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Bachelor of Arts (Arts Management)

Course code Y20

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

The program 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.

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Course overview

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Entry requirements

70 Indicative ATAR

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

See Course Entry for further information.

Course code

Y20

Fees

Commonwealth supported - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $13,700

See Fees and Scholarships for further information.

Duration

3 years full-time

See Course Details for further information.

Availability & Campus

Semester 1 Semester 2
Joondalup
Mount Lawley FT
South West
Online
FT - Full-time PT - Part-time

Entry requirements

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

See Course Entry for further information.

Course code

Y20

CRICOS code

073510G

Fees

International students - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $32,150

See Fees and Scholarships for further information.

Duration

3 years full-time

See Course Details for further information.

Availability & Campus

Semester 1 Semester 2
Joondalup
Mount Lawley FT
South West
Online
FT - Full-time PT - Part-time

Course Entry

Admission requirements you'll need to meet for this course.

  • 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.

    Note 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 University Readiness Assessment; 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 competency requirements may be satisfied through 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 University Readiness Assessment;*
    • 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 programs 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.

Course Details

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Semester availability

Semester 1: Study full-time at Mount Lawley

Semester availability

Semester 1: Study full-time at Mount Lawley

Course Structure

Year 1 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
ADM1415Managing Arts Organisations15
ACC1100Accounting I15
ADM1360Digital Technology for Arts Management15
ADM1325Communication in the Arts15
Year 1 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
ADM1330Arts Marketing Fundamentals15
ADM1335Arts Legal Framework15
ADM1340Arts Production and Presentation15
ECF1110Economics I15
Year 2 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
ADM2410Arts in Contemporary Society15
ADM2310Managing People15
ADM2420Planning and Executive Producing15
ADM2425Managerial Finance for the Arts15
Year 2 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
ADM2430Marketing the Arts15
ADM2435Cultural Critique15
ADM2445Arts Law15
ADM2455Managing Arts Resources15
Year 3 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
ADM3510Financial Decision Making for the Arts15
ADM3520Business Development in the Arts15
Elective Unitx 230

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

Year 3 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
ADM3530Arts Management: Principles and Practices30
ADM3540Industry Placement30

Y20|7

For more detailed unit information for this course take a look at our Handbook. To organise your life for next semester visit the Semester timetable.

Student handbook

Course notes

Important course notes

  • An emphasis on academic study and experiential practice gives students the opportunity to apply theory to practical situations and workplace scenarios by developing their understanding of art forms and processes within various arts organisations. During the later stages of the degree, practical experience is gained in the wider arts industry. It provides an authentic workplace environment through the engagement and collaboration with industry professionals and the diverse number of public performances and exhibitions where students can transfer their skills into professional venues both at WAAPA and externally.

    First-year students will demonstrate their understanding of theory through staffing Front of House for WAAPA productions. Second-year students take on the management roles of Front of House and are also encouraged to become involved in community and professional activities. Third-year students are required to gain experience with professional companies in the first semester of the year.

    In the final semester, students undertake their Industry Placement with a professional arts organisation. This is a full-time, 10-week placement which is designed to synthesise theory and practice and to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and skills acquired over the previous five semesters. It also provides a transition period that is a practical preparation for the workforce.

Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply broad and coherent knowledge and skills with depth of the theories, principles and concepts of arts management.
  2. Critically review, analyse, and synthesise knowledge in arts management to improve organisational practice.
  3. Exercise creative thinking and judgement to identify and sustainably solve problems in the planning, organisation, marketing, and promotion of arts management.
  4. 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.
  5. Use digital technologies and discipline related literacies to access, evaluate and synthesise relevant information from multiple sources.
  6. Demonstrate initiative, judgement and creativity in planning, problem solving, and decision making through project planning for arts organisations.
  7. Recognise and reflect on social, cultural and ethical issues, and apply local and international perspectives to practice.
  8. Work collaboratively on a project and apply responsibility and accountability for own learning and continued development.

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Fees and Scholarships

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AUD $13,700 *

* Commonwealth supported - estimated 1st year indicative fee

The 'Estimated 1st year indicative fee' is provided as a guide only, based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. At ECU, you pay for the individual units you enrol in, not an overall course fee, so the total cost of your course will vary, depending on what units you choose. An indicative fee will be provided with your course offer, however you can use our Course Fee Calculator to estimate the actual amount you'll need to pay. ECU fees are adjusted annually.

AUD $32,150 *

* International students - estimated 1st year indicative fee

The 'estimated 1st year indicative fee' is provided as a guide only, and has been calculated based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. At ECU, you pay for each individual unit you enrol in, not an overall course fee, so the total cost of your course will vary, depending on what units you choose. An indicative fee will be provided with your course offer, however you can use our Course Fee Calculator to estimate the actual amount you'll need to pay. ECU fees are adjusted annually.

