Higher Certificate in Arts in Heritage StudiesThis two-year Higher Certificate in Heritage Studies at GMIT Galway campus provides students with a broad-based knowledge and understanding of the built, cultural, natural, and digital heritages of Ireland and Europe.
Location: Galway - Dublin Road
NFQ Level: 6
Programme Duration: Two years
Mode of Study: Full time
Application Route: Apply through the CAO
CAO Round 1 Points: 160 (2020)
Heritage involves the practical application and use of the past in the present – in heritage tourism, visitor attractions, museum exhibitions, public history, community archaeology, conservation/restoration projects, festivals, reenactments, commemorations, national identities, genealogy, film, TV, radio, libraries, archives, and creative digitalisation.
With an interdisciplinary and applied focus, this two-year course aims to provide a broad-based knowledge and understanding of the built, cultural, natural, and digital heritages of Ireland and Europe.
It will also equip students with language, communication and information technology skills for functioning effectively in a professional context.
The course will also provide a hands-on learning experience by adopting a strongly applied focus, grounding as much classroom learning as possible within the context of fieldtrips to heritage sites and attractions.
Year 1 Mandatory Modules:
- Learning and Innovation Skills (PDF 316KB)
- Irish and European History, 400-1200 (PDF 315 KB)
- Irish and European History, 1200-1600 (PDF 315KB)
- Natural Heritage and Geography 1 (PDF 310 KB)
- Natural Heritage and Geography 2 (PDF 300 KB)
- Ireland’s Linguistic Traditions (PDF 311 KB)
- Reading Irish Literature (PDF 308 KB)
- Computing and Information Systems (PDF 308KB)
- Communications (PDF 305 KB)
Year 1 Elective Modules:
- Gaeilge (PDF 306KB); Spanish (PDF 309KB); French (PDF 306KB); German (PDF 303KB)
- Rural Field Studies (PDF 304KB) or Tourism Geography (303 KB)
Year 2 Mandatory Modules:
- Modern Irish History and Memory (PDF 360 KB)
- Later Modern International History and Memory (PDF 373KB)
- History of Art and Design (PDF 312KB)
- Introduction to Archaeology and Built Heritage (PDF 312KB)
- Approaches to Archaeology 1: Cartographic History and Field Monument Identification (PDF 311KB)
- Irish Biogeography and Natural History (PDF 300KB)
- Biogeography and Natural History (PDF 304KB)
- Early Irish Literature (PDF 303KB)
- Irish Folklore (PDF 317KB)
Year 2 Elective Modules:
This course will appeal to students who are seeking a shorter period of study and a quicker route to up-skilling for operational positions in the cultural heritage, historic environment or tourism industries.
Employment opportunities will exist in areas such as the following:
- Arts administration
- Antiques and collectibles
- Charities and NGOs
- Civic trusts
- Civil service
- Community development
- Conservation and restoration
- Creative digital media
- Environmental consultancies
- Family history centres
- Genealogical companies
- Government departments
- Heritage agencies
- Heritage centres
- Local authorities
- National parks
- Publishing houses
- Retail outlets
- Technology companies
- Tour guiding
- Tourism agencies
- Visitor attractions
Level 6 graduates may progress to the final year of the Bachelor of Arts in Heritage Studies (Level 7).
Level 7 graduates may then progress to final year of GMIT’s Level 8 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Heritage Studies, by taking a ONE-YEAR ADD-ON PROGRAMME.
Possibilities also exist for Level 6 graduates to progress to similar programmes in GMIT and other higher education institutions in Ireland and overseas.