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Art Technician (University)

Art Technician (University)

Art technicians that work in a university context will usually have specialist knowledge, skills and experience of working with a particular material such as paint, wood, metal, textiles, or audio-visual. They will either work with a specific course e.g. painting or they will be based within a central workshop at the university where they will work with students from across a range of arts disciplines. 

A large part of the role will be student facing, where they will responsible for demonstrating the use of specialist software, techniques and equipment to the students. Other responsibilities of the role are likely to include: looking after workshop equipment; overseeing health and safety in workshop areas; keeping a record of stock and ordering new materials when needed; building, repairing and maintaining studio and exhibition spaces; and assisting with the installation of student exhibitions. 

What skills do you need to become an art technician?

A specialist knowledge within your area of demonstration is essential. In addition, you will need: 

  • To be proactive and well organised

  • Good communication and interpersonal skills

  • Good problem-solving skills

  • The ability to work independently and as part of a team

  • The ability to multitask, prioritise work and manage your time well

How do you become an art technician?

It’s very common for art school technicians to have a degree in art as well as knowledge and experience of working within the arts sector and installing exhibitions. Many technicians will also be practising artists. A driving licence and a first aid qualification are useful qualifications to hold. 

Where next?

Look up other roles in the visual arts including:

Art Technician (Museums & Galleries)

Contemporary Artist

Art Handler (Museums & Galleries)