The South Australian arts, performance and design industry employs 2,800 people, which is around 0.3% of the State’s workforce.

The South Australian arts, performance and design industry employs 2,800 people, which is around 0.3% of the State’s workforce.

Most of the jobs are in the Adelaide metropolitan area.

Job openings for skilled workers

Actor, dancer and other entertainer

Music professional

Performing arts technician

Visual arts and crafts professional


Quick facts about this industry

  • Slightly more people work part-time than full-time.
  • Almost a third of the workforce has a university degree or higher. Over a third of the workforce have no vocational or university qualification.
  • Men make up two thirds of the workforce while women make up one third.
  • People are generally younger than those in other industries.
  • You need to be creative, have confidence, enthusiasm and excellent interpersonal skills. You will also need a high level of organisational and time management skills and be prepared to work long and varied hours.
  • Full-time arts administrators can earn from $600 to $1,400 per week while musicians earn between $600 (part-time) and $1,500 (full-time) per week. Performing arts technicians can earn between $300 and $1000 per week.

School options

Ask your vocational education and training (VET) Coordinator at school for information about doing vocational education during the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE), including the Training Guarantee for SACE (or equivalent) students. Visit the VET section of the SACE website for training options in:

  • Music, art and culture
  • Media and design

Vocational qualifications include:

  • Certificate I – Advanced Diploma in Visual Arts
  • Certificates I – IV in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Arts
  • Certificate III in Design Fundamentals
  • Certificate IV in Design
  • Diploma and Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design
  • Advanced Diploma of Creative Product Development
  • Certificate IV and Diploma in Photography and Photo Imaging
  • Certificate I – Advanced Diploma in Dance
  • Certificate III – Advanced Diploma in Live Production and Technical Services
  • Certificate II – Advanced Diploma in Music Industry
  • Certificate III – Advanced Diploma in Screen and Media

See courses related to this industry.

University disciplines include:

  • Communications
  • Drama
  • Graphic design
  • History
  • Indigenous studies
  • Industrial design
  • Interior design
  • International studies
  • Languages
  • Media
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Product design
  • Social sciences

Explore university courses offered in South Australia, including courses from:

For more information about university courses visit South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC) or for information about student satisfaction visit Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT).

Apply to study

For application information for South Australian universities and some TAFE SA courses, visit the South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC).

For subsidised training enrolment information, see Enrolling in subsidised training.

For more information, call the Infoline on 1800 673 097.

Occupations in this industry

Actors, musicians, dancers and other entertainers

Musicians play music in recitals as an accompanist or as a member of an orchestra, band or other musical group, make recordings for sale or provide musical backing for advertising, radio, television, internet or film productions.

An actor may perform live or on a recorded medium, including theatre, film, radio, television, internet or in commercials. They may also provide voice backing to animated films and commercials.

Dancers perform as soloists, with a partner, or as members of a group, often working closely with musicians. They may perform a variety of dance styles or they may specialise in one particular style.

Other entertainers include comedians, circus performers, magicians, and puppeteers/ventriloquists.

Visual arts, craft and design

Artists create visual and three dimensional forms through painting, drawing, printmaking, carving, sculpting, photography, modelling, film-making, music, acting, dancing, video and computers to communicate an impression or idea.

Key occupations

Other occupations in this industry include:

Film, stage and television director, music therapist, musician or music professional, production crew member, singer or stage manager.

Related industries for these occupations

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Career information has been sourced from government publications. See data sources for more information.

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