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

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

This is a School of Art postgraduate Program Option course. For further details about this course go to the School of Art Portal postgraduate Program Options site

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

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

  • Analysing of corporate plans to identify the connection between values and goals
  • Identifying measurable outcomes that can address a goal
  • Researching and summarising evidence that determines the choice of cultural activities
  • Determining the best method of evaluation and its communication to stakeholders
  • Discussing the different requirements of a cultural development plan for different audiences

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 learning objectives of this course. Assessment Tasks include:


Task 1 Organisation selection and outline (10%), Due: Week 6, LO: 1, 2

Task 2 Presentation (10%), Due: Week 9, LO: 1, 3

Task 3: Cultural Development Plan Presentation (30%), Due: Weeks 11 & 12, LO: 2, 3

Task 4: Cultural Development Plan Draft (50%), Due: Week 13, LO 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.

A Student Charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: Assessment and Results

Late submission or presentation of assessable work without an approved extension or special consideration will be penalised as follows:

  • Completed work submitted 1 to 7 days late will incur a penalty of 5% per day
  • Work submitted after day 7 will not be assessed
  • Weekends and holiday periods are included in the calculation of the late penalty

How the penalty is calculated:
Example - Work is submitted 6 days late, incurring a penalty of 30% (6 x 5% = 30%). The submission receives a result of 60 out of 100.  60 - 30% = 42. The numerical result for that assessment submission is modified from 60 to 42. The result of 42 is used to calculate the final grade for the course.