1 year
Study mode
Full-time & Part-time
Tuition fee (entire course)
Foreign students
USD 29,503
AUD 41,000
Other costs
Other costs apply

About this course

The Master of Fine Arts (Cultural Leadership) is a unique opportunity for creative professionals from all backgrounds to take their career to the next level and start their journey as a cultural leader.

The arts and creative industries are evolving rapidly. We need leaders with an understanding of cultural policy and the broader landscape, who have the entrepreneurial and advocacy skills to drive innovation, inclusion, growth and sustainability across the cultural sectors.

This landmark course is available to professionals from a range of arts and cultural sectors, including the performing arts, visual arts, museums, galleries and those working in the cultural areas within local authorities and government organisations.

The MFA (Cultural Leadership) draws on NIDA’s national and international connections to create study pathways balancing practice-based learning with theoretical frameworks. Students engage with practitioners and innovators from different cultural sectors, whilst conducting their own investigation of what it means to be a leader in our creative community. Students also have the opportunity to participate in an international placement with a major arts or cultural organisation.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have:

  • An undergraduate degree, or
  • At least five years’ documented professional experience in the arts, cultural, creative or other relevant sector/s, including evidence of sector leadership experience.

English Language Requirement:

  • English language proficiency equivalent to an overall band score of 7.0 or 8.0 IELTS, depending on the course.

*Applicants who do not have an undergraduate degree may be considered on the basis of evidence of extensive relevant professional experience.