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"In art, there are three main areas of work," explains Christel Lendrat, career advisor at the Hamburg employment agency. "There are the fine arts, whose products can be seen and touched, the performing arts such as actors and musicians, and the commissioned artists, which include designers."

Many understand visual artists as painters and sculptors. "There are no technical limits in this area," explains Werner Schaub, Chairman of the Federal Association of Visual Artists in Berlin. "That's why performance and light artists are also part of it." The term visual artist is not protected by law. If you like, you can call yourself that.

Two paths lead to the visual arts: "Either you are self-taught and acquire your knowledge and skills yourself," says Schaub. "Or you study at a school, an academy or a college."

Become a famous artist and earn a lot of money - that's what some would like. However, the reality is often different, as Schaub reports. "As a visual artist you are always freelance, and that is usually difficult with your income." Well over 90 percent of visual artists could not live from art and would have to look for a part-time job.

Numerous high school graduates with an affinity for art choose to become art teachers. "With a teaching degree you have a good overall chance of a job in the next few years," says study advisor Stefan Hatz, chairman of the board of the Society for Information, Counseling and Therapy at Universities (GIBeT) in Greifswald. "But that depends on the subjects you teach." While there is great demand from teachers for the natural sciences, it is lower in the areas of art and history. You should also be honest with yourself: do I want to be an artist above all and create something myself all day? Then teaching may not be the right thing.

Designers, too, often do not work completely freely. "You are active as an artist, but you work for a specific purpose, for example by designing a chair," says student advisor Hatz. Special training is often required, such as a degree in graphic design.

If you like to work in art, a job in a gallery could also be something for you. "Studying art history, cultural studies or humanities is good for that," says Silvia Zörner from the Federal Association of German Galleries and Editions in Berlin.

Usually the start takes place via an internship in a gallery or in an auction house. "As an assistant in a gallery you have to organize exhibitions later and establish and maintain contacts with artists, museums, art associations and buyers." (dpa)

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