Art Teacher



What is an Art Teacher?

Art Teachers work in private and governmental schools, community centres or in private studios.

Art Teachers teach children from kindergarten through to high school.

The goal of an Art Teacher is to help children learn to like different types of visual communication and help learners create their own art through drawing, painting, ceramics and design.

What does an Art Teacher do?

  • teaches the basic principles of art
  • teaches art history
  • manages students
  • helps students to become creative
  • manages discipline
  • marks papers/projects
  • prepares lessons
  • talks with management and parents

Are you … ?

  • a person who loves teaching and education?
  • a person who likes children?
  • young at heart?
  • passionate about art and art history?
  • reliable?
  • organised?
  • creative?
  • a good communicator?
  • confident to discipline a group of students?

How do I become an Art Teacher?

If you are going to teach art privately you do not need a qualification.

If you want to teach in a school, you do.

There are 2 routes to consider:

  • 4 year Bachelor of Education Degree (B.Ed) specialising in Art.
  • 3-4 year Bachelor in Fine Art, followed by a one-year Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).

Training Institutions:

  • CLICK HERE to check for a training institution near you.
  • NOTE: Each institution has its own entry requirements. Check with your institution of choice that you match theirs.


Once you’ve graduated, you will be required to register with the South African Council for Educators (SACE) as an Educator.



OTHER CAREERS TO CONSIDER:  Fine Artist and Foundation Phase School Teacher

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