The ruins of St. Andrews Castle.

Where in the world … Scotland

August 29, 2019 | Arts & Culture

On their very first day in Scotland, students walked over 25,000 steps. Assistant Professor Annetta Latham took her 18 Arts and Cultural Management students for a walk through the streets of Edinburgh, familiarizing them with how the city operates and introducing them to its history. At the end of their journey, they arrived at Edinburgh Castle — one of the many cultural stops of their study tour.

Over the duration of the independent studies course, the students visited two more castles, Stirling Castle and the ruins of St. Andrews Castle, and compared museums in Edinburgh and Glasgow. They checked out the Scottish Opera and attended a workshop at a photography gallery, and learned about the history of Dovecot Studios, which repairs centuries-old tapestries — sometimes for the royal family. The group also attended a number of lectures at Queen Mary University, including learning about the Master of Arts in Arts, Festival and Cultural Management, which is available to MacEwan students.

By the end of the tour, students had been immersed in Scotland’s history and also how that history has influenced its current arts and culture industry.

“The thing about this tour is that it takes you out of your normal life,” says Annetta, who has taken students to Scotland twice in the last two years. “We show you an environment that you think you understand, but you really don't, and it's just an exciting experience.”

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