Art Teacher

Art teachers help students to develop the knowledge, skills and understanding necessary to work in various fields of art, including drawing, sketching, painting in various mediums, papier maché, pottery and working with clay, craft work, model building, etc. 

Art teachers work in schools, universities of technology, universities and colleges, and plan lessons according to curricula. They prepare and assign class projects and evaluate the progress of students. They may organise trips to art museums or exhibitions and may also arrange exhibitions.

Art teachers at schools are required to attend staff meetings and other school functions and may be required to teach another school subject in addition to art.

Since art teachers work in different school systems, they may have a variety of work settings. Those who teach in poorer school systems may not have the equipment and facilities found in wealthier systems. Art teachers often work outside the classroom so their students can study nature or other environments.

For motre detailed information see occupation: Artist, Finishing Artist and Art Teacher

Personal Requirements

  • able to get along well with others
  • creative and artistic ability
  • leadership and teaching skills
  • ability to motivate pupils 
  • manual dexterity and good eye-hand co- ordination
  • able to visualise objects three-dimensionally

How to Enter

Schooling & School Subjects

National Senior Certificate (matric), or equivalent with a Bachelor's Degree pass or a Diploma pass
Compulsory Subjects: Visual Arts 
Recommended Subjects: Any creative subjects such as, Design StudiesDance Studies and Dramatics Arts and Music

In addition, check the university admission requirements to see if you qualify for the programme you want to do

What to Study

Degree: BA Fine Arts - UFS, US, UJ, UNISA, Wits, RU.

Diploma: N.Dip: Art - CUT, DUT, VUT, TUT
Certain Teacher Training Colleges offer specialist training for art teachers.

Art courses or attending a school for ballet, art and music are also recommended


  • public and private school systems
  • universities, universities of technology and colleges
  • self-employed, with own studio and students or doing freelance work

Further Information

Any of the above.

Getting Started

  • work on your artistic skills and get a portfolio together
  • volunteer to do artwork for your school magazine
  • try to get as much experience as possible with children as a group leader
  • make an appointment to speak to an art teacher about this type of career

Programmes by Study Institutions

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