AU$32,640 (2021 annual)
This program will teach you core strategic skills and knowledge to help you succeed in the arts industry
From managing festivals, events and museums to working as an advisor in the community, education and government sector – you'll emerge from this program as a highly skilled, reflective and ethical practitioner committed to making a contribution to arts management and the community.
Learning from industry practitioners and professional educators, you'll recognise, develop and extend your professional knowledge, skills, attitudes and values within a flexible learning framework.
You'll have many opportunities to develop networks with industry practitioners to help establish yourself as an arts professional.
This program has a studio-learning environment that reflects industry practice. All staff members have arts industry experience.
Arts management specialists, as well as program graduates, present lectures and contribute to seminars throughout the semester, and you'll attend field trips to industry workplaces. You'll gain feedback on your written assessments and presentations from academics and guest presenters.
All programs are delivered in English.
You will have access to online digital resources through the myRMIT student portal.
This program has strong connections with industry. Working on projects with industry is built into the course content, allowing you to learn as you go rather than waiting for graduation.
RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional and vocational practice.
Exchange opportunities with interstate or international universities are available for all students. The content and skills taught in this program are of a global standard, which allows you to work locally and internationally.
RMIT:ART:INTERSECT’s residency program, SITUATE, provides opportunities for artists, curators and researchers for creative experimentation, cross-cultural dialogue and global mobility.
RMIT's Global Experience Office supports students to undertake an exchange or short-term mobility activity with over 165 partner universities worldwide.
You need 144 credit points for the Master of Arts (Arts Management) program.
Elective courses include:
- Arts Management
- Community Arts Management
- Cultural Policy and Practice
- Curating Contemporary Art
- Gallery and Museum Management
- The Law and Arts Management
- Arts Management Project 1
- Arts Management Project 2
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1.5 years full-time or 3 years part-time
1.5 years full-time
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Program code: MC034
The arts industry is increasingly demanding qualifications and professional training. Graduates of this program are employable as skilled senior practitioners in areas such as arts administration and management, and project management, in a variety of educational, training, community and arts settings.
Career paths from this program are broad but all have a focus on arts, community and policy development and engagement and include roles such as:
- arts officer in local government
- community officer
- policy advisor to government
- management for cultural and artistic institutions
- festival manager
- freelance artist
This program in arts management is formally accredited.
It provides evidence of substantial achievement for promotion and employment purposes in occupations relating to education and the arts industry such as:
- Manager of cultural and artistic institutions
You must have:
- successfully completed an Australian bachelor degree or equivalent overseas qualification
- undertaken significant work experience or professional practice
To have your professional experience considered you must submit with your application a CV and a personal statement detailing your experience.
You must have successfully completed an Australian Bachelor degree or equivalent overseas qualification.
You may also be considered if you have significant work experience or professional practice.
To study this program you will need to complete one of the following English proficiency tests:
- IELTS (Academic): minimum overall band of 6.5 (with no individual band below 6.0)
- TOEFL (Internet Based Test - IBT): minimum overall score of 79 (with minimum of 13 in Reading, 12 in Listening, 18 in Speaking and 21 in Writing)
- Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE (A)): minimum score of 58 (with no communication band less than 50)
- Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): minimum of 176 with no less than 169 in any component.
For detailed information on English language requirements and other proficiency tests recognised by RMIT, visit English language requirements and equivalency information.
Don't meet the English language test scores? Complete an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Advanced Plus Certificate at RMIT English Worldwide.
Coming from a partner institution?
RMIT has pathway arrangements with many partner institutions around the world.
If your institution has a pathway arrangement with RMIT, you may be able to receive credit and reduce the time it will take to complete your preferred RMIT program.
If you have qualifications from an institution that is not an RMIT partner, credit into your RMIT program will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.
2021 indicative fees
Full-fee places: AU$24,000.
- Student services and amenities fee (SSAF): AU$313 maximum fee for 2021.
- Other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment.
Annual fee adjustment
Amounts quoted are indicative fees per annum, and are based on a standard year of full-time study (96 credit points). A proportionate fee applies for more or less than the full-time study load.
Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and these fees should only be used as a guide.
Defer your payment
This program is offered on a full-fee paying basis only. If you are offered a place, you will need to pay the full tuition costs of your program. However, eligible students (such as Australian citizens or holders of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa) may apply to defer payment of some or all of their tuition fees via the Commonwealth Government’s FEE-HELP loan scheme.
Learn more about fees for postgraduate study.
Payments and refunds
For information on how to pay your fees or how to apply for a refund, please see Paying your fees and applying for refunds.
Eligible students (such as Australian citizens or holders of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa) may apply to defer payment of some or all of their tuition fees via the Commonwealth Government’s FEE-HELP loan scheme.
How does a HELP loan work?
If your FEE-HELP and/or SA-HELP loan application is successful, the Australian Government will pay RMIT, on your behalf, up to 100% of your fees. This amount will become part of your accumulated HELP debt.
You only start repaying your accumulated HELP debt to the Australian Government once you earn above the minimum income threshold for repayment, which is set each year by the Australian Government (this also applies if you are still studying). The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) will calculate your compulsory repayment for the year and include this on your income tax notice.
This program is approved for income support.
You may be eligible for student income support payments from the Commonwealth Government if you are undertaking a graduate certificate, graduate diploma or an approved professionally oriented masters by coursework program. For more information see Income support for Masters students.
If you are enrolled in an eligible program you will also need to satisfy all other student payment eligibility requirements. You can contact Centrelink or Services Australia for further information about student income support entitlements, your eligibility and how to apply.
In addition to tuition fees, you will be charged an annual student services and amenities fee (SSAF), which is used to maintain and enhance services and amenities that improve your experience as an RMIT student. The SSAF is calculated based on your enrolment load and the maximum fee for 2021 is $313.
For more information about calculating your actual SSAF see Paying SSAF.
You may also be required to purchase other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment. These additional fees and expenses vary from program to program.
In addition to tuition fees you also need to pay for:
- Student services and amenities fee (SSAF) in each calendar year.
- Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) - Student visa holders must have cover for the total duration of their visa.
- Some programs incur additional expenses.
You also need to account for your living expenses. Estimate the cost of living in Melbourne.
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