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  • Objectives
    Students who complete the masters should: * develop an appreciation and overview of the arts within our culture; * understand, access and contribute to the development, implementation and evaluation of arts policy within Australia and internationally; * understand the role of marketing in positioning arts organizations to attract audiences and funding from a diversity of sources including government and the private sector, and attracting opportunities for international exchange; * understand the demands for managing small and large projects, developing tenders, or managing small business enterprises; * understand state, federal and international legislation including international contract negotiations, cultural property rights within various media such as film and multi-media; * demonstrate an understanding of financial management, budgeting, costing and planning; * demonstrate a high level of leadership potential and ability to function ethically, imaginatively and resourcefully within the arts and cultural industries in ways that will advance the arts and promote them within Australia and internationally.
  • Practical experience
    There is an internship component associated with this program.
  • Academic Title
    Master of Arts Management
  • Course description
    200 point program
    Duration: 1-2 years full-time / up to 4 years part-time
    First 100 points:

        * 7 compulsory subjects
        * 1 elective subject

    Second 100 points:

    Two Options:

    Option 1. Standard course structure

        * Four compulsory subjects (50 pts)

        * Compulsory Internship and Research (choose 25 pts)

        * Electives (25 pts from)

    Option 2. Minor thesis option

        * Minor thesis (37.5 pts)

        * One Compulsory subject (12.5 pts)

        * 3 Core subjects (37.5 pts)

        * 1 elective from Year 5 offerings across School of Culture and Communication (12.5 pts)

    Total 200 points - subjects are 12.5 points each, unless indicated otherwise.
    100 point program:

    Duration: 1 year full-time / up to 2 years part-time

    Two options as per the second 100 points above.

    Total 100 points - subjects are 12.5 points each, unless indicated otherwise.
        
    First 100 points:
    Compulsory subjects

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points
    760-433  Arts Law
    This subject introduces the general framework of Australia's legal system. It then focuses on three areas relevant to all cultural sectors: contract, copyright and negligence. Aspects of trade practices law and corporations legislation will also...     Semester 1     12.50

    760-545  Finance and Budgeting
    This subject introduces students to the fundamentals of financial management and budgeting in arts organisations. Commencing with an examination of the principal financial reports the subject takes students through the nature and type of transactions...     Semester 1     12.50

    760-442  Arts Policy and Issues
    This subject will introduce students to past and current policies relating to the arts and cultural policy in Australia and Victoria, and analyse arts policy development. The subject will also examine the development of arts policy organisations of f...     Semester 1     12.50

    760-435  Internship 1
    Students are provided with the opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge developed in the course to a practical work environment and to observe professional practice within the field of arts management. Students must select one of two models: field ...     Semester 1, Semester 2, Summer     12.50

    760-431  Arts Management
    This subject introduces students to key principles of organisational management within the context of the arts industry. In addition to generic management issues, students will be asked to identify and analyse issues unique to the arts industry. Stud...     Semester 2     12.50

    760-484  Audience and the Arts
    This subject examines audience development and retention in arts and cultural activities through a variety of professional techniques involving the development of new audiences. Students will examine a range of programming and content analysis, ways ...     Semester 2     12.50

    760-552  Sustainability and the Arts
    This subject introduces students to the notion of the arts as an ecological system, investigating how the arts industry finds ways to sustain its practices in changing environments. Students are introduced to strategies employed by both commercial an...     Semester 2     12.50

    Elective subjects

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points
    760-492  Cultural Festivals and Special Events
    Cultural festivals, carnivals and special events are a prominent feature of arts and cultural activities at the local, national and international level. Through a series of international and local case studies this subject examines the cultural, econ...     Semester 1     12.50

    760-404  Deleuze, Lyotard and the Arts     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    760-411  Critical Studies Culture & Creative Arts
    This subject introduces students to a variety of critical methodologies suitable for the engagement in, and analysis of, creative arts. Students will consider the theoretical grounding for an arts culture nexus and consider this relationship from the...     Semester 1     12.50

    760-425  Film and Philosophy
    This subject looks at how a number of influential philosophical concepts have permeated (and been exemplified) in recent cinema. The subject begins by examining the ideas of Plato, and through an examination of mimesis and memory explores how his phi...     Semester 1     12.50

    760-443  Arts Management Research Project 1
    This subject offers the opportunity for students to undertake original research on an approved research project into some aspect of arts management. On completion of this subject students should be able to frame research topics, undertake literature ...     Semester 1, Semester 2     25

    106-477  Writing and Editing for Digital Media
    This subject focuses on the communication techniques required to publish effectively in the digital environment, in particular for professional websites in the public domain. It examines the communication techniques used for ‘old&#x02...     Semester 2     12.50

    106-432  Cultural Studies in Asia     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    107-445  Cross-cultural Art     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    107-546  Interpreting Exhibitions     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    Or any 4th or 5th year subject offered in the School of Culture and Communication subject to approval of the Course Coordinator.

