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Depending on your professional experience and previous qualifications, the Master of Business (Arts and Cultural Management) is typically 1 or 1.5 years duration:
- 1 year full time (2 years part time) - 8 credit points
- 1.5 year full time (3 years part time) - 12 credit points
Deakin courses can also be studied part time over a longer period.
Direct applications to Deakin for Trimester 2 2020 close 10 July 2020
Current Deakin Students
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The Australia Council for the Arts estimates that cultural activity contributes $50 billion to Australia’s GDP. In addition to its impressive size, the arts and cultural sector is notable for its ever evolving profile, creating a demand for responsive and highly trained art managers. These managers are taking on leadership roles in small-medium arts organisations, cultural venues, festivals, heritage sites, publishing houses and a range of performing and visual arts programs.
This Masters program develops students skills in innovation and leadership through practical experience in the arts and cultural sector. Under the direction of teachers with extensive industry experience, it prepares graduates who will lead the arts and cultural sector into the future.
This course provides you with a tailored business education emphasising management, marketing and finance skills. These skill-sets are vital for the success of arts and cultural organisations as they face common challenges such as organisational sustainability, enhancing cultural vitality and building relationships with audiences.
You'll be taught by staff with wide-reaching, practical experience in management and leadership across a range of arts and cultural sectors. You'll also have the opportunity to engage with a range of industry representatives, be exposed to the work of cutting-edge thinkers, and integrate your work and learning.
Our course is structured within the framework of a business education and enhanced through a series of industry-specific projects ideal for those working in the arts and cultural sectors. It includes an internship/ work project capstone unit that ensures students are able to apply their theoretical knowledge through ‘hands on’ industry practice.Read More
The Master of Business (Arts and Cultural Management) is typically 8 or 12 credit points. The exact number of credit points you study depends on how much credit you receive as recognition of prior learning (RPL) - your professional experience and previous qualifications - which can save you time and money.
For students undertaking 12 credit points, you study 8 credit points of core units and 4 credit points of elective units, plus completion of the compulsory 0-credit point unit, MAI010 Academic Integrity. Most units (think of units as 'subjects') are equal to 1 credit point.
Students are introduced to research tools and techniques in core units of the course where they learn analytic skills and the practical application of those skills in professional contexts. They must also complete advanced level units and a capstone unit that require them to integrate the skills learnt over their course of study and produce applied pieces of research with reference to prevailing literature.
Credit points of core units
Credit points of elective units
Total credit points
Compulsory 0-credit point unit
To be completed in the first trimester of study:-
The remaining 4 credit points may be selected from :-
- Recommended electives*
- a Faculty-wide specialisation
- postgraduate units offered by the University (subject to eligibility)
^ MPT code denotes study tour version of the unit
Refer to the details of each specialisation for availability.
- Academic Research
- Artificial Intelligence for Business
- Business Analytics
- Digital Transformation
- Financial Planning
- Human Resource Management
- Information Systems
- International Trade and Business
- Management Consulting
- Project Management
- Property and Real Estate
- Supply Chain Management
2020 course information
Campuses by intake
Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.
Trimester 1 - March
- Start date: March
- Available at:
- Cloud Campus
Trimester 2 - July
- Start date: July
- Available at:
- Cloud Campus
Please note that this course is not offered in Trimester 3
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
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.
Placement can occur at any time, including during the standard holiday breaks listed here: https://www.deakin.edu.au/courses/key-dates.
Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more information.
This course provides students the opportunity to complete one or more elective work integrated learning units.
More information: WIL Programs
Ask a question about studying at Deakin
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
Admission to study postgraduate coursework at Deakin is based on recognition of your professional experience and previous qualifications.
1 year full time (2 years part time) – 8 credit points
Admission is based on:
• Bachelor honours (AQF8) degree in a related discipline*, or
• Bachelor degree in a related discipline*, plus two years relevant work experience^, or
• Graduate certificate or graduate diploma in a related discipline*, or
• Evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent.
1.5 years full time (3 years part time) – 12 credit points
Admission is based on:
• Bachelor degree in a related discipline*, or
• Bachelor degree in any discipline, plus two years relevant work experience^, or
• Evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent.
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.
Tuition fees are determined by your enrolment:
- If you are offered a full fee paying place, your tuition fees are calculated based on your course.
- If you are offered a Commonwealth supported place, your tuition fees are calculated depending on the units you choose. 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 the first year of this course. 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 eight credit points of study. Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together 8 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.
What is FEE-HELP?
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 $45,881.
Please note: fees shown by the calculator are indicative only and based on 2020 rates. Actual fees may vary. We advise confirming fees with Prospective Student Enquiries prior to enrolment.
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The estimated course fee is based on the tuition fee costs applicable to a domestic full time student commencing the course in Trimester 1 and studying full time for the duration of the course but:
- does not include non-tuition costs that may apply, such as Student Services and Amenities Fees (SSAF);
- does not take into account any scholarships or bursaries awarded to the student (including the 15% Deakin Alumni Postgraduate Course Fee Bursary);
- assumes the maximum number of units that need to be successfully completed. Actual number completed may be reduced if Recognition of Prior Learning is granted;
- assumes that no exceptional, or non-typical, circumstances apply to the proposed course of study;
- assumes that the options that the user selects are appropriate for the course of study that they intend to undertake;
- where fees are estimated for future years those fee will be subject to annual increases in accordance with increases in the cost of course delivery.
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 15% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees. Your Immediate Family Members may also be eligible to apply for this bursary.
How to apply
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.
Please complete the Register your interest form to receive further information about our direct application opportunities.
Students who do not qualify for direct entry into the Master of Business (Arts and Cultural Management) may qualify by first completing the Graduate Certificate of Business (Arts and Cultural Management). They will then complete a further 12 credit points, not repeating units from the Graduate Certificate.
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* Relevant disciplines for the ACM program are arts, creative practice, business or arts management
^ Relevant work experience is defined broadly and to be clarified by the Program Coordinator where required
Faculty of Business and Law - student advisers
Tel 03 9244 6555
Why choose Deakin
This program prepares graduates for leadership roles across the range of cultural organisations, including: performing arts, visual arts, festivals, community events, facilities, publishing houses, music venues, screen industries, cultural heritage and museums.
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, while contributing to new discipline knowledge and extending current arts management practice.|
|Communication||Determine appropriate communication strategies and techniques in the practice of arts management.|
|Digital literacy||Apply the use of digital technologies in relation to arts the practice of arts management.|
|Critical thinking||Appraise and synthesise information in order to understand and apply theories of arts management and extend current practice.|
|Problem solving||Determine solutions to a diverse range of current and emerging arts management challenges and issues.|
|Self-management||Personalise reflections on arts management practice and plan professional careers.|
|Teamwork||Participate and collaborate with arts management practitioners.|
|Global citizenship||Incorporate arts management theory and practice from a range of cultural and international contexts and address the requirements of ethical practice.|
* 2019 Student Experience Survey, based on undergraduate students
# ARWU Rankings 2019
~ According to the Voice Project IT Service Quality Support Benchmark Survey
^ Australian Graduate Recruitment Industry Awards, 2017, 2018, 2019 winner
^^ Australian Graduate Survey 2010–2015, Graduate Outcomes Survey 2016–2019 (GOS), Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT)
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