Graduate Diploma in Management (Arts and Cultural Management)
You’re considered an International student if you are a citizen of a country other than Australia or New Zealand.
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).
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).
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.
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.
Upon graduation, you will be well-equipped for a role in all areas of the arts and cultural sector. You could be employed by:
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:
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.
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:
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.
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:
|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|
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.
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:
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.
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:
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.
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.