The innovative nature of the programme will meet local, national and global needs. It will offer opportunities for students to be enterprising in the development of cultural heritage across the globe. The course is innovative in the extensive engagement with a wide range of ‘Cultural Heritage’ providers, drawing on the long history of the Black Country and the wider West Midlands; ‘traditional’ art galleries and museums, ‘living’ museums, specialist craft and industry museums. In each year of the course students have an opportunity for a volunteering placement in a range of settings: curators, archivists, museum and arts development officers, arts and culture exhibition coordinators, cultural heritage researchers or another employer. Additionally, students can opt to do a placement year in the Cultural Heritage industry. The course also includes a unique combination of modules that draw together the contemporary and the historical, the local and the global. You will be taught by staff with a background in the subject areas and who are able to link learning to the knowledge and skills required for working in the industry. Our team of staff have a proven and respected research and publications record.