The Graduate Diploma in Cultural Leadership consists of eight courses from the Master of Curating and Cultural Leadership. It will provide you with a grounding in contemporary art and curating, as well as a pragmatic understanding of the art world and key skills in research.

This program emphasises leadership as a form of action, meant to nurture collaboration, innovation and entrepreneurship. You will get a strong foundation in strategic management and ethical practice, with an emphasis on emerging and experimental models of cultural production and audience engagement.

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Why choose this degree?

You will choose this program if you aim to specialise in audience engagement and development, exhibition design or strategic management of cultural organisations.

Who should choose this degree?

This program suits anyone who intends to play an influential or supportive role across the arts, cultural and creative industries.

Degree Structure

Degree Handbook

Career Opportunities

  • Arts curation, policy or administration
  • Direction of cultural organisations or institutions
  • Cultural research
  • Festival programming
  • Museum management

Entry requirements

Admission to the Graduate Diploma in Cultural Leadership requires a Bachelors degree in any field.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.

The student may articulate up to the Graduate Diploma if they hold a credit average in their courses taken under the Graduate Certificate.Consideration of RPL, including industry experience, will be relevant for entry into the program without a Bachelors degree.

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 and Faculties 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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