Course Title: Managing Performing Arts Venues

Part A: Course Overview

Course ID: 012597

Course Title: Managing Performing Arts Venues

Credit Points: 24


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

PERF1032

City Campus

Postgraduate

340H Art

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2007

PERF1032

City Campus

Postgraduate

360H Education

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2006

Course Coordinator: Assoc. Prof. David Forrest

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 4920

Course Coordinator Email: david.forrest@rmit.edu.au


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

See Program Guide


Course Description

The course will entail an examination of major issues relating to the management of performing arts venues in Australia and overseas. This will include a study of the educational uses of such venues.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

A student will be expected to be able to:
- demonstrate an understanding of major issues relating to the management of performing arts venues in Australia and overseas.
- utilise performing arts venues for education and other cultural purposes.
- demonstrate a knowledge of the normal operations of and problems associated with the running of performing arts venues.
- demonstrate a knowledge of fiscal management as this relates to performing arts venues.



Overview of Learning Activities

See program guide. 


Overview of Learning Resources

Recommended References:
Australia Council. (1991). The Arts: some Australian data. Sydney: Australia Council.
Australia Council. (1994). Public Attitudes to the Arts in Australia. Sydney: Australia Council.
Balfe, J.H. (Ed.). (1993). Paying the Piper: causes and consequences of art patronage. Urbana: University of Illinois Press.
Barrell, M.K. (1991). The Technical Production Handbook: A Guide for Performing Arts Presenting Organizations and Touring Companies. Santa Fe, NM: Western States Arts Federation.
Georgi, C. (1979). The Arts and the World of Business. (2nd ed.). Metuchen, NJ: The Scarecrow Press, Inc.
Herbert, Pia (1994). Careers in the Performing Arts. South Melbourne: Victoria Press.
International Theatre Institute, Sydney. (1993). Australian Performing Arts Directory. Sydney: International Theatre Institute.
Jeffri, J. (1989). Artsmoney : raising it, saving it and earning it. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.
Jones, Susan (ed.). (1992). Art in public : what, why and how. Sunderland: AN Publications.
Lane, H.W. (1992). International Management Behavior: from policy to practice. Boston: P.W.S. Kent.
Langley, S. & Abruzzo, J. (c.1990). Jobs in arts and media management. New York : ACA Books.
Lewis, Justin. (1990). Art, culture, and enterprise: the politics of art and the cultural industries. London: Routledge.
Pick, J. & Anderton, M. (1996). Arts Administration. London: Spon.
Radbourne, J.J., Fraser, M. (1996). Arts management: a practical guide. St. Leonards, N.S.W.: Allen & Unwin.
Rhodes, N. (1990). 21 Voices: The Art of Presenting the Performing Arts. Washington DC: Association of Performing Arts Presenters.
Shore, Harvey. (1987). Arts administration and management: a guide for arts administrators and their staffs. New York: Quorum Books.
Vogel, H.L. (1994). Entertainment industry economics: a guide for financial analysis. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.


Overview of Assessment

Summary of Assessment
The assessment is in four (4) parts. All work must be submitted. 

Article 1: Issues in Managing Performing Arts Venue
Topic as negotiated with lecturer
Length: 1000-1500 words
Due: Seminar 2
Assessment weighting: 20% 

Article 2: Issue in Managing Performing Arts Venues
Topic as negotiated with lecturer
Length: 1500 words
Due: Seminar 4
Assessment weighting: 30% 

Research Paper
Topic as negotiated with lecturer
Length: 3500 words
Due: Seminar 6
Assessment weighting: 50% 

Newspaper Folio
Due: Seminar 6
Assessment weighting: hurdle task 

Task Specifications

Article 1: Issues in Managing Performing Arts Venue
Outline some of the important issues associated with the management of performing arts venues today.
Length: 1000-1500 words
Due: Seminar 2
Assessment weighting: 20% 

Article 2: Issue in Managing Performing Arts Venues
Discuss a negotiated issue associated with the management of performing arts venues.
Topic as negotiated with lecturer
Length: 1500 words
Due: Seminar 4
Assessment weighting: 30% 

Research Paper
With the lecturer negotiate a research topic that reflects your particular interest concerning managing performing arts venues.
Following initial discussions with the lecturer you will present a short written argument outlining the aims, objectives, scope and direction of the research paper you will be undertaking during the semester. This should be submitted by Seminar 3.
Topic as negotiated with lecturer
Length: 3500 words
Due: Seminar 6
Assessment weighting: 50% 

Newspaper Folio
Students should establish a file of at least ten ‘issues’ as discussed in the print or electronic media. This should be fully referenced (Name of publication, date, page). For each article briefly identify the issue being addressed.

OR

ALTERNATIVE ASSESSMENT

Length: 6500 words equivalent
Due: Seminar 6
Negotiate a topic (or series of topics) with the lecturer that expresses your direction within the area of management of performing arts venues. The negotiated topics are to be equivalent in length to the above papers.
Assessment criteria
Grades available are Fail (NN), Pass (PA), Credit (CR), Distinction (DI), High Distinction (HD). Grades for the written reports will be awarded on the following basis:

PA The written paper meets the basic requirements of the negotiated task.

CR In addition to satisfying the conditions for a P, the written paper is well organised. Evidence is provided that there is an understanding of the specific issues relating to the management of performing arts venues.

DI In addition to satisfying the conditions for a C, the written paper demonstrates a critical and relevant use of sources.

HD In addition to satisfying the conditions for a D, the written paper indicates a high degree of analytical and/or critical, reflective, original thinking on the management of performing arts venues, and is suitable for publication.

A pass grade on each assessment task is required for satisfactory completion of this course