Louise MacDiarmid - Performing Arts BA (Hons) graduate
Louise developed an interest in dance in the community during her first year on the course, so opted for the modules Promoting Dance and Dance Artists in Education and Community in her second year. Her third year research project focused on dance improvisation for people suffering from dementia, and she also took Improvisation and Performance, and Media Industry Management.
Louise says: "I currently work for a church in Leicester where I am involved in all areas of running the Church, including youth work, administration, creative children’s programmes, music and public speaking. I was asked to apply for this job when I was still at DMU because of my varied skill set that the course provided. I think that the Performing Arts degree at DMU offers learning opportunities in a massive range of areas that are very attractive to employers, both in creative and non-creative workplaces, mainly because of the range of social, creative and varied transferable skills acquired through performing arts.
"Throughout the course I was able to experience all areas of the arts industry, giving me a whole new set of skills and knowledge that I didn’t even know I was interested in before university.
"Our tutors were always sharing opportunities to get involved with external programmes and companies in Leicester that would further develop our learning, from internships to workshops. I was encouraged to put my research project forward for the university’s Creative Thinking award, and I ended up being a joint winner. I was only made aware of this award through my tutors and their dedication to teaching and recognising good work."