Insights into the certificate course "Cultural Management"

 

 

Interview with the scientific leadership team of the certificate course

Short interview with the scientific leadership team of the certificate course "Cultural Management" 
Mag. Leonie Hodkevitch and Univ.-Prof. Dr. Peter Schweitzer

 

Which competencies do the participants acquire in the certificate course "Cultural Management"?

Peter Schweitzer (PS): First and foremost, participants can expect to acquire skills, specific skills that are needed for project management. And you know, the bread and butter of it is how to translate creative ideas into a working project - that includes time management, budgets, know who your funders are etc. But more broadly, you will gain the knowledge to understand the sectors, the cultural, the social sectors in which you want to work. Many of these sectors are located in urban environments, so understanding urban development, creative communities, community engagement is a very important feature of the competencies we want to pass on. And last but not least, it is very much about international connections, and this also means working in international contexts.

Leonie Hodkevitch (LH): Yes so working globally, and also working professionally. Usually when you prepare for a classical career you have some study that prepares you fully for this. If you want to become a doctor, you study medicine. You study law to become an attorney. But for people in the creative and cultural sector who want to become cultural workers, project managers – it is hard for them to collect all the skills, and quite often they go through experiences that are not pleasant for them, and this is what we would like to avoid. We prepare them, in a professional way, for the cultural and social sector.

 

What is the target group of this certificate course?

PS: The classical target group for this course are people who already now work in the cultural or creative field, the cultural industries broadly speaking - be it film production, musical theater, a museum or something similar. At the same time, we understand culture more broadly, including the social field, NGOs, and other social initiatives. The non-profit sector is what we are targeting. But this also includes international organizations, and fields of cultural diplomacy.

LH: Yes, and actually, in all different sectors, many people want to change from their current career. They feel the inner desire to make something in culture and social work, and we are welcoming them too, and we are supporting them. Basically we address ourselves with this course to everybody who has a dream that they pursue, be it in the culture or social field, something for the world or themselves or their self-realization in their career. These people are right with us.


What makes this postgraduate program special?

LH: This program is really special because it is first of all very practical. It is hands-on. We go through the most relevant aspects of cultural and social project management, with also some innovative aspects in it. The people who teach, the speakers, the docents they all work in the field. They speak from a very long, very valuable, very rich experience. And the material is also organized so that the people acquire skills and tools for working in the cultural or social field. The other special thing is that it is very international. The docents but also the participants come from all over the world. And not only do you learn from different disciplines, from different cultures but also you gain a valuable international network, which is key in culture. And it is also very intense.

PS: You could say that. Other courses may take a whole semester to give you similar skills. Our certificate course is a lot of work, a lot of intense work for the participants in a relatively short period. It is primarily on weekends, which also means that you don’t have to quit your job, and you can do it after work. And despite all the hard work that we will have to put in, we can tell you that it will be fun. 


Certificate Ceremony 2018/19

On January 21st 2019 the certificate ceremony of the certificate course "Cultural Management" took place at the Old Chapel at the Campus of the University of Vienna. In total 13 participants successfully graduated this year.

After opening words from the Program Manager, Salome Quinhones-Hall, the scientific leadership team, Leonie Hodkevitch and Peter Schweitzer, praised the graduates' work in their festive speeches. After reflections from two graduates, Christine Schelle and Menno van Duuren, about the past semester, the scientific leadership team presented the certificates to all the graduates. Their official presentation of the certificates was accompanied by congratulatory words and short, humoristic anectodes.

After the official ceremony, the alumni and guests were invited to network at the buffet.

The next start of the certificate course "Cultural Management" will be in October 2019. Applications are now open.

Click here for more details about the certificate course.


Certificate Ceremony 2017/18

On January 30th 2018 the certificate ceremony of the certificate course "Cultural Management" took place at the "Alte Kapelle" at the Campus of the University of Vienna. In total 22 participants successfully graduated.

Nino Tomaschek, director of the Postgraduate Center, opened the ceremony. In their celebratory speech, the scientific leadership team, Leonie Hodkevitch and Peter Schweitzer praised the graduates' achievements and handed over the certificates. Their congratulatory words were accompanied by humoristic anectodes.

After the official ceremony, the alumni had the opportunity to network at the buffett.

The next start of the certificate course "Cultural Management" will be in October 2018.

Applications are welcome any time.

Click here for more details about the certificate course.


Certificate Ceremony 2016/17

On the 30th of January the first certificate ceremony of the certificate course "Cultural Management" took place at the "Alte Kapelle" at the Campus of the University of Vienna. In total 19 participants successfully graduated.

Nino Tomaschek, director of the Postgraduate Center and Program Manager Dario Unterdorfer inaugurated the ceremony. After some graduates held a speech of thanks to the whole course team, the scientific leadership team, Leonie Hodkevitch and Peter Schweitzer handed over the academic certificates to the alumni. The ceremony was accompanied by humoristic anecdotes of the past semester and reflected the familiar but professional relationship between the course team and the graduates. After the official ceremony the alumni and their guests had the chance to network and discuss further action at the buffet.

The certificate course "Cultural Management" started in October 2016 for the frist time and will hereafter start every autumn. The next start of the postgraduate certificate course will be in October 2017.

Applications are welcome any time.