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1. Sound Training College, Dublin
Courses / Programs
Situated in Temple Bar, the social and cultural heart of Dublin, Sound Training College (STC) provides a range of full and part-time Diploma and Certificate courses covering all aspects of Music Technology.

STC places a strong emphasis on the ‘hands on’ element on all of our music courses (full-time, part-time, day, evening & weekend).

We provide the developing music technology industry with highly trained personnel in the areas of Sound Engineering, Live Sound & Stage Production and Music Production.

STC courses and examinations have effectively set standards for the training within the industry, providing City & Guilds Diploma qualifications along with STC Sound Engineering & Music Technology Diploma programmes.

Our courses are delivered by a team of experienced industry professionals, all of whom are acknowledged experts in the music business.

In 1986, the Sound Training College was established to meet the needs of the burgeoning music industry in Ireland which followed the phenomenal worldwide success of bands such as U2.  

Additional specialised areas of the course are taught by a panel of guest lecturers (past lecturers have included Elvis Costello, Tim Finn (ex Crowded House), Daniel Lanois (producer of the ‘The Joshua Tree’ by U2), Pete Holidai (producer) and Martin Clancy (Jack L Manager).
Full-Time Music Technology Diploma & Certificate Courses:
- Sound Engineering and Music Technology
- Advanced Sound and Music Technology 
- Certified Beginner and Intermediate Course (with Martin Clancy)
- Practical Electronics for Musicians
- Live Sound, Lighting and Stage Production 

Part-Time Music Courses:
- Sound and Music Technology
- Live Sound 
- Electronic Production
- DJ and Production

Music Camps & Workshops:
- Sound Engineering Summer Camp
- Introduction to Recording Weekend

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2. The Interactive Design Institute
Courses / Programs
The Interactive Design Institute (IDI) is the UK’s leading provider of online qualifications in art and design. IDI offers a range of courses to students in Ireland, the UK and all over the world at Certificate, Foundation, Diploma, BA (Hons) and MA degree level, in Graphic Design, Product Design, Illustration, Interior Design and Photography.

With start dates every February, June & October, you may register at any time.

These courses lead to certification by the University of Hertfordshire, one of the UK’s best modern universities. The qualification you will receive on completion of one of our accredited online courses is exactly the same as that awarded to students attending the University of Hertfordshire.

We also provide an online Diploma in Foundation Studies course, which is widely recognised as the standard entry qualification for degree level study at art colleges and universities throughout the UK.

Our courses enable you to study online full-time or part-time for a UK qualification from anywhere in the world. They provide a flexible, affordable means of learning which can be combined with work, study or family commitments. 

IDI fees are the same for both UK and International students. We offer flexible payment plans, discounts for early payment and an Employers Discount Scheme which also applies if you are self-employed.

"I genuinely love studying with IDI. I love the course and the dynamics among students (my classmates) and my tutors." - Vittorio Velasquez
Online Master of Arts (Postgraduate in Art and Design)
Graphic Communication, Illustration, Interior Design, Photography 

Online BA (Hons) Degrees
Fine Art, Graphic Design, Illustration, Photography, Interior Architecture & Design

Online BA (Hons) Top-Up Degrees
Graphic Design, Illustration, Photography, Interior Architecture & Design. Earn a degree in just 2 semesters (full-time) or 4 semesters (part-time).

Online Diploma Course in Foundation Studies (Art, Design & Media)
3. Marbella Design Academy
Courses / Programs
Calling students from Ireland and internationally! Founded in 1995, Marbella Design Academy is a leading international design school in Spain, that is state-recognised by the Ministry of Education.

The BA degree titles our students are awarded after graduation from Marbella Design Academy are state-recognised in the UK.

We offer 3-year validated programmes in Interior Architecture, Graphic Design & Fashion Design, taught entirely in English. These Bachelor of Arts - BA (Hons) degrees are awarded by Middlesex University London.

Graduates can apply for an additional 10 months study in the UK, to earn a Masters Degree at Middlesex University London or any other university of their choice.

Students from all over the world have come to Spain to study at the Marbella Design Academy. We also offer an intensive 3-month Foundation Course and various summer courses.

Graduates have a near 100% employment rate.

Marbella Design Academy is located in a stunning purpose-built facility in Monda, only 15km from Marbella on the Costa del Sol in the South of Spain. The building has been approved by the Ministry of Education as living up to all the latest demands and facilities required for a modern design school.

Besides all compulsory subjects taught in each course, students receive training in professional computer programmes, such as Auto-Cad, 3D Studio Max, Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign and more.

