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MMM796 - Managing Arts in Community Settings


2020 unit information

Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 2, 2020 will be online.

Last updated: 2 June 2020

Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Cloud (online)
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Anne Kershaw
Incompatible with: Nil
Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

Online independent and collaborative learning activities including 11 scheduled online seminars


Community based arts are a valuable tool for building strong communities and creating art works that are authentic and distinctive. There is also growing interest in the use of participatory art processes to enable new and dynamic relationships between artists and their audiences.

This unit addresses the knowledge and skills needed to engage diverse communities in arts projects, and manage community creative processes. The unit focuses on the design and management of art projects that enable collaborative and participatory processes. Topics include: the role of artists and facilitators; venues and facilities for community based arts; public art; arts based social enterprises; developing art strategies and policies; and evaluating community based art projects. The unit examines community based arts from the context of arts organisations, government and the community sector.


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this Unit
At the completion of this Unit, successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Apprise the use of different approaches and tools in the design of arts project that engage communities.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities


Integrate and apply community based art resources from a range of online sources.

GLO3: Digital literacy


Determine the use of a range of community engagement tools and techniques in the design of new community based art programs.

GLO5: Problem solving


Synthesise a range of approaches to community based arts, drawing on personal practice, work and study.

GLO6: Self-management


Contribute to an online community of learners and practitioners in the field of community based art. GLO7: Teamwork

Evaluate the ways in which previous community based art initiatives have responded to ethical considerations, and develop principles to be applied to future projects. These ethical considerations will include projects that engage Indigenous and culturally diverse communities.

GLO8: Global citizenship


These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week 
Assessment 1 (Individual) - Case study blog 2500 words 40% Week 5
Assessment 2 (Individual) - Community based art project design 4500 words 40% Week 11
Assessment 3 (Individual) - Weekly online seminar participation 1500 words 20% Weekly

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

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