Jeong Hyeon Kim
I have been in the performing arts field in South Korea since studying the subject area at undergraduate degree level. I have studied and worked in theatre techniques including set design, puppets, lighting, etc.
What made you want to apply to your MA course and to Leeds?
I was drawn to the MA programme at Leeds because the course covers a wide range of cultural industries. MA Culture, Creative and Entrepreneurship allowed me to explore all of my interests in management, economy and policies.
What is it that makes you passionate about your area of study?
During my undergraduate studies, lectures about creative cities were so interesting to me and it became the starting point of my passion for cultural policy. Throughout my studies on the MA Culture, Creativity and Entrepreneurship, I gained knowledge about creative fields and how they relate to each other as a wider concept of diverse viewpoints.
What aspects of the course did you enjoy the most?
The cultural policy module was the most interesting to me. It consists of lectures and discussion limited to only ten people, concentrating on specific topics. Lecturing staff were always guiding us to related knowledge, academic articles and cases that were so helpful to our research. Overall, we had a specific topic individually to research under three bigger concepts discussed between us in smaller groups.
What would you say about the learning facilities in your School and at the University in general?
The facilities at the University offer everything you could possibly need during your studies. Computer clusters, libraries and careers and IT centres, all essential to completing my course and prepare me for my future after graduating.
What do you plan to do now you’ve finished your course, and how do you think the skills and knowledge you’ve developed at Leeds will help with these plans?
I hope to work as a researcher at the National Assembly Research Service. The most useful things I have developed at Leeds that I think will help me achieve my career aspirations are critical thinking and keen insights into more related sources when researching. Not to mention all the knowledge about cultural industries.
Any other comment you would like to make?
I would like to mention staff who are always willing to support students giving advice about academic skills, student-life, and careers. The Regular careers workshops designed especially for PCI students were invaluable. They taught me to search for future careers and build my employability skills to help with my CV and cover letter writing as well as improving my interview and networking skills.
I hope my story would help anyone considering Leeds to make a decision and if you are thinking of applying for the University of Leeds you won’t regret it.