Sheffield Arts and Cultural Management MA celebrates 21st Anniversary
Thursday 09 March 2017
A pioneering postgraduate course in arts management at Sheffield Hallam University is celebrating its 21st Anniversary.
The MA in Arts and Cultural Management was one of the first courses in the UK to cater for undergraduates looking to build a career in the fledgling creative industries sector. 21 years later it is highlighting the global success of former students who have gone on to be movers and shakers in museums, heritage sites and festivals.
Course leader Andy Pollard said, 'When the course started in 1995, it was one of the very first postgraduate courses for people wanting to break into and advance their careers in arts and cultural sector management. Since then, our course has helped meet the needs of arts professionals in the UK and across the world looking for an MBA-style course in the arts and we are proud to see our alumni going onto play leading roles contributing to the successful growth of the global creative economy.'
Among the student success stories is Jin Liu, who graduated in 2014 and is now assistant director and head of social media at the Guanfu Museum of Antiquities, China's leading privately-owned museum in Bejing. She said, 'The experience I gained through my Masters studies proved invaluable and I feel that it was one of the main reasons I was promoted so quickly. It was perfect in preparing me for working in a museum. It also helped me experience cultural differences between west and east so I am good at adapting to a multicultural working environment, which I think is a huge benefit. Studying in Sheffield is one of the best memories of my life.'
Other alumni work in management and curatorial roles in arts organisations, including the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Arts in Gateshead, Hull 2017 UK City of Culture, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, the annual MozartFest Wurzburg in Germany, the Akropolis Centre for Independent Culture in Prague, Czech Republic and The Royal Armouries museum in Leeds.
Several students have also gone on to study PhDs, including Annie Hicks who graduated in 2014. She said, 'The course delivers excellent taught workshops, seminars, and lectures by knowledgeable tutors and professionals working in the cultural sector. It equipped me with insights into challenges and issues facing heritage professionals. Following completion of the MA, I successfully went on to be awarded a funded PhD in heritage with the Arts and Humanities Research Council.'
The one year full-time Masters in Arts and Cultural Management, formerly called MA Cultural Policy and Management, has September and January cohorts and also offers a two year part-time route. It has forged strong links with creative sector organisations across the UK and students work in partnerships with Museums Sheffield on a live management projects every year.