Arts and cultural management



The arts and cultural sector is dynamic and makes a significant contribution to the Australian economy. There is strong demand for responsive and highly trained art managers. These managers take on leadership roles in the visual and performing arts, heritage and creative industries.

Our teaching staff have wide-reaching, practical experience across a range of arts and cultural sectors. You’ll also have the opportunity of engaging with industry representatives, be exposed to the work of cutting-edge thinkers, and integrate your work and learning. Deakin’s arts management programs are grounded in business education.

Offered fully online, this course gives you the flexibility to study anywhere and at any time. Our new entry requirements facilitate ready access to the course and encourage Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) of your previous professional experience.

Deakin staff offer innovative and engaging teaching, that draws on actual industries and workplaces.

Anne Kershaw

Lecturer, Arts and Cultural Management

Strong links to industry

Our arts and cultural management program boasts strong industry links through an active advisory board with wide representation. You'll gain access to many exciting opportunities, including internships and mentorships with leading arts industry figures.

Arts and cultural management courses

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If you're ready to specialise in the arts management field, a higher degree by research could be for you. Research often leads to an academic career, but you'll find it's highly useful in any workplace. By doing research within our Department of Management, you can take on anything from branding and retailing through to innovations and entrepreneurship.

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Deakin Business School (DBS) is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). Only five per cent of business programs worldwide are AACSB accredited and DBS is one of only three in Victoria .

Industry connections

We have a track record of producing graduates who go on to work in a variety of key organisations such as:

  • Australian Ballet
  • Melbourne Fringe Festival
  • Museum Victoria
  • National Gallery of Victoria
  • Opera Australia.

Career opportunities

Many of our past students from this course have gone on to work in high-profile organisations including:

  • arts and cultural departments
  • art galleries
  • arts marketing
  • ballet, theatre and opera companies
  • event and festival management 
  • local government 
  • multimedia and publishing
  • museums.

What do our students and staff say?

Catherine French on arts management at Deakin

Catherine French, Marketing and Communications Coordinator at Polyglot Theatre, talks about Deakin's arts management course and the role it played in contributing to her career progression.

Arts and cultural management at Deakin

Associate Professor Hilary Glow, Director of the Arts Management Program discusses the benefits of studying Arts Management at Deakin University.

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