Arts and cultural management

Deakin's arts and cultural management program is a dynamic course of study based on current arts industry practices. Our courses offer a business education, emphasising management, marketing and finance with a series of industry-specific projects ideal for those working in arts and entertainment management.


What our graduates say

Arts management graduates working at Melbourne Fringe, Polyglot Theatre, Melbourne Arts Centre, PBS 106.7 FM, Abbotsford Convent and Gasworks Art Park talk about Deakin's arts management course and how it helped their career in the arts.


Designed for the cultural industry

The arts and cultural industry is booming, creating a demand for qualified graduates to manage festivals, mega-events, community events, facilities, publishing houses, music venues, performing arts, visual arts, film and video, radio and television, cultural heritage and museums and communications technology organisations.

Our courses are structured within the framework of a business education, emphasising management, marketing and finance, with a series of industry-specific projects ideal for those working in the cultural industry. These skills are vital for the success of cultural organisations.

Helen MacPherson Smith Arts and Cultural Management Scholarship

If you are excelling in your studies in arts and cultural management, we encourage you to apply for the Helen MacPherson Smith Arts and Cultural Management Scholarship.  

Open to female arts management students, the scholarships are merit-based and valued up to $3000.  

Find out more.


Arts management team discuss the Deakin program

Arts Management Program Director, Associate Professor Hilary Glow believes a professional qualification in arts management offers the business skills and creative thinking to make art happen.  We invite you to view our arts management team of Associate Professor Hilary Glow, Professor Ruth Rentschler, Chair and Anne Kershaw, lecturer discussing the benefits of Deakin's arts management education.

Postgraduate degrees
Graduate Certificate of Arts and Cultural ManagementCourse information for:Local StudentsInternational Students
Graduate Diploma of Arts and Cultural ManagementCourse information for:Local Students
Master of Arts and Cultural ManagementCourse information for:Local StudentsInternational Students
Master of Business AdministrationCourse information for:Local StudentsInternational Students
Master of Business Administration (International)/Master of CommerceCourse information for:Local StudentsInternational Students
Master of CommerceCourse information for:Local StudentsInternational Students

Why study at Deakin?

Industry links

Deakin's arts and cultural management program has close ties with industry representatives from a variety of areas, including state and federal government, institutes of arts and culture, national and state cultural organisations, facilities and cultural products companies. Our advisory board comprises arts leaders and managers, and key employers from the cultural sector. Read more.

Arts Participation Incubator

Current students, alumni, practitioners and professionals across the cultural sector have the opportunity to join the Arts Participation Incubator (API), an exciting initiative of the AEM program. The API is an active learning hub offering professional development, networking and active learning opportunities for people working in the arts and cultural sector, around arts participation and audience engagement. Read more.

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'. Launched by Mr Rupert Myer AM, Chair Australia Council for the Arts, the book traces the history of early board members in the arts to the contemporary scene. 

A full transcript of Mr Myer's delivery can be found here.


Our courses are flexible

You can study when, where and how you like, and tailor your study around your work and lifestyle commitments. Deakin's trimester system offers three study periods each year, enabling you to commence your course at different times of the year. It also enables you to speed up or slow down your study while still completing your course within the normal time frames.

The George Fairfax Fellowship
and Kenneth Myer Lecture

Every two years an internationally renowned scholar or practitioner is awarded the George Fairfax Fellowship to visit Deakin University, to conduct intellectual master classes and seminars, and to deliver the Kenneth Myer Lecture. The Deakin University George Fairfax Fellowship was initiated with endowment grants from the Sidney Myer Fund, Dame Elisabeth Murdoch, and the Faculty of Business and Law, Deakin University.  Read more.

Study abroad

Gain a competitive edge with an international study experience, and earn credit towards your degree. The Faculty of Business and Law offers a number of unique study tours throughout the year to destinations such as India, China and Europe. Or consider one of the many study abroad opportunities offered by Deakin. Find out more.

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