Master of Arts (Arts Management)

RMIT University

Program Overview

From managing festivals, events and museums to working as an advisor in the community, education and government sector, you'll emerge from this degree as a highly skilled, reflective and ethical practitioner committed to making a contribution to arts management and the community.

Learning from industry practitioners and professional educators, you'll recognise, develop and extend your professional knowledge, skills, attitudes and values within a flexible learning framework. Upon completion of this degree, you will be aware of the changing nature of this industry, and be able to work within various context of this environment. 

You'll have many opportunities to develop networks with industry practitioners to help establish yourself in this space.



  Course Duration

18 Months

  Tuition Fee

AU$ 36,480


IELTS: 6.5 TOEFL: 79

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Courses in the Program

Complete the following forty-eight (48) credit points:

  • Principles of Arts Management    
  • Arts Management Project 1    


Select and Complete one hundred and forty four (144) Credit Points from the following Arts Management Option Courses:

  • Arts Management Project 2
  • Community Arts Management
  • Cultural Policy and Practice
  • Curating Contemporary Art
  • Expanded Curating
  • Gallery and Museum Management
  • Museum Education
  • The Law and Arts Management
  • Art Global Intensive 1
  • Art Global Intensive 2
  • Photography Global Intensive 1
  • Photography Global Intensive 2
  • Arts Management Fundamentals
  • Business Skills for the Creative Industries
  • Critical Frameworks A
  • Introduction to Curating Contemporary Art
  • Digital Imaging Strategies
  • Internship
  • Strategies for Creative Research
  • Masters Symposium
  • Open Project Intensive
  • Applied Industry Engagement
  • Fieldwork
  • Themes in Contemporary Creative Practice A
  • Themes in Contemporary Creative Practice B
  • Practicing on Country / with Country
  • Cultural Planning and Evaluation
  • Industry Partnered Studio
  • Studio Skills Specialisation
  • Working in First Peoples contexts: creative partnerships and cultural production

Academic requirements

  • You must have successfully completed an Australian bachelor degree or equivalent overseas qualification.
  • You may also be considered if you have at least 5 years work experience or professional practice in a field directly related to arts management.
  • To have your professional experience considered you must include in your application a CV and a personal statement that details your experience.


  • There are no prerequisite subjects required for entry into this qualification.

Selection tasks

  • A selection task is not required for entry into this qualification.

The annual tuition fee is AU$36,480.

The arts industry is increasingly demanding qualifications and professional training. Graduates of the Master of Arts (Arts Management) are employable as senior practitioners in areas including arts administration and management, and project management in a variety of educational, training, community and arts settings.

Career paths are broad but all have a focus on arts, community and policy development and engagement and include roles such as:

  • arts officer in local government
  • community officer
  • policy advisor to government
  • management for cultural and artistic institutions
  • festival manager
  • curator
  • freelance artist
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