Course Title: Community Arts Management

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Community Arts Management

Credit Points: 24.00


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,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 1 2022,
Sem 1 2023


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


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

This course is an option course in MC280 and contributes to Program Learning Outcomes for this program. 

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

  1. Examine and interpret the major issues relating to community arts management.
  2. Critically discuss the application of principles, policies and practices of community arts management.
  3. Compare and contrast community arts management practices in Australian urban and regional contexts (and with reference to select international practices).
  4. Identify the requirements of stakeholders and consider ways of addressing these in an ethical and responsible manner.
  5. Critically reflect upon strategies of arts management in the community. 

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. 

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.

 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 Tasks: 

Task 1. Summary Document (15%) 1000 words
CLOs:  1, 2 

Task 2. Discussion Paper (25%) 1500 words 
CLOs: 1, 2, 5 

Task 3. Comparison Paper 3000 words & Presentation 500 words (50%)
CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Task 4. Seminar Reflections (10%) 500 words 
CLOs: 1, 5 

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.