Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Building Career in Culture and Heritage Site Management

Individuals who have an inclination towards culture and legacy and are willing to contribute towards protecting cultural and heritage resources and promoting such type of tourism can consider enrolling into a cultural and heritage site management program. This is a unique hospitality and tourism program that combines heritage site management and promotion of cultural tourism.

The intensive and fast-paced program offers students the knowledge, skills and experience in caring and managing museums, art galleries, aquaria, science centres, sports halls-of-frame, archives, zoos, artist-run centres, heritage sites, and natural parks and promoting them to the public. The course helps them gain an understanding of the current situation of heritage and cultural sites in Canada while also allowing them to explore issues and challenges confronting cultural and heritage organizations.

Program Details

A postgraduate heritage management and culture course typically runs for one year and covers a wide selection of subjects, including understanding of culture and heritage management, planning for culture and heritage sector, financial management, culture and heritage and marketing strategy, sponsorships, grants and funds, collections and exhibit management, innovative technologies in the culture and heritage sector, national historic site management, culture and heritage customer relationship management, issues in heritage, museums and galleries, and municipal cultural planning.

Getting into Cultural and Heritage Education

In order to get into a postgraduate culture and heritage program in Canada, individuals will need a college diploma or university degree in any discipline. In addition, a proof of English proficiency is also required. Applicants with partial post-secondary education, but with relevant experience can also apply for this program.

Apart from this, choosing the right college is crucial. Although numerous Canadian colleges offer heritage management and Culture Course but all may not be accredited. They may not provide practical hands-on experience, which is a necessary requirement to enter the world of work.

Centennial College’s culture and heritage site management is one of the most prestigious programs in the country. Students learn from industry professionals who are currently practicing their art. And the program also incorporates a two-day-per-week industry field placement for 15 weeks in semester 2, helping students put their learning into practice.

Learn from Everything

Although heritage site management is a short course but is a comprehensive and intensive program. Knowledge and experience is affected by the things that students see and do. Therefore, students are recommended to explore various issues related to culture and heritage and learn from everything they see and do in the classroom as well as in the field. Most of their learning is through their work, day by day.

Career Prospects

Canada is home to around 2500 museums and related institutions. The career prospects in this field are bright. Employers are keen on hiring professionals educated and trained in cultural and heritage site management, so that they can manage these resources. Program graduates can find employment with heritage organizations, not-for-profit arts and cultural organizations, federal, provincial and municipal cultural funding agencies, world heritage sites, galleries, national and provincial parks and national historic sites.

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