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Major: Arts Industries and Management

Major Details

Arts Industries and Management


Department of Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies
Faculty of Arts

This major must be completed as part of an award. The general requirements for the award must be satisfied in order to graduate.

Requirements for the Major:

Completion of a minimum of 24 credit points including the following prescribed units:

Credit points

100 level

Curating Artistic Creativity (3)
Accounting in Society (3)

200 level

Arts and Entertainment Industries (3)
3cp from
Performance and Popular Media (3)
Theatre and Performance Practice (3)
Music Theatre (3)
Dance Practice 1 (3)
Musical Authorship and Songwriting (3)
Music Production 1 (3)
Music Production 2 (3)
Introduction to Vocal Studies (3)
Intermediate Vocal Studies (3)
Guitar Principles (3)
Performance and Circus Studies (3)

300 level

3cp from
Performance Research (3)
Dance Practice 2 (3)
Performance and Technology (3)
Advanced Vocal Studies (3)
Advanced Guitar (3)
Musical Creativities: Projects and Directions (3)
Musical Literacy (3)
Creative Process (3)
Arts Management Internship (3)
Managing Creativity (3)
Public Relations and Social Media 1 (3)
Sociology of the Arts (3)


Units marked with a C are Capstone units.
Units marked with a P are PACE units.
Additional Information
Overview and Aims of the Program A Major Arts Practice and Management offers students the opportunity to gain insights into how to facilitate and encourage artistic creativity, as well as providing a comprehensive understanding of the creative industries (the arts and entertainment industries). A Major in Arts Practice and Management is designed to offer students the opportunity to follow specialised artistic interests either as an industry practitioner or as an artist. The Arts Practice and Management major is suited to students wanting to undertake particular artistic fields of study such as dance, popular music studies, drama and performance.

The major in Arts Practice and Management is a unique program of study at an undergraduate level; as a research-driven program, it reinforces breaking new ground and is at the forefront arts practices. Its Sydney location is relevant to the concentration of localised creative industries.

The Arts Practice and Management major provides students with capabilities that will enhance their effectiveness as creativity facilitators in the arts industries.
Graduate Capabilities

The Graduate Capabilities Framework articulates the fundamentals that underpin all of Macquarie’s academic programs. It expresses these as follows:

Cognitive capabilities
(K) discipline specific knowledge and skills
(T) critical, analytical and integrative thinking
(P) problem solving and research capability
(I) creative and innovative

Interpersonal or social capabilities
(C) effective communication
(E) engaged and ethical local and global citizens
(A) socially and environmentally active and responsible

Personal capabilities
(J) capable of professional and personal judgement and initiative
(L) commitment to continuous learning

Program Learning Outcomes By the end of this program it is anticipated you should be able to:

1. demonstrate relevant arts industry knowledge and practice in a range of contexts (K, P, C, L)
2. critically analyse arts practice and management and related theories (T, I)
3. participate in arts practices and management in social and ethical ways (E, A)
4. engage with diversity in responsible ways (A).

5. integrate creative and innovative thinking in professional and industry settings (K, T, I)
6. work independently and/or collaboratively in the complex and evolving arts industries, and in response to project aims (J, L)
7. research, evaluate and communicate contemporary developments in arts and creative industries (T, P, C)
8. reflect on and adapt to changing creative practices in a range of contemporary arts industries (I, E, J, L).
Learning and Teaching Methods The Arts Practice and Management major program outcomes are aligned to both unit level outcomes and to Bachelor of Arts graduate capabilities. A range of learning and teaching methods are utilized:
• Lectures: face-to-face and online lecture provide instruction in the theoretical components of unit content.
• Tutorials and seminars: these provide students with opportunities to analyse, question and debate unit content. Tutorials may also be practical sessions for particular fields of interest such as popular music studies, dance, and drama and performance.
• Internships: these provide students with opportunities for professional and community engagement.
• Teaching materials include:
a. lectures and/or tutorials
b. readings (paper and/or electronic)
c. online learning
d. performances
e. seminars
f. guest lecturers and industry speakers
g. recording facilities
h. computer labs
i. set texts.
Assessment There is a range of assessment tasks and types undertaken by students in the Arts Practice and Management major. These include:
• Participation: the program requires students to be actively engaged in a range of practices and to engage in analysis of arts industry practices in tutorial discussion.
• Reports: students are required to prepare reports in various arts industry contexts.
• Presentations (seminars and performance related discussions)
• Auditing exhibitions
• Written (media releases; essays)
• Financial reporting
• Funding applications
• Tests and quizzes (in-class and/or online)
• Performances (group and solo)
• Reflection and reflexivity (journals, statements and in-class)
• Professional and community engagement (internship)
• Aural skills (analysis and critical listening)

The assessment tasks encompass a range of participatory and written tasks (including research reports of progressively higher complexity). The program includes both formative and summative assessment. Many assessment tasks such as the research presentations and funding applications are designed to help the students to develop and familiarise themselves with ideas and skills. Other such as the tests and quizzes are designed to assess that the student has the required degree of knowledge or competency to move forward with the program. All assessment tasks lead to the capstone (MMCS321) which underpins the program learning outcomes.
Recognition of Prior Learning

Macquarie University may recognise prior formal, informal and non-formal learning for the purpose of granting credit towards, or admission into, a program. The recognition of these forms of learning is enabled by the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Policy (see and its associated Procedures and Guidelines. The RPL pages contain information on how to apply, links to registers, and the approval processes for recognising prior learning for entry or credit. 

Domestic Students
For undergraduate RPL information visit
For domestic postgraduate RPL information visit

International Students
For RPL information visit

Support for Learning

Macquarie University aspires to be an inclusive and supportive community of learners where all students are given the opportunity to meet their academic and personal goals. The University offers a comprehensive range of free and accessible student support services which include academic advice, counselling and psychological services, advocacy services and welfare advice, careers and employment, disability services and academic skills workshops amongst others. There is also a bulk billing medical service located on campus.

Further information can be found at

Campus Wellbeing contact details:
Phone: +61 2 9850 7497

Program Standards and Quality

The program is subject to an ongoing comprehensive process of quality review in accordance with a pre-determined schedule that complies with the Higher Education Standards Framework. The review is overseen by Macquarie University's peak academic governance body, the Academic Senate and takes into account feedback received from students, staff and external stakeholders.

Graduate Destinations and Employability Students are prepared for career trajectories including (but not limited to):
o management
o artist
o production/producer
o community arts
o arts and cultural administration for government and/or industry
o curatorial positions
o cultural attaché and advisor
o public relations and advertising
o feature writer on the arts for magazines, newspapers, online social media, etc.
Assessment Regulations

This program is subject to Macquarie University regulations, including but not limited to those specified in the Assessment Policy, Academic Honesty Policy, the Final Examination Policy and relevant University Rules. For all approved University policies, procedures, guidelines and schedules visit

2017 Unit Information

When offered:
S1 Day
Permission of Executive Dean of Faculty
HSC Chinese, CHN113, CHN148