Master of Arts (Arts Management)
DurationFull-time 2 years, Part-time 4 years
AU$24,000 (2021 total)
Next intakeNot applicable
The Master of Arts (Arts Management) is designed to teach you core strategic skills and knowledge to help you succeed in the arts industry. Whether you are pursuing a career in the arts management field, or you are already working in it, your studies in this degree will help you gain capabilities that broaden your professional opportunities as an artist or manager.
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.
The Master of Arts (Arts Management) is based in a studio learning environment that reflects industry practice. All staff members have arts industry experience.
In this degree, you will experience a range of teaching and learning approaches, including lectures, workshops, case studies, problem-based learning, reflective techniques, presentations, negotiated learning, independent research, and more.
You will be responsible for contributing to the critique of your own work and that of others. As part of the review process, you will be involved in giving both formal and informal feedback. Feedback from lectuters will be used as a way of further developing your capabilities, and you will use self assessment to demonstrate your understanding of the content and application.
Arts management specialists and alumni will present lectures and contribute to seminars throughout the semester, and you'll attend field trips to industry workplaces. You'll gain feedback on your written assessments and presentations from academics and guest presenters.
This degree has strong connections with industry. Working on projects with industry is built into the curriculum, allowing you to build practical skills and professional networks while you study.
RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional and vocational practice.
Exchange opportunities with interstate or international universities are available for all students. The content and skills taught in this program are of a global standard, which allows you to work locally and internationally.
RMIT:ART:INTERSECT’s residency program, SITUATE, provides opportunities for artists, curators and researchers for creative experimentation, cross-cultural dialogue and global mobility.
RMIT's Global Experience Office supports students to undertake an exchange or short-term mobility activity with over 165 partner universities worldwide.
To graduate from this degree, you must complete these core subjects:
- Principles of Arts Management (24 credit points)
- Arts Management Project 1 (24 credit points)
You must also choose from the following subjects, to a total of 144 credit points:
Choose a program structure
|Master of Arts (Arts Management)||City Campus||
2 years full-time ; 4 years part-time
2 years full-time
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Program code: MC280
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
- freelance artist
You must have:
- successfully completed an Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent overseas qualification)
- have at least 5 years of relevant work experience or professional practice.
To have your professional experience considered you must include in your application a CV and a personal statement that details your experience.
For detailed information on English language requirements and other proficiency tests recognised by RMIT, visit English language requirements and equivalency information.
Don't meet the English language test scores? Complete an Advanced Plus Certificate at RMIT English Worldwide.
If you have gained one of the following qualifications in arts or business, you will be eligible for masters exemptions relevant to your qualification level as stated in the table below. Please note that credit granted towards masters exemptions cannot be transferred to an exit award such as a graduate certificate or graduate diploma.
|Qualification level||Exemptions||Remaining program duration*|
|Bachelor degree||48 credit points (equivlent to one semester full time study)||144 credit points (equivalent to three semesters full time study)|
|Bachelor honours degree||96 credit points (equivalent to two semesters full time study)||96 credit points (equivalent t two semesters full time study)|
|Graduate certificate||48 credit points (equivalent to one semester full time study)||144 credit points (equivalent to three semesters full time study)|
|Graduate diploma||96 credit points (equivalent to two semesters full time study)||96 credit points (equivalent to two semesters full time study)|
*Duration indicated is the normal study duration; for some programs spring and summer semesters may be offered, reducing the study duration.
For more information on the type of credit that may be available to you, please see RMIT's credit policy.
2021 indicative fees
Full-fee places: AU$48,000.
- Student services and amenities fee (SSAF): AU$313 maximum fee for 2021.
- Other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment.
Annual fee adjustment
Amounts quoted are indicative fees per annum, and are based on a standard year of full-time study (96 credit points). A proportionate fee applies for more or less than the full-time study load.
Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and these fees should only be used as a guide.
Defer your payment
This program is offered on a full-fee paying basis only. If you are offered a place, you will need to pay the full tuition costs of your program. However, eligible students (such as Australian citizens or holders of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa) may apply to defer payment of some or all of their tuition fees via the Commonwealth Government’s FEE-HELP loan scheme.
Learn more about fees for postgraduate study.
Payments and refunds
For information on how to pay your fees or how to apply for a refund, please see Paying your fees and applying for refunds.
Eligible students (such as Australian citizens or holders of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa) may apply to defer payment of some or all of their tuition fees via the Commonwealth Government’s FEE-HELP loan scheme.
How does a HELP loan work?
If your FEE-HELP and/or SA-HELP loan application is successful, the Australian Government will pay RMIT, on your behalf, up to 100% of your fees. This amount will become part of your accumulated HELP debt.
You only start repaying your accumulated HELP debt to the Australian Government once you earn above the minimum income threshold for repayment, which is set each year by the Australian Government (this also applies if you are still studying). The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) will calculate your compulsory repayment for the year and include this on your income tax notice.
In addition to tuition fees, you will be charged an annual student services and amenities fee (SSAF), which is used to maintain and enhance services and amenities that improve your experience as an RMIT student. The SSAF is calculated based on your enrolment load and the maximum fee for 2021 is $313.
For more information about calculating your actual SSAF see Paying SSAF.
You may also be required to purchase other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment. These additional fees and expenses vary from program to program.