Emma Sweeney, 26, from Northern Ireland, is an MA Arts, Festival and Cultural Management student at QMU.

Before arriving at QMU, Emma studied MA (Hons) Art History and MLitt. Art History: Dress and Textile Histories at the University of Glasgow.

Emma is combining work and postgraduate study. She is currently employed as an Acting Property Manager for The National Trust for Scotland and is now applying for further work with The National Trust.

Why did you decide to study MA Arts, Festival and Cultural Management at QMU?

“I saw the course advertised with Creative Scotland when I was working as an Events Manager for a music and arts venue in Glasgow. I applied and was lucky enough to get a scholarship to help fund my studies.

“I felt the course was an excellent opportunity to combine previous academic study with practical experience and it would give me the tools to develop my career in arts management.”

Why did you choose to study in Edinburgh/Scotland?

“I can commute from Glasgow and the course is the only one of its kind in Scotland.

“I also love the architecture in Edinburgh. There are so many interesting buildings, especially in Edinburgh’s Old Town. The closes in that area are great to explore.”

What has been the highlight of the course so far? 

“The guest tutors. Their lectures focus on practical arts management experience and are always really interesting.”

What is your top tip for future students considering this course?

“Take advantage of all the opportunities on offer at QMU. I had the opportunity to volunteer and attend the Association of Arts Administrator Educators conference and have visited such a wide range of arts organisations, from The Lyceum to Arts and Business Scotland.”

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A limited number of funded places are available for 2018 entry. For more information, please contact Admissions, E: admissions@qmu.ac.uk

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