    Second 100 points: Option 1. Standard Course Structure
    Four compulsory Subjects

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points
    760-522  Advanced Management
    A study of the theory and practice of good management and effective leadership as it applies to a range of organisational styles in the arts, considering and comparing the not-for-profit and commercial sectors. Topics will include but not be limited ...     Semester 1     12.50

    760-550  Communicating the Arts
    This subject evolves the students understanding of the concepts of audience development and allows students to develop advanced knowledge and skills in the key areas of participation appropriate for management and administration in arts organisations...     Semester 1     12.50

    760-523  Financial Management
    A study of financial management including related supervisory, planning, reporting, and management responsibilities within the not-for-profit context of arts management. Students will acquire a knowledge of reserves, risk versus return, financial rep...     Semester 2     12.50

    760-527  Advanced Arts Policy
    A study of the theory and practice of policy development, implementation and evaluation in the area of arts and cultural policy drawing upon international applications and a range of different policy models. This topic will explore the breadth and di...     Semester 2     12.50

    Compulsory Internship and Research
    (choose one):

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points
    760-525  Internship II (year long)
    This subject offers the opportunity to gain extended work experience in an arts organisation. Placements may be arranged in a diversity of organisations catering for specialised areas of interest in the field of arts management, including not-for-pro...     Semester 1, Semester 2, Summer     25

    760-548  Research Project 2 (semester long)
    Original research on an approved research project selected in consultation with the supervisor. The Research Project will be in the field of arts management as applied to a single art form or cross-art form projects such as festivals, multimedia proj...     Semester 1, Semester 2     25

    760-549  Research Project 2 (year long)
    Original research on an approved research project selected in consultation with the supervisor. The research project will be in the field of arts management as applied to a single art form or cross-art form projects such as festivals, multimedia proj...     Semester 1, Semester 2     25

    760-526  Internship II (semester long)
    This subject offers the opportunity to gain extended work experience in an arts organisation. Placements may be arranged in a diversity of organisations catering for specialised areas of interest in the field of arts management, including not-for-pro...     Semester 1, Semester 2, Summer     25

    Electives
    A total of 25 points chosen from:-

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points
    760-492  Cultural Festivals and Special Events
    Cultural festivals, carnivals and special events are a prominent feature of arts and cultural activities at the local, national and international level. Through a series of international and local case studies this subject examines the cultural, econ...     Semester 1     12.50

    106-513  History of Books and Reading
    This subject introduces students to the history of the book and its relationship to changing reading practices. It will focus specifically on the changing technologies and aesthetics of book production, the relationships between reading and other cul...     Semester 1     12.50

    107-540  Film Culture Bodies
    This subject will introduce students to the various film culture bodies in the community whose function it is to promote screen culture. These will include such bodies as the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, the Australian Film Institute, Scre...     Semester 1     12.50

    760-546  Directed Reading in Cultural Management
    Students will undertake a course of directed reading on an approved topic. Areas of study may include management, law, marketing, cultural policy, curatorship and museum practices and their application within the context of the arts sector. Students ...     Semester 1, Semester 2     12.50

    107-530  History and Philosophy of Museums
    This subject examines the growth of the museum from its origins in the wunderkammer and antiquarian collections of the 16th century to the dynamic and constantly shifting field of possibilities available to museums today. The subject charts the progr...     Semester 2     12.50

    107-543  Film Festival Cultures
    This subject is a study of the development of international film festival cultures and their historical and contemporary role in art house and national cinemas. Through an examination of the history and the basic operations of selected film festivals...     Semester 2     12.50

    760-528  Advanced Arts Law
    This subject examines current legal topics in relation to the circulation of the creative arts in the public sphere. The topics will vary year to year and include the legal context of film and multimedia production and distribution; the commissioning...     Semester 2     12.50

    107-551  Digital Imaging, Film & Web Publishing
    This subject is an introduction to the practice of digital imaging and explores a variety of digital technologies that have become integral to many contemporary film and other screen industries. It develops skills in the use and application of comput...     Semester 2     12.50

    or any Year 5 subject offering across the School of Culture and Communication (12.5 pts) subject to approval of the Course Coordinator.

    Second 100 points: Option 2. Thesis option

    Minor Thesis

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points
    760-554  Minor Thesis - Arts Management
    Students enrolled in this subject will undertake a piece of research in Arts Management approved by the course coordinator. The research will incorporate both theoretical inquiry and primary research. On completion of the subject, students will submi...     Semester 1, Semester 2     37.50

    Compulsory Subject

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points
    760-522  Advanced Management
    A study of the theory and practice of good management and effective leadership as it applies to a range of organisational styles in the arts, considering and comparing the not-for-profit and commercial sectors. Topics will include but not be limited ...     Semester 1     12.50

    Core Subjects
    Choose 3

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points
    760-550  Communicating the Arts
    This subject evolves the students understanding of the concepts of audience development and allows students to develop advanced knowledge and skills in the key areas of participation appropriate for management and administration in arts organisations...     Semester 1     12.50

    760-523  Financial Management
    A study of financial management including related supervisory, planning, reporting, and management responsibilities within the not-for-profit context of arts management. Students will acquire a knowledge of reserves, risk versus return, financial rep...     Semester 2     12.50

    760-528  Advanced Arts Law
    This subject examines current legal topics in relation to the circulation of the creative arts in the public sphere. The topics will vary year to year and include the legal context of film and multimedia production and distribution; the commissioning...     Semester 2     12.50

    760-527  Advanced Arts Policy
    A study of the theory and practice of policy development, implementation and evaluation in the area of arts and cultural policy drawing upon international applications and a range of different policy models. This topic will explore the breadth and di...     Semester 2     12.50

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