GMIT Prospectus 2022/23


Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Heritage Studies (Level 8) Bachelor of Arts in Heritage Studies (Level 7)

Code: GA282 Level: 8 Code: GA272 Level: 7

What will I study?

Why study Heritage? Heritage includes almost anything that one generation hands down to the next, or anything from the past that people identify with. It involves the use of the past in the present – in commemorations, conservation plans, museum exhibitions, local economies, national identities, tourist attractions, etc. Today, the historic environment sector supports 40,000 jobs in Ireland and accounts for €1.5 billion revenue annually. The BA in Heritage Studies will provide you with a broad-based knowledge of the built, cultural, and natural heritages of Ireland and Europe. It will also provide you with an understanding of the role that heritage resource management plays in the safeguarding of national monuments, architecture, artefacts, archives, cultural landscapes, habitats, flora, and fauna. The BA (Honours) in Heritage Studies has an applied focus and is interdisciplinary in nature. This course is particularly appropriate for students wishing to acquire a broader knowledge and understanding of the built, cultural, and natural heritages of Ireland, Europe and the wider world. What are my career opportunities? Employment opportunities exist in the following areas: arts administration; antiques & collectibles; archaeology; archives & libraries; business; charities & NGOs; civic trusts; civil service: community development; conservation & restoration; creative digital media; environmental consultancies; genealogy; GIS; heritage agencies & centres; hospitality; journalism; leisure; local authorities; museums; national parks; planning; publishing houses; research: start-up enterprises; teaching & lecturing; technology companies; tourism; world heritage organisations.

Year 1: • Learning and Innovation Skills • Irish and European History, 400-1200 • Natural Heritage and Geography 1 • Ireland’s Linguistic Traditions • Computing and Information Systems • Rural Field Studies or Tourism Geography Electives: Gaeilge; Spanish; French; German Year 2: • Urban Field Studies or International Tourism • History of Art and Design • Irish Biogeography and Natural History • Introduction to Archaeology and Built Heritage • Biogeography and Natural History • Early Irish Literature • Irish Folklore Electives: Gaeilge; Spanish; French; German Year 3: • Museum Studies • Irish Local History and Genealogy • Historical Geography • Approaches to Archaeology 2: Ceramics History and the Study of Burials • Database and Geographic Information Systems for the Humanities

• Irish and European History, 1200-1600 • Natural Heritage and Geography 2 • Reading Irish Literature • Communications • Modern Irish History and Memory • Later Modern International History and Memory • Approaches to Archaeology 1: Cartographic History and Field Monument Identi fi cation • Research Methods for Dissertations • The Irish Musical Tradition: Cultural Histories • Modern Irish Literature • Digital Heritage 1 • Digital Heritage 2

Student experience

Aisling Alexander (Current Student)

I have recently finished my third year studying BA Heritage Studies at GMIT. I chose GMIT, as I liked the idea of having a close lecture/ student relationship and how practical the course was. I am a practical learner and with multiple trips each semester, it made me confident and I was able to enjoy the course even more. I went on placement with

Electives: Gaeilge; Spanish; French; German; Work Experience; Event Management 1; Event Management 2; Rural Development; Contemporary Art in Rural Contexts; Historical Cultural Politics and Visual Production. Year 4: • Dissertation • Heritage Tourism 2 • Irish Cinematic History and Cultural Identity • Irish Historiography • Curatorial Practice in Critical Heritage Contexts • Heritage Tourism 1 • Geography, Planning and Human-Environment Relations • Policy Practice and Survey Methods in Built Heritage Electives: Gaeilge; Spanish; French; German; Biodiversity, and Conservation; Environmental Impact Assessments; Entrepreneurship; Creativity and Innovation; European History Field Studies.

Atlantic Archaeology in Sligo during the summer of second year; it was one of the best things I have experienced. GMIT supported and helped me with the process. The placement was challenging but intriguing and I was offered a job permanently to join their team but intend to finish my course. While attending GMIT I have grown as a person, made life- long friends and broadened my professional network.

Galway International Hotel School

DURATION 4 years



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