• Offered by School of Art
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Museum and Collection
  • Areas of interest Cultural Studies, Management, Marketing, Museums and Collections
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

Effective and efficient management is an essential component of all cultural, collecting and heritage institutions and sites. This course introduces a range of management concepts as they apply to museums and other cultural and heritage institutions, with specific case studies drawn from Australia and overseas. Subjects covered include leadership, marketing and managing the media, organisational theory and governance, strategic planning, problem solving, change management, risk and disaster management, finance and resource allocation, performance management, managing creativity, and knowledge management. Students will experience a mix of seminars, case studies, workshops and individual projects that are led by ANU staff and senior and executive staff from the cultural and heritage sectors. The subject is run according to an intensive format and is principally directed toward the development and analysis of management case-studies.

Key course topics:

  • Leadership
  • marketing and managing the media
  • organisational theory and governance
  • problem solving and strategic planning
  • change and knowledge management
  • risk and disaster management
  • finance and resource allocation
  • performancemanagement and managing creativity

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Course aims:

On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

1. Evaluate the management structure of different types of museums, collecting institutions and heritage organisations in Australia and globally, with particular reference to structures of organisation, governance, models of leadership and management theories applied to the public, not-for-profit or private cultural, collecting and heritage context.

2. Compare and analyse the varying purposes and structures of contemporary museums, collecting institutions and heritage organisations in the context of reviewing relationships to government and industry policy frameworks, including primary research using annual reports and policy documents.

3. Demonstrate the conceptual and analytic skills required to interpret museums, collecting institutions and heritage organisations in the context of strategic planning, problem solving, change management, risk and disaster management, finance and resource allocation, governance, marketing, performance and creativity management, and knowledge management.

Learning outcomes:

1.     To gain skills in written and verbal expression for a variety of relevant professional and academic purposes that include essays and consultancy reports, and gain understanding about the purpose and style of corporate institutional documents and reportage.

2.     To develop skills in interdisciplinary thinking and the ability to use relevant theoretical ideas based in management principles to develop case studies out of a range of primary data.

3.     To gain skills required for humanities research and museum work. This includes data-collection, analysis, and verbal and written presentation at the standard of a postgraduate degree.

4.     To gain understanding and a basic set of management skills required for working in the cultural, collecting, and heritage sectors, including a functioning knowledge of current industry standards, protocols, policy frameworks, and approaches to strategic planning, and an understanding of challenges to the sector.

Indicative Assessment

Museum management essay (35% / 1500-2000 wds); Online discussion of management readings (15% / 800-1000 wds); and Management consultancy exercise (50% / 2000-2500 wds).

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Preliminary Reading

Richard Sandell and Robert J. Janes (eds) (2007) Museum Management and Marketing. London and New York: Routledge.


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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee Description
1994-2003 $1926
2014 $2478
2013 $2472
2012 $2472
2011 $2424
2010 $2358
2009 $2286
2008 $2286
2007 $2286
2006 $2286
2005 $2286
2004 $1926
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $3618
2014 $3762
2013 $3756
2012 $3756
2011 $3756
2010 $3750
2009 $3618
2008 $3618
2007 $3618
2006 $3618
2005 $3618
2004 $3618
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