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Course studied: MA Arts Management
Graduating year: 2015
Job: Programming associate at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust

Originally from the United States, Kelsey Ford is a MA Arts Management graduate at Bath Spa University. Since leaving Bath Spa, Kelsey took on a virtual internship doing marketing and communications work for the Association of Arts Administration Educators. She is now a Programming Associate at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

Kelsey's Bath Spa story

I chose to come to the UK rather than stay in the USA for my Master degree, because it was much quicker to complete it here - as opposed to the USA education system, the UK Master courses are only one year long.

I chose Bath Spa University because of how much they wanted to know me as an international student; to help me make Bath make my home and be involved in the community of the university.

MA Arts Management was a brand new course when I applied, and my experience has been phenomenal. Because the programme is so new, I was able to do a lot of great hands-on work. My professor tried to tailor the seminars, lectures and other events to specifically suit my and my fellow course mates' interests, and the things that we wanted to do after graduating. As well as studying on the course, I wanted to have opportunities to network with people not only in the UK but also the USA. I was able to develop these connections, networking with lots of big names in Bath.

"You’ll never again be surrounded by other students and faculty members who are just as passionate as you."

Why did you decide to study in the UK at Bath Spa University?

After browsing through various universities across the UK, looking for a university that was rich in culture and heritage, Bath Spa University came out as my top choice. Bath Spa University stood out for me because of how much they wanted to know me as an international student; to help me make Bath make my home and be involved in the community of the university.

The best thing about the course and Bath Spa University?

Since my course MA Arts Management was brand new, the experience was phenomenal. Our tutors tailored all the work to specifically suit the interests that I and my fellow course mates had. the opportunity to engage in meaningful dialogue with my fellow students and my course leader about my industry.

The opportunity to engage in meaningful dialogue with my fellow students and my course leader about my industry.  The time you spend pursuing your degree is so precious because even if you take a job in your sector, you’ll never again have a specific amount of time carved out of your life strictly dedicated to researching, writing, and discussing the things you are passionate about. You’ll never again be surrounded by other students and faculty members who are just as passionate as you. I think this is particularly true with creative sectors – so much time is spent in the real world just making creative things happen, and less time is spent discussing why it’s so important.

My time at Bath Spa was so valuable because I got to spend an entire year surrounded by likeminded creatives who were not only passionate about the arts and fuelling the creative sectors, but who also knew the “why” behind it and wanted to talk about it all the time with me. 

"I recommend Bath Spa because ... "

It’s an incredible place to be inspired and challenged both creatively and academically.  During my time at Bath Spa, I have never felt so excited about my industry and so passionate about my career, but I have also never had to think so critically or work so hard academically.  The university does an incredible job of developing creative and critical thinkers.

''My advice for current students is...''

The time you spend pursuing your degree is so precious because even if you take a job in your sector, you’ll never again have a specific amount of time carved out of your life strictly dedicated to researching, writing, and discussing the things you are passionate about.  

Scholarships

Figuring out how to fund this experience was challenging at first, but I had a lot of assistance. I was able to get a scholarship from Bath Spa University, which was really helpful. I was also able to utilise the U.S. federal loans to cover the rest, which was absolutely worth it for me. As a Tier 4 VISA student, I had to budget ahead, as I was only able to work for 20 h per week during my studies, due to visa restrictions.

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