1 x 2-hour seminar weekly
1 Admission into BCADR-Bachelor of Creative Arts (Drama)
1a Admission into HBA-Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
1b Admission into HBCAVA-Bachelor of Creative Arts (Honours) (Visual Arts)
Must Satisfy: ((1 or 1a or 1b))
Enrolment not permitted
CREA3456 has been successfully completed
Assumed knowledge
This topic assumes a basic understanding of the creative industries and a familiarity with creative practice, either in Australia or abroad.
Topic description
This topic is designed to introduce cultural policy to honours students and to examine public policy in the arts, culture and society. The relationship between arts, culture and the state is at the core of the subject. It requires the development of a critical understanding of the relationship between public policy and artistic and cultural expression in order to successfully negotiate its objectives.

It will provide an overview of the critical factors which affect the development of cultural policy. It will analyse the nature of cultural policy by looking at the history of cultural policies in different countries under various political regimes and analyse the structure of institutions which have been put in place to promote policies.
Educational aims
This topic aims to:

  • introduce the subject area of cultural policy, and provide opportunity to examine it in a range of historical and cultural contexts

  • provide an understanding of the different models of cultural funding seen internationally today;

  • provide a detailed understanding of the model of cultural funding used in Australia;

  • develop the critical skills necessary to interpret and assess a range of cultural policy documents.
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic students will be able to:

  • analyse the history of cultural policy and its use to review the different mechanisms of cultural provision, and analyse their costs and benefits;

  • critically evaluate a range of different kinds of cultural policy documents;

  • articulate how they might position themselves in relation to cultural policy in any career within the cultural sector.