Monash University

Postgraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2014 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 2014 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 titleMCULTECON
CRICOS code079584G
Total credit points required96
Standard duration of study (years)2 years FT, 4 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Caulfield)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Tel: 1800 MONASH (1800 666 274) Web address:

Course coordinator

Professor Justin O'Connor


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


The Master of Cultural Economy is for students working at the crossroads of culture and economy. The cultural economy is a highly diverse sector, characterised by a complex ecosystem in which cultural and economic goals and dynamics combine in ways that transgress traditional disciplinary and policy boundaries. This degree provides an overall guide to this cultural economy and the individual roadmaps needed to achieve various ambitions. This might be work in the independent arts and creative/ cultural industries; working in cultural policy, governance and community development; and/or seeking to place cultural economies in an historical context, and its implications for contemporary practice. The degree includes approaches to cultural economy, the structures and dynamics of creative industries, creative cities, contemporary arts practices, and culture and sustainable development. Students will have various opportunities to undertake in-depth analysis of individual cultural industries, cultural projects and international case studies. A further option exists for internships and industry studies.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 9, the Bologna Cycle 2 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 9, the Bologna Cycle 2 and Monash Graduate Attributes (

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

  • construct a broad overview of contemporary issues in cultural economy
  • display an appreciation of the specific and practical challenges and opportunities for cultural economies in a range of areas, from individual businesses to large scale cultural projects
  • apply independent research skills to a range of problems in the field, using case studies and fieldwork to identify and investigate concrete challenges and issues in creative businesses and policy development and implementation
  • display a high level of written and oral communication skills to a variety of (academic, policy, industry, community) audiences
  • situate research and practice in a wider international context
  • demonstrate a thorough understanding of research methodology and ethics, and ability to undertake an independent research project.

Credit for prior studies

Students can apply for credit for elective units in this course as follows:

  • up to 24 points if they have completed a bachelor's degree in a cognate area
  • up to 48 points if they have completed an honours degree in a cognate area.

To be eligible for credit, previous study must have been completed within ten years prior to the year of application for credit.


This course consists of 24 points of core units, 24 points of capstone units, and up to 48 points of elective units.

A minimum of 24 points must be taken at level five. All units are 12 points unless otherwise indicated.


Core units

All students must complete the following two units (24 points):

Capstone units

All students must complete the following two units (24 points):

  • APG5361 Cultural arts research project A
  • APG5362 Cultural arts research project B

Elective units

Students must complete 48 points of elective units, with 24 points taken from List A electives, and 24 points taken from List B electives.*

* Students who have received 24 points of credit for prior studies only need to complete 24 points of elective units. Students who have received 48 points of credit for prior studies do not need to complete any elective units.

List A electives

Students must complete two units (24 points), chosen from:

List B electives

Students must complete two units (24 points), chosen from:

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 Economy.
  • 48 points may apply to exit with a Graduate Diploma in Cultural Economy.


Master of Cultural Economy