Course Title: Principles of Arts Management

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Principles of Arts Management

Credit Points: 24.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


340H Art


Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 1 2022,
Sem 2 2022,
Sem 1 2023


City Campus


360H Education


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 2 2006

Course Coordinator: Prof. David Forrest

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 99253578

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 24.2.2

Course Coordinator Availability: by appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

The course is delivered online through lectures, tutorials and presentations.

he course will examine key aspects of national and international arts management with particular reference to arts organisations in a cross-cultural context. This will entail a consideration of current practices in Australia and overseas with respect to economic, political and socio-cultural factors. You will be introduced to issues relating to: resource and fiscal management; fund raising; policy development and implementation; entrepreneurship; and marketing and communication.

For working on the international arts management area – and increasingly in the national arts management area – each person needs to be attuned to cross-cultural issues and ideas that will impact on their work. This course will open channels of understanding of how and why cultures might be different and how arts managers might understand and engage most beneficially in this arena.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:   

1. 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 

2. Carry out self directed learning and independent research to develop your individual arts management practice and locate your work globally within an appropriate conceptual and theoretical context 

3. Critically evaluate and make judgments on the social, legal and international aspects of actions and decisions in arts management, with an understanding of professional expectations and ethical requirements 

4. 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 

5. Demonstrate the skills of research, analysis and presentation within professional and academic fields 

6. Engage critically in theoretical, historical, social, legal, environmental and cultural contexts with reference to the arts management industry context 

7. Demonstrate the capacity to work independently, as well as with others in group and team activities and decision-making processes to seek innovative and critically reflective solutions and outcomes 

8. Engage critically, creatively and effectively using available resources to solve arts management issues and reflect on the process and outcomes.

Course Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will be be able to:

  1. Critically analyse and discuss significant issues affecting arts management, with particular reference to the management of arts companies, organisations, and institutions.
  2. Identify and analyse the problems and possibilities associated with funding.
  3. Review, research and evaluate issues related to the arts and arts organisations across cultures and sectors. 

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be actively engaged in a range of learning activities such as lectures, tutorials, seminars, project work, class discussion, individual and group activities, studio/industry visits, field trips and/or industry-based projects. Delivery may be face-to-face, online or a mix of both.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.  

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal 

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. 

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1, 20% In-Class Reflections
CLOs: 1  

Assessment Task 2, 30% Literature Review 1500 words
CLOs: 1, 3  

Assessment Task 3, 20% Case Study 1200 words
CLOs: 1, 2, 3

Assessment Task 4, 30% Research Paper 2500 words 
CLOs: 1, 2, 3 

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 Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more. 

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions.