This practice-based course is designed and delivered through collaboration with the museum and heritage sector and in partnership with a number of institutions, sites and agencies reflecting the diversity of the sector, including: Museum Development East Midlands, East Midlands Museums Service, Nottingham City Museums and Galleries, Museum of the Mercian Regiment, The Canalside Heritage Centre, The Galleries of Justice Museum, the National Videogame Arcade, and Barker Langham.
Why choose this course?
Museum and Heritage Development is a progressive, interdisciplinary course that combines the academic interrogation of museums and heritage as ideas, organisations and experiences with creative, practice-based approaches to their ongoing development in the 21st Century.
The course encourages and supports you to re-think and re-imagine museums and heritage through critical engagement and reflection and experimentation and creative practice; to develop the confidence and courage to see yourself as a scholar-practitioner leading the field. In doing so the course integrates academic and professional practice of what is an increasingly international, interdisciplinary field with the intention of establishing a new benchmark in postgraduate provision.
The course is developed and delivered through collaboration and engagement with leading organisations within the city, the region, the UK and internationally. You will work on live projects throughout the taught elements of the course as the core component of your academic and professional development. This is further supported by guest keynote speakers, visiting professors, field visits, and professional student mentors from organisations across the region.
A strong international dimension to understanding museums and heritage runs throughout the course and is supported by an optional not-for-credit international field visit, in addition to case studies and literatures encountered in the classroom. Museum and Heritage Development introduces students to the realities of professional practice whilst at same time providing opportunities to speculate on the future of the field.
Working with Barker Langham, a leading international museum and heritage consultancy, each academic year culminates with a Degree Show; an exhibition in Nottingham based on the ideas and work students have developed during the taught components of the course.
“One of the things that first appealed to me about NTU was how helpful the international team was when I was applying. As an international student you have many questions and it was important that I went to a University that would help make the transition as easy as possible. I applied to a number of universities and very few of them provided the support that NTU did.
“The United States doesn’t have many options when it comes to studying museums, so being able to come to an area with so much history and learn from professionals in the field was a great opportunity.
“The Museum and Heritage Development programme at NTU appealed to me because it provides relevant practical experiences alongside the taught portion of the course. So many jobs, even entry level ones, want candidates that have a certain amount of professional experience. I liked that I would be able to graduate with a degree and CV enhancing experience.
“The academic staff have been so supportive and helpful. They are always willing to take the extra time to ensure that you understand a concept or are on the right track for a project. As a mature student I really appreciate that they also recognize that students have other priorities in life and are willing to work with you.
“I have been able to get involved with some great live projects which have included: setting up an exhibit at the Galleries of Justice where my own work was displayed; collections care at the Mercian Regiment Museum and being involved with a display for Light Night at Nottingham Castle. They have also provided me with a number of networking opportunities and as a result I have made some invaluable contacts.
“I feel like I’ve accomplished so much at NTU. I’ve had so many opportunities and have been able to experience such a diverse range of events. I feel confident that I will be successful in my first job in the field because of what I’ve learned at NTU.
“I would definitely recommend the Museum and Heritage Development course to anyone who wants to make museums their career. The staff are great and the course provides well-rounded training for the museum profession. I had a number of options when I was choosing where to go for my postgraduate degree and I am so glad I chose NTU!”
• A good honours (minimum 2.2) or equivalent • Recent practical experience with a professionally run heritage site or organisation • IELTS 6.5 (applicants whose first language is not English) • Applicants from candidates with non-standard entry qualifications will be considered on an individual basis if they can demonstrate substantial relevant professional experience
Recipient: Nottingham Trent University
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