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Start Date
February
August

Duration
1 year(s) full-time

Program Code
DGAC

SATAC Code
4GD111 (Internal/External)

Study as
Full-time or part-time

Degree overview

  • Offered in conjunction with the Adelaide Festival Centre, this is the only degree of its kind in South Australia, and the first Arts and Cultural Management qualification in the Asia-Pacific.
  • Develop the skills, experience and knowledge for a professional role in the field of arts and cultural management.
  • Work with the Asia-Pacific Centre for Arts and Cultural Leadership – a UniSA and Adelaide Festival Centre joint venture at the forefront of the arts and in engagement with the Asia-Pacific.
  • Connect with a senior business leader through our Executive Partners Program.
  • Apply for the annual Ruth Rentschler Arts and Cultural Management Grant to help with your study costs.
  • Study a curriculum informed by above world-class research in Management1.
  • The University of South Australia Business School is in the top one per cent worldwide2 and has been awarded an overall five stars for excellence in the QS Stars Ratings 2019.
  • UniSA is No.1 in SA for postgraduate employment outcomes in Business and Management3.

12018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).  2UniSA Business School is one of just nine institutions in Australia and 183 globally to be accredited by EQUIS (from over 16,500 worldwide). EFMD, August 2019.  3QILT: Graduate Outcomes Survey Course Experience Questionnaire 2016-18 – Full-time Employment Indicator. Public SA-founded universities only. 

Snapshot

SNoonan_UniSA BusHub_231017_004.jpgDevelop the skills, experience and knowledge for a professional role in the vibrant arts sector with the only qualification of its kind in South Australia.

This exciting graduate diploma will provide you with a strong understanding of contemporary management theory and how it applies to the various elements of the creative arts and cultural industries. You will develop leadership and problem-solving abilities while studying the arts environment.

Our summer and winter schools offer exciting study and learning opportunities. With options such as intensives, internships and global study tours, you can spread your study load across the year, increase your exchange opportunities and fast track your degree. If you wish to go onto further studies you can use this qualification as a pathway into the Master in Management (Arts and Cultural Management). 

What you'll learn

Postgraduate Business studentsThe Graduate Diploma in Management (Arts and Cultural Management) is made up of 8 courses. You will complete two courses in your specialisation: Arts Environment, and Arts and Cultural Leadership and Governance. You will also complete four Business School core courses and two electives. Through these you will develop skills and expertise in areas that include:

  • Festivals and Events
  • Marketing Management
  • Arts and Cultural Audiences

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
Arts and Cultural Leadership and Governance BUSS 5436 4.5
Accounting for Management M ACCT 5011 4.5
Marketing Management MARK 5025 4.5
Arts and Cultural Audiences BUSS 5435 4.5
Arts Environment BUSS 5218 4.5
Festival and Event Management TOUR 5002 4.5
Elective 4.5 Rule(s): 1
Elective 4.5 Rule(s): 1

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects and contribute to online discussion forums. So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12 – 26 hours of study when at university and 14 – 28 hours of independent study per week.

Assessment

ICC_021115_003.jpgYour studies at UniSA will incorporate both practical, professionally-focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:

  • examinations
  • individual projects and essays
  • research plans and reports
  • essays and assignments 
  • group projects and discussion papers

Global opportunities

International exchanges and intensive study-tours open doors to new possibilities and experiences, and our Business School has strong connections with prestigious universities in Europe, Asia, and the Americas. Travelling and studying with leading academic staff and your peers is a wonderful opportunity to develop first-hand knowledge of the international business environment. You’ll find the experience invaluable for your personal and professional development, giving you a global perspective.

UniSA has links with universities worldwide. You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests. Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Once you are a current student, you will be able to explore various study tours and exchanges and take advantage of Student Mobility Grants to make going on an overseas exchange or study tour achievable.

Global opportunities

Research

UniSA’s joint venture initiative – the Asia-Pacific Centre for Arts and Cultural Leadership - has established a number of partnerships around the Asia-Pacific with universities, arts centres and arts and cultural institutes. The Centre develops collaborative research projects that grow leadership and management expertise in the arts and culture in our region. Some examples of previous and current research projects include:

  • China-Australia arts and cultural exchange
  • audience study of the Hong Kong Arts Festival
  • audience studies of the Adelaide Festival Centre’s Cabaret, OzAsia and Guitar Festivals
  • arts and cultural workers in the informal economy in the Asia-Pacific region
  • the role of artists and creative practice in organisational innovation
  • music and cities: how place and space influence music creation and performance
  • governance and the arts in Australia and Asia

Why Graduate Diploma in Management (Arts and Cultural Management)

130919_USA_THOMPSON_0048-Edit-2COPY.jpgOffered in conjunction with the Adelaide Festival Centre, this degree equips students with the diverse business skills and knowledge required to manage successful arts and cultural organisations, programs, festivals, events and venues.

