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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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Entry requirements

70 Indicative ATAR

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

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Course code

Y20

Fees

Commonwealth supported - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $9,500

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Duration

3 years full-time

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Availability & Campus

JO ML BU OL
Full-time
Part-time
JO - Joondalup BU - South West ML - Mount Lawley OL - Online

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Entry requirements

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

See Course Entry for further information.

Course code

Y20

CRICOS code

073510G

Fees

International onshore - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $31,300

See Fees and Scholarships for further information.

Duration

3 years full-time

See Course Details for further information.

Availability & Campus

JO ML BU OL
Full-time
Part-time
JO - Joondalup BU - South West ML - Mount Lawley OL - Online

See Course Details for further information.

Course Entry

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

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

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

Fees and Scholarships

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AUD $9,500 *

* 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 amount you’ll need to pay. ECU fees are adjusted annually.

AUD $31,300 *

* International onshore - 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 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

Student
stories

  • "The Arts Management degree gave me the skills and contacts to form a fantastic career in the arts industry"
    James Robertson
    James RobertsonWAAPA Arts Management graduate

    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.

  • "Being a mature, international student, I've felt welcome from day one"
    Mandy Rauch
    Mandy RauchWAAPA Arts Management student

    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.

  • "WAAPA’s Arts Management course really helped me find my place in the arts industry"
    WAAPA Arts Management graduate, Harriet Roberts
    Harriet RobertsWAAPA Arts Management graduate

    I have always craved an active role within the performing arts, but had no idea in what capacity this could be, I trusted the course to guide me in the right direction, and it did.

    For me, the course operated in a two-fold way through building my theoretical knowledge of the practicalities of arts administration in the lecture room, and in pushing me to volunteer in intern positions in the industry to gain practical experience.

    It was so beneficial to have the WAAPA name behind me when seeking these opportunities for development, enabling me to expand my networks and connections in the local industry. Ultimately, this led to my current position of Associate Producer at the Blue Room Theatre.

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