MCAST students in cultural heritage following their apprenticeship with Heritage Malta

Heritage Malta and the Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology (MCAST) are giving students attending the college’s Advanced Diploma in Cultural Heritage Skills the opportunity for practical a on the job experience as part of their apprenticeship.

This agreement is part of memorandum of understanding between the two entities aiming at strengthening the two organisations’ collaborative relationship in order to enhance student knowledge about cultural heritage.

MCAST’s Advanced Diploma in Cultural Heritage Skills, offered at the Institute for Creative Arts, is designed to address skills shortages in the heritage sector and to form skilled persons who support the conservation and preservation of cultural heritage. Depending on the chosen option, students will have knowledge, skills and competences to ethically collaborate with the curator, librarian, archivist, collections and sites manager, documentation specialist, conservation scientist and/or conservator restorer, and would normally work under the supervision of one of these. The graduate could find employment in cultural heritage as a key person supporting conservation and preservation.

All MCAST students enrolled in the Advanced Diploma in Cultural Heritage Skills are following their apprenticeship with Heritage Malta and are gaining relevant work experience to complement their studies at MCAST. This collaboration is leading to the formation of these students who can support the cultural heritage professionals, a role which has long been felt by the sector.

Every year the Institute for the Creative Arts acknowledges its students’ achievements through a festival which encompasses all departments. This year’s festival is largely taking place in Valletta due to the fact that this year our capital city is the European Capital of Culture. Also of relevance is the fact that this year we celebrate the European Year of Cultural Heritage.

 

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