Name: Anna Wiebe
Course and Year: MA in Art Gallery and Museum Studies
Why did you decide to study at Leeds?
I knew I wanted to go somewhere with a solid theoretical approach to museological issues. The School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies at the University of Leeds has an international reputation as a place where critical thinking is fostered and I wanted to be challenged.
What was the key decision which made you choose the University of Leeds?
My decision to come to Leeds was confirmed for me following a telephone interview I had with the Art Gallery and Museum Studies Programme Director Dr. Abigail Harrison-Moore. I remember feeling very excited after our conversation and thought ‘this is it’ and decided to follow my gut. I also remember being impressed by the promptness of the University in approaching me after I submitted my application. I applied to several Universities and Leeds was always the first one to respond with the information I needed.
What do you like about your School?
The School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies has been a very stimulating and supportive environment. The School hosts numerous research talks and lecture series and as a postgraduate I was constantly being notified about conferences, symposia and events at other Universities across the UK.
What do you like about Leeds?
Leeds is a very busy city. It has a vibrant arts and culture scene, an exciting (raucous even!) night life, good restaurants and lots of great little places to hang out with friends. Although sometimes it can feel a little overrun with students. It is also a good base for exploring the Yorkshire countryside. Many destinations are within an easy distance by train or bus.
What do you think about the training and development opportunities at Leeds?
One of the great things about my course is the opportunity to participate in a work placement. For the past three months I have been a research intern at the Henry Moore Institute. So far, it has been very mutually beneficial and positive experience.
How do you find postgraduate study?
Challenging! Doing an MA in one year is an intensive process, but if you’re motivated, it is also highly rewarding.
What are your future plans?
I still have a dissertation to write over the summer, but I have started looking for positions back in Canada that will commence in the fall. The job market for museums is relatively small and quite competitive. I’ll have to make my own opportunities!