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The Practical Nature of Heritage Management Courses


Heritage management courses at Centennial College are geared towards mature students who have an interest in working in places such as national historic sites, national and provincial parks and much more.

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									                 The Practical Nature of Heritage Management Courses

After attending two semester’s worth of heritage management courses at Centennial College’s
Culture and Heritage Site Management program, students are able to apply for work at local,
national, cross border, and possibly international organizations. What’s even cooler is that among
these organizations are: national historic sites, municipal and not-for-profit museums, galleries,
national and provincial parks, historic sites, zoos, world heritage sites; federal, provincial and
municipal cultural funding agencies, government departments, arts service organizations; and
related not-for-profit arts, cultural and heritage organizations. More specifically, Canada has 2,500
museums and related institutions that include not-for-profit museums, art galleries, science
centres, aquaria, archives, sports halls-of-fame, artist-run centres, zoos, and heritage sites that
attract more than 59 million visitors annually; a further 60 million visit Canada’s historic sites and
natural parks.

The reason grads of Centennial College’s heritage management courses are able to find
employment in such a variety of workplaces is because the curriculum covers such a wide range of
topics that engage students in practical management topics as well as industry-based subjects
relevant to this largely publicly run or not-for-profit culture and heritage sector. All Centennial
College heritage management courses also ensure that students pursue an in-depth exploration of
issues and cases pertinent to current challenges confronting cultural and heritage organizations at
home and abroad. Among the specific heritage management courses are: Culture and Heritage
Management Essentials, Financial Management and Planning for the Culture and Heritage Sector,
Culture and Heritage Marketing and Strategy; Grants, Fundraising and Sponsorship, Innovative
Technologies in the Culture and Heritage Sector, National Historic Site Management and more.

Additionally, to supplement culture course and heritage management courses, partnerships with
local, regional, provincial and national institutions and establishments facilitate in-session learner
field placements during the second semester. The two-day-per-week, 15-week field placement is
an opportunity for those taking culture courses and heritage management courses to apply what
they have learned as well as work side by side with industry professionals currently practicing their

The culture course in this program is geared at mature students who, during the application
process, must be able to prove they have already obtained a college diploma or university degree
in any discipline. Applicants are also required to submit a resume with relevant work experience.
The Culture and Heritage Site Management program will, however, consider applicants with partial
post secondary education and relevant work experience in the field.

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