Arts and cultural management

The arts and cultural sector is dynamic and makes a significant contribution to the economy. There’s strong demand for responsive and highly trained art managers to take on leadership roles in the visual and performing arts, heritage and creative industries.

Deakin Business School: 1 of 3 schools in Victoria accredited by AACSB

Strong Industry Partnerships: including Opera Australia and Museum Australia

Career opportunities

Many of our past students from this course have gone on to work in high-profile organisations including:

  • arts and cultural departments
  • art galleries
  • arts marketing
  • ballet, theatre and opera companies
  • event and festival management
  • local government
  • multimedia and publishing
  • museums.


Postgraduate (further study)

A postgraduate qualification can be undertaken by students who have already completed an undergraduate degree or possess significant, demonstrable work experience. Postgraduate courses include graduate certificates, graduate diplomas, master’s and PhDs, as well as specialist programs for industry professionals.

Deakin staff offer innovative and engaging teaching, that draws on actual industries and workplaces.

Anne Kershaw

Lecturer, Arts and Cultural Management

Graduate Employability Research Project Report

The Deakin University Arts and Cultural Management (ACM) Graduate Employability Research aimed to examine future skills required in the arts and cultural sector and perceived gaps of recent graduates. Find out more on key finding for employability in this sector, from this report.

PDF Graduate Employability Research Project Report -967.4KB

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Research with us

If you're ready to specialise in the arts management field, a higher degree by research could be for you. Research often leads to an academic career, but you'll find it's highly useful in any workplace. By doing research within our Department of Management, you can take on anything from branding and retailing through to innovations and entrepreneurship.

Learn more about researching with us


Deakin Business School (DBS) is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). Only five per cent of business programs worldwide are AACSB accredited and DBS is one of only three in Victoria .

Industry connections

We have a track record of producing graduates who go on to work in a variety of key organisations such as:

  • Australian Ballet
  • Melbourne Fringe Festival
  • Museum Victoria
  • National Gallery of Victoria
  • Opera Australia.

What do our students and staff say?

Catherine French on arts management at Deakin

Catherine French, Marketing and Communications Coordinator at Polyglot Theatre, talks about Deakin's arts management course and the role it played in contributing to her career progression.

Arts and cultural management at Deakin

Associate Professor Hilary Glow, Director of the Arts Management Program discusses the benefits of studying Arts Management at Deakin University.

Deakin's 15% postgraduate bursary

If you're a Deakin alumni commencing a postgraduate course, you may be eligible to receive a 15% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees.  Your spouse and members of your immediate family may also be eligible to apply.


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