Situated in Temple Bar, the social and cultural heart of Dublin, Sound Training Centre (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 Centre 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
The Interactive Design Institute (IDI) is the UK’s leading provider of online qualifications in design. We offer a range of courses to students in Ireland, the UK and all over the world at Certificate, Diploma and 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 offers flexible payment plans, discounts for early payment and an Employers Discount Scheme which also applies if you are self-employed. Tuition Fee Loans are available for students who are resident in England.
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Testimonial: "I genuinely love studying with IDI. I love the course and the dynamics among students (my classmates) and my tutors." - Vittorio Velasquez
Online MA Art & Design Degrees*
Graphic Communication, Illustration (Visual Communication), Interior Design, Photography (Visual Communication)
Online BA (Hons) Degrees
Fine Art*, Graphic Design, Illustration, Photography, Product Design, 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)
City & Guilds Level 1 & Level 2 Courses
3. Marbella Design Academy
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Calling students from Ireland and internationally! Founded in 1995, Marbella Design Academy is a leading international design school in Spain, that is state-recognized by the Ministry of Education. We offer 3-year courses at BA degree level that are approved and validated by Middlesex University in London: Interior Architecture, Graphic Design & Fashion Design. These courses are taught entirely in English. On completion, you will be awarded a BA (Hons) Degree from Middlesex University.
Students from all over the world have come to Spain to study at the Marbella Design Academy. This is a great opportunity to study in English in beautiful, sunny Spain at a lower cost than in the UK. 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.
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 programs, 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.
Foundation Course (3 months/12 weeks)
If you do not have a High School Diploma, you can qualify for the BA degree programmes by completing this Foundation Course. Starts in March & September.
Summer Courses 2014 (2-5 weeks)
Fashion Design, Interior Decoration, 3D MAX, 3D Printing, InDesign, AutoCad, Illustrator, Photoshop, Photography, Screen Print.
4. Cooks Academy
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Conveniently located on South William Street in Dublin's city centre, Cooks Academy is a world class cookery school and Dublin's premier cookery institute boasting an 80 seater demonstration theatre and hands-on facilities for up to 72 students. We offer a wide range of cookery courses including 1-week courses, a 1-month certificate course and much more. Founded in May 2005 by Vanessa and Tim Greenwood, the unique mix of elegant and purposely fitted out premises, together with a relaxed, fun and educational environment has ensured the school's success and excellent reputation to date.
At Cooks Academy, we are very lucky to have such a superb team of professional, highly qualified cooks and chefs who together ensure so many different aspects of cookery are taught, as well as instilling confidence and enthusiasm in students.
Cooks Academy is proud to work with preferred suppliers in the areas of kitchen fit out, appliances and cooking equipment. We have based the decisions on who we work with on the basis of high quality and durability and these include some of the world's top brands whom we recommend for your kitchen. Cooks Academy provides all ingredients and equipment for courses.
- 1 Week Cookery courses
- 1 Month Cooks Academy Certificate course
- Evening Cookery lessons
- Saturday / Sunday Cookery workshops
- Lunch & Learn Short 50-Minute Cookery classes
- Group Cookery classes
- Dublin Wine Academy courses
* For demonstration classes, you are handed recipes & are invited to ask questions while tasting everything that the tutor prepares.
* Hands-on classes are different & involve students doing the cooking sometimes individually, in pairs or in groups.
5. Baking Academy of Ireland, Dublin
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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.
The Gaiety School of Acting - The National Theatre School of Ireland is Ireland's premier training facility for actors located in Temple Bar in Dublin city centre. Set up by Joe Dowling in 1986 due to the lack of availability of actor training in Ireland at the time, the school has since gone from strength to strength and now runs a wide range of courses for all ages.
As well as it's two year, full time intensive actor training course, The GSA also runs year long part time actor training courses, short term part time courses for adults, courses for kids and teenagers and also a programme of courses for international students.
- Full Time Actor Training
- One Year Part Time Actor Training
- Adult Introduction to Drama
- Adult Page to Stage
- Adult Acting for Camera
- Stage Combat
- Musical Theatre
- Dramatic Writing
- Young Gaiety: 4-16 yrs
- Youth Theatre: 16-19 yrs
- Make a Movie
- Summer Camps
- Educate Schools Drama Programme
- Irish Theatre Summer School
- Irish Theatre January Term
- Original Theatre Project
7. Griffith College Dublin
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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. Kerry Fiddles
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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.
9. Ballyfermot College Of Further Education, Dublin
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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+).
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).
10. Fiddlers Retreat
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Fiddlers Retreat, in Tipperary (90 minutes from Dublin), Ireland, is the only traditional Irish Music and Culture school of its kind in Ireland. At Fiddlers Retreat we offer a unique insight into Irelands Music and Culture, where you can enjoy music tuition, afternoon sightseeing tours, night-time Traditional Irish music sessions, sporting events, Irish language and cookery workshops. Homestay accommodation is available with meals. Both adults and students are catered for.
Fiddlers Retreat is located in Co. Tipperary, approx. 1 hour 30 minutes from Dublin. Open throughout the year, limited places available, early booking is advised.