Creative Workforce

Australian artists are highly educated and complement formal training with other types of training and professional development

Australian professional artists are highly educated and have done various types of training to become a professional artist.

Two thirds of artists have completed a university degree, compared to only one quarter of the workforce in general.

However, artists do a variety of training to become an artist. While formal training[1] plays a key role, around half of artists have done private training (48 percent), learning on the job (53 percent) or been self-taught (52 percent).


[1] Formal training refers to training that leads to an award given by an institution such as a university, CAE, Institute of Technology, Teacher’s College, TAFE, Art/Craft/Design school, drama school, dance school, music school/conservatorium etc.