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4172.0 - Arts and Culture in Australia: A Statistical Overview, 2007  
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Contents >> 18.0 Arts Education - Introduction >> 18.1 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 2004 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. Music (215,300 people), Crafts (170,100 people) and Fine arts (169,100 people) were the most common courses completed or qualifications obtained.

18.1 Persons with an arts or culture qualification - April 2004

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

Librarianship
*4.8
9.2
*14.0
Heritage
**1.9
*3.6
*5.5
Crafts
36.4
133.7
170.1
Drama and dance
35.7
120.9
156.6
Film, radio and television
25.6
25.8
51.4
Fine arts
57.0
112.1
169.1
Architecture
25.5
*10.6
36.2
Design
64.7
87.5
152.3
Music
87.8
127.5
215.3
Literature
17.8
27.9
45.7
Other
99.9
144.7
244.6
Total(a)
396.1
698.5
1 094.5

* estimate has a relative standard error of 25% to 50% and should be used with caution
** estimate has a relative standard error greater than 50% and is considered too unreliable for general use
(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 2004, data available on request.


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 61,178 students studying creative arts at higher educational institutions in Australia in 2005 (this figure excludes TAFE courses) according to DEST data.

18.2 NUMBER OF STUDENTS UNDERTAKING HIGHER EDUCATION IN THE FIELD OF CREATIVE ARTS(a) - 2005

Students
Per cent of all creative arts students
'000
%

New South Wales
18.2
29.8
Victoria
15.3
25.0
Queensland
13.5
22.1
South Australia
3.6
5.9
Western Australia
7.3
12.0
Tasmania
1.0
1.7
Northern Territory
0.2
0.3
Australian Capital Territory
1.2
1.9
Australia(b)
61.2
100.0

(a) Creative arts comprises of the following educational fields: Performing arts; Visual arts and crafts; Graphic and design studies; Communication and media studies; and Other performing arts
(b) Includes students undertaking courses in multi-state institutions
Department of Education, Science & Training, Students 2005: Selected Higher Education Statistics


Data on vocational education can be obtained from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research. It found that in 2005 vocational training organisations such as TAFE institutes reported 44,100 students enrolled in the creative arts.

18.3 SUBJECT ENROLMENTS IN VOCATIONAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING COURSES(a), In the field of creative arts(b) - 2005

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

New South Wales
165.3
14.6
33.1
Victoria
118.9
13.2
29.9
Queensland
56.8
5.3
12.0
South Australia
31.3
2.1
4.8
Western Australia
57.1
5.7
12.9
Tasmania
7.5
0.9
2.0
Northern Territory
7.2
1.4
3.2
Australian Capital Territory
7.0
1.0
2.3
Australia
451.3
44.1
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 2005: In detail.


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