Knowledge, know-how and special skills.

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We represent diverse expertise in the art and culture field

Our members work in specialist positions in the art and culture sector. They include specialists in administration, design, production, teaching, research and development, as well as creative professionals and supervisors.

Some of us work in the private sector (event production, festival organizations, associations), some in the public sector (state agencies, municipal administration, universities), but independent self-employed people and entrepreneurs are also numerous.

Most commonly, our members hold degrees in the humanities and fine arts from universities and universities of applied sciences. The most important basis for our common bond is, above all, a professional identity — and a desire to build the working life of the future.

The breadth of our community gives our union a profound familiarity with the art and culture sector and makes it more representative and societally appreciated. That is also a direct benefit for our members: our community can offer great partners and networks!

Strong specialized competence and multisectoral understanding

Work in the art and culture sector requires a strong ability to see the bigger picture, diverse education and understanding which combines different sectors. The roles demand active monitoring of changes in the operating environment, current events and legislation, constant self-development and cooperation skills.

Specialists in the sector share organizational skills, project management, the ability to take initiative and communication and management skills. Work which requires specialist competence also demands a wealth of ideas, creativity and good language skills.

Most common degrees

  • MA and Ph.D. (mostly in humanities or arts)
  • Master of Fine Arts
  • Master of Visual Arts
  • Bachelor of Culture and Arts, cultural production (University of Applied Sciences)
  • Bachelor of Culture and Arts, visual arts (University of Applied Sciences)
  • Bachelor of Culture and Arts, media (University of Applied Sciences)
  • Bachelor of Culture and Arts, artisan/designer (University of Applied Sciences)

Most typical professional roles

  • Culture and art sector professionals
  • Administrative, supervisory and managerial positions
  • Development, teaching and research roles
  • Culture services’ production and communication roles
  • Design, coordination and project work
  • Multi-professional culture and welfare services
  • Member groups include cultural producers, managers, agents, visual artists, designers, school art teachers, municipal culture directors and executive directors.


  • Municipal sector
  • State sector
  • Private sector: companies, specialist, festival and event organizations, foundations and associations
  • Entrepreneurship, self-employment

You can be a member of TAKU at all stages of working life, and you can join when you’re a student!

Career stories

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Regional activities

You’re welcome to join our regional activities.