Arts and Cultural Management

The Arts and Cultural Management program explores the tension between culture as an economic activity and culture as symbolic expression through four key themes – organisations, governance, identity and labour.

Arts and Cultural Management

Arts and Cultural Management at Melbourne

Arts and Cultural Management research on organisations covers questions of how we can better manage arts and cultural institutions in a fast-changing cultural economy.

Governance refers to the questions we ask about cultural policies, at urban, national, and global levels; including the interplay between them.

Identity guides our engagement with controversial issues around representation in the arts, inclusion of diverse audiences, environmental citizenship in the face of climate change, and the challenge of tackling the intersections of racism and sexism in the arts.

Labour explores pathways into dignified work in arts and culture and barriers to entry and equal pay across gender, age, and ethnicity.

Academic staff in the Arts and Cultural Management program have diverse disciplinary backgrounds and geographical perspectives, which strengthens our engaged and interdisciplinary research and our academically-grounded and vocationally-oriented teaching.

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Dr Christiaan De Beukelaer
Dr Christiaan De Beukelaer
The Master of Arts and Cultural Management will strengthen your understanding of the arts and cultural industries. This understanding will help you to work in leading positions across large and small organisations, government and industry, and in a variety of roles. The program's core focus is ensuring that you will be ready to run complex organisations in the arts today. But, perhaps more importantly, we will help you to see the big picture and help you build future-proof arts organisations – so you can respond to crises and changes by focusing on how you can make the arts better, fairer, and more sustainable.

Dr Christiaan De Beukelaer, Head of Arts and Cultural Management

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The Arts and Cultural Management program delivers transferrable skills you can apply across a broad range of art forms including film, theatre, dance, music and the visual arts:

Our graduate courses will give you the knowledge and skills base you need to pursue a career in the management of the arts and cultural sector.

Meet our Arts and Cultural Management staff

Arts and Cultural Management academics are leading teachers and researchers in a range of areas, with expertise across film, theatre, music, publishing, cultural policy, arts management and the visual arts.

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