On average it takes artists around four years of training to gain a basic qualification in their principal artistic occupation. Although most practicing professional artists attain their basic qualification in 3 – 5 years, the time taken ranges (for example, 15 percent of artists take over 10 years).
Training continues throughout their career for many artists and most artists acknowledge that they improve their skills throughout their career through experience and learning on the job. Many of the professional artists surveyed by Throsby and Zednik were still engaged in some form of training. Over one third were still engaged in formal/private or other training (37 percent), 29 percent were engaged in teaching themselves and 35 percent were still learning on the job.