Plans, designs, develops, and prepares pictures and diagrams to communicate messages, clarify meaning, assist in presentations and illustrate stories, using traditional and digital media such as drawing, painting, drafting, collage, models, photography, and image capture and manipulation software.
Skill Level 1
Caveats No caveats
Endorsed Correlations to ASCO Occupations
Group: 2324 Graphic and Web Designers, and Illustrators
Occupations not considered under this ANZSCO code:
Performing Arts Technicians nec
Illustrators create and develop illustrations and designs for books, magazines,
advertisements, films and multimedia. They illustrate on paper as well as in two-dimensional
(2D) and three-dimensional (3D) models and may use traditional drawing methods, computertechniques or a combination of both. Illustrators need to be good communicators who
understand what their clients need in order to fulfil their briefs. Many Illustrators display their
work in a professional portfolio (either digital or physical) and when prompted, should be able
talk about each sample of their work.
Requirements for Skills Assessment
This occupation requires a qualification assessed as comparable to the educational level
of an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Bachelor degree or higher degree, in a
field highly relevant to the nominated occupation. In addition to this, applicants must
have undertaken at least one year of post-qualification employment at an appropriate
skill level in the last five years which is highly relevant to the nominated occupation. If
employment is not post-qualification, then five additional years of highly relevant
employment are required.
If the degree is not in a highly relevant field, three years of employment at an
appropriate skill level completed in the last five years in a field which is highly relevant
to the nominated occupation is required. This is reduced to two years if there is an
additional qualification at least at AQF Diploma level in a highly relevant field.
If employment is not post-qualification, then five additional years of relevant
employment are required. This is in addition to one year of highly relevant employment
within the past five years.
A positive assessment of both qualifications and employment is required for a positive
Skills Assessment Outcome.
AQF Bachelor degree or higher*
Highly relevant major fields of study include:
Visual Art / Visual Communication
Graphic / Multimedia Design
Note: Qualifications in the various Design disciplines may be considered on a case-bycase basis if the study program consists of subjects in drawing or illustration and design;
and the subsequent employment is highly relevant. For example, qualifications in
Architecture is relevant to employment of an Architectural Illustrator.
Examines assignment brief and related material, and prepares layouts and
sketches of proposed illustrations
Determines style, technique and medium to produce the desired effects and
conform with reproduction requirements
Conceives and renders illustrations and details from models, sketches or
Uses pens, ink, charcoal, crayons, paint and other materials to create
drawings and illustrations
Discusses and amends illustrations with clients and production team at
various stages of completion
Uses computers to develop and enhance illustrations
Illustrates children's books, scientific work, technical manuals, reference
books and other publications
May specialise in product packaging, corporate, medical or architectural
May prepare series of drawings to illustrate an animated sequence in a
television or film production
Researches the topic by looking at photographs, artworks, advertisements
and books, and by observing people, animals and plants
Creates and manipulates models using clay and other materials or 2D and
3D computer graphics to create an animated sequence
Most occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with a bachelor degree or higher qualification. At least five years of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualification. In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification (ANZSCO Skill Level 1).