Fine Artist








What is a Fine Artist?

A Fine Artist creates original pieces of fine art to sell.

Fine art usually includes one-of-a-kind pieces or limited editions.  These can include painting, drawing, sculpture, photography and digital.

Fine Artists explore subjects such as social and political issues, emotions, colour, space, textures, patterns etc. 

Fine Artists usually specialise in:

  • Painters use paints on canvas to create artistic works
  • Multi-media artists use absolutely anything to create a piece of art
  • Sculptors use stone, metal, concrete, and other materials to create three-dimensional pieces
  • Ceramicists make 3-D items out of clay
  • Photographers use either film or digital cameras
  • Printers express themselves through silkscreen, etchings, linocuts, woodcuts etc etc

What does a Fine Artist do?

  • researches a subject matter
  • makes preliminary drawings
  • experiments with materials
  • masters techniques
  • creates works for an exhibition
  • frames works, where necessary
  • talks with art galleries and clients
  • orders supplies
  • organises packing and delivery of piece to final destination (local or export)

Are you … ?

  • artistic?
  • a person who works well on their own?
  • ‘in tune’ with your emotions?
  • interested in experimenting with various artistic techniques?
  • uninhibited?
  • prepared to work long and strange hours?
  • able to communicate well with others?

How do I become a Fine Artist?

A degree is not required to become a Fine Artist, although many artists do choose to study further, like a Bachelors in Fine Arts, to improve their skills.

Accomplished artists often sell their works through galleries, private commissions and through websites.
Most universities or Schools will offer a BA in Fine Arts or similar diploma. 


  • 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. 

For example:


Offers a BA Fine Art degree which is a four year programme. 

Minimum requirements:  Grade 12 or Matric.  A portfolio of your work is, however, compulsory.  No application will be received without it! 

School subjects:  Art is highly recommended but not compulsory. 


Offers a Diploma in Fine Art:

Minimum requirements: Grade 12.  A portfolio of your work is necessary.  No application will be received without it! 
For portfolio requirements:

School subjects:  Art, however, is not compulsory, but recommended. English is required.


OTHER CAREERS TO CONSIDER:  Art Teacher and Art Historian

Is becoming a Fine Artist the right career choice for me?