Art Critic








What is an Art Critic?

An Art Critic’s job is to give their opinion and technical analysis of art works (drawings, paintings, sculptures, photographs, ceramics, collages, prints etc etc).

The art pieces are usually displayed in a gallery, at an exhibition, public show or private viewing.

Art Critics comments on galleries and artists too. 

A respected Art Critic gathers a following based on their informative opinions.  Their comments may directly affects an artist’s future. In some instances, Art Critics can have a lot of power and influence in the art world.

Art Critics may work for a magazine, newspaper or web site or choose to offer their opinions on a freelance, contractual basis

What does an Art Critic do?

  • travels a lot to galleries, exhibitions, private collections
  • talks to gallery managers, exhibitors and private owners
  • makes informed opinions on various pieces of fine art
  • researches background, personalities, techniques of the artists
  • constantly updates their art knowledge
  • compares different artworks
  • writes reports/crits clearly
  • communicates with magazines and newspapers

Are you … ?

  • passionate about art and art history?
  • a person who loves fine art and techniques?
  • observant?
  • open-minded?
  • able to write intelligently, creatively and clearly?
  • able to give both positive and negative criticism?
  • interested in research?
  • good with people?

How do I become an Art Critic?

Most Art Critics have a degree in art, art history or art appreciation.

As with many positions in the art world, having a mentor in the industry is an advantage. 

An Art Critic needs experience and education in the type of art on which they will be commenting on. This will provide a valid, informed base for their opinion, giving the Art Critic credibility.

Most universities or specialised colleges will offer a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts or similar diploma. 

A BA Fine Art degree is a 4 year programme. Visit the Career Planet Training Institutions page to locate a University or College that offers the qualification or see under Fine Artist for more details.


  • CLICK HERE to check for a training institution near you to see what they offer.
  • Make sure you understand their entry requirements for each course.
  • To avoid scams, make sure your institution is registered with the Department of Higher Education. 
  • CLICK HERE to check accredited Private Higher Education Institutions. 


OTHER CAREERS TO CONSIDER: Art Historian … or … Art Teacher

Is becoming an Art Critic the right career choice for me?