Master of Arts Creative & Cultural Futures

University of Canberra

The versatile, interdisciplinary Master of Arts in Creative and Cultural Futures prepares students to be leaders in the rapidly changing cultural sector. Rather than focusing solely on current workplace needs, this Masters expands students' thinking around critical issues such as impact, access, audiences, leadership and innovation. Based in Canberra, home to Australia's major cultural institutions and to a vibrant and growing creative community, your experiential learning is enriched and enlivened through close links with creative industries, the cultural sector and the Faculty's internationally recognised Centre for Creative and Cultural Research. This expertise and industry knowledge will help students build a sustainable career in the creative and cultural industries, including for instance, community arts, creative writing, film production, digital arts, cultural policy and planning, heritage and conservation, and the galleries, libraries, archives, museums and records (GLAMR) sector. The cultural sector is a driver of economic development and integral to community wellbeing, yet it faces many challenges, from the impact of new technology to changes in funding models - the Master of Arts in Creative and Cultural Futures will give students the flexibility and resilience to adapt and the confidence to lead. Students can link this Masters to the Bachelor of Arts to gain a professional head start in their specialised area of creative or cultural practice, developing transferable skills and knowledge and a big picture understanding of the sector. Graduates or experienced practitioners can use this program's interdisciplinary learning environment to expand their knowledge and networks, build or update digital skills, develop their entrepreneurial potential, and apply their creativity in real world settings and case studies. The course embeds mentoring from industry leaders and is capped by a thesis or professional/creative project.

Entry Requirements:

Applicants must have an undergraduate degree or equivalent as approved by the University.


48 credit points

Subjects you can Study:

Digital Pasts, Digital Futures PG; Contemporary Issues for the Creative and Cultural Sector PG; Leadership, Ethics and Innovation PG; Master of Arts Thesis / Professional or Creative Project PG; plus more

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00212K

Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Canberra No info No Full time 2 years
Canberra No info No Part time 4 years

A young university with a bold vision

At the University of Canberra we aim to be amongst Australia's most innovative tertiary institutions, continue our ascent in world rankings, and extend our regional, national and international reach.

We are committed to preparing professional and highly employable graduates with the right mix of skills and knowledge. Key to this goal is our focus on work-integrated learning which offers every student the opportunity to hone their skills in a real-work environment. 

We have already embarked on a comprehensive development plan that will see our campus transform into an integrated learning community. Here you will see academics, students and the public come together in a seamless knowledge-sharing space that enables access to exclusive placements and projects.  

Our teaching is enriched by our research culture that produces high-quality and high-impact work and makes an early and significant difference to the world around us. 

UC has also launched its Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Strategic Plan 2017 – 2021 outlining a university-wide approach to closing the gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous Australians across four main areas: academic, research and innovation, employment, and community engagement. 

*2017 Times Higher Education (THE) Young University Rankings, 2017 Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT)

The facts

  • 78,000 graduates in over 100 countries
  • 17,000 students currently studying at UC
  • 1,600 students living on campus
  • 2,500 current staff
  • One of the world’s top 100 young universities under the age of 50**
  • Over 300 undergraduate, postgraduate and research degrees available across 28 areas of study

** 2016-17 QS Young University Rankings

Study options

  • Flexible study options to suit your lifestyle
  • Practical work-based projects in every course
  • Graduate qualifications that are accepted and respected around the world
  • Employers consistently choose UC graduates for their practical knowledge

Our students

From Canberra, to every state in Australia, and all corners of the globe our Graduates are making a positive impact on the world in which we live. Click here to read some of their stories and see how a degree from the University of Canberra can truly be transformational. 


  • Accommodation guarantee for all first-year domestic students and all international students
  • Medical centre, gym, library, cafes, bar, bank, bookshop, post office, childcare centre and preschool
  • UC Public Hospital, a teaching and research facility, opening on campus in 2018
  • UC is Australia’s first bottled water free university
  • UC is a tobacco-free university


  • 10 minutes to the city
  • 2 hours from the beach
  • 3 hours to Sydney
  • Located near the Australian Institute of Sport and GIO Stadium

To find out more 

For domestic students: 
Enquire online 
Phone: 1800 UNI CAN (1800 864 226) 

For international students: 
Enquire online 
Phone: +61 2 6201 5342
Fax: +61 2 6201 5381 

We have international agents in over 40 countries.

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