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Graduate Diploma in Arts and Cultural Management (Advanced) (GDA-ACM) // Attributes, outcomes and skills

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Intended learning outcomes

Students who complete the Graduate Diploma in Arts and Cultural Management (Advanced) should:

  • understand and appreciate the place of the arts within our culture;
  • understand and access arts policy and funding in Australia;
  • communicate and negotiate effectively and efficiently with a range of people and organizations, including arts organizations, artists, government administrators, funding bodies, professional organizations and unions;
  • understand State and Federal legislation and aspects of common law in so far as they impact upon the arts industry;
  • demonstrate an understanding of basic managerial skills and leadership strategy, including the ability to plan, coordinate, make decisions, solve problems, and manage human and physical resources;
  • demonstrate an understanding of financial management and business marketing in a variety of arts industry contexts; and
  • be able to function as creative and accountable arts industry workers, who demonstrate a sense of commitment and responsibility to artists and the advancement and preservation of culture within the broader community.

Generic skills

On completion of this subject, students should have acquired skills in the areas of:

  • management and professional communication;
  • ethical professional practice;
  • financial management;
  • critical analysis and creative thinking;
  • applied research methods and evaluation; and
  • team work and professional networking.

Graduate attributes

Graduates should acquire the following:


Academic distinction

  • an in-depth knowledge of their specialist disciplines and skills
  • an ability as a critical, creative thinker with strong reasoning skills

Active citizenship

  • an engagement with contemporary local, national and global issues and developed an appreciation of the Asian region
  • an awareness of the social and cultural diversity in communities and ability to work collaboratively with people from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds
  • an awareness of and respect for Indigenous cultures


Integrity and self-awareness

  • motivation, self-direction and organisational skills, with the ability to set goals and manage time and priorities
  • a willingness to explore, experiment and learn from mistakes
  • skills in self-assessment, and place great importance on their personal and professional integrity