Arts and cultural management


Become a specialist manager in the visual and performing arts, heritage and creative industries. Our courses deliver management education tailored to the arts and cultural sector.

Explore your study options

Develop innovation and leadership skills in courses designed for the arts and cultural sector. You’ll be taught by staff with wide-reaching, practical experience in management across the industry. You’ll also have the opportunity to engage with a range of industry representatives, learn from cutting-edge thinkers, and apply your knowledge through an industry project or internship.


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, masters and PhDs, as well as specialist programs for industry professionals.

Choose an arts and cultural management degree that will get you work ready

At Deakin there’s a clear connection between what you study and what lies ahead in your career. Our arts and cultural management courses will equip you with the skills and experience needed for a rewarding career in the arts sector.

Learn from industry experts

Our team of teachers and researchers are specialists in the arts sector. Benefit from their deep knowledge of the unique conditions and pressures facing arts organisations today. Their professional experience and ground-breaking research will directly inform your learning and skills development.

Arts management with a business edge

Deakin’s arts and cultural management courses are unique in Australia for being delivered by a business school. You’ll develop a strong understanding of the management and business principles that underpin your practise as an arts manager, delivered by experts recognised in their fields.

Top professional roles in arts and cultural management

There are currently 103,595 arts and media professionals employed in Australia. That number is projected to increase by 16.7% or 17,250 new jobs by 2033 according to Australian Government employment projections. Get ahead with Deakin – we’ll help you build your network within the arts sector.

  • 17,250 new jobs for arts and media professionals.
  • 29,700 new jobs for advertising, public relations and sales managers.
  • 2,500 new jobs for artistic directors, media producers and presenters.

Deakin celebrates 30 years of arts and cultural management

Over three decades, we have developed deep expertise in teaching and curriculum for our Master of Business (Arts and Cultural Management). This vibrant program has built an influential network of alumni and industry partners to ensure we can support our cultural industries long into the future.

We give our students a business education that integrates the need for economic, social and cultural sustainability.

Anne Kershaw

Lecturer, Arts and Cultural Management

World-class teaching experiences

Deakin’s industry-shaped courses and practical, real-world approach to learning will prepare you to be adaptable across the jobs of the future.

Industry-led courses

Industry boards guide the design of our courses while our academics work alongside industry employers and board members to develop assessments, projects and content that reflect current challenges in the field.

Global perspective

Connect with the world through a study tour, short-term partner program or international internship. Choose a management-focused program in the UK, Europe or North America to broaden your international and intercultural scope.

Work-integrated learning

Build your professional network by studying alongside like-minded peers and utilising our strong industry connections. Graduate with real-world experience and professional networks through work-integrated learning, consolidating your theoretical knowledge in a work setting.

Future-proof content

You’ll be ready for sustainable management, with course content integrating practices from global frameworks like the UN Sustainable Development Goals and Principles of Responsible Management Education.

Meet the managers who keep the arts thriving

Arts and cultural industries in Australia weave infinite possibility out of finite resources. For 30 years, Deakin has been training the managers who keep arts and cultural organisations thriving.

Meet the managers who keep the arts thriving

Helping arts organisations engage with diverse audiences

Our research is helping arts organisations to attract new and diverse audiences. Rather than focusing on audience development, our work considers the impact of organisational practice on audiences. It identifies the changes needed within organisations if they are to shift the social profile of their audiences.

Learn more about our audience research


Deakin references data from a range of government, higher education and reputable media sources. For more information, visit our list of sources.

Contact us

Got a question about our arts and cultural management courses? Our course advisers are available to speak to you about your study options and how we can help you further your career.

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+61 3 9918 9188
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