140-Visual artists

Job Title: 

Visual artists

Job Description: 

Visual artists create and execute works (includes or iginal works) of art by sculpting, painting, drawing, carving, creating cartoons, engraving or using other techniques.


Visual artists create original artworks using any of a wide variety of media and techniques. It includes conceptualizing and creating visual as well as three-dimensional forms of artwork using visual effects or different forms or types of media such as paint, clay, wood, stone or other forms or types of media. It includes painting, drawing, printmaking, carving, sculpting, photography, modelling, film-making, music, acting, dancing, video, computers and other mediums to communicate an impression or idea.


Job activities and tasks include:

  • conceiving and developing ideas, designs and styles for paintings, drawings and sculptures
  • arranging objects, positioning models, and selecting landscapes and other visual forms according to chosen subject matter
  • selecting artistic media, method and materials
  • creating representational or abstract three-dimensional or relief forms by shaping, carving and working and combining materials such as, wood, stone, clay, metal, ice or paper
  • creating representational or abstract drawings and paintings using pencils, ink, chalk, oil paints, water colours or through the application of other techniques
  • creating drawings and engraving or etching them on metal, wood, or other materials
  • creating cartoons to depict persons and events, often in caricature
  • restoring damaged, soiled and faded paintings and other art objects

higher specialized knowledge of principles, concepts and techniques in field of work, discipline and/or professional practice

  • Advanced knowledge of analyzing, planning, managing and establishing ideas, policies, strategies, projections and/or conditions in the field of work, discipline and/or professional practice
  • Higher knowledge of research principles and methods
  • Higher knowledge of high level governance of systems, processes and procedures including legislative, regulatory, standards, codes and conventions
  • Broad knowledge of recent developments in the field of work, discipline and/or professional practice
  • Broad knowledge of principles, concepts and techniques in management, economics, finance, statistics and fiscal disciplines related to the field of work and/or professional practice
  • Broad knowledge of political, government, legislative and regulatory systems related to the field of work
  • Broad knowledge of laws, regulations, standards codes and conventions of the UAE and specific Emirates related to the field of work, discipline and/or professional practice and more general subjects including OHSE and cultural understanding and awareness
  • Broad knowledge of principles, concepts and techniques in sensitively managing complex ethical issues
  • Leverage information technology, management information systems, management techniques and tools for optimal field of work performance and/or professional practice
  • Skills in research, analysis, consultation and synthesis of information to evaluate ideas, policies, strategies, projections and/or conditions and produce recommendations and/ or relevant options
  • Manage higher level relationships and organize related activities of respective stakeholders
  • Higher skills and experience in broad based policy analysis, formulation and research, plus planning in sensitive and confidential environment
  • Develop concepts and convey strategic suggestions from the spectrum of development experience
  • Broad level negotiation cultural sensitivity and diplomatic skills
  • Use of information, tools, resources to support broad-level and complex work achievement
  • Work sensitively and effectively in a multi-cultural environment
  • Work with others to develop creative solutions to complex predictable and new contexts problems
  • Communicate with effect, and a proven record of developing and maintaining active partnerships across an organization and with diverse external clients and other key stakeholders
  • Highly developed higher oral and written communication, interpersonal and representational skills, and a proven ability to use these skills to prepare and present clear, concise, high quality advice
  • Highly developed leadership and effective management skills, with capacity to implement and sustain improvements within a team environment, as well as the ability to work flexibly and cooperatively as a member of a team
  • Personal drive and integrity, the ability to self-manage and the capacity to identify and effectively control risks associated with change, as well observe ethical standards related to complex ethical issues
  • Achieving results within tight timelines, and capacity to set and implement new policy directions
  • Highly developed broad organizational skills, including the ability to organize priorities and meet tight deadlines
  • Work Context: 

    Typically, work irregular hours. May work very long hours when finish creative work or meeting particular client deadlines. May work with a range of mediums, that can in some instances be hazardous or toxic if not handled correctly. May also, hold another job to supplement income whilst seeking discovery or recognition in terms of capacity to earn sufficient income to live. Usually work in an art studio, workshops or in some case in-situ or outdoors to create the artwork. Also, working from home is common. To gain inspiration or materials or exhibit artwork may need to travel locally, nationally and internationally.


    Diploma/Associate degree in visual arts or related field of work/discipline, higher qualification or equivalent.

    Required Work Experience: 

    5 years and above.

    Probable Employers: 

    Abu Dhabi Media Co., Abu Dhabi Media Zone Authority,

    Occupational Size: 
    Less than 5,000
    Expected Earnings: 

    Above the industry average

    Projected Growth: 
    Very good
    Alternate Titles: 

    Examples of job titles:
    Cartoonist - Ceramic artist - Commercial artist - Picture restorer - Portrait painter - Sculptor
    Examples of some related occupations:
    Handicraft workers - Industrial designer - Graphic designer - Painting teacher (private tuition) - Artist blacksmith - Illustrator - Portrait artist - Sacred art artist - Stained glass artist - Automotive artist

    UAE Industry Groups: 
    Arts, entertainment, multimedia and ITC applications
    International Careers(ISCO): 
    Source Of Info: 
    Occupations and Careers Handbook for UAE Nationals(Copyright NQA ). Referenced from New York University, Abu Dhabhi