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Start date
February
July

Duration
1 year(s) full-time

Program Code
DGAC

Fees
2018: AUD$ 32,700 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)
2019: AUD$ 34,400 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [6.5]
  • IELTS reading [6.0]
  • IELTS writing [6.0]
Equivalent English qualifications (PDF)

International Admission by Country
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CRICOS Code
024151J

Key features

  • Offered in conjunction with the Adelaide Festival Centre, this is the only qualification of its kind in South Australia.
  • 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.
  • First Arts and Cultural Management qualification to be offered in Asia-Pacific
  • The University of South Australia’s Business School is in the top one per cent worldwide1 and awarded five stars in the QS Stars Ratings.

1UniSA Business School is one of just nine institutions in the country and 169 globally to be accredited by EQUIS. There are a total pool of 16,585 business schools worldwide, AACSB, May 2017.

Snapshot

Snapshot

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

In this exciting graduate diploma you will gain 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 after this graduate diploma, consider the Master in Management (Arts and Cultural Management). 

Why Graduate Diploma in Management (Arts and Cultural Management)

Why this Degree

Offered 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.

Study in the capital of the Festival State of South Australia, home to some of the largest arts and cultural festivals and named a City of Music by the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN).

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 Partner Programme

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

Your career

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

  • 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

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)

What you'll learn

What you Learn

The 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, one research course and one elective. Through these you will develop skills and expertise in areas that include:

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

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

Assessment

Your 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

What courses you'll study

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
Festivals and Events TOUR 5002 4.5
Elective 4.5 Rule(s): 1
Elective 4.5 Rule(s): 1

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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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 scholarship search page for more.

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.

Adelaide - City West campus

City West is in Adelaide’s most lively precinct, close to art galleries, music venues, cafés and restaurants. It has brand new learning spaces; modern lecture theatres; architecture workshops, contemporary art and design studios; and well-equipped student lounges. Explore City West >

Your study experience

As a student at the University of South Australia you will have unique access to work placement opportunities, overseas study tours and exchanges, networking events, internships, guest speakers and more.

Our campuses are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments. These are all supported by the latest technologies and a 24/7 online learning platform. We have health services on campus, gymnasiums, technology zones and great student lounges. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and lots more.

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 School 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 School Hub is there to facilitate your life at university, so you get the most out of your UniSA experience.

International Student Services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help we will be there to assist. Support services include:

  • careers advice
  • help with student visas and health cover
  • personal counselling
  • academic counselling
  • fees and finance help
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • services offered through our student association, USASA
  • accommodation services

We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers. You can work with them face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies. They also offer help with the English language.

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

How to apply

How to apply for international students will give you helpful information about the application process at the University of South Australia. When you are ready, apply through our International Application System. If you would like to talk to someone near you about studying at the University of South Australia, we have agents all over the world who can assist you. Find an Education Agent in your country.

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