As a part-time student, Katherine chose to study at ECA for the unique focus on both practical skills and academic research. While studying, as part of the guided research placement, Katherine was able to secure experience working at the Fruitmarket Gallery and for the British Council/Arab British Centre in a project entitled Making Marks in a series of real-life projects which supplemented her academic research.
Since graduating, Katherine was able to secure employment in her dream field as a Heritage Learning Programme Coordinator for a community trust in Glasgow, which came about as a direct result of the experience gathered through the guided research placement and the British Council project. The skills she acquired as ECA have set her up to confidently pursue this career and are invaluable in her current role.
Why I choose to study Collections and Curating Practices - MScR
I was initially looking for a Museum Studies course within commuting distance of my home in Glasgow. I chose ECA over other nearby courses because the focus of the course appealed to me. Many Museum Studies courses focus very narrowly on the immediate, practical skills needed for working in a museum, such as accessioning, object handling, using databases, etc. They also tend to ignore galleries and focus solely on traditional museums. The ECA course appealed to me because the focus was split between practical skills and academic rigour, with a strong focus on individual research. The guided research placement was another key aspect for me, as it involved working on a real project within an institution, rather than simply creating a mock-up. It was possible to choose between a museum- or gallery-based placement, and the option to choose courses from across the university meant that my options felt a lot more open. Finally, the fact this was a new course meant that the people involved were all really excited about it, and keen for new students to join. The small group size meant we all received a large amount of individual attention, as well as getting to know our cohort very well.