Bachelor of Arts (Arts Management)

General

Read more about this program on the institution's website

Program Description

Provides a foundation in business theory and practice for the arts industry.

The programme is specifically industry-focused and designed to give students the knowledge and skills to work in a diverse range of art forms and organisations, including theatre companies, venues, dance companies, exhibitions, galleries, concerts and festivals.

By studying at WAAPA, students have opportunities for practical experience, including placements/secondments in the wider arts industry.

Course Entry

Academic Admission requirements (Band 3)

The following course-specific admission requirements are mandatory and must be satisfied by all applicants. These requirements are in addition to or supersede the minimum requirements outlined within the Academic admission requirements band section below.

All applicants are required to attend an interview. Individual interviews are conducted to provide information about the applicant's experience, motivation and goals. It is important that prospective students have an existing interest and background in the arts and a commitment to extending their knowledge in management and the arts in general.

For more information, including guidelines for specific disciplines, please see our Interviews, folios and auditions web page.

All applicants must meet the academic admission requirements for this course. The indicative or guaranteed ATAR is as published (where applicable) or academic admission requirements may be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

  • AQF Cert IV;
  • Successfully completed 0.25 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher at an Australian higher education provider (or equivalent);
  • Special Tertiary Admissions Test;*
  • University Preparation Course;*
  • Indigenous University Orientation Course;*
  • Aboriginal Student Intake Test; or*
  • Experience Based Entry Scheme.*

* Further information can be found on the Study course entry page.

For international students, requirements include your secondary school results.

English Language requirements (Band 3)

English competency requirements may be satisfied through the completion of one of the following:

  • Year 12 English ATAR/English Literature ATAR grade C or better or equivalent;
  • Special Tertiary Admissions Test;*
  • IELTS Academic Overall band minimum score of 6.0 (no individual band less than 6.0);
  • Successfully completed 1.0 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher in the UK, Ireland, USA, NZ or Canada;
  • University Preparation Course;
  • Indigenous University Orientation Course;*
  • Aboriginal Student Intake Test;*
  • AQF Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree;
  • Successfully completed 0.375 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher at an Australian higher education provider (or equivalent); or
  • Other tests, courses or programmes defined on the English Proficiency Bands page.

* Further information can be found on the Study course entry page.

Applications for this course are not accepted through ECU's Experience Based Entry Scheme.

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Course Details

Semester availability

  • Semester 1: Study full-time at Mount Lawley

Course Structure

Year 1 - Semester 1

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
ADM1415 Managing Arts Organisations 15
ACC1100 Accounting I 15
ADM1360 Digital Technology for Arts Management 15
ADM1325 Communication in the Arts 15

Year 1 - Semester 2

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
ADM1330 Arts Marketing Fundamentals 15
ADM1335 Arts Legal Framework 15
ADM1340 Arts Production and Presentation 15
ECF1110 Economics I 15

Year 2 - Semester 1

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
ADM2410 Arts in Contemporary Society 15
ADM2310 Managing People 15
ADM2420 Planning and Executive Producing 15
ADM2425 Managerial Finance for the Arts 15

Year 2 - Semester 2

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
ADM2430 Marketing the Arts 15
ADM2435 Cultural Critique 15
ADM2445 Arts Law 15
ADM2455 Managing Arts Resources 15

Year 3 - Semester 1

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
ADM3510 Financial Decision Making for the Arts 15
ADM3520 Business Development in the Arts 15
Elective Unit x 2 30

Note: Elective unit may be from any offering across ECU.

Year 3 - Semester 2

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
ADM3530 Arts Management: Principles and Practices 30
ADM3540 Industry Placement 30

Course Learning Outcomes

  • Apply broad and coherent knowledge and skills with a depth of the theories, principles and concepts of arts management.
  • Critically review, analyse and synthesise knowledge in arts management to improve organisational practice.
  • Demonstrate initiative, judgement and creativity in planning, problem-solving, and decision making through project planning for arts organisations.
  • Exercise creative thinking and judgement to identify and sustainably solve problems in the planning, organisation, marketing, and promotion of arts management.
  • Recognise and reflect on social, cultural and ethical issues, and apply local and international perspectives to practice.
  • Successfully communicate arts management knowledge and ideas in diverse contexts, demonstrating cross-cultural awareness and including an ability to communicate and work with Aboriginal Australians.
  • Use digital technologies and discipline-related literacies to access, evaluate and synthesise relevant information from multiple sources.
  • Work collaboratively on a project and apply responsibility and accountability for own learning and continued development.

Career Opportunities

It is expected that graduates from this course will possess a high level of management expertise, together with leadership abilities, human resources skills and broad knowledge of the arts industry, which will enable them to function as arts managers in an intelligent, effective and sensitive manner. WAAPA delivers courses with a focus on employability demonstrated by the high success rate of graduates gaining meaningful employment in the industry nationally and internationally.

Possible future job titles

General Manager, Arts Marketing Manager, Audience Development Manager, Sponsorship Manager, Business Development Manager, Communications Manager, Programme Manager, Venue Manager, Producer, Events Coordinator.

Last updated Oct 2020

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