BA (Hons) Fine Art graduate Rebecca Randle tells us about her career path since leaving Birmingham City University in 2013. Rebecca is currently the Learning & Engagement Assistant at The Barber Institute and is also studying a Masters in Museum & Gallery Education at the University College London Institute of Education.
“…I had always wanted to work in education.”
I studied BA (Hons) Fine Art at Margaret street from 2010-2013 and graduated with a First. My placement while studying my degree had been in a primary school and I had always wanted to work in education. After graduating I studied a short youth arts project management course with ‘ArtsWork’. I worked in community arts and displayed work in a few small shows.
In 2015, I started an internship at The Barber Institute of Fine Arts at The University of Birmingham. This role was within the learning team and it opened my eyes to the world of museum and gallery education. Directly after my internship, I took on a Visitor Assistant role at IKON which gave me a great insight into public facing gallery work.
“…it opened my eyes to the world of museum and gallery education.”
After studying at night school to gain my GCSE maths! I was offered a place on a PGCE program at BCU. However, I was also offered maternity cover position as the Learning & Engagement Assistant at The Barber Institute. I chose to take the 12 month maternity role and I am still here today, co-ordinating my own projects and developing my skills.
I am also currently studying an MA in Museum & Gallery Education at University College London Institute of Education. Within this sector, I have found the perfect balance, for me, between working with art & creativity and working in a people centred way, towards a positive social impact.