Where an arts degree can take you

Arts degrees have a bad reputation when it comes to employability. But their value to the arts workforce is worth a closer look.
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Arts degrees (particularly in the creative or visual arts) are joked about as the fastest roads to low-paid insecure jobs, or worse, to no jobs at all.

But you don’t have to look far to see arts graduates using their study as a gateway to high value roles, which they do with skills only those degrees can provide.

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ArtsHub's Arts Feature Writer Jo Pickup is based in Perth. An arts writer and manager, she has worked as a journalist and broadcaster for media such as the ABC, RTRFM and The West Australian newspaper, contributing media content and commentary on art, culture and design. She has also worked for arts organisations such as Fremantle Arts Centre, STRUT dance, and the Aboriginal Arts Centre Hub of WA, as well as being a sessional arts lecturer at The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA).