Course Title: Cultural Planning and Evaluation

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Cultural Planning and Evaluation

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


340H Art


Sem 1 2021,
Sem 2 2022

Course Coordinator: Professor David Forrest

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3578

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 24.02.02

Course Coordinator Availability: by email/appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course aims to build your capacity for effective cultural development planning and in doing so achieve better outcomes for cultural events and/or programs.

Using frameworks developed by the Cultural Development Network, you will learn an evidence-based and outcomes-focussed approach to planning that is consistent and integrated within an organisation’s planning activity. You will also learn to evaluate the overall effectiveness of a plan and its activities.

The frameworks offered in this course have been developed within the sector in the context of key national and international policy agendas and are informed by contemporary approaches to planning and governance.

The course focuses on the local government sector but is applicable to anyone seeking to work within a cultural organisation or seek funding for cultural activities.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


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

  1. Build knowledge and experience in cultural development planning and evaluation
  2. Investigate and evaluate values, principles and goals of cultural development projects
  3. Formulate and present an evidence-based and relevant cultural development plan which demonstrates achievable and needs based outcomes

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.

Classes are designed to build capacity for cultural planning and evaluation. Learning activities may include:

  • Corporate plan analysis
  • Researching and synthesising evidence
  • Determining methods of evaluation and stakeholder communication
  • Identifying  requirements of  cultural development plans

Overview of Learning Resources

You will have access to a range of facilities across the school to support your area of practice such as workshops, studios, computer labs and study spaces.

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

The University Library has extensive resources for School of Art students. The Library has produced a subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your studies Library Subject Guides

An extensive searchable reading list is made available to all enrolled students via Canvas. 

Additional support for academic writing can be accessed through the RMIT’s Study & Learning Centre

Overview of Assessment

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

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1, 10% Organisation selection and outline
CLOs: 1, 2

Assessment Task 2, 10% Presentation
CLOs: 1, 3

Assessment Task 3, 30% Cultural Development Plan Presentation
CLOs: 2, 3

Assessment Task 4, 50% Cultural Development Plan CLOs: 1, 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.