Students can avail of free Spanish classes during the academic year in all 3 years.
3-Year Design Courses, with BA (Hons) Degree Awarded by Middlesex University London

- Interior Architecture
- Graphic Design
- Fashion Design

3-Month Intensive Foundation Course
Starts 3 times a year - in March, June, September.
Those without a High School Diploma can qualify for the 3-year Design Programmes by completing this course.

Summer Courses 2015 (2-5 weeks)
Fashion Design, Interior Decoration, 3D MAX, 3D Printing, InDesign, AutoCad, Illustrator, Photoshop, Photography, Screen Print.
4. London Art Portfolio, UK
Courses / Programs
London Art Portfolio provides successful Art and Design portfolio preparation courses in Central London in all areas of fine art and design to students from Ireland & around the world - at all levels. We help to prepare you for University applications, professional interviews, or your personal development!

Prepare for entry to a Masters Degree, Bachelor Degree, Foundation Diploma or Pre-Degree level course in Art and Design.

We ensure successful placements at all levels, including onto University of the Arts London, UCA & many other renowned art colleges & universities in the UK, USA & other locations around the world.

London Art Portfolio is run by Julia Dennis, a practicing artist with many years of experience in preparing art and design portfolios for degree applications, organising exhibitions and preparing students for interviews.

Julia has great success in placing British and international students onto the right course, at the right level, at any stage in your career.

With class size limited to 12 students, we offer a very personal, tailored service throughout the year.

"Central Saint Martins has offered me a place on Foundation Pathway: Graphic Design. I'm so happy! Thank you so much for your guidance and all heart that you put in to help me out."
- Aleksandra, Poland

"At the end of the course, I had an interview at the London College of Fashion and was accepted! It was a great victory & I owe a lot to London Art Portfolio! Thank you very much!"
- Paola, Italy
Art & Design Portfolio Courses / Career Change / Private Tutoring in:

- Fine Art
- Fashion Design
- Textiles
- Graphic Design
- Photography
- 3D Design / Architecture

Year-round & Summer Courses:
- Portfolio Preparation Courses: Study for 24, 12, 6, or 4 weeks
- 1 week Enrichment Course in Drawing or Model Making
- One-to-one Tutoring for Adults & Teenagers
- Art & Design Evening Classes
- 4-week Art & Design Summer Courses for Adults & Teens
- Corporate Workshops
5. The Kitchen in the Castle Cookery School, Dublin
Courses / Programs
The Kitchen in the Castle is Dublin’s most unique cookery school. Our culinary school is based in the beautifully restored Georgian kitchens in historic Howth Castle, Co. Dublin and is open to the public for a wide range of cooking courses and classes on topics ranging from Vegetarian cooking, Chinese cooking, Indian cooking, Mediterranean cooking, Spanish cooking, Fusion cooking and Thai cooking to Bread Making, Perfect Dinner Parties and Fun Girls’ Night Out cookery courses.

We offer morning or evening cooking classes, one-day cooking courses and longer cookery courses that last up to 3 - 6 weeks. We can also organise group courses and cooking demonstrations for larger groups.

The Kitchen in the Castle Cookery School’s team of friendly, supportive and experienced cookery tutors are passionate about giving you the knowledge, showing you the techniques and instilling you with the confidence to cook delicious food, for yourself, your family or your friends. Our aim is to reconnect you with food. We want to nurture your creativity, give you a good grounding in the basics and the confidence to cook delicious food, at any time.
Cooking courses / classes include:

- From Thailand to India - Food from Asia
- Flavours of Andalucia
- Vegetarian Indian Cookery
- Girls Night Out 2010 Cookery Course
- A Taste of Bordeaux
- A Chinese Feast
- Feast from the Sea
- A Spanish Dinner Party
- Inexpensive Meals in a Minute
- Creative Cooking for Confident Cooks
- Beginners Cookery Course (4 Classes)
- Essential Sauces
- One Pot Dishes and Hearty Soups
- Pasta and Sauces Demonstration
- Cooking for the Family
6. Ballyfermot College Of Further Education, Dublin
Courses / Programs
Ballyfermot College of Further Education on Kylemore Road, Ballyfermot, Dublin 10, runs a well-known and highly respected Higher National Diploma in Graphic Design. It is a two year full-time course and its graduates gain entry each year to the most-highly regarded degree programmes in Art Universities and Colleges in Ireland, England and occasionally elsewhere. Entry Requirements: Leaving Certificate / LCVP with a minimum of two HC3s one of which must be in Art and three passes at ordinary level or any FETAC level 5 Certificate in Art with a merit profile. The academic entry requirements may be waived for mature applicants (21+).
Higher National Diploma in Graphic Design:

