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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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Updated: 2015-03-04
Updated: 2015-03-04
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.

Testimonial:
"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.

We offer 3-year courses at BA degree level that are approved and validated by Middlesex University London: Interior Architecture, Graphic Design & Fashion Design.

These courses are taught entirely in English. On completion, you will be awarded a BA (Honours) Degree from Middlesex University London.

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, and can also apply for an additional year in the UK, to earn a Masters Degree at Middlesex University or another university of their choice.

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 BA (Honours) Degree Courses:
Awarded by Middlesex University London:

- Interior Architecture
- Graphic Design
- Fashion Design

3-Month Intensive Foundation Course:
If you do not have a High School Diploma, you can qualify for the BA degree programmes by completing this Foundation Course. Held 3 times per year, starting in March, June & September.

Summer Courses 2015 (2-5 weeks)
Fashion Design, Interior Decoration, 3D MAX, 3D Printing, InDesign, AutoCad, Illustrator, Photoshop, Photography, Screen Print.
4. Baking Academy of Ireland, Dublin
Courses / Programs
The Baking Academy of Ireland in Dublin offers hands-on courses in bread and cake baking, chocolate making and sugar craft cake decoration. Our courses are for everybody, the novice and the dedicated amateur. All we require is that you have a desire to learn the art of making real bread, cakes, pastry, chocolates and sugar craft decoration. The most important aspect of our courses is that you learn by doing – you will have fun and you get to bring your creations home. Our baking courses are not only rewarding but are enjoyable and great fun.

We are located in Palmerstown Village, Dublin 20, and at Rosse Court, Balgaddy, West Dublin. Both venues are located close to the Liffey Valley Shopping Centre. When you take a course in the Baking Academy you enter a unique space dedicated to the world of baking. We are not cooks or chefs – we are professional and dedicated bakers, confectioners, pastry and sugar craft specialists.
- Bread Baking Course (Beginners, Intermediate & Advanced Levels)
- Cake Baking Course (Beginners & Intermediate Levels)
- Cookies & Biscuit Course
- Muffins & Cup Cakes Course
- Sweet Pastry Pies & Tarts Course
- Savoury Pastry Pies & Tarts Course
- Hand Made Chocolates Course
- Sugar Craft Cake Decoration Course - (Beginners & Intermediate Level)
5. LA Make-Up Academy, Dublin
Courses / Programs
LA Make-Up Academy, with studios in Dublin, Ireland and Burbank, Los Angeles, is a dedicated make-up & fashion training institute offering world class programs spanning make-up, special effects, fashion studies, and styling. All courses at the academy are LA Make-Up Certified. We also offer courses that are accredited by Internationally recognized FETAC & ITEC. LA Make-Up is also a MAC approved school.

Our students are given first class training taught by a host of national and international celebrity make-up artists ensuring 100% satisfaction from each course. LA Make-Up Academy uses only top brand make-up for example MAC, Bobbi Brown, Laura Mercier, Cinema Secrets, Shu Uemura, Chanel, Lancome, and Nars and for special effect & airbrushing, Charles Fox, Screenface, Temptu, European Body Art, Kryolan, Tim Gratton, & Ben Nye. Our reputation in Dublin and Los Angeles is one of total excellence in the field of make-up training, surpassing every other training college.
Courses include:

- Make-up Artist Training Courses
- Ultimate Photoshoot Experience
- Hair Styling Modules
- Start your own business course
- Special Effects Diploma
- Airbrushing
- Body Painting
- Los Angeles, New York, London Fashion week Make-Up course
& More Brand New Short-Term Courses ...

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6. 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.
7. 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).
8. Burren College Of Art
Courses / Programs
Burren College of Art is an internationally recognised not-for-profit independent college specialising in undergraduate and graduate fine art education. We offer artists and art students from around the world time, space and inspiration within the unique environment of the Burren. The Master of Fine Art programme is accredited by the National University of Ireland, Galway and is operated in association with the Royal College of Art, London and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Our undergraduate Study Abroad programmes, Summer School and Artist Residency Scheme also recruit internationally. The College is located on the west coast of Ireland, a 4 hour drive from Dublin by car, 1 hour from Galway and approximately 1.5 hours to Limerick.
Master of Fine Art, Higher Diploma in Fine Art, Study Abroad programs for individuals and groups (courses include Drawing, Painting, Photography, Sculpture, Time Arts Studio, Art in Context, Mixed Media, Irish Studies, Creative Writing, Art History), Artist Residencies and short summer courses.
9. Big Moon Cottage Meditation Centre, West Cork
Courses / Programs
Big Moon Cottage Meditation Centre offers residential and non-residential meditation courses and retreats in Skibbereen, West Cork in the South of Ireland. Skibbereen is approximately 4 hours drive from Dublin and 1.5 hours drive from Cork City. Courses are held at the weekend and mid-week. Individuals and groups are welcome. We cater for a maximum of 6 people for residential courses and 10 people for the non-residential courses.

The purpose of our Foundation in Meditation courses is to teach you about the background and practice of meditation in a clear, enjoyable and practical way. As a result you will be able to meditate effectively and correctly on your own by the end of the course. Your teacher Susan O'Brien has many years' experience and will guide your progress in small groups and in a very supportive and friendly environment.

In the winter season, we offer one-week residential Foundation in Meditation courses which are held in Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands off the northwest coast of Africa. This is a quiet and relaxing alternative one-week holiday sharing a beautiful villa with like-minded people. This holiday is available to meditators and non-meditators alike.
- Residential or non-residential Foundation in Meditation courses. For individuals and groups at weekends or mid-week.

- In winter season, we offer one-week residential Foundation in Meditation courses in Fuerteventura, Canary Islands.

- Bed & Breakfast accommodation for adults only at Big Moon Cottage. B & B open to all meditators and others who are just seeking quiet time.

- Corporate Training – Meditation in the Workplace. Training for corporate groups in Big Moon Cottage or at your workplace.
10. The Art Hand, Waterford
Courses / Programs
The Art Hand is a new art school on the Waterford coast in south-east Ireland that runs intensive and challenging art courses taught by professional artists and tutors in painting, photography, stained glass, mosaic and more. The Art Hand is located in a spectacular rural landscape on the cliffs near Bunmahon in an area of great natural beauty called the Copper Coast.

The Art Hand is a place to make art and to be inspired by the land, sea and sky. Classes are small, the workshop and studio space is well equiped, warm and bright. The courses are aimed at Irish as well as overseas participants who want to develop their art or who simply want a creative holiday. Accommodation and food can be provided.

Waterford is well connected by rail, bus, road, air and sea. It is approximately 100km from Cork City and 135km from Dublin. Waterford Airport offers flight to and from destinations within Ireland and the UK.
We run a range of intensive and challenging art courses in painting, photography, collage, decorative art, drawing, stained glass, mosaic and more.
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