Creative Applications of Cultural Heritage MA
Duration: 2 years
Credits: 120 ECTS
- Study of cultural heritage through different creative projects.
- Main specializations: native crafts and traditional music.
- Graduates will be able to use and interpret cultural heritage in responsible, creative and professional ways.
This new master’s programme aims to enrich the contemporary professional cultural landscape through practice-based exploration and creative projects in the field of native crafts or traditional music. The curriculum incorporates the existing master’s degree programs of Native Crafts and Traditional Music. The new programme provides a broader perspective on cultural heritage and tradition and creates better opportunities for interdisciplinarity.
- bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification
- good manual or musical skills
The first half of the curriculum includes theoretical and methodological subjects supporting professional research, and specialization subjects that deepen practical training in the chosen field. The second half of the curriculum includes professional practice, independent research and writing of master’s thesis or project. The main distinguishing feature of the programme is the integration of personal practical and technical expertise into research activities.
There are two main specializations in the programme: native crafts or traditional music. The students can also choose architectural conservation and restoration specialization that will also provide them with license upon completion. Students can also create their own individual study path or include exchange studies as part of their curriculum. The contact sessions take place two times a month.
University of Tartu Viljandi Culture Academy and Viljandi town provide excellent opportunities for research and creative work based on cultural heritage. Vilma house workshops have special equipment and suitable environment for practicing different crafts. Traditional musicians can practice and record in the music building and use the folk music archives found in Traditional Music Centre. Students will have the opportunity to carry out their practice in Estonia or abroad. The library of Viljandi Culture Academy has diverse selection of specialized literature and access to various literature databases. Students can also freely use the main library of University of Tartu.
As a graduate
Through master studies, we value the professional career of a craftsman, musician and other creative persons. In the field of native crafts, graduates of the curriculum can be active in creative industries, museum work or consulting, restoration of heritage buildings, etc. The graduates of the traditional music specialization can work as teachers of traditional music, professional musicians or cultural workers. The graduates of the master’s programme can also continue their studies at PhD level.
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