Cultural Planning and Evaluation Single Course

CDN has partnered with RMIT University School of Art to develop and deliver a cultural planning and evaluation course centred on CDN’s internationally endorsed frameworks.  The course is both an elective in the RMIT Master of Arts Management program and a standalone single course open to external students.

Who is it for?

The course is for anyone who is needing to create a cultural plan, wanting to gain professional development skills or those wishing to build their knowledge and experience in cultural planning and evaluation.

What is the course content?

This course aims to build your capacity for effective cultural planning and in doing so achieve better outcomes for cultural events and/or programs. Using frameworks developed by the Cultural Development Network, you will learn an evidence-based and outcomes-focussed approach to planning that is consistent and integrated within an organisation’s planning activity. You will also learn to evaluate the overall effectiveness of a plan and its activities.

The frameworks offered in this course have been developed within the sector in the context of key national and international policy agendas and are informed by contemporary approaches to planning and governance.

The course draws on experience in the local government sector as case studies and is applicable to anyone seeking to work within a cultural organisation or seek funding for cultural activities.

What do you do?

The course runs for 10 weeks, over a 12 week period and is delivered online. At the start of the course, you will be asked to identify an organisation and over the 10 weeks you will develop a strategic plan for your selected organisation using the CDN frameworks.  Each week, you will explore each stage of CDN’s planning framework and learn how to incorporate the principles in your planning

How is it assessed?

There are four assessed pieces of work all based on the plan you will be developing.

Assessment 1: Written analysis of your selected organisation (10%)

Assessment 2: Plan Logic Oral Presentation (10%)

Assessment 3: Plan presentation (30%)

Assessment 4: Draft Plan (50%)

What is the time commitment?

Each week there will be a 3-hour online session supplemented with a one-hour drop-in session where you can ask course co-ordinators any questions. In addition to the on-line commitment, we suggest a minimum of four hours per week of self-study to complete course readings and develop your plan.

What do you leave with

Students are provided with tools and a template to use in your planning career and a draft plan for your selected organisation.

Participants are issued with an RMIT University Academic Transcript upon completion which can be used to apply for credit towards an award program such as the Master of Arts Management Program.

How much does it cost?


What are the enrolment dates and teaching periods?

Semester 1 2023:

Enrolment: 1 Nov – 24 Feb, Semester dates: 27 Feb – 25 Jun

Semester 2 2023:

Enrolment: 1 May – 14 Jul, Semester dates: 17 Jul – 12 Nov

How do I apply?

To enrol in a single course, you will need to submit a completed enrolment form and any additional documents to RMIT ( Once you have made your application, RMIT will be in contact with you to guide you through the process.

Application Information:

Course Name: Cultural Planning and Evaluation

Course Code: VART3717

Pre-Requisites: None

How do I get more information?

If you have a specific question, please contact us.