The highly regarded MA in Arts & Heritage Management programme at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT), which is now entering its sixth year, provides graduates with the necessary skills for effective cultural leadership and management.
Graduates of the programme have found employment in a variety of areas such as museum and gallery education, arts education, the healing arts, and festival/event management. Others have found the programme invaluable in establishing and running their own arts and heritage related enterprises.
James Doherty from Waterford, who is chair of the 1848 Tricolour Celebration which is an annual celebration that commemorates the first flying of the Irish National flag ([url=http://www.1848tricolour.com]http://www.1848tricolour.com[/url]), graduated from the programme in 2012. Speaking about his experiences of the course, he said, “On a professional level, I found the practical nature of the modules included in the MA in Arts & Heritage Management to be of huge benefit. I co-founded and chaired a heritage based festival now in its fourth year and the course gave me the tools and confidence necessary to deal with the variety of stakeholders (ranging from volunteers to government agencies) needed to successfully stage a heritage project or event.
“On a personal level, I thoroughly enjoyed the course and appreciated the varying experiences and viewpoints of both my classmates and tutors.”
The Masters programme combines arts and humanities modules such as Irish Arts & Heritage Studies, Cultural Tourism, and Museum & Gallery Studies with business subjects such as Financial Management, Legislative Studies, Festival & Event Management, and Human Resource Management. Students also develop their interests in a chosen area of research leading to a Minor Dissertation, and this can be linked to the Industrial Placement which is a core element of the programme.
While some students have typically been recent graduates of arts or business subjects, others have already worked for some time in the arts/heritage sector.
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