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Master of Arts (Arts Management)

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Quick facts

Student type:Local International

  • Entry score iconEntry scoreNot applicable
  • Full-time 2 years, Part-time 4 years, Reduced duration available iconDurationFull-time 2 years, Part-time 4 years, Reduced duration available
  • Location iconLocationMelbourne City
  • /content/dam/rmit-ui/ptp/new-fees.png iconFeesAU$24,960 (2022 annual)
  • Next intake iconNext intakeFebruary, July


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.


How you will learn

The Master of Arts (Arts Management) is based in a studio learning environment that reflects industry practice. All staff members have arts industry experience.

As a student in this degree, you have the opportunity to develop your own direction, reflective of your past education and experience, and future career goals. This degree emphasises autonomy, flexibility and self-determination, allowing you to forge your own path through the elective subjects you choose.

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.

Industry connections

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.

International opportunities

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. You’ll have an opportunity to make global connections through study tours to places like New York, Germany, Europe and China.

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.

Key people

Learning outcomes

The knowledge and skills you will acquire throughout this degree and how they can be applied in your career are described in the learning outcomes.

Electives and program structure

To graduate from this degree, you must complete core subjects that cover the principles of arts management, and a major arts management project.

You will also choose from a range of electives, which have been built around specific issues and problems across the field of arts management so that you can choose the most relevant classes for your professional needs and interests.

You will also have the opportunity to exit this degree at the end of your first semester and graduate with a Graduate Certificate in Arts Management.

Choose a program structure

Program code: MC280

TitleLocationDurationPlan codeCRICOS
Master of Arts (Arts Management)City Campus2 years full-time4 years part-timereduced duration availableMC280103234CView plan


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


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 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.



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Additional information


English language requirements

You must meet the University’s minimum English language requirements to be eligible for a place in this program.


Credits and exemptions

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