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Community arts worker

Alternative titles for this job include

Community arts workers help local communities plan and take part in activities like drama, dance, painting and photography.

Average salary (a year)

£19,000 Starter


£29,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

37 to 39 variable

You could work

evenings / weekends / bank holidays attending events or appointments

How to become

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How to become a community arts worker

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • volunteering


You could take a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree in:

  • community arts
  • creative expressive therapies
  • art and design
  • community education

You'll usually need to be qualified and experienced in a particular art form, for instance visual arts, dance, drama, music or creative writing.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 1 or 2 A levels, or equivalent, for a foundation degree or higher national diploma
  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree

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You may find a community arts qualification useful for getting a job as an assistant. Examples include:

  • Level 2 Certificate in Community Arts Administration
  • Level 2 or 3 Certificate in Community Development

Entry requirements

You may need:

  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course

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You may be able to do a cultural learning and participation officer advanced apprenticeship.

This typically takes between 18 and 21 months to complete as a mix of learning in the workplace and off-the-job study.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship

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It's important to get relevant experience by volunteering. This can often lead into paid work.

You can find out about local community arts projects from the arts officer at your local council, or by checking:

Direct Application

You can apply directly for jobs if you've got paid or voluntary experience of working in the community. For example, in adult education, art teaching or youth work. Experience of working with disadvantaged or vulnerable groups will also be helpful.

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Career tips

Experience is just as important for getting onto a community arts course as it is for finding paid work.

Further information

You'll find more on working in community arts and creative careers from Discover Creative Careers.

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • leadership skills
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • the ability to work well with others
  • the ability to work on your own
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • business management skills
  • active listening skills
  • the ability to organise your time and workload
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

Restrictions and Requirements

You'll need to:

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

You could:

  • work with local community groups to identify needs and concerns
  • develop new groups and activities
  • create artwork and help community members develop their own ideas
  • promote and organise input from other arts workers
  • lead meetings and training activities
  • advise on grants, sponsorship and other sources of funding
  • write funding bids and proposals, manage budgets and do general administration
  • publicise activities through the press, local radio, leaflets and social media
  • manage and assess projects

Working environment

You could work in the community, at a library, at a school, at an adult care home or in a prison.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

With experience, you could work freelance and run larger projects with bigger budgets.

In larger organisations, you could move into a more senior or management role.

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

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