Why did you choose your course at the University of Birmingham?

I decided to apply for MA in Art History and Curating at UoB as I thoroughly enjoyed my four-year undergraduate course in Modern Languages and History of Art. Studying here at Birmingham is a unique experience, not only because of the beautiful campus, but also because of the supportive academic staff and great variety of modules available. Additionally, I knew UoB would offer me many extra-curricular opportunities, such as internships addressed exclusively to MA Art History students and Languages ​​For All free course, which I was determined to apply for as I studied Spanish at UoB.

What has been the highlight of your course and why?

The best thing about my course is how practical it is! As part of the Curatorial Practices module, my project group and I are working on our own museum exhibition; we have the opportunity to learn more about marketing strategy, budget planning, and the relationship between the curator and the artist. In addition, our department organised a free trip to London for us to talk to curators about their work in art galleries.

I would recommend this course to anyone planning their professional career in the field of curating and heritage!

What have you learnt from your course? How has it prepared you for your future career?

Since many of the modules offered by the department are very practical, I have the opportunity not only to work on the skills required for the position of curator (Curatorial Practices module), but also on the skills that may facilitate setting up my own art-related business. The Enterprising Culture module, for example, gave me an insight on how to write a business plan and plan a marketing strategy to increase sales at an art gallery, which I find extremely useful for my future career. I am confident to say that the experience gained during this course is something that will definitely make you stand out!

What has surprised you most about being a student at the University of Birmingham?

I think what always surprises me and my friends here at UoB is the number of on-campus places where you can unwind. One of my favourites is the Winterbourne House and Garden, just minutes from campus. Admission is free for all UoB students upon showing student IDs. It’s a great place to relax between or after lectures!

What have you enjoyed most about living and studying in Birmingham? What have been your favourite things to do in the city?

From the perspective of an Art History student, the thing I appreciate most about Birmingham is the great variety of art galleries and art-related places. The best art event you can visit is definitely Digbeth First Friday during which you can explore several art galleries and chat with artists and curators!

I also enjoy going to Friday Lunchtime Concerts organised by the Barber Institute of Art, our on-campus art gallery. The concerts are free and open for everyone!