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Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IADT)

actualización 07/06/2016

Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IADT)

Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IADT) - Ireland

Presentation & Philosophy

Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design & Technology (IADT) was established as an autonomous higher education institution within the Institutes of Technology sector on April 1st 1997.  On that day, Dun Laoghaire College of Art and Design, with its 450 students, was incorporated in the new institute and has developed since as our School of Creative Arts.  Two Schools were established ab-initio. The School of Creative Technologies and the School of Business & Humanities enrolled their first students in October 1998.  In 2012 the three academic schools were amgimated into two faculties: Faculty of Enterprise and Humanities and Faculty of Film, Art and Creative Technology. Today, IADT has 2,300 full-time students from over 80 different nations, 800 part-time students and IADT plans to grow to 3,000+ full-time places. IADT has built an international reputation in the creative, cultural, entrepreneurial and digital media sectors and is also a valued educational and enterprise partner in Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown and the wider Dublin and East Coast region.

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The National Film School (NFS) at IADT was launched in November 2003. It is a professional centre of excellence that both reflects and influences practice in the film, animation, broadcasting and digital media industries by providing creative, technical and academic education of an international standard. This status is based on: the consistently high achievements of its student productions in both professional competitions and festivals, at home and abroad; the careers of its graduates in the entertainment and media industries; the very high standard of applied film education that has been provided by us in Dún Laoghaire for almost 30 years; and the excellence of its staff. IADT’s full-time and part-time staff possess considerable industry experience and a high proportion continue to work as practitioners.

Number of students in film/animation studies: BA Film and TV production: 30/year; BA Animation: 30/year

Number of international students: at least two students in Film via the Erasmus programme

Number of teachers: 5 full-time/ 10 part-time in Film

Degree category / length of studies:

Undergraduate level – Bachelor’s degree: (4 years full-time study)

Programme objective and content:

These honours and master degree programmes are constantly under review, and are designed to develop high quality skills as well as to nurture and encourage artistic development. They also prepare graduating students for work in a variety of different roles as the sector evolves in the 21st century. Past and present External Examiners of these courses include:  Rolf Orthel, Lynda Myles, Les Blair, Mark O’Halloran, Eoin McNamee, Moira Tait, Martin Mahon, Ronan Kelly, Bob Godfrey, Jimmy Murakami, and Leonie Sharrock.

IADT’s status as the NFS is consolidated by the high profile of its prestigious Advisory Board, which is made up of leading practitioners from the film, television and media industries.  The Board is chaired by Morgan O’Sullivan and its membership includes John Boorman, Pierce Brosnan, Donald Taylor Black, Toni Delany, Roddy Doyle, Clare Duignan, Joan Egan, Cathal Gaffney, James Hickey, Róisín Hogan, Neil Jordan, James Morris, Kevin Rockett, Jim Sheridan, Ken Wardrop and Bill Whelan. Our relations with the industry are excellent and, at our annual conferring ceremony, NFS Awards are supported and are sponsored by RTÉ, Screen Producers Ireland, Film Base, the Irish Playwrights & Screenwriters Guild, and Windmill Lane.

Admission and entry requirements:

  • Leaving Certificate Examination (or equivalent) with a minimum of Grade C3 in two Higher (or Common) Level papers, together with Grade D3 in four other subjects, to include English and Ordinary Level Mathematics or Higher level Mathematics. Foundation Level Mathematics is acceptable
  • A portfolio of relevant work
  • You may be called for interview if further clarification on your portfolio is required 
  • Applicants with FETAC awards require distinctions in 3 (of 8) modules


Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art Design and Technology
Kill Avenue
Dun Laoghaire
South County Dublin

Telephone: + 353 1 239 4000
Facsimile: + 353 1 239 4700


Head of Department of Film and Media:

Donald Taylor Black MA


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