You will work with the Asia-Pacific Centre for Arts and Cultural Leadership – a UniSA and Adelaide Festival Centre joint venture at the forefront of the arts and in engagement with the Asia-Pacific. A focus of the centre is to train and educate younger arts and cultural managers, and also more senior leaders, to world-class levels.

You will study the arts environment, and arts and cultural leadership and governance. As a graduate, you can rest assured that yours is a globally competitive degree that is respected internationally for its quality and relevance to industry. You will be equipped with the knowledge and experience to succeed as a leader within the arts and cultural sectors, enabling you to address the challenges of sustainability that build relationships with audiences and industry stakeholders to enhance cultural vitality.

An enriching student experience

Our flexible delivery and extra-curricular opportunities are designed to suit your lifestyle, preferred way of learning and career interests. You can benefit from a blend of online and on-campus study, part-time or full-time learning, Summer and Winter School intensive courses, mentoring and networking opportunities with industry, and leadership skill development. You can also explore accelerated learning pathways and seek program support from our Business Student Hub.

Real-world connections

UniSA’s joint initiative with the Adelaide Festival Centre places this graduate diploma at the forefront of arts, culture and education in Australia. The Asia Pacific Centre for Arts and Cultural Leadership works to ensure Adelaide becomes the hub of arts and cultural partnership activities in the Asia Pacific region. This will further enhance your career prospects locally and abroad. We also host regular University-wide employee master classes and employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.

Executive Partners Program

Have you ever wanted to have career guidance from an experienced business mentor? As part of your studies, you can apply for our Executive Partners Program.

This is a unique opportunity for our postgraduate students to engage with highly successful industry executives to enhance their studies and career. Our Executive Partners are either active, semi-retired or recently retired business professionals who have a wealth of knowledge and want to help you achieve your goals.

Career outcomes

Your career

Upon graduation, you will be well-equipped for a role in all areas of the arts and cultural sector. 

You could consider roles such as gallery manager, festival director, theatre manager, artistic director, executive producer or corporate partnerships manager in settings such as:

  • museums, galleries, zoos and aquaria 
  • performing arts and theatrical companies
  • arts centres and venues
  • festivals and events
  • arts funding agencies such as government arts departments and councils
  • small artist cooperatives
  • entrepreneurial companies that stage events, touring performances and exhibitions  
  • government organisations
  • entertainment businesses
  • new media organisations

How to apply

Applying to study with us:

  • go to the top of this page and make note of the SATAC code, then click Apply
  • you will be redirected through to the SATAC website to continue your application

Scholarships

Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarships page for more.

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Your study experience and support

Our campuses have fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, tech zones, and areas that simulate real work environments. You’ll also find student gyms and campus sport activities to keep you active. We also offer flexible study options, with online resources available for accessing lecture recordings, virtual classrooms, library resources and learning support. 

Adelaide has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation or private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages for plenty of options. If you need somewhere to live, our new student accommodation by urbanest is on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, a perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

The Business Student Hub is a convenient, central support service for Business School students, from first year through to graduation. The team provides expert advice on study options, elective choices and any academic difficulties. It also helps with referrals to support services across the University. The Business Student Hub is there to facilitate your life at university, so you get the most out of your UniSA experience.

Our student support services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help, we're here to assist. We provide a full range of support services, including:

  • academic counselling
  • personal counselling
  • social support services, including family support and nearby childcare
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • services offered through our student association, USASA

When you become a UniSA student you can contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and any other questions you might have.

24/7 digital environment

This degree is offered online. With interactive online course materials and a 24/7 learning environment you can organise your study to suit your lifestyle. You can:

  • study online, including accessing videos and course resources
  • participate in virtual classrooms
  • submit your assignments and get feedback online
  • use forums and discussion boards for team work and communication

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

Please note some on-campus attendance (such as to attend seminars, workshops or examinations) and/or placements may apply. Any requirements like this are detailed on individual course pages.

Student services

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments.

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your program director

I have more than 20 years experience working in governance, management and marketing in the non-profit sphere at local, state, national and international levels. I have also conducted management, marketing and governance research for visual arts organisations and performing arts organisations among others. I use this experience to create an innovative and relevant curriculum for students.

Prof Ruth Rentschler

Program Director

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What others are saying

My graduate diploma in arts management was invaluable for consolidating knowledge and experience I'd gained on-the-job, and exposing me to wider arts management practice from around Australia and internationally. Since graduating I've worked in a range of programming, producing and operational roles for arts festivals and events including Melbourne Festival, Adelaide Fringe, Melbourne International Film Festival, Brisbane Festival, Christchurch Arts Festival, WOMADelaide, Ten Days on the Island and MONA FOMA.

Melanie Burge

Graduate Diploma in Management (Arts and Cultural Management)

Melanie Burge

Melanie Burge

Graduate Diploma in Management (Arts and Cultural Management)