Arts and cultural management


The dynamic arts and cultural sector has a strong demand for responsive and highly trained arts managers to take on leadership roles in the visual and performing arts, heritage and creative industries. Our courses focus on current issues that define the workplace, awarding our programs industry recognition while preparing students for a range of careers.

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.

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Top rating for our Arts and Cultural Management program

Our Arts and Cultural Management (ACM) research program recently received the highest possible rating in the Australian Research Council's (ARC) Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA 2018) report.

Read more about our ARC rating

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.

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.

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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