Master of Cultural Economy

The Master of Cultural Economy  is Australia’s most innovative postgraduate program designed to prepare you for careers in a range of employment areas where culture, economy and policy intersect.

In the past decade, cities and national governments have placed culture at the centre of their development agendas. They have invested in multimillion dollar art museums and promoted creative industries as part of their innovation and research and development strategies. Local communities have also looked to arts and culture for a sense of identity, resilience and new forms of employment. International agencies such as UNESCO are strongly promoting the cultural and creative economy as a key element of sustainable development across the ‘Global South’.

Special features of the course

In Australia and internationally, individuals are seeking employment, fulfillment and a sense of community engagement through diverse forms of participation in this cultural economy. They are finding work as freelancers or they set up as small commercial and not-for-profit businesses; they work with corporate, publicly funded, charitable and community entities; they work in urban, suburban and rural settings, and across developing, emerging and developed economies.

This cultural economy is complex and diverse, where cultural and economic dynamics combine in ways that transgress traditional disciplinary and policy boundaries. New career paths are emerging across industries, policy bodies and communities where traditional approaches to ‘creative entrepreneurship’ and ‘arts and cultural management’ become simplistic and inflexible.

Industry Relevance

The MCE provides a broad guide to this cultural economy as well as the detailed individual road maps needed to achieve your ambitions within it. It will:

  • provide essential background and orientation through this complex field
  • provide up to date knowledge with a focus upon current industry, policy and community developments
  • emphasise critical learning that allows students to reflect on individual current practices and aspirations
  • facilitate concrete and collaborative project work to test new knowledge and skills.

The MCE is suitable for:

  • those working or looking to work in the independent arts and creative/cultural industries
  • professionals working within cultural policy and governance
  • practitioners and activists working within communities to promote cultural economic development in a variety of circumstances
  • international students who seek to further their understanding of the creative industries, arts-led regeneration, cultural clusters, creative city branding and similar developments.

Program Strengths

  • it is a program taught by experts who are global leaders in industry, government and academic research in the cultural industries, and who have worked in many different countries
  • it is interdisciplinary and collaborative: students learn through concrete research and project work
  • it is based at the heart of Australia’s cultural capital, Melbourne, providing a rich context for fieldwork study
  • strong global links: opportunities exist for students to undertake international fieldwork and coursework as part of their studies
  • strategic industry links: students participate in industry fieldwork as part of their studies.

Our Academics

justin-connor-150x150Professor Justin O’Connor





Associate Professor Shane Homan


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Phone: 1800 MONASH (666 274)

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