Course Title: Cultural Policy and Practice

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Cultural Policy and Practice

Credit Points: 24

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


340H Art


Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017


City Campus


360H Education


Sem 1 2006

Course Coordinator: Professor David Forrest

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7807

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Bld 220.4.2

Course Coordinator Availability: Via Appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

See Program guide

Course Description

This course will entail a study of arts and cultural policies implemented in Australia at federal, state and local government levels since 1991. In addition, it will investigate government and non-government agencies with respect to the implementation of government policies. The course will include a practical approach to policy development mechanisms used by governments.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
• examine and interpret the arts and cultural policy frameworks that have been implemented by governments at the federal, state and local levels in Australia
• critically discuss the way in which arts organizations respond to government policies
• compare and contrast the similarities and differences between cultural policy principles and practices adopted by the three levels of government in Australia
• identify the procedures by which arts organisations apply for, receive and acquit government grants
• critically argue for the desirability, where appropriate, of policy change and development in the arts industry

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:
• attain appropriate and relevant arts management knowledge, with the ability to critique, use and apply that knowledge across a range of situations, enabling effective judgments in dealing with new and emerging issues in the field
• critically evaluate and make judgements on the social, legal and international aspects of actions and decisions in arts management, with an understanding of professional expectations and ethical requirements
• communicate through practice and policy in a sustainable manner with a wide range of audiences in multidisciplinary means with an appreciation of communication as a personal and cultural practice
• engage critically in theoretical, historical, social, legal, environmental and cultural contexts with reference to the arts management industry context
• engage critically, creatively and effectively using available resources to solve arts management issues and be able to reflect on the process and outcomes

Overview of Learning Activities

You will engage in learning that involves a range of activities, both face to face and online, such as seminars, presentations by industry professionals, discussions, group work and independent research on cultural policy.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.
A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.
The University Library has extensive resources for arts management students. The Library has produced a subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your studies.
The Library provides guides on academic referencing: and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes.
Assessment may consist of:
Task 1: Research paper on a topic negotiated with lecturer, 4000 words, 50% weighting (due Seminar 10)
Task 2: Class presentations and written exercises, length to be negotiated, 50% weighting (in seminars throughout the semester)
Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.
If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.
Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: