Arts & Culture Administration Programme

The purpose of the learning is that learners acquire a unique combination of project administration competencies, human resource management skills and business enterprise skills, in order that they may successfully administer arts and culture projects. This qualification formalizes sets of competencies and combinations of systems to help to accumulate expertise in this new area of training. Experiential knowledge is an important aspect of this qualification, as it scopes across different fields. This should also assist in accelerating the learning of people who may have previously been denied opportunities in formal training or employment. If lessons can be learned, documented and applied, a contribution is made to building the discipline of arts and culture project administration, as well as an integrated national framework for learning achievements, which is one of the primary objectives of the NQF. The quality of the education and training is enhanced by the strategic combination of management skills and entrepreneurial attitudes, grounded in the need to augment the potential in the creative industries sector. Arts and culture projects differ widely in content, context, meaning and impact. At this level, learners are not required to develop and/or decide on financial or artistic targets and goals of the projects. As administrators, their level of responsibility is focused within the projects, and they only have jurisdiction over the resources allocated to them.

Course Outline

Fundamental and Core:

1. Communicate in a variety of ways.
2. Use mathematics in practical applications.
3. Plan Arts and Culture projects from definition to completion.
4. Improve future project and organisation planning and implementation by using experiential knowledge and information gathered.
5. Co-ordinate and manage Arts and Culture projects in line with project plans.
Range: resources, planned objectives, timeline.
6. Monitor and review project performance and solve identified problems appropriate to contexts.
7. Evaluate the outcomes of projects and assess and apply lessons learnt for future use.
8. Keep records for projects and small businesses that meet legal requirements, and builds knowledge for future use.
9. Communicate with stakeholders, networks, and project teams.
10. Lead and supervise project teams in order to ensure that all phases and cycles of the project are completed according to specifications.
11. Implement and report on financial strategies for specific business requirements and contexts.
12. Plan how to implement components of given project marketing plan, in line with given resources and time frames, and execute such plans accordingly.
13. Develop and set up processes, systems, and resources for effective organisational functioning.


14. Supervise arts and culture technical OR development project teams
15. Use computers OR.
16. Market arts and culture projects OR.
17. Raw data is recorded OR.
18. Coordinate events OR.
19. Any core unit standard for an Arts and Culture discipline-specific qualification OR
20. Assess community needs and develop advocacy campaigns and workshops in development practice OR
21. Facilitate learning and/or assessment of others.