Australian Bureau of Statistics

Rate the ABS website
ABS Home > Statistics > By Release Date
ABS @ Facebook ABS @ Twitter ABS RSS ABS Email notification service
4172.0 - Arts and Culture in Australia: A Statistical Overview, 2004 (Reissue)  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 06/09/2006  Reissue
   Page tools: Print Print Page Print all pages in this productPrint All RSS Feed RSS Bookmark and Share Search this Product  
Contents >> Arts Education >> Training in the Arts

TRAINING IN THE ARTS

Some 1.1 million people aged 15 years and over in Australia had completed a course or qualification in an arts or culture related field at some time in their lives, according to the 2001 Survey of Work in Selected Culture and Leisure Activities. This included qualifications at universities, specialist tertiary institutions such as the National Institute of Dramatic Art and technical and further education (TAFE) institutes. Crafts (261,900 people), Fine arts (192,700 people) and Music (242,700 people) were the most common courses completed or qualifications obtained.

18.1 PERSONS WITH AN ARTS OR CULTURE QUALIFICATION - April 2001

Males
Females
Persons
Field of qualification
'000
'000
'000

Librarianship
*3.3
12.8
16.2
Heritage
*2.4
*4.1
6.5
Crafts
47.4
214.5
261.9
Drama and dance
32.5
118.5
151.0
Film, radio and television
30.6
20.1
50.7
Fine arts
62.9
129.7
192.7
Design
74.1
70.6
144.8
Music
107.2
135.6
242.7
Literature
21.5
47.7
69.2
Other
69.9
106.0
175.9
Total(a)
385.1
728.0
1 113.1

* estimate has a relative standard error of 25% to 50% and should be used with caution
(a) Components may not add to totals as some persons may have undertaken study in more than one field.
ABS, Work in Selected Culture and Leisure Activities, April 2001 (cat. no. 6281.0).


Tertiary arts education data are available from the Australian Government Department of Education, Science and Training (DEST). Information is available on student enrolments in tertiary institutions by field of study and level of course. There were 57,896 students studying creative arts at higher educational institutions in Australia in 2003 (this figure excludes TAFE courses) according to DEST data.

18.2 NUMBER OF STUDENTS UNDERTAKING HIGHER EDUCATION IN THE FIELD OF CREATIVE ARTS(a) - 2003

Number
Per cent

New South Wales
18 255
31.5
Victoria
14 730
25.4
Queensland
12 424
21.5
South Australia
2 938
5.1
Western Australia
6 663
11.5
Tasmania
950
1.6
Northern Territory
257
0.4
Australian Capital Territory
1 563
2.7
Australia(b)
57 896
100.0

(a) Creative arts comprises the following fields of education: Performing arts; Visual arts and crafts; Graphic and design studies; Communication and media studies; and Other creative arts.
(b) Includes students undertaking courses in multi-state institutions.
Department of Education, Science and Training, Students 2003: Selected Higher Education Statistics.


Data on vocational education can be obtained from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research. It found that in 2002 vocational training organisations such as TAFE institutes reported 58,500 students enrolled in the creative arts as their major field of study.

18.3 Subject enrolments in vocational education and training courses in the field of creative arts(a)(b) - 2002

Subject enrolments
Students(c)
Per cent of all creative arts students
'000
'000
%

New South Wales
158.2
16.4
28.0
Victoria
177.1
14.7
25.1
Queensland
64.0
16.6
28.4
South Australia
37.0
1.9
3.2
Western Australia
58.6
5.7
9.7
Tasmania
8.8
0.8
1.4
Northern Territory
8.2
1.2
2.1
Australian Capital Territory
7.7
1.1
1.9
Australia
519.5
58.5
100.0

(a) Excludes vocational education and training courses which are part of a secondary school program.
(b) Creative arts comprises the following fields of education: Performing arts; Visual arts and crafts; Graphic and design studies; Communication and media studies; and Other creative arts.
(c) Whose major field of education was the Creative arts.
National Centre for Vocational Education Research Ltd., Students and Courses 2002: In detail.


Previous PageNext Page


Bookmark and Share. Opens in a new window


Commonwealth of Australia 2014

Unless otherwise noted, content on this website is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 Australia Licence together with any terms, conditions and exclusions as set out in the website Copyright notice. For permission to do anything beyond the scope of this licence and copyright terms contact us.