This course is a full-time, two year programme that gives students an excellent grounding in the principles and practices of graphic design and illustration. Certification: Higher National Diploma in Graphic Design - Edexcel (BTEC Level 4).
7. Griffith College Dublin
Courses / Programs
Griffith College Dublin was established in 1974 and is now the largest independent college in Ireland, with a student population of over 5,000, including approximately 700 international students. It is based on a seven-acre campus in Dublin city centre. The Faculty of Design has an impressive reputation in the design community due to its teaching methods which focus on a high degree of interaction between staff and students. Student work is focused across a wide range of stimulating activities including practical workshops, specialist guest lectures, cultural trips, lab sessions, slide lectures, seminars and discussions. Live projects are worked on in conjunction with real-life clients.
Undergraduate Degree Program:
- BA (Hons) in Interior Architecture (HETAC)
- BA in Interior Design(HETAC)
- BA (Hons) in Fashion Design(HETAC)
- BA in Fashion Design (HETAC)
- Diploma in Interior Design

Postgraduate Degree Program:
- MSc in Applied Digital Media
8. Dublin Cookery School, Blackrock
Courses / Programs
Lynda Booth's Dublin Cookery School in Blackrock, South County Dublin is Dublin's top venue for cookery courses. With the most experienced and professional team in the city, you know that you will be in good hands. We offer a wide choice of cooking classes ranging from single evenings, one day, one week and one month certificate courses to the flagship 12 week certificate course. An attractive option is the all-day Saturday course: great recipes, new skills and a relaxed lunch in our dining room over a glass of wine.

Choose from Fish, Italian, Thai, Baking, Sauces, Man in the Kitchen and many more. Our "Cooking for Friends" intensive one-week courses are sure to be popular with those wanting to upgrade their cooking skills. We will also be offering a course for Transition Year students in the new year.
- Growing Gourmets - Courses for Teens
- Cooking for Friends - One Week
- Thai Stir-fries & Curries
- One Pot Wonders
- Cafe Cooking
- Focus on Fish
- Knife Skills
- Baking
- Man in the Kitchen
- Modern Vegetarian
- A Taste of Japan
- The Italian Kitchen
- Canapes & Tapas Ideas for Christmas
- Edible Gifts for Christmas
- Cooking for Christmas
- Guest Chef Atul Kochhar
- Guest Chef Matthew Albert
- Cooking for Life: 4 Week Course
- 12 Week Certificate Course
9. Connacht College Of Design
Courses / Programs
The Connacht College of Design is an interior design school that specialises in the Diploma in Professional Interior Design which is offered in various venues throughout Ireland. It is the only course that we offer, so we can concentrate on keeping it fresh and up to date each year.

We are a "school that comes to our students". Avail of Higher Education in Interior Design in your area. We offer upcoming classes in Galway, Castlebar, Sligo, Drogheda and Dundalk. We simply locate a large, safe hotel with excellent conference facilities, and rent this for the school year.

The Diploma in Professional Interior Design course is a combination of lecture, hands-on practical work, and optional field trips. This is a 23 session course consisting of one night per week for 13 weeks in-class lecture/workshop, 6 special design projects to build a portfolio and 4 optional field trips to interior design-oriented venues. Class hours are from 7:30 PM to approximately 10:30 PM. (Some classes will go longer, some are shorter.)
We offer our Diploma in Professional Interior Design course from September to March every year in venues throughout Ireland. Our curriculum covers not only the study and practice of interior design to a professional level, but how to promote and market yourself as an interior designer in a real-world environment.
10. Art in Galway
Courses / Programs
Art in Galway provides quality art classes to adults, teenagers and children of all levels of expertise - from beginner to advanced. Based in the Four Winds Studio in Murrough, Galway, we offer a range of art courses, including oil painting, drawing and sculpture classes for adults, portfolio courses, art grinds for secondary school students and summer art camps for kids.

Art in Galway is a one-stop shop for your creative needs. Whether you have always wondered what it would be like to paint or draw, or you have been practicing for years and would benefit from a fresh eye or group support, this is the place for you. Art in Galway is run by Bernadine Burke. With a wealth of experience in many art media and means of expression, Bernadine will help you develop skills and nurture your creativity in a happy and positive environment.
- Group art classes for adults (oil painting, drawing & sculpture sessions available)
- One to one art classes for adults
- Art grinds for secondary school students
- Portfolio preparation courses
- Group art classes for kids
- Summer art camps
- Arty Parties
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