture theatre. Courses such as Art and Australian Culture could get away with being online, as I feel I’m learning nothing in class (and tutorials are spent doing nothing but presentations). Hopefully issues like these won’t be so bad for future students in a few years time, but at this present time I would not recommend students studying this degree as it’s very poorly planned out and feels very rushed.
My advice to future students is: Definitely consider other art degrees before considering this one. Complete a lot of research into what kinds of art you would like to do before making any decisions though, as some opportunities at UniSA aren’t offered elsewhere.