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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Course

This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Arts

Managing facultyArts
Abbreviated titleMCulturalArts
CRICOS code069543K
Total credit points required72
Standard duration of study (years)1.5 years FT, 3 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Caulfield)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

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  • Students may select limited units from the Clayton or City campus, but should be aware of the teaching location as this may require travel to another campus. Students may also select units offered in off-campus mode.


The Master of Cultural Arts is an interdisciplinary degree designed to equip students with advanced knowledge and skills necessary for participating in and managing creative arts sectors and industries. A key feature of the degree is its flexibility.


At the completion of the course students will have acquired:

  • knowledge, skills and attributes necessary for the participation in and management of creative arts sectors and creative industries
  • knowledge, skills, and attributes necessary for independent research
  • critical understanding of the cultural, social, institutional and economic context in which creative processes and actions occur
  • critical understanding of the role of creative behaviours in contemporary organisations, economies, markets and polities
  • theoretical knowledge, communicative competency, critical reflection, ethical understanding, and problem-solving capacities relevant to the management of creative processes and environments
  • enhanced capacity to formulate and research creative and cultural issues
  • enhanced understanding of creative action and its ethical limits
  • increased intellectual independence and ability to analyse and evaluate arguments and performances and creative artefacts
  • greater self-reliance in intellectual and professional activity, and greater understanding of the knowledge, skills, and attributes required in management and senior professional roles
  • substantially enhanced employment-related generic skills, including high-level problem-solving, interpersonal, and collaborative skills, written and oral communication skills, understanding of the nature of creative organisations
  • enhanced understanding of critical, ethical and aesthetic approaches to the study of the creative arts and creative industry sectors.


This courses consists 24 points of core units, 24 points in a chosen specialisation and 24 points in a chosen focus.

A minimum of 24 point must be taken at level five.



Core Units

Students complete the following two units (24 points):


Students complete two units (24 points) from one of the streams below.

Arts management

Creative writing

Critical inquiry

Cultural economies

Students complete one of the following options:

Option one

plus one of the following:

Option two

and two of the following:

Film and television studies


Music industries

Performance studies

Public communication

  • ATS4xxx/ATS5xxx Cultural policy and collective identity
  • ATS4411/APG5411 Media, politics and everyday life

Publishing and editing


War studies

Focus units

Students complete 24 points in a chosen focus.


  • Research project (24 points)


  • Industry project (24 points)
  • Industry internship (24 points)


Four 6-point management units selected from the following:

  • MGX5440 Public sector financial management
  • MGX5300 Governance
  • MGX9220 Work and employment relations
  • MGX9230 Public policy
  • MGX9270 Public management
  • MGX9280 Leadership theory and practice
  • MGX9420 E-business
  • MGX9600 Managing people and organisations
  • MGX9660 International business theory and practice
  • MGX9720 Managing organisational change
  • MGX9761 Strategic management
  • MGX9850 Human resource management
  • MGX9940 Managerial effectiveness



Alternative exit(s)

Students who have completed studies in this course to the value of:

  • 24 points may apply to exit with a Graduate Certificate in Cultural Arts
  • 48 points may apply to exit with a Graduate Diploma in Cultural Arts.



Master of Cultural Arts

Master of Cultural Arts (Arts Management)

Master of Cultural Arts (Creative Writing)

Master of Cultural Arts (Critical Inquiry)

Master of Cultural Arts (Cultural Economies)

Master of Cultural Arts (Film)

Master of Cultural Arts (Literature)

Master of Cultural Arts (Music Industries)

Master of Cultural Arts (Performance Studies)

Master of Cultural Arts (Public Communication)

Master of Cultural Arts (Publishing and Editing)

Master of Cultural Arts (Rhetoric)

Master of Cultural Arts (War Studies)



Where more than one award is listed the actual award conferred may depend on units/majors/streams/specialisations studied, the level of academic merit achieved, or other factors relevant to the individual student's program of study.