Course Title: Community Arts Management

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Community Arts Management

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 2011,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 2 2020


City Campus


360H Education


Sem 1 2006

Course Coordinator: Professor David Forrest

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3578

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Bld 24.2

Course Coordinator Availability: Via Appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

See program guide

Course Description

The course will entail a critical examination of current and emerging issues concerned with community arts management in Australia It will provide an overview of relevant management, policy, cultural, and community issues in a range of community arts contexts that you will investigate and critically consider. You are encouraged to think creatively and constructively about community arts management with respect to possibilities in urban and regional Australia (and with reference to select international practices).

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

• examine and interpret the major issues relating to community arts management

• critically discuss the application of principles, policies and practices of community arts management

• compare and contrast community arts management practices in Australian urban and regional contexts (and with reference to select international practices)

• identify the requirements of stakeholders and consider ways of addressing these in an ethical and responsible manner

• critically reflect upon strategies of arts management in the community

 In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes and be able to:

  • critique and apply appropriate arts management knowledge, across a range of situations, enabling effective judgements 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.
  • appreciate the role of communication as a personal, cultural and intercultural practice to a wide range of audiences using multidisciplinary and sustainable means.


Overview of Learning Activities

You will engage in learning that involves a range of activities, both face-to-face and online, such as seminars, discussion, industry practitioners and site visits, group work and independent research on community arts management.

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.

 Background reading:

Comte, M. (Ed. & Contributor). (2015). Community Cultural Development: Challenges and Connections. Melbourne: Australian Scholarly Publishing.

Comte, M. (Ed. & Contributor). (2012). Community arts. Melbourne: Australian Scholarly Publishing.

Recommended References:

Hawkes, J. (2001). The fourth pillar of sustainability: Culture’s essential role in public planning. Melbourne: Common Ground Publishing.

Hawkins, G. (1993). From Nimbin to mardi gras: Constructing community arts. St. Leonards: Allen and Unwin. 

Kelly, O. (1984). Community, art and the state: Storming the citadels. London: Comedia Publishing Group.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes.
Assessment may consist of:

1. Paper 1                               25%               1500 words LO1, LO6, LO8


2. Paper 2                               15%               1000 words LO3, LO5, LO6


3. Paper 3                               40%               3000 words LO2, LO6, LO7, LO8


4. Presentation                      10%                500 words equivalent LO4, LO5


5. Seminar Reflections         10%                 500 words total  (50 words approx. for each seminar)

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:

Grading Criteria

Grades for the written reports will be awarded on the following basis:

P The written paper meets the basic requirements of the  task relating to community arts management.

C 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 community arts management.

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

H In addition to satisfying the conditions for a D, the written paper is well supported with critical analysis, knowledge and understanding of community arts management. The paper will be of publishable quality.

Note: Features of the reports such as spelling, punctuation, expression and referencing will be taken into account in the final grading.

No marks or grades will be awarded for work submitted after the due date without an extension.