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Rebecca McMaster

Main entrance to the University at night

Exhibitions Officer, Otago Museum

Rebecca McMaster was awarded a BA (Hons) in Art History and Theory at Otago in 2005. She tells us:

'I chose to complete my Art History and Theory Honours degee at Otago University based on the wide range of interesting papers offered within the Programme. Their flexible degree structure allowed me to take complimentary papers from different departments, including Design Studies, Visual Culture and Māori Studies, which all counted towards my degree.

'In my third and fourth years at Otago I tailored my degree quite specifically to my chosen field of interest, namely exhibition design. This saw a fruitful partnership between the Art History and Theory and Design Studies departments, where I was able to research and complete 'real-world' projects in the field of exhibition design. I frequently consult the research I completed at this time in my current position as an Exhibition Designer at the Otago Museum.

'Art History and Theory at Otago taught me how to think critically, not only in terms of art, but also in much broader applications. It was an absolutely invaluable learning experience. The exceptional lecturers within the Art History and Theory Programme specialise collectively in a wide variety of topics. They all passionately teach, engage and inspire students at a personal level through classes and tutorials.

'I have no doubt that the Otago experience set me up excellently for the Great Job Hunt, and I was really pleased to be immediately engaged in an area which draws directly on my specialist field, as an art historian and as a designer.'