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 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).
 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.