Scholarships

ECU has a scholarship program that provides many opportunities each year to students undertaking studies here.

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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 a 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, Program Manager, Venue Manager, Producer, Events Coordinator

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Student stories

  • Xavier Jun Woo Cho

    Xavier Jun Woo Cho

    WAAPA Arts Management student

    "Arts Management is one of the essential occupations in life"

    Arts Managers try to provide citizens with better cultural and artistic experiences. So in a way, Arts Management is one of the essential occupations in life! WAAPA’s Arts Management course teaches us about things like strategic planning, human resources and fundamental arts law.

    I've also been doing a lot of activities for the past two years, such as volunteering at the Art Ball 2019 at the Western Australia Gallery of Arts. I learned a lot while working in box offices, bars, and ushering audiences at WAAPA performances. And as a Perth International Student Ambassador I’ve learned a lot to help me in my future job, for example, public speaking, building relationships and public relations activities.

  • Mandy Rauch

    Mandy Rauch

    WAAPA Arts Management student

    "Being a mature, international student, I've felt welcome from day one"

    My study experience thus far has only been amazing! One of the things that impresses me the most is the fact that ECU are really committed, being involved in both your study experience as well as your personal well-being. They offer assistance in both and I definitely feel they care about every individual student. The lecturers are the best in my field of study and are engaged with students. Being a mature, international student, I've felt welcome from day one.

    My greatest achievement so far is definitely being accepted to study at WAAPA. I have worked as front-of-house staff for several student productions and volunteered at a few art events. This is an excellent way of getting in contact with organisations and individuals working in the industry. By the time I graduate, I'll have already acquired valuable experience in the field.

    I love the vibrant art scene in Perth – there are a variety of events, lots are for free. Apart from art, Perth offers so much entertainment and relaxation. The parks are beautiful and well kept. I love that fact that I feel safe in Perth and that people respect one another.

  • James Robertson

    James Robertson

    WAAPA Arts Management graduate

    "The Arts Management degree gave me the skills and contacts to form a fantastic career in the arts industry"

    In my role as Head of Media and Client Relations at AKA, my team and I formulate the strategy for and execute large and small scale end-to-end marketing campaigns for commercial theatre, not-for-profit theatre companies, galleries and museums, major events and a diverse range of other arts and entertainment forms.

    Having had exposure to all of these, WAAPA set me up to be confident in the industry, no matter what I have ended up working on. The networking opportunities with graduates who are leaders in their field and the intensive secondment program put me in both large and small organisations and allowed me to meet people who are now my close colleagues.

    Since leaving WAAPA, I've worked alongside many Arts Management graduates who are now the top marketers, producers, development professionals and managers in the arts industry and we always have a strong bond.

Quick guide to uni-speak

    • ATAR is the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank, the primary criterion for entry into most undergraduate university courses in Australia. The ATAR is a percentile score which denotes a student's ranking relative to their state-wide peers upon completion of their secondary education.

    • CRICOS is the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students. A CRICOS code is allocated to education institutions (like ECU) who are approved to recruit, enrol and deliver education to overseas students. Courses with a CRICOS code are available to international students who meet the entry requirements.

    • A major, or unit set, is your chosen area of in-depth study in an undergraduate course. It usually involves 8 units of study, or one-third of the units in a 3-year degree. Talk to your Student Information Office if you need help choosing a major subject.

    • Minors include between 4 and 6 study units in a specific discipline. Not all courses require you to complete a minor. Your minor subject doesn't appear on your printed degree (parchment), but is part of your academic transcript.

    • If you're enrolled in 3 or more units in a semester this is considered full-time study. To complete most 3-year degrees studying full-time you'll need to complete 4 units per semester, i.e. 24 units over 3 years.

    • If a course is available to study part-time you can generally expect it to take twice as long to complete as it would in full-time mode. Part-time students are enrolled in 1 or 2 units maximum per semester.

      Note: International students who hold a student visa can only choose the full-time study option for our courses. This is to ensure the course is completed within the duration of the student visa.

    • Most courses start in Semester 1 each year, usually in the last week of February. Some courses can be started in Semester 2 (we call this mid-year). There's a week of Orientation before each semester to help you get used to uni life.

    • A lot of our courses start in Semester 2 each year, usually in the last week of July. We call this mid-year. There's a week of Orientation beforehand to help you get used to uni life.

    • We use a points system to make it easier for you to understand your study progress. Most Bachelors degree study units are allocated 15 credit points. If you're studying a 3-year full-time degree you'll need to successfully complete 360 credit points - that's 24 units x 15 points per unit.

    • These are compulsory units you have to successfully complete as part of your course.

    • An elective is a unit you choose to study that counts towards your course requirements, but isn't compulsory. For some courses we recommend elective units. In some situations, a course coordinator may approve an elective unit as a replacement for a compulsory one.

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