Course Title: Arts Management Fundamentals

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Arts Management Fundamentals

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


340H Art


Sem 2 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 2 2020

Course Coordinator: Professor David Forrest

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3578

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 24.2

Course Coordinator Availability: via available

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

The 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. 

Please note, this course and the 24 credit point version Principles of Arts Management PERF 1025 are similar courses.  The content is co-delivered through lectures, however the time allocation for tutorials and assessment tasks are different to reflect either an introductory experience or a more expansive experience. You cannot enrol in both courses. Choose the one that best suits your stage of career and your professional needs.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This is a stand-alone university elective.

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

  1. Discuss significant issues affecting arts management, with particular reference to the management of arts companies.
  2. Identify and analyse the problems and possibilities associated with fiscal management.
  3. Review, research and write about arts organisations across cultures.

Overview of Learning Activities

Classes are designed to be a safe and open forum for the discussion of ideas, dilemmas, challenges and opportunities. Classes cater for all levels of experience and are a place for constructive critique, group and individual learning. Mutual support, sharing of knowledge and full participation is strongly encouraged. You will require: independent research skills including the ability to find references beyond the reading provided as well as the ability to use RMIT library and online databases; established writing skills including an understanding of different genres within formal academic writing and the ability to cite references according to required styles (e.g. APA, Harvard); a confident ability to uphold the values of academic integrity and avoid plagiarism; critical and creative thinking skills; problem-solving skills; verbal presentation abilities; and the ability to work productively within a team.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. The University Library has extensive resources for Gallery and Museum 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 Grazyna Rosinska A detailed reference list is also provided to you on the Learning Management System (LMS). Speakers may provide you with references and your lecturer may set reading for seminars. Course-connected skill development classes and tutorials are available to you if you need them.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes.

Assessment includes:

Assessment 1: Arts Management Literature Review LO1, LO5, LO7

20% 1000 words

Due 24 August 2020

Assessment 2: Compare and Contrast two Arts and Cultural Organisations in Melbourne LO1, LO2, LO4, LO8

Part A: 30%, 1500 words

Due 21 September 2020

Part B: 10%, 5 minute presentation

Due 21 September 2020 in class.

Assessment 3: Arts Management Reflective Research Paper LO1, LO5, LO6, LO8

40%, 2,000 words

Due 26 August 2020.


Feedback will be provided on all assessment tasks.