The Graduate Certificate in Cultural Leadership consists of four courses that introduce you to contemporary art and the workings of arts and cultural institutions. It is an ideal short program for those who want to enter cultural leadership from other professional backgrounds or extend their qualifications in this area.Your courses will focus on communication skills for creative disciplines and a critical introduction to exhibitions and the role of art institutions. The program also includes electives in art history, contemporary art, and Aboriginal art.

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Why choose this degree?

This program will develop your skills or extend your qualifications in: artistic and cultural communication, audience engagement and development, exhibition design and strategic management of cultural organisations.

Who should choose this degree?

This suits anyone who intends to play a role in the arts, cultural or creative industries whether from artistic or other professional backgrounds.

Degree Structure

Degree Handbook

Career Opportunities

  • Arts curation, policy or administration
  • Cultural research
  • Festival programming
  • Museum management

Entry requirements

Admission to the Graduate Certificate in Cultural Leadership requires a Bachelors degree in any field.Applicants who apply with a bachelors degree completed more than 10 years ago can be admitted to the Graduate Certificate in Cultural Leadership where they have continuous history of employment in an art related field since graduation.

Applicants without a Bachelors degree may be admitted to the Graduate Certificate on a case-by-case basis by the Program Director, on the basis of a continuous history of employment in an art related field.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Consideration of RPL, including industry experience, will be relevant for:

(a) entry into the program without a Bachelors degree; and

(b) entry with a Bachelors degree awarded more than 10 years prior to proposed year of commencement.

Verified industry experience will include a written statement of service from an employer, client or commissioning agent verifying the position, role, responsibilities, duration and/or project outcomes of employment, service contract or other professional arts engagement

How to apply

Applications must be submitted through our Apply Online portal. We encourage you to submit your completed application as early as possible to ensure it will be processed in time for your preferred term.

Some high-demand programs with limited places may have an earlier application deadline or commencement date. Find out more.



2021 Indicative First Year Fee


2021 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree


^There is a limited number of Commonwealth Supported Places available for this degree. The indicative tuition fee for domestic postgraduate students shown is for fee paying students, not students in Commonwealth Supported Places. To find out more about the student contribution amounts for Commonwealth Supported Places visit Postgraduate Commonwealth Support.

*Fees are subject to annual review by the University and may increase annually, with the new fees effective from the start of each calendar year. The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only other fees and charges are not included. The amount you pay will vary depending on the calendar year to enrol, the courses you select and whether your study load is more or less than 1 Equivalent Full Time Student Load (8 courses per year). Indicative fees are a guide for comparison only based on current conditions and available data. You should not rely on indicative fees. More information on fees can be found at the UNSW fees website.

Indicative fees to complete the program have been calculated based on a percentage increase for every year of the program. Fee increases are assessed annually and may exceed the indicative figures listed below.

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