Monash University

Postgraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2013 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 applies to students commencing this course in 2013 and 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; +61 3 9902 6011


  • 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 campus or Melbourne central business district location (City), 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.


This is an interdisciplinary course 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.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 9, the Bologna Cycle 2 and Monash Graduate Attributes. For more information refer to

Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that graduates will be able to:

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


This courses consists of 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. All units are 12 points unless otherwise indicated.


Core units

Students must complete the following two units (24 points):


Students must complete 24 points from one of the streams below. Alternative units that would contribute to an area of specialisation may be approved by the course coordinator and the chief examiner of the unit.

Critical inquiry

Cultural economies

Students must complete one of the following options:

Option one

plus one of:

Option two

plus two of:

  • MGX5120 Contemporary Asia (6 points)
  • MGX5310 International management process (6 points)
  • MGX5640 Cross-cultural management communication (6 points)
  • MGX5670 Leadership (6 points)

Film and television studies

Literature and creative writing

Music industries

Theatre and performance

Publishing and editing

* Students must get permission from the course coordinator and the unit chief examiner before enrolling in this unit.

Focus units

Students must 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:

  • 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)

The actual award conferred may depend on units/majors/streams/specialisations studied, the level of academic merit achieved, the timing of study, or other factors relevant to the individual student's program of study.