MC280 - Master of Arts (Arts Management)

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Plan: MC280 - Master of Arts (Arts Management)
Campus: City Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Master of Arts (Arts Management)
Award abbreviation: MA(ArtMgt)
Total credit points: 192
Career: PGRD
Duration: 2 years full-time, 4 years part-time, reduced duration available
Location: Onshore,City campus
Owning school: Art (340H)
Owning school URL:
ASCED code: 109999
CRICOS code: 103234C

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Purpose of the Program

The studies in Arts Management are structured to maximise your learning and to provide pathways to suit your professional and academic needs. Whether you are already working within or wish to work in the arts management field, you will gain capabilities that broaden your career opportunities as an artist or manager.

Upon completion of the program, you will have the skills, professional knowledge and capabilities to work effectively in the arts industry. You will be aware of the changing environment and able to operate effectively within the various contexts of this environment with practical skills, outputs and networks in arts management. The program is designed for the contemporary worker and workplace with the aim of fostering leadership in arts related fields. The program of study meets real world needs relevant to a wide range of arts management contexts.

You will be required to attend on-campus seminars throughout the delivery of the program so that you can critically engage with the lecturers, students and visiting industry professionals. There will be regular opportunities to critique presentations of your own work and the work of others in a group setting with your lecturers and fellow students. The reading materials and associated texts for each seminar are available online.

A capstone experience is provided through the course OART1060 Arts Management Project 1 in which you will integrate and synthesise your knowledge and demonstrate your holistic achievement of the program learning outcomes. The capstone experience will see you take part and reflect in major arts projects relevant to your current or future career. From directing festivals to curating in galleries and museums, this program will provide the ethical and practical foundations for a rewarding career in the arts.

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Articulation and pathways

If you have already developed areas of skill and knowledge included in this program (for example, through prior studies or work experience), you can apply for credit once you have enrolled in this program.

If you have a Bachelor degree in a fine art, performing art, design, visual art, media or business discipline 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 (equivalent 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-semester full time study)

96 credit points (equivalent to two semester full time study)

Graduate Certificate

48 credit points (equivalent to one semester full time study)

144 credit points (equivalent to three semesters study)

Graduate Diploma

96 credit points (equivalent to two semester full time study)

96 credit points (equivalent to two semester full time study)

*Duration indicated is the normal study duration; for some programs, spring and summer semesters may be offered, reducing the study duration. 

Upon successful completion of this program, you may be eligible to undertake further studies in related programs at RMIT University, including DR208 - PhD (Art) subject to the program's entrance requirements. 

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Entrance requirements

You must have: 

  • successfully completed an Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent overseas qualification) or 
  • 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 how your experience is appropriate preparation for this program.

English language requirement

A minimum of IELTS (Academic module) overall score of 6.5, with no band less than 6.0, or equivalent. For equivalents to English entry requirements, see the English requirements web page.

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External accreditation and industry links

In Australia there are no professional bodies that recognise or accredit programs in Arts Management. Graduates of the program have successfully gained employment in arts related industries over a period of 20 years and are successfully working in Australia, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Norway, Switzerland, UK, Colombia, Chile and USA. The courses within the Arts Management program are delivered by arts industry professionals. The program maintains close links with arts companies and organisations.

The program is regularly monitored through the School of Art Industry Advisory Committee, which consists of external Arts and Photography Industry professionals, advising the School in facilitating a program that is relevant to the field of Art, both nationally and internationally. 

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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

Library resources and services

RMIT Library provides extensive resources, services and study spaces. All RMIT students have access to scholarly resources including course related material, books, e-books, journals and databases.    
Computers and printers are available at every Library. You can access the Internet and Library e-resources. You can also access the RMIT University wireless network in the Library.  

Contact Ask the Library for information on Library resources and services:  Study support is available for assistance with assignment preparation, academic writing, information literacy, referencing, maths and study skills. 

Online learning tools and content

You can access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses at myRMIT

Other resources

As an enrolled School of Art student with an active NDS account, you can access computer laboratories throughout the University. For location details go to There are also computers for you as a School of Art postgraduate student located in Building 49 level C and Building 39 level 2.

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. The University Library has extensive resources for Art students and has produced a subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your studies []. Upon your enrolment, you will also be provided with an extensive MFA searchable reading list.

You can loan equipment from:
DSC Audio Visual Tech Services
Office Location: Building 8 level 7 room 91
phone: 9925 3419

Services available to you as a student at RMIT University
RMIT University provides resources and opportunities to help you to achieve your study and career goals. Services are available face to face and online for:

  • transition to tertiary study and learning
  • study skills, academic skills including literacy, mathematics and basic sciences if relevant
  • enabling assistance - if you have a disability, long term medical condition or other form of disadvantage which may impact on your learning
  • career development and employment
  • living and wellbeing (including advice on health, housing and financial matters)
  • opportunities for scholarships, leadership and study abroad
  • participating in arts, sport, recreation, fitness activities as well as student activism and university governance

We offer a friendly and supportive environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.  The Ngarara Willim Centre offers ongoing guidance with study, living and cultural needs.

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