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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 UK’s leading provider of online qualifications in art and design, The Interactive Design Institute (IDI) offers a range of courses at Foundation Diploma, Bachelor Degree, and Masters Degree level to students in Ireland and all over the world.

Our distance learning courses include Interior Design, Graphic Design, Fine Art, Illustration, and Photography. With start dates every February, June & October, you may register at any time.

Our courses enable you to study online full-time or part-time for a UK qualification from anywhere in the world. They 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.

Our online art and design courses provide a flexible, affordable means of learning which can be combined with work, study or family commitments.

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.

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 Degrees:
- 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:
Earn a degree in just 2 semesters (full-time) or 4 semesters (part-time)

- Graphic Design
- Illustration
- Photography
- Interior Architecture & Design

Online Diploma Course:
- ABC Awards Level 3 Diploma in Foundation Studies (Art, Design and Media)
Updated: 2016-01-30
Updated: 2016-01-30
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. 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.
6. Digital Media and Arts Research Centre, The University of Limerick
Courses / Programs
The Digital Media and Arts Research Centre is an internationally-recognised leader in advanced music technology education and research and is part of The University of Limerick, Ireland. The Music Technology course hosts a high spec studio facility, with a surround sound post production suite, a recording studio with live room and a composition suite.

Top of the range Pro Tools systems, a host of high quality outboard effects, numerous top end microphones and a grand piano give students access to the some highest level equipment available. In addition, Apple imac computers fill a lab where students use industry standard programmes like Logic Pro and Digital Performer as well as more esoteric programmes like Max/msp, Csound, Audiosculpt and OpenMusic.

Graduates are leading careers in a diverse range of areas, including broadcasting, recording, post-production, commercial research (industry), academic research (PhD), composition (computer music, games, film, video), performance, software industry (internet web design and programming, software engineering, audio and music engineering), and education.
Music Technology education degree courses:
- BSc in Music Media & Performance Technology (Four year course)
- MA / MSc in Music Technology (12 Months Full-time course)
7. 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
8. 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
9. Kerry Fiddles
Courses / Programs
Kerry Fiddles located in Kerry, south west of Ireland offer traditional Irish Fiddle lessons for complete beginner and intermediate adults. Even if you have never played any musical instrument before, by the end of the week you’ll be playing your first tune on the fiddle!

Morning classes are a hoot, there’s no music theory, no pressure and no rush. Afternoons are free to explore the most beautiful part of Ireland. For Intermediates, it’s a chance to devote a week to your music, to getting new tunes, improving technique and learning how to teach yourself.
Traditional Irish Fiddle Lessons. Beginner and intermediate classes available weekly all year.
10. 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.
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