Arts and cultural management

Arts and cultural management is a fast-growing area and the opportunities to work in this sector have never been more exciting.

We are passionate about arts management, with our strong industry links and academics with industry experience on arts boards, in arts marketing and arts management. Our core belief is in the power and potential of arts leadership; and we can help you take the next step in your career!

Is this for you?

Are you entrepreneurial and passionate about the arts? Do you want a career in the arts and to improve your leadership expertise by studying with Australia's leading online university? Then your goals are our goals.

Our programs are practical, based on real world problem solving and relevant to the skills you need as arts managers.

Opportunities and industry links

Our arts and cultural management program will gain you access to myriad exciting opportunities:

  • Internships
  • Mentorships with leading arts industry figures
  • Awards and prizes
  • Deakin University Contemporary Small Sculpture Award
  • Strong industry links through an active advisory board with wide representation, meaning students will be well-connected within the industry

We also have a track record for producing graduates who go on to work in a variety of key organisations including:

  • Creative Victoria 
  • Australian Ballet 
  • Opera Australia 
  • Arts Queensland 
  • Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • Arts marketing and event management consulting (Bendigo Art Gallery, National Gallery of Victoria)
  • Cultural Development Network
  • West Australian Opera
  • Arts Tasmania
  • Event management Florence
  • Festival management London
  • Melbourne Fringe Festival
  • Gasworks Arts Park
  • Big West Festival
  • Local government arts and cultural departments
  • KAGE Physical Theatre
  • Museum Victoria
  • Multi-media and publishing
Postgraduate degrees
Graduate Certificate of Arts and Cultural ManagementCourse information for:Local Students
Graduate Diploma of Arts and Cultural ManagementCourse information for:Local Students
Master of Arts and Cultural ManagementCourse information for:Local Students
Master of Business AdministrationCourse information for:Local StudentsInternational Students
Master of CommerceCourse information for:Local StudentsInternational Students

What our academics do

Our academics are well-connected and active in a range of industry specific areas. Please read more about their involvement, as well as department research below.

Arts participation incubator

Arts participation incubator

An active learning hub for the arts and cultural sector.

  • Connect
  • Share
  • Innovate
  • Learn

Arts governance book launch

Arts governance book launch

Deakin's Chair Arts  Management, Professor Ruth Rentschler OAM recently celebrated the launch of her new book 'Arts Governance: People, Passion, Performance'


Department research

Deakin University's Department of Management has a proud history of strong industry connections and high quality research offerings. Find out more by visiting the research website.

George Fairfax Fellowship

China study tour

Each year until 2012, an internationally renowned scholar or practitioner was awarded the George Fairfax Fellowship in Arts and Entertainment Management at Deakin University.



As well as the extensive suite of scholarships available to all Deakin students, you can also take advantage of those that are designed specifically for cultural and arts management students.

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