Master of Cultural and Creative Industries

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Master of Cultural and Creative Industries

Discover where new leadership, entrepreneurship and research opportunities lie for you in the Cultural and Creative Industries.

I was excited to pursue something I was passionate about. The issue of how we sell our cities as cultural hubs is becoming a enormous movement, and it’s definitely something I want to be involved with.

Cathleen Howell

Discover new career opportunities in an emerging field

Cultural and creative industries are increasingly central to the future of developed and developing countries alike. This interdisciplinary program provides you with a critical overview of a rapidly growing sector and its many employment opportunities.

Based in Melbourne, Australia’s cultural capital, this course is intended for anyone who wants to work in the arts, cultural and creative industries. It provides project-workers and creative entrepreneurs with the big picture and informed insight you need to turn your passion into a successful self-directed career.


Hear from our current students and alumni and find out where a Monash Master in Cultural and Creative Industries has lead them.

A course designed to develop your big picture thinking

Our program involves practitioners and industry experts, field trips and concrete case studies, and is informed by the kind of analytical and empirical research required for contemporary employment in policy, arts, business and social enterprise.

The course has two core units – Cultural Economy and Cultural and Creative Industries – and is capped by an extended thesis or professional report on a subject of your choice.

In between students can chose our units on Creative Cities, Shanghai City Lab, Culture and Sustainable Development – or select from a broad range of electives on offer within the Monash School of Media Film and Journalism.

Whether you're exploring creative clusters in Melbourne and Shanghai, assessing festivals in rural Africa or understanding the business models of global digital industries, our constantly evolving course content will prepare you for a career in this expanding sector.

Creative Cities

The Master of Cultural and Creative Industries is located in Melbourne, Australia’s cultural capital and home to a thriving performance arts and cultural industries hub.

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Shanghai City Lab

In Shanghai you and your fellow students will gain insights into how creative clusters are developed and maintained within the space of a city.

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Cultural Economy & Sustainable Development

Hear from experts and activists from global agencies such as UNESCO, and examine real world projects in South Africa, Brazil and Australian Indigenous communities.

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Gain direct industry insights and connections

Learn how creative sectors and organisations operate and find out how people have got their projects and services off the ground:

Our people

Learn from industry and subject experts and be at the cutting edge of developments in the sector

Justin O’Connor

Justin O’Connor is the Program Director for the Monash Master of Cultural and Creative Industries and his platform paper ‘After the Creative Industries: Platform Papers No. 47’ has been widely influential in the sector.

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Xin Gu

Xin Gu is a leading researcher in the convergent field of culture, economy and digital technology and is a lecturer in the School of Media, Film and Journalism (MFJ) at Monash.

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Course advisory board

Our Course Advisory Board is actively involved in providing our academic team with direct links into the cultural and creative industries sector.

Our board members include high profile CEO’s from major arts and cultural organisations, and award winning industry innovators and entrepreneurs.

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How to study

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Click here for fees and entry requirements for domestic and international students.

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See Fees and Entry Requirements (above) for English language requirements for this course.

Visit English language requirements for information on:

  • English language proficiency tests – what is required and how to arrange testing
  • The Monash University English Language Centre as a pathway for students who need help to meet the minimum English language requirements

See Fees and Entry Requirements (above) for a link through to study length options available for this course.

Depending on your qualification background and study goals, most of our Masters programs are available in three versions:

  • 96 points - Duration: 2 years full-time, 4 years part-time
  • 72 points - Duration: 1.5 years full-time, 3 years part-time
  • 48 points - Duration: 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

Full-time and part-time study options

Domestic students can reduce the number of units they study each semester by choosing to enrol part-time. If you choose to study part-time, be aware that:

  • Night classes may not be available for all units.
  • This option is not available to international students.

We consider you an international student if you are not:

  • an Australian or New Zealand citizen, or
  • an Australian permanent resident.

Note: We consider Australian and New Zealand citizens and Australian permanent residents as domestic students.

Our postgraduate courses are designed to meet the needs of students who have recently finished their degrees, individuals entering the industry for the first time or current industry professionals looking at furthering their career opportunities.