The field of applied arts can be considered the realm of applying artistic knowledge to the creation of final products that serve a purpose beyond artwork. This includes architecture, designing consumer goods such as cars, and even the culinary arts.

There are many skilled jobs requiring artistic flair that are not necessarily seated within the arts sector. We have collected some examples below.


Take stock of your personal and professional experience. Consider any skills or qualifications you may already have- these can be as simple as experience in customer service or working in an office.

Assess where your personal interests lie:

  • Do you have a particular interest in a specific industry? (e.g. Automotive, website design, advertising) What types of creative skills does this industry require?

  • Do you have a particular interest in a specific creative skill? (e.g. model-making, cake-decorating, digital drawing) What industries require this skill?

Next, lets have a look at some of the different fields in applied arts.

LEarning REsources

Wherever you are on your learning journey we have some resources on setting up an effective learning environment and behaviours. You can find these at our Learning Resources page. Areas include;

  • Learning Library

  • Creating a Learning Plan

  • Studying + Working from Home

Make it Better

The Learning Hub is designed for self-directed learning and development, to assist you in growing your personal and professional skills as you see fit. It is a free and democratic resource that adapts as the creative landscape changes; the sections and links you see are just examples of what is possible.

We invite everyone to build upon this current structure, to make the Learning Hub a state-wide go-to for all artists and arts workers seeking development and for anyone considering a career in the arts. All ideas, feedback or content suggestions are warmly welcomed through the Make It Better contributors portal.