Bachelor of Arts (Arts Management)

Edith Cowan University
Edith Cowan University
  • Awarded by

    Edith Cowan University (RTO 4756)

  • Qualification

    Bachelor's Degree + Undergraduate Unit

  • Study Mode

    On campus

  • Payment Options

    HECS-HELP may be availableUpfront payment

  • Duration

    3 years full-time

  • Start Date

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  • Location


  • Career Outcomes

    General Manager | Program Manager | Business Development Manager | Venue Manager | View all

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Last modified: 03 Jun 2019

In a Nutshell

If you've always dreamed of embarking on a practical, challenging and rewarding career within the arts industry, a Bachelor of Arts (Arts Management) from Edith Cowan University in Perth, WA, is the first step towards your dream role.

This industry-focused qualification is specifically designed to prepare students for careers in a diverse range of art forms and organisations – from theatre and dance companies to exhibitions to galleries to concerts and festivals. You'll be studying business theory and practice as it relates to the wider arts industry, gaining the knowledge and practical skills you need in areas such as management, accounting, marketing, financial decision-making and business development.

The course focuses strongly on practical experience, including staffing and managing Front of House for WAAPA productions, and a 10-week industry placement with a professional arts organisation. By the time you graduate, you'll be informed, experienced and job-ready, set to embark upon an exciting arts management career.

  • What You'll Need to Get In


    You may be eligible to apply for this course at ECU if you meet the following requirements:

    • Hold a minimum indicative ATAR of 70 (or equivalent); OR
    • Have undertaken a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) qualification at the appropriate level; OR
    • Have previously completed units of study at University level; OR
    • Hold a STAT result that meets ECU's standard requirements; OR
    • Have completed a bridging or enabling course; AND
    • Meet ECU's English Competency requirements and special entry requirements (see below).

    Please note that School Leaver applicants will require completion of WACE or equivalent. 

    Special Admissions Requirements: 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.

  • Subject Breakdown

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    In this arts & humanities course, the subjects you may study include:

    • Managing Arts Organisations 
    • Accounting I 
    • Computing for Arts Management 
    • Communication in the Arts
    • Arts Marketing Fundamentals 
    • Arts Legal Framework 
    • Arts Production and Presentation 
    • Economics I
    • Arts in Contemporary Society 
    • Managing People 
    • Planning and Executive Producing 
    • Managerial Finance for the Arts
    • Marketing the Arts 
    • Cultural Critique 
    • Arts Law 
    • Managing Arts Resources
    • Financial Decision Making for the Arts 
    • Business Development in the Arts
    • Arts Management: Principles and Practices 30
    • Industry Placement
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  • Why Edith Cowan University?

    Since opening in 1991, Edith Cowan University (ECU) has established itself as the go-to Australian university for a quality learning experience. Students graduate among some of the best in the world and have continued to serve society in many important roles.

    ECU produces winners because they are a winner! In 2018 Times Higher Education ranked ECU in the world’s top 150 universities under 50 years old, and the Good Universities Guide has given them a 5-star rating for teaching quality 12 years straight.

    From social work, youth work, nutrition, engineering, technology, management and more, ECU offer a host of undergraduate and postgraduate courses that’ll excel your career and expose you to new levels of success. Enquire today and see where an ECU qualification can lead you!

    Students feel happy, well supported and well educated when they study with ECU, in fact, in the 2018 QILT survey, Edith Cowan University received the highest student experience rating of all Australian public universities.

    When you study with ECU, you’ll have access to expert course advice, counselling, diversity and disability services, transnational and national program support, student success programs, careers and employability services... just to name a few.

Campus locations

This course can be delivered on campus to provide you with practical training in a face-to-face learning environment. It is available to study at the following locations:

Where Will This Course Take You?

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a Bachelor of Arts (Arts Management) from Edith Cowan University.

Graduates are equipped with the management expertise, leadership abilities, human resources skills and arts industry knowledge needed to seek management roles within a variety of arts organisations and venues.

Wondering where a career in arts and humanities could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

Let's Talk Price

Students may pay for this course upfront or through a government HECS-HELP loan (if eligible).

Scholarships and ECU Student Loans are also available to eligible students.


You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, you may not need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees directly to the provider on your behalf. You'll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $45,881 (2019-20 income year). 


Find out more about government study loans here.

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