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.

Get work-ready

Develop your skills in innovation and leadership through practical experience in the arts and cultural sector. You’ll be taught by staff with wide-reaching, practical experience in management and leadership across the industry. 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 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.

Career opportunities

Many of our graduates have gone on to work in high-profile organisations including the Australian Ballet, Melbourne Fringe Festival, Museum Victoria, National Gallery of Victoria and Opera Australia. Graduates can find management roles across a range of arts and cultural sectors such as:

  • art galleries and museums
  • arts marketing
  • community arts and cultural development
  • dance, theatre and opera companies
  • festivals and events
  • local, state or federal arts and cultural departments
  • multimedia and publishing.

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

Anne Kershaw

Lecturer, Arts and Cultural Management

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

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 has been awarded the following prestigious accreditations:

  • 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 business schools in Victoria to achieve this recognition.
  • DBS has been awarded EQUIS accreditation through the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD). This global best-practice recognition places Deakin Business School in the top 1 per cent of business schools worldwide.

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.

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

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