1 year part-time
Direct applications to Deakin for Trimester 1 2023 close 19 February 2023
Take the first step towards a more fulfilling career and graduate with lasting professional networks by studying the Graduate Certificate of Business (Arts and Cultural Management). Learn valuable business skills from academics with successful careers in the arts and creative sectors and use this short, flexible course as a stepping stone into the master degree.
Want to complement your knowledge of the arts with practical business skills that boost your employability?
The Graduate Certificate of Business (Arts and Cultural Management) features four core units from Deakin’s Master of Business (Arts and Cultural Management) – the only course of its kind in Australia delivered by a business school. This gives our graduates a significant advantage by ensuring they have the practical business experience employers are seeking more than ever. It prepares managers ready for work in both not-for-profit and commercial organisations. Better still, Deakin’s Business School is ranked in the top 1% globally and has a reputation for teaching excellence backed by AACSB and EQUIS accreditation.
The course is responsive to trends within the sector, better preparing you for your future role. For example, you might learn how to coordinate a virtual event (an emerging growth area in the industry) in a COVID-19 affected landscape or prepare a business plan for a creative industries startup. Through tasks like this, you can apply the fundamentals of business – including management, marketing, finance, human resources and project management – in arts and cultural management contexts.
The curriculum's connectedness to the sector comes as a result of course content that’s shaped by advisory boards and delivered by industry experts. Working alongside employers and board members within the industry, our academics develop assessments, projects and content that reflect the challenges of the field. Not only are our academics well-connected, they’re also highly credentialed and experienced. From arts managers influencing arts and cultural policies for government, to Presidents of the Green Room Awards, you’ll be learning from the very best.
The course can be completed in just 1 year of part-time study. It’s also delivered on our premium online learning platform, giving you the freedom to study when and where it suits you. The course’s flexibility makes it a popular option for students looking to get a taste of postgraduate study before progressing into the master degree.
As competition for our eyes and ears increases, so too does the demand for arts-literate, industry-savvy leaders who can engage interest, secure support and grow audiences. With a sought-after qualification from a leader in arts management education, you’ll be ready to take advantage of this demand and reach your full potential.Read More
- Award granted
- Graduate Certificate of Business (Arts and Cultural Management)
2023 course information
- Deakin code
- Postgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma)
- Approval status
This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
- Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition
The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.
To complete the Graduate Certificate of Arts and Cultural Management, students attain a total of 4 credit points of core units, plus completion of the 0-credit point module, MAI010 Academic Integrity Module. Most units (think of units as 'subjects') are equal to 1 credit point.
Compulsory 0-credit point module
To be completed in the first trimester of study:-
Intakes by location
The availability of a course varies across locations and intakes. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Check each intake for up-to-date information on when and where you can commence your studies.
Trimester 1 - March
- Start date: March
- Available at:
Trimester 2 - July
- Start date: July
- Available at:
Additional course information
Course duration - additional information
Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.
Mandatory student checks
Units which contain work integrated learning, a community placement or interaction with the community may require a police check, working with children check or other check. These requirements will be detailed in unit guides upon enrolment.
As a student in the Faculty of Business and Law, you can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. This could include classes, seminars, practicals and online interaction. You can refer to the individual unit details in the course structure for more information. You will also need to study and complete assessment tasks in your own time.
Units in this course may have participation requirements that include compulsory placements, work-based training, community-based learning or collaborative research training arrangements.
Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more information.
This course does not require students to complete compulsory work integrated learning units.
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Minimum admission criteria:
- Bachelor degree or higher OR
- two years of relevant work experience*, OR
- evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent
*Note: Must be in Arts and Cultural Management field
Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.
All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.
Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee selection, which is based on merit, likelihood of success and availability of places in the course.
For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library
Recognition of prior learning
The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.
You can also refer to the Recognition of Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.
Fees and scholarships
Learn more about fees and your options for paying.
The available fee places for this course are detailed above. Not all courses at Deakin have Commonwealth supported places available.
The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing this course within the same year as they started. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Recognition of Prior Learning.
One year full-time study load is typically represented by four credit points of study for Graduate Certificates. Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together four credit points of a typical combination of units for your course.
You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.
Learn more about fees and available payment options.
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FEE-HELP loans cover up to 100% of tuition fees for eligible students. By taking out a FEE-HELP loan, the government pays your tuition fees directly to Deakin, and the balance is repaid from your employment income - but only once you're earning over $48,361.
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A Deakin scholarship might change your life. If you've got something special to offer Deakin – or you just need the financial help to get you here – we may have a scholarship opportunity for you.
If you’re a Deakin alumnus commencing a postgraduate award course, you may be eligible to receive a 10% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees.
For more information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage. If you're still having problems, please contact us for assistance.
Further study options
Students who successfully complete the Graduate Certificate of Business (Arts and Cultural Management) may be eligible for entry into the Graduate Diploma of Business (Arts and Cultural Management) or the Master of Business (Arts and Cultural Management).
The course’s strong reputation in the industry leads to great career outcomes. Your qualification will give you an advantage when pursuing leadership roles across a range of settings including:
- performing and visual arts
- community arts and cultural development
- publishing houses
- arts and cultural venues
- touring companies
- screen industries
- museums and galleries.
While there are many exciting career pathways for graduates, you’ll also have the option of continuing your studies into Deakin’s Master of Business (Arts and Cultural Management). Many leaders within the industry are graduates from the master’s program and have gone on to work in high-profile organisations such as:
- Australian Ballet
- Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA)
- Regional Arts Australia
- Theatre Network Australia
- Creative Partnerships Australia
- Arts Centre Melbourne
- Opera Australia
- Melbourne Fringe Festival
- Museum Victoria
- National Gallery of Australia
- Federal, state and local government arts departments.
This degree will also put you in a strong position to explore some of the high-demand areas within the industry, including fundraising, audience development, relationship management, cultural and festival event programming, concert promotion, digital content and social media marketing.
Deakin Business School is in the top 1% of business schools globally and holds both AACSB and EQUIS accreditations. These prestigious accreditations are awarded to business schools that meet strict standards of quality, academic and professional excellence, and demonstrate a commitment to ongoing improvement and innovation in their courses, ensuring graduates are employable worldwide.
Course learning outcomes
Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.
|Graduate Learning Outcome||Course Learning Outcome|
|Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities||Assess a broad range of specialised management approaches and their application to arts organisations|
|Communication||Develop appropriate communication strategies and techniques in the practice of arts management|
|Digital literacy||Employ technologies to find, use and disseminate information, concepts and theories in relation to arts management|
|Critical thinking||Appraise and analyse information in order to understand and apply theories of arts management|
|Problem solving||Formulate solutions to a diverse range of current and emerging arts management challenges and issues|
|Self-management||Personalise observations of arts management practice|
|Teamwork||Analyse the contributions made to arts management from a range of disciplines and backgrounds|
|Global citizenship||Translate arts management theory and practice from a range of cultural and international contexts|