Monash University

Postgraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2012 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

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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 code075336M
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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  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • 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.

Creative writing

Critical inquiry

  • APG4266/APG5266 Deleuze and foucault
  • APG4418/APG5418 Semiotic and poststructural theory of literature and culture
  • APG6724 Critical theory: A survey
  • APG4363/APG5363 Cultural arts

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

Publishing and editing


War studies

  • APG4363/APG5363 Cultural arts
  • ATS4404/APG5404 Cultural memory and the Spanish civil war
  • APG4263/APG5263 Propaganda, censorship and the representation of war

Focus units

Students complete 24 points in a chosen focus.


  • APG5360 Cultural arts research project (24 points)
  • APG5361 Cultural arts research project A
  • APG5362 Cultural arts research project B


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


Four 6-point management units selected from the following:

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 (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)
Master of Cultural Arts (Cultural Economies)

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.