Cultural Festivals and Special Events

Subject AMGT90024 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

On campus

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 2
Total Time Commitment: 120
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements: None


Dr Kate Macneill


Kate MacNeill

Subject Overview:

Cultural festivals, carnivals and special events are a prominent feature of arts and cultural activities at the local, national and international level. Through a series of international and local case studies this subject examines the cultural, economic and artistic origins of and rationales for these events. The role of programming, artistic direction and audiences will be explored in order to appreciate the diverse range of interests that served by such events and the social and political contexts within which they take place.

  • to convey an appreciation of a range of local and international arts and cultural festivals;
  • to foster an understanding of the nature of festival artistic programming; and
  • to explore the economic, political and social contexts of festivals and special events.
Assessment: 3000 word essay 60% due at the end of semester, and a 2000 word seminar paper 40% due during the semester.
Prescribed Texts:

A reader will be available.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

At the completion of this subject students should:

  • be able to demonstrate research and analytical skills;
  • be able to demonstrate clear spoken and written communication;
  • be able to demonstrate attention to detail; and
  • be able to demonstrate understanding of ethical and cultural contexts.
Related Course(s): Master of Art Curatorship (Coursework and Minor Thesis)
Master of Arts Management
Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Management
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Art History
Art History

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