- Course: MA Audiences, Engagement, Participation
What is it that makes you passionate about your area of study?
I am passionate about representing people whose voices often go unheard. I am passionate about those same people ‘taking up space’ in places they are underrepresented in. Learning about different types of audiences and how to engage them will further allow me to empower minority groups of people.
What aspects of the course did you enjoy the most?
So far, I have enjoyed the practical side of my module as it allowed me to showcase my strengths in facilitation whilst employing research to improve my existing methods. I have also enjoyed analysing the Human Rights Declaration and learning how policy impacts practise, people and creative industries around the world.
What has been the most surprising thing about coming to Leeds?
I was surprised to see the amount international students on campus. Given my interest in audiences, I saw this as an opportunity to engage with new people.
What would you say about the learning facilities in your School and at the University in general?
The learning facilities at Leeds are great. I was happy to discover that there was dedicated learning area for MA students which is open 24hrs.
What other activities are available for students to take part in outside of their studies, and which ones have you tried out yourself?
There are plenty of societies available to join via the student union. These group organise trips and general meetups to help students take part in life outside of studying. I currently volunteer as a course rep which has allowed me to meet students from all other areas of study but also access to further employability development.
What would you say to anyone thinking of applying to your course?
This is the first year that the course has run, meaning now is great time to join as there is space to manipulate the course structure dependent on student needs. If you are an arts practitioner (or simply interested in arts and culture) looking to learn more about your industry, whether it’s the audiences you attract or how funding decisions are made, then this course would be suited to you.
What do you plan to do once you’ve finished your course, and how do you think the skills and knowledge you’ve developed at Leeds will help with these plans?
After graduation, I would love to develop a programme of work that the British Council would find beneficial for their 2021 aim of having increased the number of cultural connections between the UK and the world. I would also like to apply what I have learnt to increase engagement for the cultural hub and event that I own and manage in Leeds.