4172.0 - Arts and Culture in Australia: A Statistical Overview, 2008 (Second Edition)  
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This document was added 15/05/2009.



15/05/2009 Note: An error has been amended in Chapter 18, Arts Education. Data in the text immediately preceding table 18.4 for Graphic and arts design, Architecture and Music has been corrected. No other changes have been made.


TRAINING IN THE ARTS

The 2007 survey of Work in Selected Culture and Leisure Activities collected information about whether the people involved in selected arts or cultural activities had qualifications relevant to those selected activities. Some 912,300 people aged 15 years and over in Australia had completed a course or qualification at some time in their lives related to one of the selected arts or culture activities in which they were involved. Of the selected activities, visual arts (336,000 people) and crafts (185,500 people) were the most common relevant qualifications obtained.

18.1 PERSONS INVOLVED IN SELECTED ACTIVITIES WITH A RELEVANT QUALIFICATION(a), By sex - April 2007

Males
Females
Persons
'000
'000
'000

Visual art activities
Drawing
62.6
78.4
141.0
Painting
21.6
65.1
86.7
Sculpture
*8.5
*14.4
23.0
Photography
55.1
61.2
116.3
Print making
*4.1
17.3
21.4
Creating artwork with a computer
47.4
66.4
113.8
Other visual art activities
**2.4
*2.5
*4.9
Total visual art activities
138.7
197.3
336.0
Craft activities
Pottery or ceramics
*3.6
16.6
20.2
Textiles
**1.6
52.3
53.8
Jewellery making
*5.5
23.7
29.2
Furniture making or wood crafts
56.6
*4.1
60.7
Glass crafts
**0.6
*8.2
*8.8
Other craft activities
*8.0
25.0
33.0
Total craft activities
72.4
113.1
185.5
Writing
69.5
80.7
150.2
Publishing
17.8
19.8
37.6
Designing websites
36.5
19.9
56.4
Design
91.3
94.5
185.8
Designing computer games, or other interactive software
24.3
*6.0
30.3
Music
Live performer
43.5
54.8
98.3
No involvement as a live performer
*7.2
*12.2
*19.3
Total music
50.6
66.9
117.6
Performing arts
Performer
25.1
52.2
77.3
No involvement as a performer
11.9
25.0
36.9
Total performing arts
37.0
77.2
114.2
Total(b)
405.6
506.6
912.3

* 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) It was the respondents decision whether their course or qualification was related to a particular activity.
(b) Components may not add up to total as some persons may have been involved in more than one activity.
Source: ABS data available on request, Survey of Work in Selected Culture and Leisure Activities, April 2007.


Tertiary arts education data are available from the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR). According to DEEWR data, there were 68,100 students undertaking a course in the field of creative arts at higher educational institutions in Australia in 2007 (this figure excludes TAFE courses).

18.2 NUMBER OF STUDENTS UNDERTAKING HIGHER EDUCATION(a), In the field of creative arts(b) - 2007

Creative arts students
Per cent of all creative arts students
'000
%

New South Wales
21.0
30.8
Victoria
17.1
25.1
Queensland
14.0
20.6
South Australia
4.2
6.2
Western Australia
8.3
12.2
Tasmania
1.3
1.9
Northern Territory
0.2
0.3
Australian Capital Territory
1.7
2.5
Multi-state
0.3
0.4
Australia
68.1
100.0

(a) Students enrolled in higher education courses in each Australian Higher Education Provider.
(b) 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.
Source: Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, Students 2007 (full year): Selected Higher Education Statistics.


Data on vocational education can be obtained from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER). According to NCVER data, vocational training organisations, such as TAFE institutes, reported 44,100 students enrolled in courses in the field of creative arts in 2007.

18.3 NUMBER OF STUDENTS IN VOCATIONAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING COURSES(a), In the field of creative arts(b)(c) - 2007

Creative arts students
Per cent of all creative arts students
'000
%

New South Wales
15.8
35.9
Victoria
12.2
27.6
Queensland
5.4
12.1
South Australia
2.0
4.5
Western Australia
5.7
12.9
Tasmania
0.8
1.9
Northern Territory
1.3
2.9
Australian Capital Territory
1.0
2.2
Australia
44.1
100.0

(a) Excludes Vocational Education and Training delivered in schools, where the delivery has been undertaken by schools.
(b) Whose major field of education was the creative arts.
(c) 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.
Source: National Centre for Vocational Education Research, Students and Courses 2007.


According to the 2007 survey of Education and work, the most common qualification in the Cultural industry was Graphic and arts design with 65,700 people holding qualifications in it. Other common qualifications were Architecture with 36,100 people and Music with 31,100 people holding qualifications. Graphic arts and design was the most common qualification for both males and females.

18.4 MAIN FIELD OF HIGHEST NON-SCHOOL QUALIFICATION, By sex - 2007

Males
Females
Persons
'000
'000
'000

Architecture and urban design
Architecture
24.3
11.8
36.1
Urban design and regional planning
7.6
*2.7
10.3
Landscape architecture/ Interior and environmental design
*2.8
11.5
14.3
Total architecture and urban design(a)
35.6
26.4
61.9
Studies in human society
Sociology
*3.7
7.8
11.4
Anthropology
*2.3
7.5
9.8
History
10.8
13.2
24.0
Other studies in human society
7.8
9.8
17.5
Total studies in human society
24.5
38.3
62.8
Librarianship and information management and Curatorial studies
Librarianship and management
*4.0
21.7
25.7
Total librarianship and information management and curatorial studies(b)
*4.1
22.5
26.6
Performing arts
Music
13.9
17.3
31.1
Drama and theatre studies/Dance
6.4
7.0
13.4
Total performing arts(c)
22.4
25.4
47.8
Visual arts and crafts
Fine arts
11.3
18.2
29.5
Photography
5.4
*5.1
10.5
Crafts/Jewellery making/Floristry
*3.9
11.3
15.2
Visual arts and crafts nfd/nec
5.4
10.4
15.8
Total visual arts and crafts
26.0
45.1
71.1
Graphic and design studies
Graphic arts and design studies
32.0
33.7
65.7
Fashion design/Textile design
**1.8
18.0
19.8
Total graphic and design studies(d)
34.8
51.7
86.5
Journalism
6.4
10.5
16.9
Religious studies
17.5
11.5
29.0

* 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) Includes Architecture and urban environment n.f.d./n.e.c.
(b) Includes Curatorial studies.
(c) Includes Performing arts n.f.d./n.e.c.
(d) Includes Graphic and design studies n.f.d./n.e.c.
Source: ABS data available on request, Survey of Education and Work, 2007.



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