Graduate Certificate of Business (Arts and Cultural Management)

Deakin University

Course details

Level of study: Graduate Certificates


Sharpen your leadership skills and learn to overcome industry challenges as part of a Graduate Certificate of Arts and Cultural Management at Deakin.

Course overview

This course provides arts leaders and managers with vital skills in managing arts and cultural organisations, facilities and programs. Students develop the ability to build relationships with audiences, and to tackle common industry challenges.

You will be taught by staff with extensive practical experience in management and leadership in the arts and cultural sectors. Through this study you will be able to engage with industry representatives, and be exposed to the work of cutting edge practitioners.

On completion of the Graduate Certificate, students are able to enter the Master or Graduate Diploma of Business (Arts and Cultural Management).

Course structure

To complete the Graduate Certificate of Arts and Cultural Management, students attain a total of 4 credit points of core units, plus completion of the 0-credit point module, MAI010 Academic Integrity Module. Most units (think of units as 'subjects') are equal to 1 credit point.

Career outcomes

The course’s strong reputation in the industry leads to great career outcomes. Your qualification will give you an advantage when pursuing leadership roles across a range of settings including:

  • performing and visual arts
  • festivals
  • community arts and cultural development
  • publishing houses
  • arts and cultural venues
  • touring companies
  • screen industries
  • museums and galleries.

While there are many exciting career pathways for graduates, you’ll also have the option of continuing your studies into Deakin’s Master of Business (Arts and Cultural Management). Many leaders within the industry are graduates from the master’s program and have gone on to work in high-profile organisations such as:

  • Australian Ballet
  • Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA)
  • Regional Arts Victoria
  • Creative Partnerships Australia
  • Arts Centre Melbourne
  • Opera Australia
  • Melbourne Fringe Festival
  • Museum Victoria
  • National Gallery of Australia.

This degree will also put you in a strong position to explore some of the high-demand areas within the industry, including fundraising, audience development, relationship management, cultural and festival event programming, concert promotion, digital content and social media marketing.

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Tuition Fees (AUD $) Start date Duration Campus
20,800 Per Year
Read moreThe 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together eight credit points of a typical combination of units for that course.
04 Mar 2024 1 year
Read more1 year part-time

Online study
Cloud Campus
Melbourne Burwood Campus
221 Burwood Highway
Melbourne Victoria 3125

Entry criteria

Minimum admission criteria:

  • Bachelor degree or higher, OR
  • two years of relevant work experience*, OR
  • evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent

English Language Requirements:

IELTS: Overall 6.5 No band lower than 6

TOEFL IBT: 79 Writing 21; TOEFL PBT: 577 Writing 4.5

C1 PROFICIENCY and C2 PROFICIENCY: 176 No band less than 169

PTE: 58 No less than 50 in each skill

OET: Overall C+



Deakin University
Melbourne Burwood Campus
221 Burwood Highway
Melbourne Victoria 3125
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